Kickoff: Sunday, December 13th, at 1:00 PM EST
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Betting Odds: ARI -2.5, 45 total via Oddsshark
Kyler Murray (Start, QB1 with some caution)
Now losers of three straight, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals enter Week 14 to face a Giants defense that just held Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in check. For argument’s sake, Seattle only managed to score 12 points against New York, so it’s tough to gauge what Murray himself will be able to do against a rolling defense. Murray salvaged his fantasy day against the Rams last week with three touchdowns, but the lack of rushing yards as of late is a bit of concern. He’s only had 15 rush attempts total in the last three games that went for 61 yards. Even so, you’re going to start him & hope for QB1 production but anticipate a QB2 finish.
Kenyan Drake (Start, RB2), Chase Edmonds (Sit)
Despite a season-low 10 carries, Kenyan Drake found the end zone for the fourth time in the last three games against the Rams Week 13. He was also targeted three times, hauling in two receptions for nine yards. It’s clear this is his backfield, with Chase Edmonds chiming in ever so often, and you can deploy Drake as a volume-based RB2. The Giants just allowed Chris Carson to rush for 65 yards on 13 carries, with 45 receiving yards on three catches – six targets – and a score.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
DeAndre Hopkins (Start, WR1), Christian Kirk (Sit), Dan Arnold (Sit)
The target share is there for DeAndre Hopkins, but he’s had a few down weeks; albeit the play of Murray is certainly a factor. As assumed, last week he lied up against Jalen Ramsey and managed to score a four-yard touchdown, but he was held to just 52 receiving yards. He’s set to face James Bradberry, who is having a great season with New York, but remains a WR1. Christian Kirk has been a bench candidate as of late and remains so this week. Tight end Dan Arnold had his biggest game of the season against the Rams, scoring twice on just two receptions – three targets – for 61 yards. That said, he’s not a viable starting option, as he’s shown no signs of consistency in the Arizona pass-game.
New York Giants
Colt McCoy (Sit), Daniel Jones (if active, Sit)
Who had the Giants going into Seattle and winning with Colt McCoy under center? I don’t even know if McCoy himself did. All jokes aside, McCoy was a bonafide game manager, completing 13 of 22 attempts for 105 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. It was the NY defense that got the job done against Seattle, and McCoy was rather inconsistent all game. That said, he’s a sit for me should he have to start again. If Daniel Jones returns from his hamstring injury – which he is trending to do as of Wednesday morning – I still would not be comfortable starting him in what is the first week of the fantasy playoffs for many.
Wayne Gallman Jr. (Start, RB2)
Wayne Gallman Jr. has been a waiver wire darling since Week 7 and onward. He’s scored every game in that span except last week versus Seattle, but notably, he did crush them for 135 yards on 16 carries. He’s a locked-in RB2 for an offense that is lacking true QB play at the moment.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Sterling Shepard (Start, FLEX), Golden Tate (Sit), Darius Slayton (Sit), Evan Engram (Start, TE1)
It’s hard to justify starting any of the Giants’ wide receivers if McCoy is under center again this week. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and especially Darius Slayton, need Jones back to have fantasy relevancy this late in the season. I suppose you can roll with Shepard as he’s been the most consistent Giants receiver in recent weeks anyhow. You can also continue to start Evan Engram as the tight end position remains a crapshoot for fantasy purposes.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)