Fantasy Slant: Giants vs. Eagles

The Giants Beat predicts three breakout performers who fantasy owners need to play in the Week 9 battle between Philly and New York.

 Odell Beckham Jr. 

What a surprise: Beckham is once again the top projected fantasy player. This week though, there is plenty of reason to believe that Beckham will indeed be the top fantasy player.

After an impressive outing last week, Leodis McKelvin may be the guy covering Beckham this week. However, it is more likely Nolan Carroll will stay put as the Eagles’ number 1 cornerback, meaning he will be covering Beckham for the majority of the game. Regardless, neither of these corners is likely to give Beckham much of a challenge.

The Philadelphia Eagles as a defense rank do rank 5th in the NFL in pass defense, so it would be fair to be hesitant with Beckham this week. Another reason one may shy away from Beckham is due to his lingering hip pointer injury, though Beckham insists he will be at 100% on Sunday.

Beckham is due for a good fantasy outing, as he has disappointed his owners for the majority of the first half of the season.


2. Zach Ertz


Just like Beckham, Ertz has been a letdown for his fantasy owners this year. However, this may be the week that Ertz breaks out of the slump he is in.

Over the past few years, the Giants have built a reputation for themselves of being unable to cover tight ends. While they have significantly improved in this department this season, they have still had their greatest troubles in the pass defense when it comes to covering tight ends. Ertz, a very talented and young tight end, has a favorable matchup this week against the Giants’ defense.

In addition, the Eagles have an extremely poor group of wide receivers: Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Nelson Agholor. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will cover Matthews in the slot, making for a very tough matchup for Matthews. Thus, expect Carson Wentz to favor Ertz in the passing game, leading to a handful of redzone opportunities.


3.      Philadelphia Eagles D/ST


Though the Giants have a very talented offense, the Eagles’ defense has been a top fantasy defense this year, scoring the 3rd most fantasy points through week 8.

The Giants’ offense has been a major disappointment this season. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ defense, which was expected to be an average defense at best, has far exceeded its expectations. The combination of these two facts makes it quite likely that the Eagles are in for another great fantasy week.

On the other hand, the Eagles’ defense scored -2 points last week. While the defense faced the Dallas Cowboys, one of the toughest offenses in the league, it is inexcusable to fall short of the 0 points mark.

All in all, it is worth starting the Eagles this week, but don’t be shocked if the Giants offense comes alive leading to another poor fantasy outing by this defense.



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