Kickoff: Sunday, December 27 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Betting Odds: BAL -11, 45 Total via Oddsshark
New York Giants
Daniel Jones/Colt McCoy (Sit)
We aren’t sure at this point who will be the starter, but whoever it is should not be in consideration with everything on the line on Championship Sunday in the majority of fantasy leagues. Daniel Jones would be just coming back and probably not 100% and if he is out then Colt McCoy who only was able to put up 9 points versus Cleveland. Look elsewhere.
Wayne Gallman Jr/Alfred Morris/Dion Lewis (Sit)
Just like the quarterback position for the Giants, the running back room is one to avoid this week. After Wayne Gallman looked like he was locking into an RB2 or flex role, he was relegated to committee work the past couple of weeks and has seen his production drop each week, ending with his 9/29 role last week. On championship Sunday, you need players you can count on to have a safe floor. Just like the Giants QBs, look elsewhere here this week.
Darius Slayton (Sit), Sterling Shepard (Sit), Golden Tate (Sit), Evan Engram (Sit)
Oof, this is a rough week for Giants skill players in the Sit/Start article, but with a championship on the line and the Giants quarterback situation a question mark, it is looking like too murky a situation for me to say with confidence that anyone from this group should be in lineups given the time of year. Darius Slayton is the only one that showed promise last week with 11 PPR points, but other than that it has been single-digit central for this group. As we have said with everyone else from the Giants, look elsewhere and good luck if you are considering starting any of these guys. Even with the rough state of tight ends, Evan Engram who is a smokescreen Pro-Bowler somehow is not an option given his inconsistency.
Lamar Jackson (Start, QB1)
Lamar Jackson has returned to MVP level fantasy performance the past couple of weeks just in time to get managers (like me) into the championship. Now with a matchup that looks harder on paper than it is with the Giants, you can expect Lamar to give you similar output against the Giants. Coming off a three-touchdown and 100-yard rushing performance in Week 14, Lamar followed that up with a four-touchdown performance in Week 15. The good news was that Lamar had another 10 rushing attempts last week in the blowout. Start Lamar with confidence as a top 3 quarterback play as managers had hoped to come into the season when paying high draft capital.
JK Dobbins (Start, RB2), Gus Edwards (Sit)
A hot name after his two-touchdown debut, JK Dobbins was left on waivers from thereafter until Week 13 against Dallas when he started his four straight games of 13+ points, capped off by his Week 15 lead back work. With Mark Ingram being a healthy scratch last week, this is now a two-back backfield with Dobbins being the lead dog. That bodes well against a Christmas Tree Cake Giants run defense and Dobbins should once again be in line for a solid RB2 workload with around 15 touches once again. Gus Edwards is a great real-life player, but only a dart throw fantasy back who needs a touchdown or two to be relevant. Not worth the dart on this week.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Marquise Brown (Start, Flex), Dez Bryant (Sit), Mark Andrews (Start, TE1)
Marquise Brown has gotten back in the good graces of his quarterback it seems, but that still isn’t enough to vault him back to WR2 territory with the style of offense that the Ravens run. Yes, he does have four straight weeks of double-digit points with three touchdowns, he is best served as being a flex valuation as he is prone to throwing up a dud if the Ravens go ultra run-heavy. Yes, you should start him given his eight targets per game average over that four-game stretch, he is far from a sure thing. Dez Bryant was the feel-good story of last week, scoring his first touchdown since being in a Cowboys uniform, he is not someone who garners any consideration this week. Mark Andrews found his way back into the endzone last week and is as good a threat as any to get in the endzone week to week at the tight end position. Fire Andrews up as a middle of the pack TE1.
-Matt Dean (@MattDeanQBList on Twitter, mdean8 on Reddit)