• Austin Evans

TNF Preview: Giants @ WFT

Twitter: @austin_evans7


Washington Football Team Overview:

The 2020 NFC East champions come into week 2 off a tough 4th quarter loss to the Chargers where they lost their starting quarterback. Not a great start to the season, but this roster is more than talented enough to overcome the loss of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Let's see how they fare against their division rivals on Thursday Night Football in week 2.



Starts:

Antonio Gibson – Don’t let Gibson’s rather disappointing 11.8 fantasy points from week 1 fool you. He received elite opportunities as he tied his career-high in carries (20) and paced the team in targets (5). The Giants just allowed the ghost of Melvin Gordon to top 100 yards rushing, so it’s safe to say Gibson is a lock for top 10 production this week.

Projected Fantasy Points: 16.4


Sits:

J.D. McKissic – If week 1 didn’t make it clear, McKissic no longer has a stranglehold on the 3rd down role. Gibson is likely to take more and more passing work as the season goes on. Pair that with the fact that this should be a relatively low-scoring game and McKissic is an easy sit in all but the deepest of leagues.

Projected Fantasy Points: 7.0


Sleepers:

Logan Thomas – one of only two tight ends to play on 100% of their team's snaps in week 1, Thomas found the endzone and put out a solid fantasy performance. While this is elite usage, he’s still not putting up elite production. The Giants allowed Noah Fant and Albert O. of the Broncos to put up a great 9-76-1 stat line last week as Teddy Two Gloves sliced and diced through their secondary all afternoon. With McLaurin likely seeing shadow coverage from James Bradberry he should have more room to operate and should find himself in the top 8 for the week.

Projected Fantasy Points: 11.9


Injuries:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) – Fitzpatrick suffered a subluxation early in the 2nd quarter of Washington’s week 1 tilt against the Chargers. He has been placed on IR and has been given a timetable of 6-8 weeks although we could easily see this extended due to the nature of the injury and Fitzy’s age. Fitzy is droppable in all formats if an IR spot isn’t available.


Antonio Gibson (shoulder) – Gibson was noted as a limited participant at Tuesday’s practice with an apparent shoulder injury, but was upgraded to a full participant on Wednesday’s injury report. He should be all systems go for TNF.

New York Giants Overview:

The Giants, like their opponent, are coming into week 2 after a tough loss in week 1. The story all offseason has been about Saquon and his health, but the thing is, his health might not even be the biggest issue for this offense. The line is brutal and Daniel Jones just doesn’t have “it”. Gonna be a long year for Giants fans, but lets see how we’re looking for week 2.


Starts:

Kenny Golladay – Alright now I don’t feel great about anyone on this offense going against that Washington defense, but the strength of the defense is their front seven. The secondary is another story as they just allowed Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to post a combined 17-182-1 stat line. Golladay is still the best receiver on this offense and now fully healthy, he’s my longshot to find the endzone this week.

Projected Fantasy Points: 12.1


Sits:

Saquon Barkley – Two weeks in a row we’re listing an elite runningback in a bad situation as a sit. Worked out for Zeke last week (5.9 fantasy points) lets see if we can go two for two. It wasn’t just the pitch count Barkley was on last week, he just didn’t look ready to be the guy we saw in 2018. The offensive line woes are well known and now he goes against arguably the best front seven in football. Unless you absolutely need him, Saquon belongs on the bench until we see signs that he can support a full workload. By the way, if the Saquon manager in your redraft league is panicking after another rough performance tonight, send an offer out Friday morning. Thank me later.

Projected Fantasy Points: 13.9


Sleepers:

Sterling Shepard – After a fantastic performance in week 1, Shepard looks to continue his strong start to the season. He’s not the number one receiver on this squad, but he has the trust of Danny Dimes and he’s the most experienced of this bunch. He has flex appeal in 12 teams or larger leagues.

Projected Fantasy Points: 12.5


Injuries:

Saquon Barkley (knee) – Saquon is clearly still recovering from his ACL tear in week 2 of 2020. Now a full year removed from the injury, he looks to ramp up his workload as the season progresses.

Evan Engram (calf) – the young tight end is sidelined for another contest as he recovers from the calf strain he suffered in practice.

Weather:

A mostly cloudy evening and mid 70’s at kickoff. Weather won’t be a factor in this one, just another beautiful Thursday night for some football!

Bold Predictions:

  • WFT: Antonio Gibson scores twice, once through the air and the other on the ground.

  • Giants: Kenny Golladay silences the doubters and tops 100+ yards and finds paydirt.

Expected Game Results:

The Football Team (can we please pick a new name? Please?) will look to capitalize on Daniel Jones’ affinity for turnovers and a superstar RB who clearly isn’t 100%. I expect Washington to control this game with their elite defense and a strong ground attack. They should take this one rather easily, but divisional games don’t always go as planned especially in primetime.


The O/U is set at 41.5 with the WFT set as 3.5 point favorites. I’ll take WFT at -3.5 and the Under here.

Fantasy Scouts Pick: WFT W, 24-10 / (FS Record 1-0)