Two teams looking to avoid a 0-2 start will headline Thursday Night Football (Friday morning in Australia) in the NFL. The Washington Football Team hosts the New York Giants in a match that doesn’t scream Chiefs v Bucs potential but we still have daily fantasy action to get stuck into. 


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Thursday Night Football


New York Giants @ Washington Football Team

Total - 40.5

Spread - 3.0




WFT’s Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is out with a hip subluxation which is a 6-8 week injury. In his place will be Taylor Heinicke

Giants RB Saquon Barkley is questionable with his knee after being limited in practice and the Giants looking to monitor snaps off a short week.

TE Evan Engram has been ruled out with a calf injury.


Fantasy Overview


The low total will sound alarm bells for overall fantasy production but as Vegas suggests, this game should be a close one to follow. The injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick has brought back the prospects of the WFT’s wide receivers just a tad, but Taylor Heinicke is no slouch in the air and on the ground. It is however, a bit hard to get excited for the Giants attack when they are trying to manage their prized running back and a Quarterback who continues to cough the ball up. The leaderboards are going to be tight (well they all are) but it is going to come down to who pops for a big play in your lineup.


Fantasy Plays


Love It - Sterling Shepard ($13,260 DS / $8,000 DK)


While there is big-play potential from down the field receivers in Darius Slayton and Kenny Golladay, the Giants are facing an elite defence in the WFT. Shepard was busy last week with a team high 9 targets and scored the only receiving TD for the Giants. If the Defensive pressure comes on Daniel Jones then Shepard will provide a safer target on smaller routes. 


Love It - Taylor Heinicke ($19,050 DS / $10,200 DK)


Both QB’s prospects are quite low but I see the dual-threat ability of Heinicke to edge out Jones in this matchup. Heinicke averaged 7 yard per rush (12 rushes for 85) in his three games last season and was tidy with a 63% completion rate through the air (49/78). Heinicke will want to impress this week as the QB free agent market will be scoured if Heinicke fails at home. 


Love It - Washington D/ST ($7,600 DS / $5,600 DK)


An opposition quarterback known to have ball-retention issues, an opposition backfield that is looking to share snaps and a defensive line that is hard to penetrate. The WFT D/ST is in play this week as a flex option, especially for lineups not containing Daniel Jones.


50/50 Call - Dyami Brown ($8,030 DS / $1,400 DK)


Going to be popular on DK but that DS price has me sitting on the fence for Brown. He was the clear number 2 Wide Receiver for Washington in Week 1, playing just about every snap but was only targeted 4 times. Washington receivers didn’t get much of a run once Fitzpatrick went down and now are on a short week. However the upside is there for Brown this week. 


Hate It - Saquon Barkley ($15,350 DS / $10,000 DK)


Barkley only played on 29 snaps for 11 carries for the Giants in Week 1 and it is going to be a stretch for Barkley coming off a short week. Of course he does have TD upside in red-zone sets but this Washington front line is stout and I would rather leave him alone this week.


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