d New York Giants Defense (23.00 points)- Coming into today’s game, Cleveland had given up the fourth most points to fantasy defenses, and he New York defensive wreaked havoc on a weak Cleveland offensive line and offense all afternoon, sacking Josh McCown seven times, one less than the eight sacks Pittsburgh had against Cleveland last week. They recovered three fumbles in their victory in the turnover battle, and were once again led by outstanding play on the defensive line. Jason Pierre-Paul continued his resurgence to his old self with a 43-yard interception that he ran back for six points in the fourth quarter. Damon Harrison got pressure on McCown and made contact with his throwing arm, proving to be enough to alter the flight of McCown’s pass to land in the waiting hands of JPP.
2. Odell Beckham Jr. (21.60 points)- Beckham is becoming a mainstay on my top fantasy performers list, today catching six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came on a 32 yard catch and run with 30 seconds left in the first half, giving the Giants a 14-6 advantage going into halftime instead of clinging to a 7-6 lead. His second touchdown more or less iced the contest, with Beckham catching a four-yard strike from Eli Manning with a little over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Perhaps even more impressive was that Beckham was able to be so productive with a bad thumb, which sent him to the locker room multiple times early on for treatment. With Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepherd contained all afternoon, it was a good sign for Giants fans to see that Beckham still has the ability to take over a game, especially after last week’s abysmal no touchdown, 46 yard performance.
3. Terrelle Pryor (13.10 points)- A lot of jawing back an forth went on between Pryor, Janoris Jenkins, and Landon Collins throughout the week, and I think it’s safe to say that Pryor got the last laugh. Even though he didn’t have a touchdown on the day, Pryor was McCown’s main target, catching six balls for 131 yards. Pryor has done surprisingly well as a receiver considering he was drafted as a quarterback, and has used his knowledge of both the playbook and as a quarterback to find openings in opposing secondaries. He knows hoe he would like his receivers to run routes if he was a quarterback, and that’s been a huge part of his route-running success thus far.