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What to do with Sam Darnold in Week 7 fantasy football

Enlarged spleen or not, Sam Darnold came back against Dallas and put on a great performance. Beating New England sounds like a much harder task, and we’re here to explore Darnold’s fantasy value against the Patriots in Week 7.

Sam Darnold of the New York Jets runs the play against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

After overcoming mono, Sam Darnold came back last week for the Jets and put together a solid game, finishing the week as the QB10 of the weekend (23 FP). That might not sound like much, but he threw for 338 yards and a touchdown completing 23 of 32 passes—he was picked once, though—to beat the crumbling Dallas Cowboys. I can’t even imagine how much the New York Jets brass celebrated Darnold’s comeback. When Sam Darnold has been at the helm this season (Week 1 and Week 6), the Jets have scored 20 and allowed 19.5 points on average. With him out, they have scored 7.7 and allowed 28. And although that Week 1 match against Buffalo ended in a tight loss with three minutes to go, that game and last weekend’s are the only ones in which the Jets have had chances to get away with the win.

The problem for Darnold, though, is that he has picked the worst possible time to come back from mono. He dodged a bullet against the Cowboys in a really close game in which Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott also racked up 442 offensive yards combined, and now he faces a stout Patriots defense that won’t make things easier. But Darnold has shown two completely different faces during his short career while playing home (the Jets host New England in Week 7) and away. Darnold’s averages at home: 22.4 fantasy points, 35 attempts, 21 completions, 1.9 touchdowns. Darnold’s averages away: 11.2 fantasy points, 30 attempts, 16 completions, 0.7 touchdowns. Hope is the last thing you lose, I guess.

Fantasy football analysis, New York Jets QB Sam Darnold

Darnold is back in full force. He couldn’t have had a better comeback against Dallas throwing for the second-most yards (338) of his career and a score. While he looked reserved in the season opener (4.3 yards per attempt), he went all-in last weekend throwing 10.6 yards per attempt and five passes of 20-plus yards. The problem is that, once again, the Jets will need to rely on the pair of Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson (probably nullified by CB Stephon Gilmore, though) as Demaryius Thomas is a little banged up and Chris Herndon looks like a scratch for at least another week. Not to mention the Patriots defense, which has been unreal so far. They have conceded just one touchdown through six games while amassing 14 interceptions. Only one quarterback has gotten to 15-plus fantasy points against them (Josh Allen, and was picked four times) and they’re just allowing 187 passing yards and 12 fantasy points per game to the position. Calling it an ugly matchup is falling short of the nightmare awaiting Darnold on Monday.

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