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Start Em', Sit Em': Giants vs. Ravens

The Giants Beat examines what players deserve the nod for Sunday, and what players should ride the bench for Fantasy Owners.

Week 6 is almost here, which means the New York Giants are getting ready to host the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. In a matchup between two quality defenses, fantasy owners should think twice before starting a player from either of these two teams.

Start Em’

 

WR Odell Beckham Jr.:

Another week means another fantasy start em’ column with Beckham at the very top. This week, Jimmy Smith will cover Beckham on the outside. Earlier in the week, Smith sent a bit of a threat to Beckham noting that if Beckham tried anything ‘dirty’, it would escalate into ‘a fight’. Anyhow, Beckham is favored by a long shot in this matchup and should put up very solid WR1 numbers.

 

WR Sterling Shepard:

After two straight weeks of declining numbers, I expect Shepard to pick up his production in a game where he will likely be covered by the rookie: Tavon Young. Young, who was not expected to be a major contributor to the Ravens defense this season, has played well as their nickel cornerback. Shepard, however, has excelled in the slot, and should give Young a tough time. Shepard is a WR3 this week, as it is too risky to have him as a WR2 after two straight drop-off weeks.

 

QB Joe Flacco:

The Giants have failed to show any type of pass rush this season, which makes me believe that Flacco is in line for a big game on Sunday. Though the Giants’ secondary has played well, the lack of a pass rush has allowed too many big plays. Flacco and Mike Wallace have developed great chemistry this season, specifically with the deep ball. Flacco is a low-end QB1 this week, solely due to the fact that he is up against the worst pass rush in the league. 

 

Sit Em’

 

WR Steve Smith:

Steve Smith has had an excellent start to his 2016 campaign. However, after aggravating his ankle in week 5, he should be somewhat limited. When he is on the field, Smith will be covered by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who is also on the injury report. Regardless of these injuries, Smith has a tough matchup against Rodgers-Cromartie, so it is a safe bet to leave him on your bench this week.

 

QB Eli Manning:

The Ravens have allowed the 5th fewest passing yards in the NFL this season. Meanwhile, Manning has been a major disappointment in fantasy so far due to his weak offensive line. The mixture of these two things make it clear that leaving Manning on the bench this week is the way to go.

 

RB Rashad Jennings:

It is looking like Jennings is ready to make his return to the football field this week. This will tempt fantasy owners to insert him back into their fantasy lineups. Please, wait a week or two before you do that. Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey, and Paul Perkins have all played well these past few weeks with Jennings on the bench. It is a strong possibility that Jennings won’t even be the lead back this week, as the Giants want to ease him back into action. Either way, Jennings is a flex option at best most weeks, so in a week that he is going to be limited, it will be smart to leave him on the bench.


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