The Thursday Night Football game between the Jets and Broncos might not exactly sound like an exciting one, but it could be an interesting one for avid NFL DFS players. The Broncos are starting their third quarterback in four weeks, as Brett Rypien will get the nod over Jeff Driskel. Meanwhile, the Jets are relying on Sam Darnold and a host of injury replacements to win the battle of these winless teams. The unknowns about this game may cause frustration for some as they craft their lineups, but there are still plenty of possibilities for our FanDuel single-game lineup picks.
The strategy here from us was simple. Without the option of choosing either defense, we’re focusing on each team’s best offensive weapons and hoping that they can get us some scores. We’re playing it safe for the most part and hoping that we’re fading the right quarterback in this five-player slate.
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FanDuel Single-Game Picks: Jets vs. Broncos
MVP (1.5x points): Melvin Gordon, Broncos ($15,000)
Often, I like to go with a player that may not be as highly-regarded in the MVP spot just to generate some lineup differentiation. However, this slate is not one to do that on. Gordon is clearly the best player, and he will have a chance to tear up a Jets defense that has allowed the eighth-most rushing yards to RBs this season at 344. The 27.4 FanDuel points surrendered to RBs per contest is tied for the fifth-most in the league, so Gordon should have a chance to find success, especially if Phillip Lindsay (toe) doesn’t return in Week 4.
FLEX: Brett Rypien, Broncos ($12,000)
Jeff Driskel has been replaced by Rypien as a starter after just a game and a half in relief of Drew Lock. Though Rypien has only nine career pass attempts, he should have a chance to produce against the Jets. New York has given up 31.3 points to offenses, so Rypien could get involved in that and score the first TD of his NFL career, whether it’s through the air or on the ground. We’ll take a shot on him knowing that some will fade him solely because his lack of name recognition (though shoutout to you Mark Rypien fans because this is, in fact, his nephew).
FLEX: Noah Fant, Broncos ($12,000)
With Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the season, Fant is the top receiving weapon in the Broncos’ offense. The tight end is averaging 13.1 FD points per game and has at least four catches and 46 yards in each of his outings so far. On the other side, the Jets have allowed three TDs to TEs this year. Between Gordon, Rypien, and Fant, we should have the top weapon in the Broncos rushing, passing, and receiving game, and that’s a good mix in this single-game format.
FLEX: Braxton Berrios, Jets ($10,500)
With all the Jets’ top receivers (Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims, Breshad Perriman) sidelined, Berrios has been Sam Darnold’s top target. The past two games, Berrios has been targeted 12 times and has caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two TDs. Even if Crowder (hamstring) returns, Berrios should continue to rack up targets and catches against a beat-up Broncos defense that allows the fifth-most FD points per game to WRs.
FLEX: Frank Gore, Jets ($10,000)
Gore isn’t the same player he once was, but the back has averaged 18 carries per game since Le’Veon Bell went down with an injury. He should be a threat to find the end zone on Thursday against a Broncos defense that will be shorthanded on the defensive line with Jurrell Casey, Dre’Mont Jones, Von Miller, and DeMarcus Walker all out.