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Fantasy Slant: Week 11 Recap

The New York Giants improved to 7-3 on the season, winning a 22-16 squeaker in windy conditions at MetLife stadium. Here are three of the top fantasy performers from today’s game.

1.     Eli Manning (17.18 points)- In less-than-favorable conditions to throw the ball in, Manning threw for two touchdowns and 227 yards to help extend New York’s win streak to five games.  Manning’s first touchdown pass was a nine-yard strike to Will Tye in the third quarter, which was shortly followed by a 15 yard toss to Sterling Shepard on a nifty route in which the rookie ran a slant and then turned it up field for a wide open catch in the end zone.  Something Manning was able to do well that he hadn’t for the past few games was taking care of the football.  He threw no interceptions; only the fourth time he’s done so all season, after throwing two in each of the last two games.  Manning now has 17 touchdown passes on the season and is just shy of 2,500 passing yards with 2,481. 

2.      Rashad Jennings (18.90 points)- For the second time in as many weeks, the Giant’s run game has come to life, and Jennings once again made the most out of the play of his offensive line.  He finished up with 85 yards, coming two yards shy of tying the season high yards total he set on Monday, and one touchdown on 21 carries, his most touches all year.  His score came near the end of the first quarter on a short two-yard run where Manning went up to the line and snapped the ball before Chicago’s defensive front was set.  Jennings has rushed for 172 yards these past two games while he only totaled a combined 167 yards in nine previous games, giving a pretty clear sign that the Giants might have finally figured out how to move the ball even somewhat effectively on the ground.  Any improvement is substantial for a unit that has been so poor all season, and the Giant offensive may finally be starting to live up to the high billing it received in August.

3.     Sterling Shepard (11.00 points)- Shepard continued to open eyes with his consistent play in the past few weeks, snagging five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, his third consecutive game with a touchdown reception.  Shepherd has shown an uncanny tendency to produce when his counterparts struggle, as Odell Beckham Jr. was held to 46 yards on five receptions and Victor Cruz to just to just one 48-yard reception.  Shepherd’s touchdown catch late in the third quarter, a beautiful slant over the middle that drew both a safety and linebacker to him before he cut up field, also proved to be the game-winner.  Whether it’s Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning, or the defense, the Giants are getting big-time contributions from everyone, and this is something that usually sets the great teams apart from the good teams. 


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