WR Jermaine Kearse - New York Jets
|6-1, 209||Born: 2-6-1990||College: Washington||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Kearse's value revival was short-lived, even with Josh McCown back out there at quarterback in Week 13. He can be dropped even in deep leagues.
Week 14: at Buffalo Bills
FBG says: Bad matchup. Sam Darnold looks likely to return this week, and surprisingly, the Jets truly need him back under center. Darnold has suffered through a mostly poor rookie year, completing just 55% of his throws for just 4.5 adjusted net yards per attempt, third-lowest among 34 qualifying passers. But 39-year-old Josh McCown has been just as bad in relief, and Darnold isn't without promise. His arm talent has been as advertised, as he's flashed the ability to hit tight windows downfield. Still, he's been wildly erratic on far too many throws and shown a habit of firing into traffic he didn't seem to see. He's produced little beyond dump-offs and underneath slot routes, and none of his receivers have carved out any usable fantasy value. Even with solid volume, this is a low-efficiency, low-impact passing game that lacks real weapons. None of it usable in fantasy. On paper, the Buffalo pass defense has been historically great over the past month, allowing just 134 yards per game and picking off 6 passes. But it's worth noting the quarterbacks they've faced over that span: Mitchell Trubisky, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles, and Ryan Tannehill. That gives some perspective on the numbers, but doesn't take away from how stout this unit has become as they have allowed the fewest passing yards per game at just 203 on the year. This is definitely a talented, aggressive pass defense that often makes life difficult for opposing passers. Tre'Davious White has been an All-Pro shutdown guy all year, while safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde have been solid in downfield coverage and can swipe at the ball. Up front, a dynamic pass rush (31 sacks) comes from all angles and disrupts things further. The Bills have feasted on great matchups of late, but have also pushed a handful of top passers (Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins, for example) into inefficient days.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Jermaine Kearse's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 12 vs NE (12 / 6 / 66 / 1 rec)
Kearse saw a season high twelve targets, catching six, the second most he's snagged all season. His yardage total was the second highest of the year as well. He was also the target on quarterback josh McCown's only touchdown pass, as he was hit on an inside slant with a lot of wide-open green in front of him on the way to the end zone. He had some issues hauling in the ball on occasion though, and at least one drop, contributing to his 50 percent catch rate.
2018 Week 10 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Kearse was the target on Josh McCown's second interception, and was really well covered on it as well, even if the ball hadn't been picked off by a lurking Micah Hyde. Mostly working out of the slot should have helped embed Kearse into the game plan more fully, but his quarterback couldn't get him the ball, and Kearse was having issues ditching his coverage as well.
2018 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
It wasn't a good day for Kearse, who dropped one ball that could have extended a drive and even worse, caught a ball with his feet out of bounds, robbing the offense of a first down. In an offense which is misfiring as much as the Jets are, you can't afford to have a receiver with that little situational awareness. If he's not careful, Kearse could end up following Terrelle Pryor off the team. That said, he did lead the team in targets.
2018 Week 8 vs CHI (10 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Kearse caught all three of his catches in the first half, off of eight targets. Then he took a hit on a play and was banged up, resulting in very little work the rest of the day. The injury didn't seem to linger after the game so he should be back against Miami next week.
2018 Week 6 vs IND (10 / 9 / 94 / 0 rec)
With Quincy Enunwa exiting the game early with an ankle injury, Kearse went off, catching all but one of his targets and leading the Jets in receiving yards. The Jets used him on a lot of slants and crossing routes, and Kearse gashed the Colts defense. One such play came on a 2nd & 20 at the Jets own 15-yard line. Kearse ran a post-route, getting inside of his coverage where Sam Darnold could hit him before the receiver reached the single deep safety. Kearse got the Jets a first down and extend a drive which led to a field, extending the lead to 9 points.
2018 Week 5 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Kearse got plenty of catches but he and quarterback Sam Darnold rarely seemed on the same page, with Kearse missing a few potential passes and Darnold missing him on another.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
A couple of weeks worth of miscues and lackadaisical effort seemed to have resulted in Terrelle Pryor seeing just two snaps on offense, which gave Kearse a chance to see a significant amount of snaps. Still, all of his targets came in the second half. He did have a very nice catch late in the third quarter where he showed great control in getting both feet in on a sideline catch. Aside from that and a few deep balls which his quarterback missed on, Kearse was quiet.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
On the plus side, the Jets seemed to remember Jermaine Kearse existed after all but ignoring him in Week 2. On the downside, he only caught three of his six targets and his impact is limited because the Jets won't take Sam Darnold's training wheels off. Kearse is a decent receiver who isn't being asked to do much and doesn't seem to have much of a role on offense right now.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
The forgotten Jets receiver, Kearse only saw one target and was brought down behind the line of scrimmage. So far he doesn't look like much of an option for this offense.
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