Another week of real football means another week of fantasy football. Owners have some tough decisions to make this week with the New York Giants taking on the Los Angeles Rams in England. The Rams possess one of the top defenses in the NFL. On the other hand, the Giants have one of the top offenses in the NFL, at least based on last week. The Rams have a weak offense while the Giants have a talented defense. The Giants definitely have the edge in this matchup, but from a fantasy standpoint, that may not be the case.
Nothing new here: Odell Beckham Jr remains at the top of the list for players to start. Trumaine Johnson, the Rams best cornerback, is yet to participate in practice this week. It is likely that Beckham will be covered by Troy Hill for the majority of the game. Once again, Beckham has a huge advantage in terms of his individual matchup making him a high-end WR1.
It is unclear how the Rams plan to cover Sterling Shepard with Johnson likely being inactive. Regardless of whom the Rams stick on Shepard, the young receiver will have the edge in his matchup. His fantasy value has declined over the past few weeks. However, Shepard should be in fantasy lineups as a FLEX option.
The Giants were unable to contain Terrance West last week, which means they will have an even tougher time limiting Todd Gurley. Gurley has simply not lived up to his high expectations after an incredible rookie year. Despite this, Gurley should be a RB2 at the very least due to the Giants’ recent struggles in stopping the run.
New York Giants D/ST
Starting the Giants D/ST could be a very sneaky, yet smart fantasy decision. The Rams have the 31st ranked offense in terms of total yards this season. The Giants’ defense has been on the rise these past two weeks as they are starting to gel as a unit. They are my dark-horse fantasy start this week.
Here is a guy that started the season on a high note but has progressively declined in terms of fantasy value. He has dropped too many footballs and has only reached the end zone once all season. Leave Cruz on your bench this week; he is the Giants last option in the passing game.
Both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins will cover Tavon Austin. Whether Austin is in the slot or on the outside, neither matchup seems to favor him in any way. He is in for a very tough task against these Giants’ cornerbacks and should absolutely be on your bench.
Los Angeles RamsD/ST
The Rams have an excellent defense. The Giants have an excellent offense. This simply makes it the correct choice to bench the Rams D/ST this week.null