New England Patriots versus the New York Jets: Five Players to Watch

This Friday see’s Fantasy5live enter new ground as run our first Pick 5 NFL game.

By Colm O’Mealoid – you can follow Colm on twitter

English: The Gillette Stadium Deutsch: Das Gil...

English: The Gillette Stadium Deutsch: Das Gillette Stadium während eines Spiels der Patriots und Bills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gillette Stadium is the venue as we feature the AFC East rivalry between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

The Patriots have had an eventful off season through the loss of Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker through legal troubles and free agency respectively, and the injuries to Rob Gronkowski.

The Jets have their own issues with their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, due to miss a number of games with a shoulder injury.

His replacement, Geno Smith, has had a rough pre-season but the rookie showed some flashes in week 1 that will give the Jets faithful some hope.

Both teams struggled in their opening games but managed to edge out victories in the same fashion, by scoring a last second field goal.

The Jets will come to Gillette Stadium as massive underdogs with Smith facing Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

Expect the Jets to rely heavily on the run early in the game but eventually Smith will be asked to throw the ball to keep up with the Patriots offence that has the potential to put up a high score.

Fantasy5live Pick 5 team:

Tom Brady, Quarterback, Patriots

Brady is an easy choice here. The Jets had a good pass defence last year but Brady is able to put up points on any team in the league. Brady has lost some of his favourite targets from last year, but he has never needed star receivers to put up big numbers. Brady didn’t spark last week but should bounce back against the Patriots’ local rivals.

Stevan Ridley, Running Back, Patriots

Expected to be the lead back after putting up some good number last season, Ridley was benched after two fumbles against the Bills and had to watch his replacement, Shane Vereen, put up some monster numbers. However, the ball will be turned back to Ridley on Friday morning as Vereen fractured his wrist in the process. LaGarrette Blount and even Brandon Bolden should see some carries, but the more versatile Ridley will get the heaviest workload with Vereen out.

Bilal Powell, Running Back, Jets

Powel faced a tough Buccaneers run defence in week 1 but should have a few more holes to run through against the Patriots. Expected to back up Chris Ivory, Powell earned the starting job off the back of the strong preseason. The Jets will still give Ivory his touches, but the Jets will likely feed Powell a lot to take the pressure off their rookie quarterback. Powell rushed for 29 yards against the Bucs, but also caught four passes for 35 yards out of the backfield. Expect him to put up some bigger numbers and to also see the goal-line carries.

Danny Amendola, Wide Receiver, Patriots

Although leaving the game with a groin injury, Amendola returned and ended his day with a nice 10-catch, 104 yard stat line. The Patriots brought Amendola in to replace Wes Welker, and if last Sunday is anything to go by, he is doing a good job. He didn’t find the end-zone against the Bills, but will get plenty of opportunity against a Jets secondary that have lost their best cover corner, Darelle Revis.

Kellen Winslow, Tight End, Jets

It is tempting to go with a Patriot for the last pick, with Julian Edelman having a big day against the Bills, but Winslow gets the nod here. He seems to have a good understanding with Geno Smith, ending the game with seven receptions for 79 yards and that all important touchdown. Winslow will be the safety blanket for Smith with Santonio Holmes still likely to see limited snaps. Expect Geno to continue to look for his tight end in the redzone also.

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Scoring Table for the Fantasy5live #PICK5 Game

Passing touchdown: 6
Interception thrown: -3
Passing yards – for every 30 yards: 2
Bonus – over 300 yards passing: 4
Bonus – over 400 yards passing: 4

Rushing touchdowns: 12
Rushing yards – for every 10 yards: 2
Bonus – over 100 yards rushing: 4
Bonus – over 150 yards rushing: 4

Receiving Touchdown: 12
Receiving yards – for every 15 yards: 2
Reception: 1
Bonus – over 100 yards receiving: 4
Bonus – over 150 yards receiving: 4

Fumbles lost: -6

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