1. New York Giants defense (21.00 points)-The Giants defense put on an absolute clinic against the Rams, sacking Case Keenum three times and intercepting the Los Angeles quarterback four times. Defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Jay Bromley each had a sack, while defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Kerry Wynn each tallied half a sack. Safety Landon Collins and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each picked Keenum off twice, with Collins taking one 44 yards to the house for a touchdown; while defensive end Olivier Vernon and cornerback Eli Apple each had a forced fumble. The Giant defense was able to show up and perform when their offense simply wasn’t getting the job done, winning the turnover battle (which almost always means you’ll win) and keeping the team energized and focused without big plays from a less-than-100 percent Odell Beckham Jr.
2. Tavon Austin (12.70 points)- Despite fumbling two times, Austin was a major factor for the Rams, snagging 10 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 10 yards on one carry for his second-highest fantasy point total this season. I had him as a player to watch earlier in the week due to his Odell Beckham-like speed, and he showed it with his 10-yard touchdown reception in the first, running a nifty skinny post from the slot and giving Keenum just enough room to throw a laser over Keenan Robinson for six.
3. Rashad Jennings (10.90 points)-In a game that lacked some of the offense firepower fans were expected from the Giant receivers, Jennings was the surprising source of much of their offensive success, rushing for a touchdown and 25 yards on 13 carries. Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepherd were each held scoreless and to less than 60 yards receiving, and Jennings was able to step up. The Giants only rushed for 36 yards in total, but Jennings’ one-yard scamper into the end zone in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference maker in what had been a 10-10 defensive stalemate up until that point. On a day where nothing was going right on the ground, Jennings never stopped fighting for every yard and proved that this team has a bunch of guys who can all contribute and step up when their team needs it. He’ll have to continue scoring timely touchdowns if the Giants offense wants to be a multi-dimensional force.