Start em', Sit em': Giants vs. Redskins

Take a look at who our fantasy expert says you should start and who you should sit in this week's NFC East clash.

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In what may just be the most anticipated game of the entire NFL season, the Washington Redskins travel to MetLife Stadium trying to defeat the New York Giants, which would give them their first victory of the season. Fantasy football owners will have quite a few decisions to make, as this game will feature some tricky individual matchups. Here, we take a look at who to start and who to sit in the standard 10-team fantasy football league.


 Start Em’


Eli Manning

Coming off of a 368 yard passing performance, Manning should be starting on any fantasy football team. Though Josh Norman will give Manning somewhat of a tough time, Bashaud Breeland has been atrocious this season. With Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz, the Redskins have a near impossible task of containing this talented trio of receivers, making Manning QB1 this week.


Sterling Shepard:

Victor Cruz and Beckham Jr do not have what many would call an easy task as they will receive coverage from Norman, however, Shepard is the Giants’ slot receiver, and with Norman refusing to play the nickel position, Shepard is bound to put up big numbers this week. He is easily a WR2 as he has proved through two games that he is the real deal.


Odell Beckham Jr.

It is impossible to leave Beckham Jr out of a fantasy football lineup. Even with the known information that Norman will be shadowing him when he is not in the slot, you still have to keep Beckham Jr in your lineup. He should have an average week compared to his normal numbers, making him a WR1.


d Jordan Reed:

Reed is coming off of two bad weeks, at least comparing the stats to the end of how he played last season. He was the best TE at the end of last year’s regular season, and going up against a team who struggles tremendously in pass coverage over the middle of the field, Reed is bound for a bounce-back week making him a TE1.


Sit Em’


DeSean Jackson:

Jackson is in for a very tough matchup this week as he will be covered by Janoris Jenkins for most of the game. Jenkins has played extremely well, limiting Dez Bryant to one catch for eight yards in week 1, and limiting Brandin Cooks in week 2 as well. Jackson normally is a borderline starter, and with a difficult task of beating Jenkins, he should not be starting this week.


Kirk Cousins:

Cousins has had two bad weeks thus far this season, which can be a sole reason not to start him in a fantasy lineup. Then, on top of that, he is going against the Giants defense that has let up 16 points per game this season. There is no reason anyone should be starting Cousins this week.


Rashad Jennings:

Like any other week, there is no reason to start Jennings. He had put up less than 100 yards on the ground through both of his two games and has been unable to get into the end zone. Jennings should, without question, be on the bench in fantasy lineups.


Matt Jones

Coming off of a solid week 2 fantasy performance, Jones should stay on the bench in fantasy lineups. The Giants rushing defense has been amazing this year limiting Ezekiel Elliott to 51 yards in week 1 and limiting Mark Ingram to 30 yards in week 2. Jones is a below average fantasy option as far as running backs go, and his matchup against the Giants makes him an even worse option this week. 

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