The Jets offense has puttered through the first two weeks of the season and are without their highly paid starting running back, Le’Veon Bell for at least the next two weeks. In Bell’s absence, the ageless Frank Gore saw most of the work as the Jets battled against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. It remains to be seen how things will shake out for these three backs as the Jets take on the Colts this weekend. How do we handle this backfield moving forward? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Jets RBs Frank Gore, La’Mical Perine
Frank Gore has yet another new home and has found himself in yet another starting role. He saw a whopping 21 carries in Week 2, but managed only 63 yards and no touchdowns. He did not add any receptions and finished the day with 6.3 PPR points. The Colts are by no means a pushover and appear to be capable of bottling Gore up. Coach Adam Gase may also look to give the other backs an opportunity, as Gore’s 3.0 yards per carry in Week 2 was rather uninspiring. Gore can be considered as a flex option in only deeper leagues, and belongs on the bench in standard leagues.
Josh Adams showed promise early in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he continued to show promise in Week 1 when he carried twice for eight yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 14 yards to total 10.2 fantasy points. Some expected Adams to gain a larger role with Bell on the sidelines, however he was afforded only one carry in Week 2 for 0 yards. It appears that Josh Adams has yet to receive the trust of Adam Gase, and therefore can not be trusted by fantasy owners.
The third head of the Jets backfield is rookie La’Mical Perine, who made his debut in Week 2. Perine had 3 carried for 17 yards in that match-up. The Jets may look to increase Perine’s workload and get him more game experience in Bell’s absence. He may even lead this backfield if he continues to out gain Gore in yards per carry, but this is all just guesswork at this time, as Adam Gase’s coaching decisions are often unpredictable. It’s best to leave Perine on your bench this week and see how this situation plays out.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Frank Gore as a flex in deeper leagues
Sit Josh Adams
Sit La’Mical Perine