Atlanta Falcons versus New York Giants NFL Fantasy Preview
It will be a short week for the Atlanta Falcons as they travel to meet the New York Giants on Sunday September 20th at 1PM Eastern Time on FOX.
The teams met in the 2014 season with the Giants posting the 30-20 home win despite being outgained by 80 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 316 yards with a touchdown and pick in a losing effort.
The Falcons are 1-0 after a Monday Night victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a very good defensive performance by Atlanta in the first half as they limited Philadelphia to just three first half points and forced a key turnover late in the game to seal the win. Bad news for Atlanta is they had no sacks as quarterback pressure has been an issue for years for this club.
The New York Giants faced a division rival Dallas Cowboys on the road last week on Sunday Night Football and lost 27-26. New York was outgained by 147 yards in defeat and was competitive as they forced three Cowboys turnovers and committed none for a +3 margin in the game. There were mental errors for the team down the stretch with clock management issues that allowed Dallas extra time to hit the game winning touchdown with seven seconds remaining.
Atlanta Falcons QB:
In the opener Ryan completed 23 of 34 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The key to Ryan for one day fantasy football leagues is the health of Julio Jones. Draft GM’s would like to see him throw downfield more because in the past there were a lot of short intermediate route passes made.
Atlanta Falcons RB:
The rookie out of Indiana saw most of the carries in week one as he rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries. He had a 20 yard gain and ran for two first downs. Coleman was not targeted in the passing game last week.
Atlanta Falcons WR:
The main target for the Falcons had nine catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury leading up to this contest and is questionable for Sunday. He averaged 15.7 yards a catch last week and had eight first down receptions.
Second in receptions last week with four catches Roddy White had 84 receiving yards and an impressive three catches for 20 or more yards.
New York Giants QB
The 12th year veteran got his contract extension with big money. His leadership down the stretch of the Cowboys loss is in question after he botched clock management issues to protect a three point lead. The stats from week one read 20 of 36 throws for 193 yards with no touchdowns and no picks. Manning is throwing against a Falcons team that had no sacks last week and has a history of not putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Eli is very inconsistent and the Falcons gave up 21 second half points last week. Maybe Chip Kelly’s second half adjustments can be utilized by the Giants here and the good Eli Manning shows up on Sunday. Sam Bradford did throw for over 300 yards last week against the Atlanta defense.
New York Giants RB:
The veteran Jennings had 13 carries for 52 yards with a rushing touchdown. He had a 27 yard rushing touchdown in week one. Giants are moving away from the run and are pass heavy.
Acquired in free agency there was some excitement with Vereen in this new offense. It may take time for the chemistry to work between Vereen and Manning.
New York Giants WR:
Odell Beckham Jr.
The second year man had the most targets in week one and caught five passes for 44 yards. His longest catch was 16 yards and not many big plays. That was with no Victor Cruz in the lineup. Cruz is bothered by a calf injury and is questionable.