Following up on a previous item
. ... Le'Veon Bell
understood the Jets listening to offers for him at the trade deadline. The running back was less understanding about his lack of touches in Sunday’s 29-15 loss to the Jaguars.
Bell saw only nine carries and three receptions.
He said he texted coach Adam Gase after the game and later vented his frustrations in a conversation with the coach.
“Yeah, I was frustrated, so I didn’t want to be in front of the media and say something that everybody could run with,” Bell said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I was frustrated. We lost the game, and I didn’t feel like I was involved. Plus, I feel like that was a game we kind of let go. I didn’t want to say anything I would regret because I was angry at the time.”
Bell, who has a career-low 3.2 yards per carry and only one touchdown, said he and Gase are “fine.”
“I expressed the way I felt to coach Gase and things like that,” Bell said. “We had a good little talk. I want to be one of the main reasons for helping the team win. I don’t like not being used and we end up losing the game. I felt like I couldn’t help my team out
“So we had that conversation. Hopefully, things are better from here on out. Obviously, I want to help my team win. That’s why I came here in the first place. I want to be involved and I want to help the team win games. I’m not upset at all if I’m not touching the ball and we’re winning, but we haven’t been winning, and I haven’t been able to help. That’s why I had to express a little bit, but we’ll be fine.”
As Profootballtalk.com's Charean Williams noted, Gase took the blame for not getting Bell more involved and Bell expects to be a bigger part of the game plan this week against the Dolphins’ 31st-ranked run defense.
But the favorable matchup this week isn't limited to Bell.
The season-ending injury to Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (knee, IR) considerably upgrades what was an extremely favorable matchup for Jets wide receivers, even had Howard been available for Week 9.
The Dolphins, for the season, have afforded the third-highest PPR fantasy points per target rate to the position (2.2), and the most to opposing WR1s (3.3), with that latter lead by a margin of nearly a full point.
According to ESPN.com's Tristan Cockroft, if it's Eric Rowe replacing Howard and joining Ryan Lewis on the outside for Week 9, we should be aware that the duo has combined to allow 24 catches, 377 yards and three touchdowns on 231 total coverage snaps, ranking among the least effective cornerbacks to date.
So Robby Anderson
and Jamison Crowder
jump back onto the fantasy radar.
As ESPN's Matthew Berry suggested, Crowder should have a nice game against a Miami team that's tied for the highest touchdown percentage from the slot allowed and has given up almost 16 yards per completion from the slot, the second most in the NFL.
And what about Demaryius Thomas
Over his last four games, Thomas has now seen 27 targets and has averaged four catches per outing.
Beyond that, with tight end Chris Herndon
listed as questionable (and with Gase unsure he'll be ready this week
), It's worth noting that veteran Ryan Griffin
posted a 4-66-2 receiving line on four targets against the Jaguars last Sunday.
Before you go chasing those points, however, remember that he entered Week 8 with a total of nine catches, 46 yards and one score on 12 targets.