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Week 16: Ronis' Thursday Night Plays & Fades

Senior Fantasy Football Expert Adam Ronis examines the key DFS players suiting up for Thursday Night Football's Week 16 NFC East division rivalry matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles!

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NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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QB ELI MANNING, NEW YORK GIANTS

This looks like a good spot for Manning. The Eagles don't get pressure on quarterbacks, and the Eagles have allowed the most plays of 20-plus yards. The Eagles have allowed multiple touchdowns in four straight games. Manning passed for 257 yards and four touchdowns in Week 9 against the Eagles. The problem is Manning isn't playing well. He has 201 passing yards or fewer in four straight games. Manning hasn't passed for 300 yards since Week 6, but he does have multiple touchdowns in six of seven games. It is a divisional game, and the Eagles play better at home. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Manning throw three touchdowns, but there are better options in his price range. FADE

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RB RYAN MATHEWS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The problem for Mathews this season has been volume. Most weeks it's not there, and he's dependent on scoring touchdowns. With no Wendell Smallwood or Darren Sproles last week, Mathews got the volume and was successful against one of the top run defenses in the NFL. Mathews had 20 carries for 128 yards with a touchdown and caught a five-yard pass. Sproles is expected to return tonight, so that could take some carries away from Mathews. The Giants defense the run well and haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in the last four games, which includes games against Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott. If the Eagles are playing from behind, it means Sproles is on the field more. FADE

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WR ODELL BECKHAM, NEW YORK GIANTS

Beckham is in play every week due to his target share and explosiveness. He's capable of breaking a big play at any point. In Week 9 against the Eagles, Beckham only had four catches for 46 yards on 10 targets, but he scored two touchdowns. He has at least 18 points in PPR formats in six of the last seven games, and the Eagles have one of the worst group of cornerbacks in the NFL. The Eagles allowed four touchdowns to Giants wide receivers in the first matchup and seven touchdowns to wide receivers over the last four games. The Eagles allow the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. PLAY

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WR STERLING SHEPARD, NEW YORK GIANTS

Shepard has scored in five of the last six games, but he doesn't have more than 56 yards or five receptions in any of those games. He needs a touchdown to come through and even if he does score, the lack of volume gives him a low ceiling. The matchup is great, but unless you throw out multiple tournament lineups and want to throw Shepard in one, he's too risky to play. FADE

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WR JORDAN MATTHEWS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Matthews gets a lot of targets but doesn't do much with them. Matthews has at least ten targets in six of his last seven games but has one touchdown in that span. He can get you 10-14 points in PPR formats, but he's not going to help you win a tournament with numbers like that. He had six catches for 88 yards on 10 targets the last time he faced the Giants in Week 9. Matthews should see a lot of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and that's not good for Matthews. FADE

http://www.scout.com/player/109211-zach-ertz?s=532

TE ZACH ERTZ, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Ertz is the only Eagles player I would consider in DFS. Ertz is getting a lot of targets, and there are several tight ends with bad matchups or dealing with injuries. The Giants struggle against tight ends, ranking 26th in DVOA. Eagles tight ends had 11 catches for 152 yards against the Giants in the first meeting. Ertz has at least six targets in seven straight games and 36 over the last three games. He has at least 11 points in PPR formats in six of the last seven games. He caught all eight of his targets for 97 yards against the Giants in Week 9. PLAY

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