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Fulfilling Fantasy

By Dylan Sanichara and Arjit Nair


The New York Giants, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills simultaneously had winning records for the first time since 1988. As of early December, the New York Giants had a record of 7-4-1, the New York Jets had a record of 7-5 and the Buffalo Bills had a record of 9-3. In addition, there has been significant talk about the teams’ defenses this season.


The Giants’ defensive line is led by Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, along with the number five pick in the NFL draft, Kayvon Thibodeaux, in the box and a secondary lead by Adoree Jackson and Julian Love. The Jets’ defensive line consists of key players like Quinnen Williams and first-round pick Jermaine Johnson, with CJ Mosley in the box alongside the fourth pick of the NFL Draft, Sauce Gardner, in the secondary. Gardner is in the conversation for defensive rookie of the year.


“The Jets are finally there. They had the best draft picking up potential candidates for offensive and defensive rookie of the year, and Mike White is something special,” junior Matthew Bomeisl said.


Source by Lindsay Kim

The New York Giants and the New York Jets are back in the game with winning records for the first time in decades.


The Bills are ranked fourth in pass and rush defense in the NFL. Their defensive line is led by Greg Rousseau and Ed Oliver with veteran Matt Milano and 2-time pro bowler Tremaine Edmunds leading the box and a secondary composed of all-pro corner, Tre-Davious White and all-pro safety, Jordan Poyer.


The NY teams’ offenses are in the spotlight as they have seen success this season. Buffalo’s star quarterback, Josh Allen, is putting up MVP-caliber numbers with the help of star-wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.


“I mean if we think about it, the only New York team is the best team in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen is Bills’ guy at quarterback, and it's gonna be like that for a while. We got the number one odds [for the Super Bowl] for a reason,” sophomore Cameron Conroy said.


Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been proving his position to fans. Despite the poor offensive line and lack of star receivers, Daniel Jones has been putting up solid numbers. Star running-back Saquon Barkley has also been performing well, as he is top five in rushing yards.


“Daniel Jones is the guy for the Giants. He’s working to beat the odds. With a healthy Barkley and adding some more receivers, the Giants could be trouble for other teams in the NFC,” sophomore Charlie Vazquez said.


“As a Giants fan, I see a ring in the future, but for right now, I think that we’re still in a rebuild. The Eagles are doing some unbelievable things with their new offensive addition of AJ Brown and quarterback Jalen Hurts putting together an MVP caliber season. They look like the undoubtable Super Bowl favorites this year, ” sophomore Jacob Keiper said.


The Jets quarterbacks have worked hard and have had many solid performances. Joe Flacco, Zach Wilson and Mike White have made significant contributions as quarterbacks. Offensive tools, such as wide receiver Garret Wilson and running back Breece Hall, have had major impacts on the team’s offense.


Recently, fantasy sports have regained popularity among sports fans. Fantasy football has especially had a remarkable comeback, with 82 percent of people who participate in fantasy sports playing fantasy football. This is due to the simplicity of the game compared to other sports; football is a 16-game season, unlike basketball which has 82 games, and baseball which has 162 games. A smaller number of games require less changes to the fantasy team which keeps participants more eager to play.


“I’ve been playing fantasy football since eighth grade, and it's become a passion of mine. Every year I play and participate in multiple leagues. Just the thrill of forming a team, it's like I am my own general manager. I love strategizing and competing with my friends,” freshman Eddie Kuczinski said.

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