MAN UP/STEP ASIDE TNF
The drama never ends in the Big Apple. You’ve got to think that Eli Manning is probably regretting not retiring last season. The Giants locker room is a mess! And well, not only is there no leadership, they’re not sniffing the playoffs anytime soon. At least not this season. You’ve got got Odell making humiliating statements to the media, and during the game on the sidelines, the cameras caught an enraged Sterling Shepard in a boxing match with a trash can? Ahh, like father like son. They grow up so fast, don’t they Odell? Eli was also with Lil Wayne, was he? Either way Eli, here are some Wayne lyrics I chose from his latest album The Carter V. Hope it helps you bounce back.
“Don’t call it a comeback/It was dark, now the sun back/Hit me hard, but I punched back/The wheels fell off, I rode the hubcap/Is it suicide or it’s do or die/It’s newer days and it’s bluer skies/I told myself ‘It’s just you and I’/Then the breeze came and it blew my mind” —Lil Wayne
Philly isn’t doing any better either. Jay Ajayi expressed frustrations for the team not running the ball more. Then they just lost Jay Ajayi for the season to a torn ACL. On offense the chemistry just isn’t there. Defensively the drama is even more juicier! Fletcher Cox was seen shoving Jalen Mills, after his fellow teammate was taunting Adam Thielen. Former starter, now benched left guard Stefen Wisniewski took to Twitter to announce to the world that he was demoted for Isaac Seumalo. What a game this should be. Needless to say, both teams are desperate for a win here, and besides the fights, Thursday night should be a very fantasy friendly game.
I’m going for it. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Eli scores at least 25 points on Thursday night. Odell did look good slinging the ball to Barkley, but for Eli to restore some faith back into their locker room he needs to be a stern commander on the field.
I’ll admit I don’t know how comfortable I am if i have to play Smallwood, but even with Clement returning to action, Smallwood is in a rhythm right now.
Odell Beckham Jr.
I do my best to not feature too many, or any stars on this column, but its hard not to when we saw Odell explode on Sunday. Besides the crazy things he could say, Odell plays with a lot of passion, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. If anybody really wants this win on Thursday nights, its Odell.
After a solid 2017 campaign, Agholor has been disappointing through the first five weeks of the season. It’s hard to trust Agholor until you see something, but with Janoris Jenkins on Alshon Jeffrey this week, give I don’t mind Agholor when it comes to flex consideration.
Shepard has the talent to easily catch ten balls for over 100 yards and a touchdown, but he has more days of catching five balls for 40 yards. The Eagles defense has been super shake this season, but I don’t see Shepard blowing up on a short week.
Clement is another running back thrown into a committee in Philly. After missing weeks 4-5 I’m not rushing to play him in my lineup. Definitely add him with Ajayi out, but I want to see how well his hamstring is holding up first.
Evan Engram/Rhett Ellison
I’m not starting any Giants tight end on a short week, regardless of who’s playing. It’s been noting but a huge migraine when it comes to playing either guy. And when you do play the healthy guy, you’re saying a prayer hoping he falls into the end zone.
After a huge week 4 on the road, Jeffrey fell back to earth as Xavier Woods eliminated Jeffrey last week. I do expect to Jeffrey to have a better game here compared to his performance on Sunday, but against another tough CB, I may go look for better options at WR.