NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah (87) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Uzomah: 2 receptions, 41 yards, 2 touchdowns

Amon-Ra St. Brown: 7 receptions, 76 yards, 1 carry, 6 rushing yards

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Monitor Denzel Mims’ health: Mims went to the medical tent during the Jets' second drive and didn’t return to the game after being placed in the concussion protocol.

  • Mims started the game in place of Corey Davis, who was out with a concussion.
  • Mims has four games with over 50% of offensive snaps in the past two months due to various Davis injuries.
  • The Jets decided to put Jeff Smith in at outside receiver rather than move Elijah Moore to the outside with Braxton Berrios in the slot.
  • Despite the multiple injuries, Moore still didn’t see an increased role in two-receiver sets. His high snap total was from the Jets mostly staying in three-receiver sets.
  • Smith has been a backup Jets wide receiver for the past four seasons, which included seven starts over 2020-2021.
  • He ended up with the second-most receiving yards for the Jets, catching four passes for 77 yards.
  • Smith suffered an ankle injury at the start of the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Berrios, who played out of position on the outside.
  • New York has one more great matchup left for their wide receivers next week against the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. Davis might be a solid option playing in Smith’s role if he’s healthy, as Zach Wilson is expected to start again.

Don’t add C.J. Uzomah: The backup tight end caught two touchdown passes, but his role didn’t necessarily increase.

  • Uzomah has spent most of the season in two-tight end sets while also playing some snaps in 11 personnel in more running situations than passing.
  • The Jets have been using more 11 personnel and fewer two-tight end sets in recent weeks, which has left Uzomah with fewer snaps.
  • This role allows him to run between 10-20 routes each week. This week was on the lower end of that (11).
  • He hasn’t seen more than three targets in a game all season.
  • This was his first game finding the end zone.
  • Chances are he will continue to see 10-20 routes a game with one or two targets. That isn’t enough opportunities to be worth taking a chance on.

Drop Jameson Williams: Williams has now played three games for the Lions, but his role has barely increased.

  • Williams is being used in a variety of personnel groupings on offense but sees only a few snaps in each.
  • 11 personnel is the most important group for a wide receiver to see playing time, and he played only four of a possible 38 snaps this week, making it impossible to start him next week.
  • The best-case scenario is he somehow becomes a full-time starter during next week’s game, but even if that happens, the Lions play the Bears in Week 17, which isn’t a favorable matchup.
  • It’s still OK to take a chance on Williams in DFS in case he makes a big play or two.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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