Week 7 Fantasy Slant: Giants vs. Rams

The Giants Beat takes a look ahead at who will be the top performers for Fantasy Owners as the Giants take on the Rams in London.

1.    Odell Beckham Jr. (74.10 total points)- After his breakout two-touchdown, 222-yard game against Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, it would be hard not to advise fantasy owners to go with Beckham across the pond in England.  The Los Angeles Rams  are ranked 18 in total pass defense, giving up 246 yards per game and having already surrendered 11 touchdowns through the air.  If Beckham can do the damage he did against a Baltimore secondary that was ranked nine in total pass defense coming into Week 6, owners have every reason to believe that he will snag a couple of touchdown passes and get near 200 receiving yard again.  

 He always performs well on a big stage, and he practically has a world stage to showcase his talents on this week.  Great players make plays in big games with all eyes on them, and I fully expect Beckham, given the location of the contest and the Rams’ awful secondary, to total well over 20 fantasy points for those fortunate enough to have him on their team this week.

2.     New York Giants defense(24.00 total points)- Either Case Keenum or Todd Gurley would have gotten the second spot on my fantasy watch list had it not been for how well the Giant defense has fared against running backs and quarterbacks in fantasy football this season.  They’ve given up the ninth fewest points to quarterbacks in the league, with not one quarterback getting over 20 points (Prescott, Brees, Cousins, Bradford, Rodgers, Flacco) and the six combining for only six passing touchdowns.  Keenum had a 30.54-point outburst in Detroit on Sunday, but I expect that to be a blip on the radar with that being the only game so far that he’s gotten over 20 points.  On the other side of things, the Giants have given up the 14th fewest fantasy points to running backs and, with Gurley’s surprising lack of production so far, should be able to continue to contain quality backs.  Gurley, who’s 20.00 point game in Week 3 remains his highest single-game point total, has just three touchdowns and is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry.  Add that to the fact that the Giants have given up a total of five touchdowns on the ground all season, and the Giants defense is worth considering for a start on Sunday morning.

3.     Tavon Austin (35.40 total points)- Although his 242 receiving yards and one touchdown would lead owners to thin otherwise, I like how Austin matches up against a Giants secondary that has experienced some injuries and sits at 23 in total pass defense.  Like Odell Beckham, Austin has big-play potential every time he catches the ball, and the Giants defense, ranked 15 in fantasy points given up to receivers, is due for a letdown.  In six games, they’ve surrendered six passing touchdowns and 267 yards per game, so I would be more concerned with Austin’s ability to get yards after the catch and his shiftiness that often causes multiple missed tackles.  He’s a moderately risky start, but could be the sleeper of Week 7 and worthy of a WR3 or at the flex spot.  

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