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What to do with Ty Johnson, Josh Adams in Week 17 of the fantasy football playoffs

With Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine sidelined, the Jets will turn to running backs Ty Johnson and Josh Adams in their season finale.

Ty Johnson #25 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The New York Jets will close one of their most frustrating years with a matchup against the New England Patriots, the longtime thorn in their side. Still, the Jets have the chance to finish the season with three straight wins and cannot further damage their draft position. Furthermore, the team can take a longer look at some of the younger skill-position players on its roster against a quality opponent.

Fantasy Football analysis: Jets RBs Ty Johnson, Josh Adams

With the ageless Frank Gore on the shelf and La’Mical Perine ruled out for Sunday’s game, the Jets’ backfield will focus instead on a pair of young ball carriers. The first of those, Ty Johnson, has only received 57 touches in New York this season. However, in his one game of extended play, Johnson turned 22 carries into 104 yards and a touchdown. Though he has remained quiet since, he has garnered some touches in each game since and should see the first crack at filling in for Gore and Perine.

In contrast, Josh Adams hasn’t touched the ball over the last two weeks and hasn’t exceeded eight touches in a game this season. That figure could go up with Gore and Perine sidelined, but Adams would likely need Johnson to prove wholly ineffective or suffer an injury to receive starter’s touches on Sunday.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Johnson and Adams in all formats.