Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 4 (2020): Jamison Crowder, Philip Lindsay & More

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Thursday games are always tricky, though that’s not groundbreaking news.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tonight’s game and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

Do the Jets have anyone worth using…

The New York Jets are arguably the worst team in the NFL, and there are ample stats to back that up:

  • Fewest passing yards in the NFL (562)
  • Tied for second fewest TD throws (3)
  • Fifth fewest rushing yards in the NFL (265)
  • Third worst yards/carry (3.6)

So it’s been an across the board problem, and with Le’Veon Bell sidelined there doesn’t appear to be a player worth considering for your fantasy starting lineup.  Sam Darnold?  Frank Gore?  That said, there may be one exception…

Jamison Crowder, who was the focal point of the passing attack in Week 1, may be set for his return.  It’s easy to forget that he turned 13 targets into 7 catches, 115 yards and 1 TD in New York’s loss to Buffalo, and given the limited weapons it’s easy to expect a heavy workload if he is able to return at full strength…  That’s the big caveat here, as there’s no guarantee that he even dresses and even if he does will he be at full strength?  He was practicing on a limited basis early in the week, and that definitely casts doubt.

A healthy Crowder is the only Jets we’d consider right now, but as is he’s far too risky to trust.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Should Phillip Lindsay be trusted…

It’s no guarantee that he plays, as he’s been limited in practice after missing the past two weeks with a toe injury.  Melvin Gordon hasn’t been great in Lindsay’s absence (96 yards on 27 carries), but his presence will always limit Lindsay’s potential impact.

With the team starting Mark Rypien at quarterback they are definitely going to lean on the running game.  That would make a healthy Lindsay likely a FLEX option, with a dozen touches possible, given the matchup and potential usage.  With it seemingly unlikely that the Broncos get out to a big lead, a healthy Lindsay should play a role.

He’s a high risk, high reward FLEX option this early in the week.  If you have a usable option later in the week, it’s probably best to take a conservative approach.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (High Risk FLEX)

New York Jets Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Sam Darnold (QB) – Sit
  • Frank Gore (RB) – Sit
  • Jamison Crowder (WR) – Sit
  • Braxton Berrios (WR) – Sit
  • Chris Herndon (TE) – Sit

Denver Broncos Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Mark Rypien (QB) – Sit
  • Melvin Gordon (RB) – Start
  • Phillip Lindsay (RB) – Sit
  • Jerry Jeudy (WR) – Sit
  • Noah Fant (TE) – Start

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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