Kickoff: Sunday, December 12th at 4:05 PM ET
Location: Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Betting Odds: LAC, -9.5, 43.5 Total on Tipico Sportsbooks
New York Giants
Mike Glennon or Jacob Fromm (Sit)
Mike Glennon dropped this fade pass in PERFECTLY.
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— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019
Daniel Jones is “likely” out with a neck injury as of Wednesday reports. That leaves Mike Glennon who is battling a concussion and Jacob Fromm who is the third-string quarterback. I’m going to keep it short sweet and to the point, the Chargers have been exceptional against the passing game this year. Even with Jones in, I wouldn’t have played him, so now that it’s the third-string I’m definitely not going to play Fromm.
Saquon Barkley (Start)
Everyone is just going about their business this week like Saquon Barkley didn't try to 360 hurdle a guy last Sundaypic.twitter.com/ZDrtXwFiaN
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) December 8, 2021
Saquon Barkley gets the opportunity to right the ship this season with one of the best matchups for running backs. The Chargers have given up the second-most yards (1,426) and TDs (15) to opposing running backs. Barkley has yet to collect 100 rushing yards in a single game this year and hasn’t really been close either. Look for Barkley to finally break that streak in this game, Saquon is an RB1 in this game.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Kenny Golladay (Sit), Sterling Shepard (Flex), Kadarius Toney (Sit), Evan Engram (Sit)
Daniel Jones to Sterling Shepard for a 37 yard Giants touchdown!
Peep the Devontae Booker block pic.twitter.com/O4LY4Jq9Xo
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) September 12, 2021
Kenny Golladay has yet to live up to his contract and with no TDs this year and one 100 yard game. Golladay should continue to be a faded player in this game. Sterling Shepard is the only player I want anything to do with in this game, just because he can offer a WR2 in PPR leagues. Kadarius Toney could be a desperation flex play in this game as he does possess PPR potential but with the QB position in doubt, I’m not going to take that chance. I’m sitting Toney in this game. Evan Engram could be a sneaky play this week, coming off a four-catch, 61-yard day and with a backup playing QB, there could be a lot of targets coming Engram’s way. Engram is a start-able TE this week.
Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert (Start)
Justin Herbert a top 5 LB in the league. pic.twitter.com/Uf3hHuD7rJ
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 5, 2021
Justin Herbert has been picking up steam as of late, averaging 334 yards, 2.6 TDS in the last three games. He’s also been running the ball more, averaging 44 rushing yards in that three-game span. Look for Herbert to exploit the Giants in this game with ease. The only setback he may have is his lack of weapons with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams on the COVID-19 list. I still think he possesses QB1 potential in this game with or without Allen and Williams.
Austin Ekeler (Start)
.@AustinEkeler scores to extend the @Chargers lead, 38-22. #BoltUp
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— NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2021
Austin Ekeler has 15 TDs this year and has shattered all expectations that people had for him going into this year. As of now, Ekeler is getting at least 4.6 targets/game and should be heavily peppered in this game with the receivers in doubt for this week. Ekeler is a locked and loaded play this week, but if the receivers are indeed out this week then he could be in line for a bigger workload and more chances to score. Ekeler is a locked and loaded RB1.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Jalen Guyton (Start), Jared Cook (Flex), Josh Palmer (Sit)
WHAT. A. CATCH.
Herbert airs it out to Jalen Guyton for 6 ✈️
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2021
I’m approaching this game as if Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are out. I do want to make a note that if they do play, then you’re starting them this week. Jalen Guyton is the next man up until then, coming up with four catches, 90 yards, and a contested 44 yard TD last week. Guyton possesses the ability to make big plays and score from anywhere on the field. He’s a start-able WR2 in this game. Jared Cook should be a start this week without the team’s best receivers. He possesses a lot of the traits: size, speed, and good hands that the Chargers will be missing in Williams and Allen. Josh Palmer is an interesting play this week, he’s a talented receiver that has been buried in this depth chart. I don’t think he is startable but I do want to see what he can do in a possible starting situation.