The New York Jets have been a dysfunctional franchise for most of this season, and this week has been no exception — especially with their issues at quarterback. But how much will that impact whether fantasy football managers should start RB Breece Hall or RB Dalvin Cook against the Houston Texans in Week 14? We’ll look at the fantasy outlook for each player.
Should You Start Breece Hall or Dalvin Cook This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say Hall is the player to start. His projected 10.5 points include 38 rushing yards, two receptions, and 22 receiving yards. That projected stat line easily outperforms Cook’s projected 4.9 points.
My ranking for these two running backs aligns with the consensus. However, Hall’s various injury issues over the last week are worth following as the week goes on. One week after a hamstring injury nearly sidelined him, Hall missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury.
Fantasy Outlook for Hall This Week
Hall was listed as questionable to play last week because of a hamstring injury, and while he was in the lineup against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, the numbers suggest that perhaps he was playing at less than 100%.
He did get a decent workload with 19 touches against the “Dirty Birds,” his most touches in a game since Week 9, but those carries produced just 45 scrimmage yards, which comes out to just 2.4 yards per touch.
The biggest concern surrounding Hall these days has to be running the ball. He finished with only 16 yards on 13 carries last week, an average of 1.2 yards per carry. And while that was a season-low in yards per carry, it was also the third time this season Hall has averaged fewer than two yards per rush in a game.
Still, he remains one of the most versatile running backs in the game. He has 44 catches on the season, and over his last six games, he has more yards receiving (236) than rushing (159).
It’s worth keeping an eye on his health for the rest of the week. If he plays, struggling as he may be, he’s still the best option of the two New York backs.
Fantasy Outlook for Cook This Week
Although he only was on the field for 18 offensive snaps, Cook managed to get nine carries last week — his most in a game since Week 1. He finished with a season-high 35 rushing yards.
The previous sentence should tell you all you need to know about his fantasy value entering Week 14.
Again, this all changes if Hall can’t go. Presumably, if Cook gets a chance to be the RB1, he should have fairly fresh legs, having been on the field for 40% or more of the offensive snaps once all season.
The PFN Optimizer projects Cook to finish with 21 rushing yards, one reception, and seven receiving yards.
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