The New York Jets were defeated as nearly touchdown underdogs against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, while the San Francisco 49ers lost outright to the Arizona Cardinals despite being favored by a touchdown.
The Jets and 49ers struggled offensively, and both quarterbacks did not play particularly well. The stat lines of Sam Darnold and Jimmy Garoppolo do not look that horrible, but they each made throws they should not have. Both teams are dealing with injuries at the skill positions, making it harder for the offenses to click without some of their play makers.
Date: September 20
Time: 1 EST
Broadcast region: TBD
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
49ers: 2nd vs. Pass, 9th vs. Rush
Jets: 20th vs. Pass, 2nd vs. Rush
WR Richie James (hamstring), TE George Kittle (knee), CB Jason Verrett (hamstring), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)
RB La’Mical Perine (ankle), T Mekhi Becton (knee), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), QB Joe Flacco (neck), LB Frankie Luvu (neck), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring), RB Kalen Ballage (hamstring), TE Daniel Brown (hamstring), T George Fant (shoulder), T Alex Lewis (shoulder)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jimmy Garoppolo: The San Francisco 49er quarterback’s stat line doesn’t look all that bad when you look at it. He threw for 259 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, but the offense did not look very good in the final three quarters. Wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk sat out this game with injuries, and it’s possible they are both will be on the sideline again in Week 2. Garoppolo should be viewed as a low-end QB2 even against the Jets.
Raheem Mostert: The 49ers should utilize their running game as the main focal point of the offense, which starts with the guy who received the most carries by far on Sunday. Mostert rushed for 56 yards on 15 carries and also caught four passes for 95 yards with a 76-yard touchdown reception. Mostert has a ton of value as a high-end RB2 going against the Jets.
Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore: Le’Veon Bell left with a hamstring injury without any update on his status for next week’s matchup. Bell rushed six times for 14 yards, while Frank Gore had six carries for 24 yards. Regardless if Bell plays or not, it’s not a great matchup for either and both should be considered flex options or RB3s at best heading into Week 2. The 49ers gave up 180 rushing yards, but more than half of that went to quarterback Kyler Murray. The defense will not need to defend a running quarterback with Sam Darnold under center.