Kickoff: Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Betting Odds: NYG -3, 43 Total via Oddsshark
Washington Football Team
Kyle Allen (Sit)
Coach Ron Rivera said that as long as Kyle Allen is healthy enough to play, he will start against the Giants. And as long as there is anyone else available on your waiver wire, you should not start Allen in fantasy. The Giants defense has been a bit better than expected, but still nothing to run away from. But Allen just has not proved himself to be a strong starter or relevant fantasy option. The Football Team three for 111 yards last week, don’t hurt yourself.
Antonio Gibson (Start, Flex), J.D. McKissic (Sit, Deep Flex)
Antonio Gibson has kept trending up all season. Last week he saw 91% of the running back carries (11 to one for J.D. McKissic), which is his highest in a game so far. He has taken over the red-zone carries from Peyton Barber and is now tied with Barber on the season. The biggest question coming into the year was how quickly the Football Team would trust him with the rushing workload (as he played mostly WR in college) and it appears to have already happened in Week 5. He ran a route on 40% of dropbacks last week compared to 58% for McKissic, but those percentages have been slowly creeping together. Gibson will eventually take over this backfield, it’s just a bit surprising we are waiting on the receiving game and not the running game. Against the Giants (who are 12th in run defense by DVOA per Football Outsiders), Gibson is a solid Flex option and McKissic is a deep flex option in PPR if you are desperate and just need some points.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Terry McLaurin (Start, Flex), Logan Thomas (Sit)
Terry McLaurin is the only pass-catcher we want from the Football Team. The Giants have not been an incredible pass defense, but James Bradberry has been one of the few shutdown corners this season. He has traveled with Allen Robinson, Amari Cooper, and Robert Woods, who averaged 3.6 catches for 30 yards and no touchdowns. If you have McLaurin you probably need to start him with all the bye weeks, but I would have lowered expectations this week. It is time to move on from Logan Thomas. He is getting every you want to see from a TE (fourth in routes run and seventh in targets), but he just cannot do anything with it.
New York Giants
Daniel Jones (Sit)
Daniel Jones has two touchdowns (b0th in Week One), five interceptions, and three lost fumbles in five games this year. The Giants offense has averaged 16.2 points per game and that is with the Giants scoring a defensive touchdown last week. Jones is not startable in fantasy right now and probably won’t be for the rest of the season. Jason Garrett has been one of the worst offensive coordinators in the NFL so far this year and has done little to change up the offense.
DeVonta Freeman (Sit, Deep Flex)
DeVonta Freeman has taken over the backfield and has played over half the snaps in the past two weeks. He out-touched Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman 19 to a combined 9 last week. The Football Team is 16th in run defense by DVOA (per Football Outsiders), so they are a defense we need to avoid. Freeman is startable, based mostly on volume alone, if you need a bye week fill in.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Darius Slayton (Start, WR2), Golden Tate (Sit), Evan Engram (Start, TE1)
As of writing this preview, Sterling Shepard has not been activated off IR though it is a possibility he will be before the game Sunday. Darius Slayton and Evan Engram are the only real fantasy startable options from the Giants offense, and even Engram is only because TE is terrible again this year. Slayton is the team leader in red-zone targets and is ninth in the NFL in air yards (497). Slayton can be relied on all year as a solid WR2. Engram is third in routes run and fifth in targets among TEs but has barely anything to show for it. Jason Garrett has pigeon-holed Engram as a short curl option exclusively. Engram has the talent and TE is so shallow that we need to continue to use him and hope Garrett can adjust. Golden Tate is third on the team in targets but with Jones playing poorly, the third option in the offense is not worth holding.
-Frank Costanzo (@FrankQBList on Twitter, Zzzonked92 on Reddit)