The New York Giants failed to clinch a playoff birth with a 24-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The loss moved the Giants to 10-5 and clinched the NFC East and home field advantage for the Dallas Cowboys. Here are the top three fantasy performers from Thursday night’s game:
1. Eli Manning (15.24 points)- In what was arguably Manning’s worst performance of the season, the veteran still did enough to accumulate over 15 fantasy points for the second straight week and 10th time overall this year. Putting his three interceptions aside, Manning threw a13-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard late in the second quarter and did amass 356 yards threw the air. However, his accuracy was questionable all night, as he completed just 38 of 63 attempts. Manning’s 63 passing attempts were by far his highest single-game total of the season, and really showed McAdoo’s belief in his receiver’s against was they thought coming in would be a vulnerable Eagles secondary. The bottom line is, starting Eli Manning this week in fantasy didn’t necessarily cost you your matchup, but his underachieving performance may just be the difference if games come down to a few points.
2. Odell Beckham Jr. (15.00)- A few dropped passes almost kept Beckham off of my list for this week, but his 15 points can’t be disregarded. Beckham was the target of 20 throws, a bit concerning for Giant fans believing that Manning should spread the ball around, and caught 11 of them for 150 yards and no scores. The Eagles had tight coverage on the star receiver right out of the gate, with one corner on him and a safety with help over the top. This was the eighth time this season that Beckham had failed to score at least one touchdown in a game, but his 150 yards is the most he’s accumulated in a game since a mid-October matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in which he amassed 222 yards. Philadelphia had given u the second-most points to receivers in fantasy coming into the game, so starting Beckham was obviously the right choice and the result wasn’t too shabby considering how poorly Eli Manning played.
3d Philadelphia Eagles defense (13.00 points)- The Philadelphia defense was not expected to be able to stop Eli Manning and this high-flying Giant offense, but they did just that, intercepting Manning three times, one of which was returned for 34 yards and a touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins early in the first quarter to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead before the Giants knew what hit them. Jenkins had another later on as well, in a game that looked eerily similar to the start of the first meeting between these two teams where Carson Wentz made two early turnovers that got the Giants and early 14-point cushion. Defensive back Terrance Brooks had the third interception, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz really exposed Manning by disguising coverage’s and forcing him to make bad throws that he hadn’t done against Detroit just a few days prior. The Eagles’ 13 points is their fourth-highest point total of the season in fantasy football and their most since a 23-point outburst against the Minnesota Vikings and making their appearance in any fantasy lineup for championship weekend a win for their collective owners. It’s rare that a defense scores over 10 points, and these 13 points could surely be the difference between winning and losing.