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The Fantasy Life: Week 6 Thursday Night Football start and sit advice

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Some players are must starts (Aaron Rodgers, Alvin Kamara, and Rob Gronkowski, to name a few), but here we work to give you value and over-performers, depending on what type of fantasy format you are playing. At this point we are breaking up start/sit for Thursday and Sunday/Monday games. We apologize to those who must have complete lineups in by Thursday’s game.

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QB Carson Wentz, Eagles

Isn’t he a “must start”? Based on where you drafted him that may be true, but there are later round picks out performing him. That said, he has had back to back 300 yard outings and two touch down performances. Having no running game will put the wheel squarely in Wentz’s hands.

The Giants defense have been very stingy against the pass ranking eighth for yards allow. He may not go off, but he’ll be good enough.

Projection: 284 yards passing, 35 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns

RB Saquon Barkley, Giants

He’s a stud, you start your studs. He’s a pass catching back. You start your pass catching backs.

One thing to note that he did hobble off the field last week, but he appears to be fine. I don’t see him getting a lot of rushing yards as the Eagles defense is pretty good against the run (66 rushing yards per game), but I do see him producing in the receiving game.

Projection: 75 total yards and 1 TD

RB Wendell Smallwood, Eagles

This is my sleeper pick! He had had over 50 scrimmage yds in last three straight games and Corey Clement is not fully healthy. He scored a touchdown catch last week and I think he gets another TD in this game.

Didn’t I lead you to the promised land with Green Bay’s MVS last week?

Projection: 14 touches for 75 yards and 1 TD

WR Sterling Shepard, NYG

He has eclipsed 70 yards in his last three games and while the Giants may be bad, it certainly isn’t due to him. He may be WR3 worthy In leagues but specifically for Daily has the appeal to produce WR1 numbers, especially since I expect the Eagles Secondary to focus on Odell.

Projection: 6 receptions for 74 yards and 1 touchdown

Zach Ertz TE Eagles

He is completely overlooked by Kelce and Gronk and it is not right. He has gotten double digit targets in every game, and has make turned those looks into back to back games with 10 catches for 110 plus yards.

The man is the WR 1 for this team. He will continue to produce

Projection: 8 receptions for 85 yards and 1 touchdown

K Aldrick Rosas, Giants

Ummm...sorry about last week Mr. Rosas.

He is perfect for the season and seems to be on a hot streak. If last week was an indication, the Giants will mix some touchdowns with field goals. He’ll get his game average.

Projection: 2 for 2 on field goals with 2 extra points

K Jake Elliot, Eagles

With this matchup, you can safely start both kickers. The Giants defense give up a lot of points, roughly 27 points per game. Elliot should continue getting field-goal opportunities.

Projection: 2 for 3 on field goals with 3 extra points

Philadelphia Defense

There was only two games out of the five in which the defense gave up 20+ points. I don’t think they’re going to give up 20+ points to the Giants. I don’t think Eli is a threat and I believe the Eagles will force turnovers. Expect the run, force the pass. Giants get a junk time TD.

Projection: 20 points allowed, 3 sacks with 3 turnovers.


QB Eli Manning, NYG

Odell throws better passes than Eli. OK, that was a bit over the top.

Well, he is very inconsistent and I’m starting to confuse him with Bortles. Will you get the Eli that had 25+ fantasy points per game last week or you will get the Eli that fails to produce?

Fore me, Eli is a gamble week and if he’s all you got, go waivers.

Projection: 262 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions

WR Nelson Agohlor, Eagles

His production continues to dip ever since Alshon came back. He’s failed to reach 50 receiving yards in his last three outings and I don’t see Wentz using him. His only value at this point is touchdown or bust.

Projection: 3 receptions for 42 yards

New York Giants Defense

In the last four outings the Giants defense has given up 20+ points a game. The last two games were 27+. They don’t create enough turnovers or sacks to justify starting them.

Projection: 27 points allowed, 2 sacks and 1 turnover.