Monday Night Football Preview: Giants at Eagles
Monday October 19, 2015
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
We get an NFC East rivalry game on Monday Night Football. It should be a big game for fantasy owners. The Giants have some big name guys and fantasy owners love to overrate the Eagles’ offense. So, we’ll all pretend like their offense is good and their players are relevant. The Eagles have been pretty awful this season and the Giants are leading their anemic division. This should be a high scoring game for the Giants. The Eagles are going to have to have a huge day through the air if they want to stay in this game. The Giants have a very tough run defense.
New York Giants: Key Players
QB Eli Manning
Manning is coming off a huge week in which he a put up 441 yards and three touchdowns while completing 75.9 percent of his passes. The Eagles are nearly as bad as the 49ers against opposing quarterbacks; they’re allowing over 19 fantasy points per game to QBs.
Verdict: Start Manning. He has been coming on very strong and should have a big night on Monday. He’s thrown six TDs over the past two games.
RB Shane Vereen
Vereen is the best option at running back for the Giants. He’s their only back with a defined role. It’s difficult to figure out what to make of Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Vereen is coming off an eight-catch game.
Verdict: Start Vereen. He has a ton of PPR value. Sit him in standard leagues though.
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ is expected to be a game-time decision with a hamstring injury. If 100 percent, he should have a monster week. However, there is a strong chance he’s not at full strength. The matchup is great, but the hammy is risky.
Verdict: Start Beckham. If he plays, you have to start him. Just make sure to have a backup plan and monitor his status up until game time. He’s a bit too pricey this week in DFS leagues.
TE Larry Donnell
Donnell is coming off a strong week in which he won the game with a really nice catch. He’s averaged more than four catches a game this season and has grabbed two TDs. He’s not a yardage guy, but is a decent PPR option.
Verdict: Start Donnell. I like him to be a top-12 option this week. If you’re scrambling for a TE, he’s a really solid option to plug in.
QB Sam Bradford
Bradford has been wildly inconsistent this season and not overly impressive. It’s very difficult to trust this guy. He is yet to develop into the fantasy superstar every Eagles QB is predicted to be.
Verdict: Sit Bradford. He’s not an awful option, especially with Prince Amukamara out. Nevertheless, he’s not a great option either. He’s not a QB1 this week.
RB Darren Sproles
It’s hard not to love Sproles. He’s a dangerous and explosive little guy. As far as PPR backs go, he’s been among the best in the business for a very long time. However, he’s been slowed down in Philadelphia. He can go off any given week, but he’s another guy that’s tough to trust.
Verdict: Sit Sproles. The Eagles don’t utilize Sproles to the best of his ability. He is your best option of the Philly RBs, nonetheless, that’s still not good enough right now.
RB DeMarco Murray
When I ranked Murray outside of the top 30 this year people thought I was either crazy or stupid. Now I wish I would have ranked him closer to 50.
Verdict: Sit Murray. He’s been awful and he’ll never be the same again. The Cowboys ruined him last season with a massive workload and they knew it. He’s barely worth a roster spot at this point.
WR Jordan Matthews
Matthews has not lived up to expectations this season. With that said, he has a great matchup this week against a banged up Giants secondary. He is by far the top wideout and Philly and is always dangerous.
Verdict: Start Matthews. Despite his early season woes, he’s still very talented. My gut feeling is he has a very strong outing on Monday. At this point, he’s almost all they got.
New York: 34