New England Patriots at New York Jets Matchup Preview 10/21/19: Analysis & Depth Charts

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The New England Patriots, who have been dominating their opponents so far, are undefeated on the season and find themselves traveling to the Meadowlands to play the 1-4 Jets. The Jets, who started their season with 4 straight losses, finally got their starting quarterback Sam Darnold back last week and seemed to find a rhythm against the Dallas Cowboys. The Jets seem revitalized with QB Sam Darnold back in the lineup. However, Darnold’s Jets are facing the Patriots defense that has been shutting down opposing quarterbacks. The Patriot’s defensive unit has the most turnovers this season with 16, 14 of which coming from interceptions. Vegas currently has the Patriots -9.5 favorites against the Jets. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit

TV Schedule:
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 8:15 PM EST
Meadowlands Sports Complex – East Rutherford, NJ
Coverage: ESPN

Injury Report:

New England Patriots: WR Josh Gordon (Q), TE Matt LaCosse (Q), RB Rex Burkhead (Q), S Patrick Chung (Q), WR Phillip Dorsett (Q), WR Julian Edelman (Q), TE Ryan Izzo (Q)

New York Jets: DL Henry Anderson (Q), T Kelvin Beachum (Q), RB Trent Cannon (Q), CB Nate Hairston (Q), TE Chris Herndon (Q), LB Neville Hewitt (Q), LB Albert McClellan (Q), LB C.J. Mosely (Q), G Kelechi Osemele (Q), CB Darryl Roberts (Q), LB Blake Cashman (Q), C Ryan Khalil (Q), DL Steve Mclendon (Q), WR Demaryius Thomas (Q), G Brian Winters (Q), WR Josh Bellamy (Q), LB Brandon Copeland (Q), S Blake Countess (Q), TE Ryan Griffin (Q), LB Jordan Jenkins (Q), CB Trumaine Johnson (Q), DL Quinnen Williams (Q), G Alex Lewis (Q), S Rontez Miles (Q), LB Tarell Basham (Q)

New England Patriots Analysis:

New England PatriotsThe last time the Patriots and Jets met was in week 3 at Foxborough with a Darnold-less Jets offense. The Patriots won that matchup handedly 30-14. The Jets defense is nothing to sneeze at though. Ranking 8th in passing yards allowed and 8th in rushing yards allowed so far this season. QB Tom Brady has been a consistent QB1 so far this season, scoring 20+ fantasy points in 5 out of 6 games so far this season. He currently ranks as the 8th quarterback on the season and you should expect a QB2 performance from Tom Brady this week.

The Patriots offense currently rank 7th in total yards but rank 20th in rushing yards so far this year. After a rocky start to his season, Sony Michel has seemingly earned the trust of the Patriots offense getting an increasing number of carries since week 3. Michel has also been seeing an increasing snap percentage since week 3, reaching a season high of 50% of snaps last week. Sony Michel is a startable RB2 option in your fantasy lineup. The Patriots other running-back James White has probably been one of the most consistent running-backs this year. Averaging 10.0 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR formats and 13.1 fantasy points in full PPR formats. White has averaged 41.6% of snaps for the Patriots this year. White is a flex worthy option this week against the Jets.

The Patriots passing game has been the bread and butter for this offense. Ranking 7th in passing attempts, Tom Brady has been passing an average of 38 passing attempts per game. WR Julian Edelman has been Brady’s go to receiver averaging 9.3 targets per game for 74.8 yards per game and scoring 2. Edelman is the safest option in this passing game, ranking as the 11th wide receiver in full PPR and 14th in 0.5 PPR formats. Edelman is a WR2 starting fantasy option this week. Josh Gordon has been a disappointing fantasy receiver, ranking 49th in both 0.5 PPR and full PPR formats. Gordon has failed to reach the end-zone since week 1. Seeing an average of 6 targets per game, the opportunity is there for Gordon to be a viable fantasy option. But a 55.6% catch rate so far this season, Gordon is best left on the bench until he shows he can be the dominant receiver the Patriots signed him to be.

New England Patriots Depth Chart

QB: Tom Brady
RB1: Sony Michel
RB2: James White
WR1: Julian Edelman
WR2: Josh Gordon
WR3: Jakobi Meyers
TE: Matt LaCosse

New York Jets Analysis:

New York JetsJets quarterback Sam Darnold made his return from mononucleosis in week 6 against the Cowboys and showed why he was a first-round quarterback. Completing 71.9% of his passes for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. However, going up against this Patriots defense that has allowed the 29th most passing yards and leads the league in interceptions with 14 in 6 games Darnold is best left on the bench this week.

Le’Veon Bell has seen one of the tougher schedules so far seeing run defenses like the Bills, Patriots, and Eagles. So far this season Bell has averaged 3 yards per carry on 17 attempts per game. When the Jets last met the Patriots in Foxborough he was limited to 35 yards and his lowest fantasy total this year at 8.3 points in 0.5 PPR formats. With Sam Darnold back in the game-plan the Patriots will have to respect the passing game more and stack the box less against Bell. Bell should see in improvement from the last time the Jets met the Patriots but is considered to be a high-end RB2 play this week.

The Jets leading receiver is former Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder with 272 yards. Crowder has seen an average of 8 targets per game so far this season but, when playing with Sam Darnold, Crowder saw 17 targets in week 1 and 9 targets in week 6. Crowder has the highest floor of all Jets receivers this season. Jamison Crowder is a solid flex option in full PPR formats and an okay flex option in 0.5 PPR formats. Robby Anderson was best summed up by Matthew Berry, “All he needs is one play”. And that’s exactly right, Anderson is a burner at 6’3 and can stretch the field with the best of them, scoring a 92-yard touchdown last week against the Cowboys. Anderson is a boom or bust play in all formats.

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Luke Falk
RB1: Le’Veon Bell
RB2: Ty Montgomery
WR1: Robby Anderson
WR2: Demaryius Thomas
WR3: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon

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