Man Up/Step Aside TNF [Giants at Patriots]
In a perfect world we get Eli Manning and Saquan Barkley going up to Gillette Stadium to battle against the reigning Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots.
Sadly for Manning and the Giants, they are severely hit with injuries to their biggest playmakers, and Eli is now hanging out on the sidelines holding up a clipboard as he watches Daniel Jones under center.
For the Patriots it’s business as usual and Tom Brady is keeping a secret formula away from everybody as he still remains one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
It’s a little weird that the NFL would schedule these two on a short week. While the game is going to be played in a prime time spot, fans likely won’t get to see both teams put up a thrilling game compared to what fans got to see from the past two Thursday night games.
Anything can happen during any football game, but fantasy wise it’s not looking like too much to be excited about. You’ve got your Patriots that you’re going to start, but if you need some help playing a player or two from the waiver wire, I’m here for you.
It’s been up and down with Patriots receivers in fantasy this season, but despite the frustration with these players, Gordon has still managed to be a good flex play. Against Washington, Gordon saw eight targets and still remains as one of Tom Brady’s top options. Gordon hasn’t found the end zone since week 1, but Thursday night could be good bet that he scores.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2019
More of a daily play here if you’re going cheap or if you’re in a super deep league and could just use a warm body at this point in the season, Hilliman is worthy of a flex.
Wayne Gallman hasn’t exactly been ruled out as of yet for Thursday, but he wasn’t seen at Giants practice on Tuesday. There’s also a lot of doubt that the Giants would even roll out Gallman on a short week after exiting Sunday’s game with a concussion.
During many fantasy drafts, Michel was being taken in the middle rounds with the hope of Michel building on the momentum that he brought to the team in his rookie season. Sadly, Michel has been a player that isn’t trusted much in lineups and on top of that it’s hard to drop a player with this type of talent.
Luckily Michel has given fantasy managers hope going forward in the season, and to make you feel more comfortable about plugging Michel into your lineups, Rex Burkhead is dealing with a foot injury. Chances are that Burkhead sits out Thursday and Michel could have another shot at having a big game. It was also nice seeing Michel finally catch some passes on Sunday.
The Patriots finally got Sony Michel involved in the passing game yesterday, and he looked like a completely different guy. He didn't make plays like this last season. pic.twitter.com/cn3cpQeNz8
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 7, 2019
I get it. Not many fantasy managers are rushing to the waiver wire to pick up and play Slayton on a short week against New England, but with Sterling Shepard in concussion protocol again… Slayton does have some intriguing fantasy play.
Especially if you’re dealing with players on a bye week or bitten by the injury bug. The Patriots are one of the top defenses currently in the league, but Daniel Jones is going to need somebody to help the Giants put up some points on Thursday.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2019
It would be pretty entertaining to know what advice and notes that Eli Manning is giving Daniel Jones leading up to the Giants vs. Patriots showdown. Unfortunately for Giants fans, it’s probably going to get ugly as the game goes on.
We’ve seen some of the exciting stuff that Jones can do, but the Giants are rattled with injuries right now. As of now, here’s a list of players that Jones may not be suited up with on Thursday: Saquan Barkley, Evan Engram, Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard.
Eli Manning laughing and teaching Daniel Jones. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/12lFNgsrwy
— October Randazzo (@JimmyRandazzo) October 6, 2019
Currently Dorsett is on schedule to play on Thursday, but even if Dorsett is a low-end flex play for your team, it might be best to look elsewhere. Dorsett did leave Sunday’s game with an injury, but it wasn’t noted as anything serious. On a short week though, Dorsett should be left on your bench.
I might get torched for this, but let me explain. I’m not saying to bench Brady by any means, but I think it’s a safe bet that Bill Bilichick rather go more conservative on a short week and would try to win by running the football and playing good defense.
While the scoreboard does show a blowout in New England’s win over Washington, it wasn’t a perfect game for the Patriots. The offensive line struggled at times and allowed Tom Brady to get hit and knocked down quite a few times. That’s something you don’t usually see.
Bilichick also knows that the Giants are wounded as it is, so there’s no need to have Brady go out there trying to light up the score board on a short week. Brady is still a good start, but temper expectations if you’re expecting a big game.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 6, 2019