Something new here…since the real football games are getting depressing, we’ve decided to add a fantasy section to the site. Here’s yesterday’s rundown from a Giants perspective:
QB Eli Manning: 24/52, 334 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT…18 FFP
Rotoworld assessment: Manning’s mistakes continue to pile up as the Giants have sunk to 0-5. He’s now thrown a league-leading 12 interceptions in five games, some of which have come on simple miscommunications with receivers. He’s also getting buried by the injuries along his offensive line as the Eagles got to him four more times in this one. The Giants aren’t just going to pack it in, but turning things around on a short week (Thursday at Chicago) is a recipe for disaster. Manning is going to be a mid-range QB2 option at best.
RB David Wilson: 6 carries, 16 yds, 1 TD…6 FFP
Rotoworld: Wilson left in the second quarter Sunday after getting hurt on a near-safety and didn’t return. However, reporter Mike Garafolo says the fantasy headache is “being held out for precautionary reasons.” We should know more by Sunday night or Monday. Meanwhile, Brandon Jacobs is predictably going nowhere as the Giants’ every-down back.
RB Brandon Jacobs: 11 carries, 37 yds, lost fumble…0 FFP
Rotoworld: Jacobs was rotating in behind David Wilson early on. Then Wilson hurt his neck and Jacobs was forced to play every snap, completely crippling the Giants offense. The 31-year-old “power” back’s best runs come when he happens to fall forward, getting three yards. On the season, Jacobs has rushed 22 times for 48 yards (2.18 YPC) and scored one touchdown. Wilson is expected back for Week 6, meaning no one needs to think about adding Jacobs.
TE Brandon Myers: TAR 5, 2 catches, 35 yds…0 FFP
Rotoworld: Even on a day when Eli Manning attempted 52 passes, Myers saw just five targets. With a total of five catches for 68 yards over the last three weeks, Myers is firmly a weak TE2 heading into Thursday’s game at Chicago.
WR Hakeem Nicks: 12 TAR, 12 catches, 142 yds, 0 TD…O FFP
Rotoworld: What’s the perfect cure for what has ailed Hakeem Nicks? The Eagles’ secondary, of course. With Brandon Boykin locking up Victor Cruz inside, Nicks ate up Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher all day long. The 142 yards are his most since Week 2 of last season. Owners should use this as a sell-high opportunity — especially with a very difficult matchup at Chicago coming up Thursday night. The wheels are coming off the 0-5 Giants.
WR Victor Cruz: 12 TAR, 5 catches, 48 yds, 0 TD…0 FFP
Rotoworld: Eli Manning tried to get Cruz the ball all over the field, targeting him 12 times with both deep shots and short stuff. Credit excellent Eagles slot corner Brandon Boykin for staying in Cruz’s shirt. Look for this to be a blip on the radar more than the norm — Cruz shouldn’t have a problem finding soft spots in the Bears zone for a bunch of catches on Thursday night.
WR Rueben Randle: 13 TAR, 6 catches, 96 yds, 2TD…12 FFP
Rotoworld: With slot corner Brandon Boykin locking up Victor Cruz (5/48/0) inside, Eli Manning chose to pick on the Eagles’ woeful outside corners and safeties. It worked. Randle killed Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams with slants, separating with ease and showing toughness over the middle on his team-leading 13 targets. It’s exactly the kind of performance we’d expect from the highly-talented Randle whenever he gets chances. Now that the Giants are 0-5, it’s time they start giving him more reps as a core piece of their future. He’ll be a low-end WR3 against the Bears on Thursday night.
K Josh Brown: 3 PAT, 0 FGA…3 FFP
Fennelly: Brown did his job yesterday – he hit all 3 PATs and all four of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Giants Def/ST: 36 PA…0 FFP
Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com: The Giants defense had another disappointing performance during a 36-21 loss Week 5 vs. Philadelphia. The Eagles, who played the second half with backup quarterback Nick Foles after Michael Vick hurt his hamstring late in the first half, finished with 439 yards (140 rushing). The Giants managed just one sack and forced no turnovers in the loss. The Giants have now allowed all five of their opponents to score 30-plus points. New York has a quick turnaround Week 6, playing at Chicago Thursday