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Week 7 Patriots vs Jets: Start 'em or Sit 'em?

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Hey everyone! I've come down with a cold this week so I don't think you're interested in hearing me sneezing into the microphone for ten minutes, but I'm still going to deliver the goods! The fantasy prospects are enormous with a great week 7 match-up between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

At quarterback, Tom Brady is a must play every single week. He's the most efficient quarterback in fantasy football and he's going to thrive no matter how accomplished a defense he's facing. Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, is nothing more than a streaming potential as he's liable to throw a hamburger or two for the opposing defense to intercept.

Chris Ivory is a must-play every week at running back, but you can be certain the Patriots are going to treat him similarly to the Cowboys Joseph Randle. The New England coaching staff understands that Ivory is the engine to the Jets offense and they're going to try and throw a wrench into their game plan.

This would typically be a Dion Lewis game for the Patriots, but his availability is in question due to his abdominal injury. I'm not saying that he's likely to miss the game, but just that he could be on a snap count and LeGarrette Blount would be the key replacement. Can and will the New England rushing attack succeed against this Jets defensive line? It's possible, but neither player is more than a RB2 for this week.

Until Brandon LaFell is completely back and integrated in the offense, Julian Edelman remains the only reliable fantasy play. He's a great match-up against this Jets secondary and will likely be asked to carry the Patriots offense. On a similar note, Danny Amendola offers a high ceiling, but a pretty low floor, so if you're interested in a player that could potentially swing the entire fortune of your fantasy team, it'll be Amendola.

Brandon Marshall is a great fantasy play from the Jets sideline, while Eric Decker is a less reliable option. Marshall will see his targets because Fitzpatrick will throw it to him regardless of the coverage.

Rob Gronkowski will continue to be the top fantasy tight end as he looks to get into the end zone another couple times, but he's the only reliable tight end from this game. Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland seems to be the new divisional Scott Chandler, with important games against only the Patriots, so he remains on the low watch list.

The kickers from both teams, Stephen Gostkowski and Nick Folk, are must plays, but I'd stay away from either defense. Who knows if this will be a shoot out or a slug fest, but there are better options on the waiver wire.