NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Michael Carter (32) scores a first half touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter: 12 carries, 76 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 10 receiving yards

James Robinson: 13 carries, 48 yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

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The Jets’ constantly-evolving wide receiver room: The Jets relied heavily on Garrett Wilson in their victory over the Bills, but we continued to see the playing time of other receivers fluctuate.

  • Wilson played 43 of his 57 snaps as an outside receiver, making it the most he’s played on the outside relative to the slot all season.
  • It’s no surprise that this led to his second straight game over 90 receiving yards.
  • He’s playing the role Elijah Moore once had, and his success makes it unlikely Moore gets the job back anytime soon.
  • It’s safe to put Wilson back in fantasy starting lineups despite everything else happening.
  • Denzel Mims continues to play Corey Davis’ role, as Davis missed his second straight game with a knee injury.
  • Head coach Robert Saleh said that Mims deserves a role in the offense even when Davis is back, which could lead to the two players splitting time.
  • Elijah Moore played only in three-receiver sets and was constantly lining up in the slot.
  • This is a role he played in college, but he hadn’t played there much in the NFL. He didn’t see a target in this game, but he could thrive in this position in the future.
  • He was still splitting time in three-receiver sets, with Braxton Berrios still seeing plenty of snaps from the slot.

James Robinson’s second game with the Jets: Robinson had a full week of practice with the Jets for the first time, and he saw more promising usage.

  • Robinson moved into a more near-even split with Michael Carter in most situations.
  • Robinson received the only goal-line snap. The Jets weren’t in this situation last week, and it’s still only a sample of one play. It would be big for Robinson if he consistently saw these opportunities.
  • As Carter lost a few snaps on early downs, he gained a few snaps from Ty Johnson on third down. The fewer snaps Johnson receives, the better for the fantasy values of Carter and Robinson.
  • The Jets are on a  bye in Week 10, so we should find out in Week 11 if Robinson will overtake Carter for offensive snaps.
  • New York still has one of the best schedules for running backs over the rest of the season, so it would be better to buy these two running backs rather than sell.

Nyheim Hines’ first game with the Bills: The Bills traded for Hines earlier in the week, but he received just four offensive snaps.

  • He played two snaps in the first quarter and another two in the fourth quarter.
  • James Cook remained the primary backup, but Cook played a lower percentage of offensive snaps compared to last week.
  • We can expect Hines to see more snaps next week following more time to learn the offense. The only question is if this will come at the expense of Devin Singletary or Cook.

Add Isaiah McKenzie: McKenzie had a quiet performance against the Jets, but his constant increase in playing time is a good sign for the future.

  • He caught two of three passes for 12 yards.
  • McKenzie seemed to be potentially losing playing time in the slot to Khalil Shakir after the rookie gained 75 yards and a touchdown in Week 5.
  • Shakir was held without a catch for the second straight week.
  • McKenzie played 38 of a possible 46 snaps in 11 personnel after playing 29 of 47 last week.
  • The Bills have one the easiest remaining schedules, which should allow the offense to have better games than it did against the Jets.

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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