Fantasy sports: Starts, sits and fliers for Thursday night football Patriots vs. Jets

It only took until week 2 to get the first victim (Patriots WR Danny Amendola) of the incredibly short week that Thursday night football gives teams to recover from playing Sunday. But don't worry, the NFL cares about player safety, not making more money. Sigh.
Anyway, Amendola is likely out this week with a sore groin. Astute fantasy owners should've known this when drafting Amendola. When he plays, he's great. The problem is, he always seems to be nicked up and missing time.
So Tom Brady owners might be a little nervous about starting him, especially after preseason favorites WR Kembrell Thompkins and TE Zack Sudfeld were barely a rumor on Sunday when the Pats were nearly upset by the Buffalo Bills. Brady also has a bit of a track record of having poor games against the Jets, who are a surprising 1-0.
Doesn't matter. If I have Tom Brady, I'm starting him this week, unless I have an incredibly good backup with a good matchup (Eli Manning and Carson Palmer come to mind, but even then, I'm more likely to trust Brady.) Here's a few others I'm rolling with in the Thursday night matchup.

Start 'em if you got 'em
RB Stevan Ridley -- Owners who spent a 3rd round draft pick or higher on Ridley were likely freaking out when he was benched in favor of Shane Vereen Sunday. Unluck for Vereen and his owners, but lucky for Ridley owners, the former was placed on Injured Reserve with a designation to return and won't be back until Week 11. Ridley has something to prove and because LeGarrette Blount was largely ineffective, and Leon Washington and Brandon Bolden are still a bit banged up, it's going to be Ridley's show on Thursday. Expect a bounce back performance in a big way.
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WR Julian Edelman -- I'll admit, I didn't have high hopes for Edelman heading into the season, but all the forgotten man in the Patriots receiving corps did was snag 7 balls for 79 yards and two scores in week 1. He's the only proven commodity (and even that's debatable) left standing for Brady after the Amendola injury, so if you were one of the people who spent big bucks to grab him off the waiver wire this week, you've gotta start him Thursday. And honestly, if you picked up Edelman, he's a good sell high candidate in a trade. I think once Amendola is back and TE Rob Gronkowski returns (as well as Thompkins and Sudfeld getting a few more games under their belts) that Edelman's value will dip significantly.


Start 'em in 2 QB leagues only
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QB Geno Smith -- The former Mountaineer was solid in his NFL debut and could put up decent numbers again. EJ Manuel had an efficient day throwing against the Pats secondary, tossing two TD passes (although only passing for 150 yards) and adding 23 yards on the ground with no turnovers. In a 12-team, two quarterback league, I'd give Geno a shot this week as my No. 2. I'd start him over Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Alex Smith this week.

Take a seat, son
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RBs Bilal Powell/Chris Ivory -- There was a time when I was really excited about Ivory. Now is not that time. The Patriots did a pretty good job bottling up CJ Spiller, and neither of these guys are CJ Spiller (or Fred Jackson for that matter) so I'd be hesitant to roll with either one any week until one of them emerges as the clear-cut No. 1 in green.
Jets WRs -- Jeremy Kerley is likely out, but if you were counting on him to start for your team, you've got much bigger problems and I suggest you start playing in daily fantasy football leagues because you're in for a long season. Stephen Hill? Santonio Holmes? Meh. Give it a few weeks to see if any trends begin to develop before you decide to invest in any Jets WR.
WR Kembrell Thompkins -- Long-term, I still believe in Thompkins. He was targeted a team-high 14 times by Brady last week, however only reeled in four of those. Brady is a smart player though, and he'll keep coming back to Thompkins if he thinks he's open. With that said, Thompkins, who is the Patriots' X receiver, will probably be matched up with Antonio Cromartie this week. That's not a good match-up for anyone (although Vincent Jackson did fine last week) so I'd avoid Thompkins this week. If someone in your league dropped him after his lackluster week 1 and you have room to stash someone, I reinterate, I still like Thompkins long-term.


Taking a flier
TE Kellen Winslow -- There were a ton of tight ends who had big games in week 1, including Winslow who snagged 7 for 79 and a score. He's certainly not in my top 12 TEs this week, but if you're desperate for help at the position, he and Smith seemed to develop some chemistry, and Smith has to throw the ball to someone.

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