As a Jets fan, I can only imagine the magic, turbulent carpet ride it’s been this year. Start the year 1-0 with a nail-biter against the Bucs, then turn around and lose a similarly close game to the Pats. Follow that up with what looked like maybe a statement game against the Bills only to get trounced by the Titans in week 4. Maybe New York is just gonna have to kick back and enjoy this roller coaster ride. Either way, Geno Smith will be the person getting you set up. Are you buckled in? Is the bar secure? Ok, go! Geno finished the night with 199 passing yards for 3 TDs, and a win to go with zero INTs. The interceptions have been the biggest bugaboo so far with Geno as he came into the night with 8 INT but tonight he looked very comfortable in the pocket and was able to make his quick reads and get the ball out fast. He still needs to work on his general pocket awareness but given the Falcons’ general defensive rush problems, he didn’t have to worry about that as much tonight. If we’re talking fantasy relevance with Geno, I think we’re either talking late season or for keeper/dynasty leagues because he’s still not on my pick up radar at this point but in terms of relying on him, he’s slowly gaining my fantasy stream trust. In other 2013 Fantasy Football news…
Roddy White – At one point, Roddy was actually the lead receiver for his team. Then he finished with 4 for 45 and left the game due to a hamstring issue. His issue so far has only been an ankle sprain. I just traded Frank Gore for him in the RCL Experts League and now am 1-4. Take that for what you will.
Jason Snelling – Had very minimal yardage at 23 but finished with a TD before really finishing with a concussion. Insert Snelling Salts joke here.
Jeremy Kerley – Had a 5/68/1 night with Santonio Holmes out and Stephen Hill pretty much the decoy for the night. I wasn’t buying him as a sleeper play this week. That’s cuz I’m more of a straight fry guy, not a Kerley kind. I hope you’re satis-fried.
Jacquizz Rodgers – Went for 42 total yards and 2 TDs. Admittedly, he had a few impressive runs, especially his first score of the night. But in the end, he was compared to a slower version of MJD and I have to say I agreed.
Jeff Cumberland – Had a touchdown to go with 3/79 on the night. Usually you just scrap most of ATL’s TE points against stats for fantasy because they seem to face Graham 20 times a year but after seeing even Kellen Winslow get in on the red zone action versus them, I’m starting to think this is a viable solution to all my TE problems.
Tony Gonzalez – had 97 yards on 10 catches. Still doesn’t look overly impressive to me in terms of movement but seriously, he looks like the Rock Biter out there. Trudge 5 yards, turn around, catch. Rinse, repeat. If only the Rock Biter had big strong hands like Tony…
Bilal Powell – Had 12 carries to lead all rushers despite there being two new additions to the backfield. Yay! Had only 38 yards with said carries. Boo! So, I said I liked Bilal over the off-season before they made all these crazy RB moves but the reality is talent-wise, Bilal is 3rd string here. Now I’m not plotting his demise by any stretch of the imagination here but if I’m a Powell owner and someone out there wants to pay RB2 prices, I won’t fight their needs. Moving forward, I’d be worried Goodson and Ivory cut into the touches a bit too much for him to hold his current fantasy status. BTW, the Jets employed the diamond formation tonight and I have to say to all the female fantasy owners out there who own Jets running backs, it really is your best friend. I’m looking forward to that formation moving forward.
Julio Jones – Didn’t have a huge game but when you’re draped by the defense all night and still manage 8 for 99, you deserve an internet slap on the butt. It’s football, we guys can do that without getting strange looks right? Right?!?
Matt Ryan – I almost forgot Matt played in this game. What a weird thing to forget. It’s almost like his 319 for 2 TDs and zero interceptions was boring or something. Maybe it would be more exciting if he didn’t have to throw check down passes to Snelling 1 yard away from the line of scrimmage because the offensive line is more loose than Subway Jared’s former big boy pants. As a Ryan owner, I’m moving him not because of lack of talent but he has zero pocket time to do anything and that’ll eventually be a problem.
Levine Toilolo – Despite the strong effort by T-Gonz, it was Levine who got the TD. All you Gonzo owners go Toilolo’ed. Yup, it’s stuck in your head now. Don’t fight it, just enjoy.