Start em, Sit em: Giants at Packers

The Giants Beat's fantasy experts details what players should be in your lineup and what players should be stacked on your bench for this Week 5 matchup.

Another week of New York Giants football means another week of challenging choices for Fantasy Football managers. Eli Manning and company head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a matchup between two of the league’s premier offenses. Though both teams have great offensive weapons that translate over into points in the fantasy world, the Packers are great at scoring the ball, yet gain far less yardage than the Giants do. Meanwhile, the Giants pick up a ton of yardage but fail to score the ball anywhere near the amount of times as the Packers do. At the end of the day, both teams have struggling defenses, which makes for many enticing starts as far as Giants’ and Packers’ offensive players go.

Start Em 

QB Eli Manning:

The Packers have given up the 4th most yards to opposing quarterbacks this season. Eli Manning is a must start this week, especially considering the weapons Manning is bringing to Green Bay. The Giants are yet to gel as an offensive unit, but the fact of the matter is that they are only going to get better making Manning a QB1 this week. 

WR Odell Beckham Jr.:

The packers give up the 2nd most yards to wide receivers. Odell Beckham Jr has a big advantage, as he will see Damarious Randall in coverage for the length of this game. He is, without question, a WR1 as he looks to return to the form we all are waiting for. 

WR Sterling Shepard:

Once again, Shepard is a must start in fantasy football. He, much like Beckham, has a big advantage against a week Packers’ secondary and will put up big numbers as long as he continues the high-level of play he has shown thus far. He is a low-end WR2.

QB Aaron Rodgers:

Aaron Rodgers has proved his worth as a top-three fantasy football quarterback option year in and year out. This year, he is off to a big start and looks to continue his great season against the Giants’ injury-riddled secondary. He is a top fantasy option this week, making him a QB1. 

WR Jordy Nelson:

Though Jordy Nelson faces a tough matchup against Janoris Jenkins, he has played far too well to be left out of fantasy lineups. Aaron Rodgers loves Nelson in the red zone, and it would not be surprising to see Nelson score at least one touchdown against a Giants’ defense that has given up at least 24 points in their past two matchups. Nelson is a Low-end WR1.

Sit Em’: 

RB Eddie Lacy:

Lacy has struggled this year as a fantasy option, and this is not the week that he is going to breakout. The Giants are one of the best defenses against the run. Lacy shouldn’t even be in your flex this week. Leave him on the bench 

RB Rashad Jennings:

It is not clear whether or not Jennings will be active this week, but considering he was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, it seems the Giants will give it a go with Jennings. Anyways, he is barely a flex option when he is healthy, and with the Giants easing him back into action, he should not be in your lineup.  

WR Randall Cobb:

If you need someone for your flex, Cobb could be that guy. However, if you are in a situation where you have the depth to keep Cobb on the bench, please do so because he is likely to see Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, assuming he plays, for the majority of this game. Rodgers-Cromartie is the nickel cornerback for the Giants, and Cobb is almost always in the slot. It will be a matchup between two great players who are off to slow starts. Leave Cobb on your bench. 

All TE:

Whether you have Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Jared Cook, or Richard Rodgers, don’t start any TE from the Packers or Giants. Both teams have not utilized their TE well this season, and there is no reason for that to change. Look to the waiver wire for other options at the TE position 

D/ST Giants and Packers:

It isn’t even worth considering starting either of these defenses. This will be a matchup of offense. It should be a high-scoring game with a ton of overall yardage. Pickup another D/ST if you are stranded with either the Giants’ or Packers’ defense.






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