Fantasy Football: Potential bargains, must-plays from Giants-Eagles game

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The New York Giants (3-7) meet the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) for the first time this season at MetLife Stadium this Sunday.

Here is a quick fantasy outlook of this week’s matchup.

Quarterback

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Jalen Hurts has gone from a novelty at quarterback to a superstar this season. Through 11 games, only Buffalo’s Josh Allen has racked up more fantasy points on FanDuel. On DraftKings, Hurts is behind only Allen and this year’s two juggernauts — Indianapolis running back Jonathan Taylor and Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. He faces a Giants defense that is slightly better than average (12th) when it comes to defensing quarterbacks.

Daniel Jones came firing out of the box this year and was a top 10 fantasy option the first four weeks. Since then, he’s been awful, averaging s sliver over 11 points per week on DK meaning he’s practically unplayable. He could get a jolt from a new play caller (Freddie Kitchens) this week and he’s facing an Eagles defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Running backs

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The two quarterbacks are actually the biggest rushing threats in this game. The Eagles’ backfield has been booming lately, though, averaging 211 yards on the ground over the last three games. Jordan Howard (knee) is doubtful for this week’s game and the Eagles are likely to spread the ball around between Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell. The Giants have performed poorly this year, allowing the sixth-most points to running backs.

The Giants will be facing a benevolent Eagles rush defense but exactly who will be in the backfield on Sunday is still up in the air. Saquon Barkley is limited in practice this week as he is still dealing with an ankle issue. He is likely to split carries again Devontae Booker. Based on that, it’s hard to recommend either at the moment.

Tight ends

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The Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this year, so this could be a plus matchup for Evan Engram. Will the Giants — who really have not been good at exploiting plus matchups this season — actually target Engram more than five times a game for once? They’ve never figured out how to use him in the five years he’s been here, so why start now? Kyle Rudolph is dealing with an ankle injury, so Engram could essentially see more targets.

Philadelphia traded Zach Ertz to Arizona, so the focus has been on Dallas Goedert this year. He’s been one of the better tight ends in fantasy this season, averaging 9.7 points per game on DK. The Giants allowed Rob Gronkowski to beat them for eight catches last week, so Goedert is in a good spot here.

Wide receivers

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There’s really no one player that spins my wheels in these two groups. The Giants haven’t done much through the air this year and the Eagles have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. If you must, I would say play Kenny Golladay over Kadarius Toney because the latter is dealing with a quad this week.

The Eagles are in the same boat. Only Detroit and Jacksonville have averaged less passing yards over the last three games. Rookie Devonta Smith has six receptions in each of those games, so he would be the one I’d pick.

Defense/ST

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The Giants’ offense, until further notice, stinks. Plain and simple. I understand that Jason Garrett is gone and there is hope that the offense begins to open up now but until I see that happen, I will continue to consider the opposing defenses until the Giants prove me wrong. Philadelphia’s defense has scored the ninth-most fantasy points this year, so it’s on.

As for the Giants, they are ranked 21st among fantasy defenses this season and they will exhaust themselves chasing Hurts around. That is why the Eagles are fourth in the NFL in points scored in the second half of games. He wears out defenses.

The Giants have been better in the second half of games the past month, but this will be a challenge. Philly also only has committed 12 turnovers in their first 11 games this year.

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