Fantasy Football: Is Justin Herbert a good start vs New York Jets?

Chicago Bears v Los Angeles Chargers
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The Los Angeles Chargers head to the East Coast to take on the New York Jets on Monday night football, where all eyes are focused on the matchup between Justin Herbert and Zach Wilson. Herbert and the Chargers are 3-4 while Wilson and the Jets are 4-3, heading in the right direction so far this season. The Chargers' offense has no issue putting up the yards each game, gaining over 300 total yards of offense in all but one game this season (five games of more than 350 yards).

Justin Herbert has been performing well up to this point, throwing for 13 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He is coming off a stellar performance against the Chicago Bears where he completed 78% of his throws for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns and was not sacked once for the first time this season.

While it was the Bears who have been horrendous this season, it was a confidence boost of performance to head into this Monday night matchup. Herbert is going up against a defensive unit that has been great all season long and continues to give opposing offenses issues. The Jets' pass defense has only allowed over 250 passing yards once this season against the Eagles (268), and are only allowing 184 yards through the air per game.

Is Justin Herbert a safe play in fantasy football for Monday night against New York?

When it comes to fantasy football, it is never easy to make the risk move of benching a star fantasy player, especially a player like Herbert. However, if you are in a position to either make a run to the playoffs or potentially get a first round bye that some leagues have, those kinds of decisions are unpopular but sometimes necessary.

Unless you have another quarterback that has a tough matchup of their own and not the same fantasy ceiling as Herbert, you may want to consider taking the risk of putting Herbert on the bench because the Jets' defense at home is scary.