Kickoff: Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Betting Odds: NYG +7, 44.5 Total on Oddshark
Writer: Drew DeLuca (@DrewDeLaware on Twitter)
Jalen Hurts (Start, QB1)
Jalen Hurts has finished as the QB6 or better every week with two exceptions: a rainy, windy slopfest against the Jacksonville Jaguars (QB15) and a home victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, when he finished as the QB12. He’s the second-highest-scoring fantasy quarterback on the season and has compiled more rushing touchdowns than any other player at the position. Thanks to this elite rushing production, few quarterbacks offer a higher floor: only Justin Fields and Lamar Jackson have run for more yards this season at the position.
Only eight teams have allowed fewer points per game to fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, yet the Giants rank 28th in Defensive DVOA. The matchup is no reason to fade Hurts, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row. The emerging MVP candidate is the overall QB1 this week in several experts’ rankings this week.
Miles Sanders (Start, RB1), Kenny Gainwell (Sit), Boston Scott (Sit)
Miles Sanders came back down to earth after posting a career-high 143 rushing yards on 21 carries in Week 12. A rushing touchdown salvaged an otherwise disappointing day for his fantasy owners, as Sanders managed only 38 total yards on 12 touches in Week 13 against the Titans despite a very favorable game script. However, since the start of Week 9, only the Seahawks and Packers have coughed up more points per game to opposing running backs than the Giants. Expect Sanders to reward his fantasy managers with low-end RB1 numbers this Sunday.
Kenny Gainwell put up 53 total yards in Week 13, his highest total of the season. Meanwhile, Boston Scott‘s seven touches tied his season high. Both are likely to see the ball in the red zone, yet neither will garner enough touches to make a significant fantasy impact. Both should remain on your waiver wire for now.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
A.J. Brown (Start, WR1), DeVonta Smith (Start, WR2), Quez Watkins (Sit), Zach Pascal (Sit), Jack Stoll (Sit), Grant Calcaterra (Sit), Tyree Jackson (Sit)
A.J. Brown enjoyed a revenge game for the ages and helped push Titans General Manager Jon Robinson out the door with a memorable 8-119-2 performance. Brown should enjoy another Top 10 finish in a favorable matchup against a very beatable New York Giants secondary. Meanwhile, DeVonta Smith enjoys the fifth-highest Matchup Advantage score on PFF this week (91.0 out of 100), and it wouldn’t surprise us in the slightest to see “Skinny Batman” have his day.
After drawing 18 targets through the first 11 weeks of the season, Quez Watkins has notched 11 in his last two games. Watkins can break the back of a defense with his speed, but while his target volume has crept up in recent weeks, fantasy managers would be wise to leave Quez on the waiver wire for now. Meanwhile, Zach Pascal is a great blocker, special teams standout, and a decent route runner, but he likewise won’t see enough targets to be fantasy relevant.
In the absence of Dallas Goedert, the Eagles once again turned to backup tight ends Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra, each of whom posted at least one splash play of 19 yards or more. However, neither is an especially attractive streaming option, even with six teams on bye. Hard pass here.
New York Giants
Daniel Jones (Sit, QB2)
No quarterback has thrown for more than 250 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles so far this season, and we don’t like the odds of Daniel Jones becoming the first. He has only topped that mark once this season himself, and that was against a Charmin-soft Detroit Lions pass defense that ranks sixth from the bottom in passing yards allowed per game. The Eagles’ defense is far more formidable.
Jones does offer a nice rushing floor, averaging 43.5 rushing yards per game. His 71 yards on the ground last week was his most since Week 7. However, through 13 weeks of the 2022 regular season, Jones has thrown more than one touchdown pass only three times. You can certainly do worse, but we don’t endorse Jones as a streaming option in Week 14 against an Eagles defense that’s starting to find its groove.
Saquon Barkley (Start, RB1), Matt Breida (Sit), Gary Brightwell (Sit)
After a strong start to the season in which he finished as a Top 12 running back four times in six weeks, Saquon Barkley has since cooled off. The former Penn State stud has only two such finishes in his six most recent games. The good news: last week was one of them, as he finished as the RB11 by posting 71 total yards on 18 carries and five catches, tossing in a touchdown for good measure.
Barkley, who was on the field for 88 percent of the Giants’ offensive plays in Week 13, isn’t exactly sharing the football with his backfield mates. Matt Breida handled the remaining running back snaps but managed only one paltry touch. Gary Brightwell didn’t touch the ball at all. Barkley is a solid mid-tier RB1 option against an improving Eagles defense, but Breida and Brightwell shouldn’t be rostered.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Darius Slayton (Start, FLEX), Isaiah Hodgins (Sit), Richie James (Sit), Marcus Johnson (Sit), David Sills (Sit), Daniel Bellinger (Sit, TE2)
Since Week 8, Darius Slayton has either led or tied for the team lead in targets every week. He’s the undisputed top option in the Giants’ passing attack, but that’s not saying much given the dearth of competition. Richie James posted a couple of good games before getting hurt. Speaking of getting hurt, the Giants haven’t been able to count on Kenny Golladay or Sterling Shepard for most of the season, and budding star rookie Wan’Dale Robinson recently blew out a knee for good measure.
Mercifully, Isaiah Hodgins has stepped up in recent weeks, emerging as a solid possession receiver in the absence of the receivers above. Meanwhile, Marcus Johnson and David Sills have no business being anywhere near your fantasy lineups in any format. Slayton is the only wide receiver we can live with as a FLEX play in lineups this week.
Daniel Bellinger is the only other option in the passing game worth keeping an eye on. The rookie tight end came back from a fractured eye socket and reeled in all five of his targets, tying a season-high for the rookie. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been terribly productive in those opportunities, averaging only 4.8 yards per target last week.