Before the New York Jets’ Week 1 matchup on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, head coach Robert Saleh was clear that Breece Hall would be on a snap count. Still recovering from an ACL injury during his rookie season, Saleh was not going to push it with Hall.
With the Jets facing a tough matchup on Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys, is Hall a player fantasy football managers should still be starting? And if not, would running back Dalvin Cook be a good alternative?
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Hall returning to the Jets was certainly something that lifted spirits in New York, especially when Jets fans were deflated after star quarterback Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon four plays into his Jets career.
Hall was the highlight of the Jets’ offense in Week 1. Totaling 147 yards on 11 total touches, the Buffalo Bills did not have an answer for the electric running back.
After such a dominating performance, the Jets are likely to turn Hall loose, right? Well, Saleh revealed on Friday that Hall will continue to be on a “pitch count” this weekend.
Hilarious: #Jets HC Robert Saleh gave RB Breece Hall (@BreeceH) 11 touches vs the #Bills as part of his pitch count + Hall nudged coach late in the 3rd quarter & said, ‘I know I’m on a pitch count but I can give more if I need to’, Saleh turned to him & responded, ‘well that’s… pic.twitter.com/CfKNO2Nf2R
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) September 15, 2023
While it is in Hall’s competitive nature to want to play every down, the Jets will continue to be careful not to overwork the young back. It is a long season, and the Jets want the talented running back to be healthy for all of it.
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With Hall being limited to fewer snaps, the question becomes if you can trust starting the RB in Week 2. Judging by his performance in Week 1, it is going to be hard to sit him. Hall took advantage of every opportunity he was given on Monday night. While the Dallas Cowboys’ defense poses a major challenge in Week 2, I think Hall will be up for it when he touches the ball.
Should You Start Dalvin Cook?
Whether Hall has a major impact on Sunday’s game or not doesn’t stop there from being interest in Dalvin Cook this week as well. While not nearly as exciting as Hall, Cook out-carried and out-touched Hall in Week 1 against the Bills.
Cook finished Monday night with 33 rushing yards on 13 carries. He also added three catches for 26 yards. If Cook is going to out-snap Hall, he is still a viable option for fantasy teams in Week 2. Opportunity is key to the success of any NFL player.
But Cook’s efficiency numbers were nothing to write home about on Monday night. And he is now matched up against a Cowboys defense that is yet to surrender a point this year.
But an underlying stat from the Cowboys matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football was that the team surrendered 108 yards on the ground on 28 total carries. This is not a suffocating run defense by those stats. And with Zach Wilson starting for the Jets, the team may rely heavily on the run game on Sunday.
Cook is a decent option for starting in Week 2, but I would imagine that most fantasy teams will have a player with more upside on their roster. Even if Cook is out-snapping Hall, he is still splitting carries. And he is not nearly as electric as his second-year running mate.
I think Cook will need to grab some pine on your rosters this weekend.