NFL Playoff Game

New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers Preview

Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved to be a man of his word when he told reporters that the Green Bay Packers were capable of running the table to secure a NFL playoff game. Six straight wins led to the eighth straight postseason appearance for Green Bay, which looks to remain on the fast track when it hosts the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFC wild  card matchup at Lambeau Field (Enter  contest).

Rodgers tossed 15 of his NFL-best 40 touchdown passes during the Packers’ winning streak. The 33-year-old recorded his second straight four-TD performance in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over Detroit, securing the NFC North title for his team and conference Player of the Month honors to boot. While Green Bay has been a staple in the playoffs, New York is making its first postseason appearance since it posted a victory over the Packers in the divisional round of the 2011-12 playoffs en route to upending New England in Super Bowl XLVI. Eli Manning, who has won eight of his last nine playoff starts, completed just 18-of-35 passes for 199 yards in a 23-16 loss to Green Bay on October 9.


The flashy Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL third-best 101 receptions for 1,367 yards) and fellow wideout Victor Cruz were quick to dismiss Monday’s celebrity-filled off-day trip to Miami rather claiming that it was any sort of distraction heading into the playoff game. Beckham had five receptions among his team-high 12 targets and found the end zone in the waning moments of the first meeting with the Packers. Cruz, on the other hand, was held without a catch. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after reeling in two of his NFL second-best six interceptions in a 19-10 victory over Washington on Sunday.


Jordy Nelson recorded one of his NFL-best 14 touchdowns this season against the Giants. But Randall Cobb won the reception battle the last time around with nine receptions for 108 yards. The speedy wideout participated in both practices this week after missing the last two games with a left ankle injury. Fellow wide receiver Davante Adams, who also had a highlight-reel TD grab versus New York in the first meeting, had two touchdowns against the Lions last week and has five scoring receptions in his last five games at home.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants

Trying to keep pace with the surprising Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, the New York Giants go for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night (Enter Contest). The Giants have rebounded from a three-game skid by sandwiching a pair of home wins around a “road” victory at London to remain two games off the division lead. New York is coming off a 28-23 victory over Philadelphia, continuing a trend of being able to win the close games. All five victories have come by a margin of 20 points.

Prior to last week’s bye, Cincinnati played in London and came away with a 27-27 tie with Washington. They are looking to close the gap with the first-placed Baltimore Ravens (5-4) in the AFC North. Coach Marvin Lewis’ team have been held to 17 points or fewer in each of its losses.


Quarterback Andy Dalton has a streak of four straight games with a 100-plus passer rating snapped in London, but he has thrown for 2,349 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard have both rushed for a TD in each of the last two games. Star wide receiver A.J. Green is second in the NFL with 896 yards, including three games with at least 169 yards, and the offense received an added boost with the return of tight end Tyler Eifert against the Redskins. Eifert had 13 touchdowns last season and showed what a difference-maker he can be in his first start with nine catches for 102 yards and a score. Cincinnati’s defense has been vulnerable through the air, allowing an average of 262.4 yards. Cincinnati has lost three in a row at the Giants, but beat the Jets 23-22 at MetLife Stadium in the season opener.


Quarterback Eli Manning is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, the third time he has tossed at least three scoring passes in a game this season, but he also was picked off twice for the third time. Like Cincinnati, the Giants have a stud wideout in Odell Beckham, who caught a pair of scoring passes against the Eagles to give him five in the past four games. The biggest problem for the Giants has been a stagnant running game led by Rashad Jennings that ranks last in the league with a meager average of 68.3 yards per game. Rookie Paul Perkins could see more time this week to help work the clock and protect a defense that yields 277.4 yards passing. New York last won four straight games during the 2013 season.

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NFL Pro Bowl Preview

The Pro Bowl is a hard event to predict. Just because a player does well in a certain type of offense in the regular season does not guarantee they will be effective in the Pro Bowl. The opposite is true as well when a player is used to being the target of a subpar quarterback for example. Lets look at the lineups and determine where value may be attained in order to maximize your chances in Fanpicks Pro Bowl Daily Fantasy Tournaments this weekend.


Team Rice


PlayerName Position
Derek Carr QB
Eli Manning QB
Tyrod Taylor QB
Chris Ivory RB
John Kuhn RB
Doug Martin RB
Adrian Peterson RB
Odell Beckham WR
Amari Cooper WR
T.Y. Hilton WR
Jarvis Landry WR
Gary Barnidge TE
Travis Kelce TE


As the Pro Bowl goes, each of the quarterbacks on each time will likely see some play time, with the more effective ones seeing more minutes. Eli Manning is the clear leader here in terms of passing but if the pass game is ineffective, it is very likely Tyrod could take over duties given his mobility and speed.


As far as receivers go, both Carr and Manning have their primary targets during the regular season, Cooper and Beckham respectively, so you can expect some good synergy between them. I think Hilton however, is the receiver to look out for on Team Rice. He may get less attention from the coverage and although he put up lackluster numbers during the season, with Manning or Carr throwing to him, he may be able to put together a big game. He is my sleeper pick on team Rice.


Team Irvine


PlayerName Position
Teddy Bridgewater QB
Russell Wilson QB
Jameis Winston QB
Patrick DiMarco RB
Devonta Freeman RB
Todd Gurley RB
Latavius Murray RB
A.J. Green WR
DeAndre Hopkins WR
Julio Jones WR
Allen Robinson WR
Tyler Eifert TE
Delanie Walker TE


 Team Irvine is made up somewhat differently, mostly because their quarterback roster is all three players who have proven to be effective with both their arms and their legs. My bet would be that Wilson gets the most play time and should have no problem passing the ball with a stronger receiving squad.


Julio Jones and Hopkins should be the main targets but Green and Robinson are both very effective at getting downfield and open. Without a Bortles/Roethlisberger/Cousins type quarterback who loves chucking the ball downfield though, Green and Robinson may not be able to put up the numbers they are used to. Whoever the quarterback here, I expect them to play the short game with Julio, Hopkins, Eifert, and Walker while giving Freeman and Gurley plenty of rush attempts.


My strategy is Running backs and Tight ends from Team Irvine and Quarterback and Receiver stacks from Team Rice.

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NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for

Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.

Stafford and Johnson Stack

While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones

This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.

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New York Giants versus Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-14-2015

The Miami Dolphins will be home for Monday night football as they meet the New York Giants. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN on December 14th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day leagues.

The Giants are in the middle of the NFC East race with a record of 5-7. They are on a three game losing streak after they are beaten 23-20 at home last week to the New York Jets. Defense has been a major issue for the Giants on the year as the club ranks 32nd and last in the NFL against the pass as they allow 314 yards per game through the air.

The Miami Dolphins enter Monday night football with an identical 5-7 mark. They have struggled on both sides of the football ranking 27th in total offense (326 yards per game) and 28th in the NFL in total defense (390 yards per game). A two game losing streak was broken last week as Miami was able to earn the 15-13 victory at home to Baltimore. They have been held to 17 points or fewer in four of their past six games.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The Giants veteran quarterback is completing 62.3% of his throws for 3318 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 picks. Last week against the Jets Manning threw for 297 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

Jennings has rushed 116 times in 2015 for 431 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the year which surprisingly is not a career low. In 101 rushing attempts in 2012 Jennings ran for 2.8 yards per rush average.

Shane Vereen

The former New England Patriot has rushed 51 times for 216 yards for 4.2 yards per rush. He has caught 42 balls for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He is on pace for the same receiving yardage that he had in the 2014 season. Vereen was a key cog for the Patriots on third down extending drives. He is not having the same impact with the Giants as he did in his years with the Patriots.

Andre Williams

Williams has been a major disappointment in 2015 as he has rushed for 202 yards on 71 carries for 2.8 yards per carry average.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham

The Giants wide out has caught 78 passes for 1154 yards with ten touchdowns. He is averaging 14.8 yards per catch on the season. Against the Jets last week Beckham had six catches for 149 yards with a touchdown. Two weeks ago at Washington he grabbed nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Beckham has a touchdown reception in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins QB:

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill has completed 61.5% of his throws in 2015 for 3079 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 picks. In the win at home to Baltimore last week the veteran signal caller hit on 47.4% of his throws for 86 yards with a touchdown. Prior to that performance against the Dolphins Tannehill had thrown for multiple touchdown passes in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins RB:

Lamar Miller

The Dolphins leading running back has rushed 139 times for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 4.9 yards a carry on the season. Last week in the win against Baltimore, he rushed 20 times for 113 yards. When the Dolphins run the ball and give Miller a high number of carries they have success.

Miami Dolphins WR:

Jarvis Landry

Landry has caught 79 passes for 823 yards with four touchdowns. Two weeks ago at the New York Jets had grabbed 13 balls for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Kenny Stills

The three year veteran receiver has caught 20 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns. He had no catches against the Ravens and had just two receptions for 12 yards in the loss in Week 12 against the Jets.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Eli Manning (Giants)

RB: Lamar Miller (Dolphins)

WR: Odell Beckham (Giants)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-31-2015

New York Giants versus New Orleans Saints NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 11-1-2015

The New Orleans Saints return home to their dome to meet the New York Giants from week eight action on Sunday afternoon. NFL pro football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX on November 1st at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day DFS rosters.

It has been two years since the Giants played the Saints and when they did in 2012 New York put up 52 points on the New Orleans defense in their victory.

The Giants are over .500 as they enter play at 4-3. After a 0-2 start the team has won four of their past five games. They hosted the Dallas Cowboys last week and came away with the 27-20 victory. The Cowboys were utilizing their third starting quarterback of the season in journeyman Matt Cassel and were without their top target in the passing game the past few seasons in Dez Bryant. Still the Cowboys were able to tie the score at 20-20 midway through the fourth quarter. Then the Giants made a huge play on special teams as Dwayne Harris ran back a 100 yard kickoff return for the game winning touchdown. There are concerns about the Giants defense as the Cowboys rolled up 233 yards on the ground and ran for over 5 yards a carry. What bailed out the Giants were the three interceptions by Matt Cassel and the +4 turnover margin in the win.

The New Orleans Saints looked like a hopeless 0-3 team after a week three road defeat at Carolina. They then proceeded to win three of their past four games to move to 3-4 on the year and still in the running for a wild card spot. They traveled to Indianapolis last week and came away with a surprising 27-21 road victory. They did it with a fast start as they had built a 20-0 halftime lead to 27-0 five minutes into the third period. Then the Saints defense gave up two big passing plays to T.Y. Hilton and the margin was only 13 points heading into the fourth quarter. After a late Colts touchdown the Saints recovered an onside kick to help preserve the victory. New Orleans has struggled on defense for the season as they are 30th in the league in yards allowed by giving up 404 yards per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The Giants veteran quarterback is completing 65% of his throws for 1776 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 picks. At Dallas last week he hit 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The run game has not been working for the team this year. Jennings had his worst game of 2015 last week with five carries for 19 yards. His carries continue to come down due to his lack of production.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

The second year wide out leads the club with 42 catches for 524 yards with four touchdowns. Over the past two games Beckham Jr. had 11 combined catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The veteran signal caller has lost many of his key weapons over the past few seasons. On the year he is completing 67% of his throws for 1871 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

Ingram is coming off his best game of the year as he rushed for 143 yards on 14 carries last week at Indianapolis with a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Willie Snead

A first year player out of Ball State it has been Willie Snead leading the Saints with 29 catches for 461 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging nearly 16 yards a catch.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-23-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus New York Giants NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

From the NFC East division the New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys from NFL action on Sunday. Fantasy Football DFS managers can tune to FOX from New York at 4:25PM Eastern Time on October 25th to follow the scoring results of their rosters picks.

This is the second meeting of the year between these two rivals. They opened the season in week one back on September 13th as the Dallas Cowboys pulled out the 27-26 victory at home. The Cowboys were able to outgain the Giants by 147 yards. Tony Romo threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns but had two picks. Romo rallied the team for the game winning touchdown with 7 seconds remaining for the win. The Giants had trouble getting into the end zone by going 1 of 4 inside the red zone.

The New York Giants are on a short week after they traveled to Philadelphia on Monday night and were beaten 27-7. It broke a three game win streak as the club fell to 3-3 in a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East division. In the loss at Philadelphia the Giants offense sputtered with 247 yards. They were outgained by nearly 180 yards by the Eagles offense. New York had trouble with the Eagles run game by allowing 158 rushing yards. The Giants have been very poor defending the pass this year by allowing 298 yards through the air per game ranking 31st and second worst in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys enter play at 2-3 on the year. They were 2-0 with Romo healthy and in the lineup. With Brandon Weeden under center the team has lost three straight. Dallas will make the change and has named Matt Cassel as the starter on Sunday. They come off a bye week after losing at home to New England by the score of 30-6. The Cowboys have fallen to 23rd in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 20.2 points per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The veteran quarterback of the Giants is completing 66% of his throws for 1606 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 picks. He struggled in the Dallas game in week one with 193 passing yards with no touchdowns and some clock management strategy mistakes late in the game.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

It has not been a good year on the ground for this Giants team as they rush for 3.6 yards a carry. Jennings has 66 rushing attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown. He is rushing for 3.7 yards per attempt on the campaign. In the Philadelphia game last week Jennings had 13 carries for 63 yards. That is the most attempts he has had this year as he loses carries based on his poor production.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr

He leads the Giants receivers in targets by at least twice as many than the closest one. He has been bothered by a hamstring that has forced him to miss practices and is probable for this game.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

Hard to endorse since Cassel couldn’t beat out the contenders for the Buffalo Bills job in the preseason and became expendable. We could understand Cassel not beating out Tyrod Taylor but when E.J. Manuel passed him on the depth chart we have to give a big pass here.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Joseph Randle

The Cowboys running back has 74 carries for 291 yards with one touchdown. He is averaging just 3.9 yards a carry this year.

Dallas Cowboys TE:

Jason Witten

The veteran tight end leads the Cowboys with 30 grabs for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He had five catches but just 33 yards receiving in the loss to New England.

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New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-19-2015

Monday Night Football features two NFC East rivals as the Philadelphia Eagles will be home to the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can check out ESPN at 8:30PM Eastern Time on October 19th to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Eagles when they faced the Giants last year won both meetings. The Giants sit atop the NFC East with a record of 3-2. The team was off to a horrific 0-2 start and they could very easily be 5-0 if not for making mental mistakes in their first two games of the season. Last week the Giants hosted the San Francisco 49ers and with a late Eli Manning touchdown pass prevailed by the score of 30-27. It was a nice win for New York to get them over .500 for the first time this season. But there has to be concern that Giants defense allowed an anemic offense like the 49ers to post 27 points and hold a narrow lead late in the game. New York is 32nd and last in the NFL in pass defense by surrendering 304 yards per game through the air. Part of the problem is the Giants really have trouble generating any type of pass rush.

There is a two way tie in the NFC East for second place with the Eagles and Cowboys at 2-3. The Eagles hosted the New Orleans Saints last week and came away with a convincing 39-17 victory. It was the first time this season that Philadelphia resembled the way the Eagles played for Chip Kelly in his first two years as head coach of the team. They rolled up 519 yards of offense on a very poor New Orleans defense. Philadelphia now sits 13th in the league in scoring offense at 23.4 points per game and hoping that last week’s win can be an indication of things to come from this offense.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning:

The veteran quarterback is completing 66% of his throws for 1417 yards with ten touchdowns and two picks. The ball was in the air last week in their win against the 49ers. The Giants are playing faster and it is showing in the stats as Eli Manning is averaging nearly 40 passing attempts per game. Last week Manning threw the football 54 times and completed 41 passes for 441 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. Manning has thrown two touchdowns or greater in four straight starts.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The Giants are running three backs. Jennings leads the club with 53 carries for 180 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

Shane Vereen

The fifth year back that was acquired from the Patriots in free agency has 25 rushes for 101 yards. In the passing game Vereen has caught 20 balls for 208 yards with a touchdown.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr

Beckham Jr. leads the Giants with 31 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns. He was targeted 11 times last week against the 49ers and caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles sixth year veteran quarterback has hit on 63% of his throws for 1281 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks. In the win against New Orleans Bradford hit 32 of 45 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has thrown five touchdowns over his past two games.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Mathews

Mathews has rushed 41 times on the year for 205 yards with two touchdowns. He had a nice game on the Saints defense but saw limited work with eight carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. The back had a 33 yard run last week against the Saints.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide receiver leads the Eagles with 30 catches for 325 yards with a touchdown. He has just a single 100 yard receiving day in his five games. Last week it was a season low 44 receiving yards on five catches.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks

QB: Sam Bradford (Eagles)

RB: Ryan Mathews (Eagles)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles), Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)

TE: Zach Ertz (Eagles)

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San Francisco 49ers versus New York Giants

Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks 10-11-2015

The New York Giants will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on October 11th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their NFL roster picks.

This San Francisco 49ers team is a much different club than the one that defeated the Giants 16-10 on the road last year. There has been a head coaching change as well as heavy turnover on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The 49ers drop to 1-3 after they lose 17-3 to the Green Bay Packers at home last week. San Francisco has been held to seven or fewer points in their past two games. The offense is 31st in yards per game (289), 32nd and last in passing yardage (158 per game) and 32nd and last in the league in scoring (12 per game). Over on defense the 49ers sit 29th and fourth last in the league by allowing 27.5 points per game.

The Giants sit at 2-2 and is on a two game win streak with a home win to Washington and a road victory at Buffalo last week. In their 24-10 victory against the Bills it was a good performance by the New York defense by limiting the Buffalo run game to just 55 yards on 24 carries. They were also aided to victory by 17 Bills penalties for 135 yards. The Giants are the number one run defense in the NFL by allowing 69 yards per game on the ground. The offensive numbers have not been trending in the top half of the league but the Giants rank 9th best in scoring offense by producing 25.5 points per game.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick

The 49ers signal caller is hitting on 62% of his throws for 727 yards with two touchdowns and five picks. He completed 52% of his throws last week against Green Bay with a pick and 160 yards.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde

The replacement for Frank Gore has rushed 62 times for 282 yards with two touchdowns. He is running for 4.5 yards a carry on the season but has ran for 3.3 yards per rush in week two, 3.4 yards a carry in week three and a miserable 2.5 yards a carry last week at home to Green Bay as he ran for 20 yards on eight carries.

San Francisco 49ers WR:

Torrey Smith

The fifth year wide out has caught nine passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Over the past two weeks Smith has caught just two balls for 54 yards.

Anquan Bolden

Bolden has 15 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. It has been a poor past couple of games for the 35 year old wide receiver with five catches for a total of 28 yards.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The 12 year veteran has hit on 63% of his throws for 976 yards with seven touchdowns and only one pick. He has had issues with interceptions the past several years and in 2015 he has avoided the multi-pick game. In the win at Buffalo Manning completed 20 of 35 throws for 212 yards with three touchdowns and one pick.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

Jennings is splitting carries with Andre Williams and even Shane Vereen is taking carries away from him. The seventh year back has 42 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. Last week at Buffalo Jennings had nine carries for 38 yards. He did catch two balls for 54 yards and a touchdown.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr. has caught 24 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. In his two home games against Washington and Atlanta the second year wide receiver caught a combined 14 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

Rueben Randle

Randle is being asked to step up his game with the injury to Victor Cruz. The fourth year receiver has 14 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He had one good game in his four games this year. It came in week three with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks

QB: Eli Manning (Giants)

RB: Shane Vereen (Giants)

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (Giants), Rueben Randle (Giants)

TE: Garrett Celek (49ers)

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New York Giants versus Buffalo Bills One Day League Fantasy Football Preview 9-29-2015

NFL Fantasy Draft News 9-29-2015

An interesting week four contest will pit the Buffalo Bills facing the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The New York Giants got their first win of the year last week on a Thursday night to Washington to run their record to 1-2. They put up a season high 32 points on the Redskins defense and allowed 21 points. At issue for the Giants defensively has been their pass defense as they give up 335 yards per game ranking 32nd and last in the NFL. Part of the reason for their poor pass defense is the inability for the Giants to create a pass rush.

Buffalo was able to bounce back after a week two 40-32 home defeat to New England. They went on the road for the first time this season and crushed the Miami Dolphins 41-14. The Bills have put a lot of points on this young season as the score an average of 33 points a game good for third best in the NFL. Like the Giants the Bills have had trouble defending the pass ranking 31st and second to last by giving up 326 yards per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning:

The veteran quarterback is hitting on 65% of his throws for 764 yards with four touchdowns and so far no picks this season. Manning passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns in the victory against Washington. Good news for Manning is he may get back Victor Cruz this week.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The veteran back leads the Giants in carries with 33 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Jennings is running for just 2.9 yards a carry.

Andre Williams

The second year back has 26 carries for 86 yards for a disappointing 3.3 yards per run attempt. In the Washington game Williams had 14 rushing attempts and gained just 29 yards.

Shane Vereen:

Vereen is very active in the passing game. He has 12 catches on the year for 122 yards. He has gotten 15 rushing attempts for 56 yards.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr. leads the Giants with 19 catches for 269 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging 14.2 yards per catch on the year. He had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins on Thursday.

Rueben Randle:

Many were critical about Randle’s play in the first two games of the year. He had a good game on Thursday night against Washington with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Buffalo Bills QB:

Tyrod Taylor

The fifth year quarterback finally got his shot at starting in the NFL. He has played well by completing 74% of his passes for 714 yards with seven touchdowns and three picks. In the Miami game Taylor hit on 21 of 29 passes for 277 yards with three touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills RB:

Karlos Williams

The rookie running back has 24 rushing attempts for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He had a big game on Sunday against Miami with 110 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.

LeSean McCoy

McCoy has 43 carries for 146 yards on the year and is averaging a disappointing 3.4 yards per rush average with no touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills WR:

Percy Harvin

He leads the Bills with 16 catches for 192 yards with a touchdown. He has three catches this season for greater than 20 yards.

Robert Woods

The third year wide out has caught nine balls for 125 yards and a touchdown. He had a big game in week two against New England with three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

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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:

Matt Ryan

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:

Tevin Coleman

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:

Julio Jones

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.

Roddy White

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

Eli Manning

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:

Rashad Jennings

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.

Shane Vereen

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.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – NFL– 8-25-15

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Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 25th 2015

1: Matt Ryan

2:  Eli Manning

3:  Matthew Stafford

4:  Carson Palmer

5: Andy Dalton

6:  Sam Bradford

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Week 1 Fantasy Football 2015 Quarterback Roster Value Picks

Quarterback Fantasy Value Week 1

With the NFL 2015 regular season soon beginning its time to check out the individual games from week 1 and look for some value from fantasy rosters in the quarterback position.

Matt Ryan (Falcons): Should be a very good game for fantasy draft managers here as the Philadelphia Eagles are at the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles with their fast pace offense run many plays and expect more opportunities for fantasy points for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Monday Night Football games have been trending toward very high scoring games since the rule changes the past several years. This game figures to be a shootout. Matt Ryan will be happy to see Julio Jones line up out wide as his main target in the passing game as he was out for much of 2014 with injury. Roddy White will start out wide, making for a solid starting receiving combo. Jacob Tamme is a capable tight end who can move the sticks in key third downs plays to give more offensive plays for Atlanta. The Falcons running game has been atrocious the past few seasons and don’t see much improvement yet. Loud building will aid the Falcons on a Monday night.

Eli Manning (Giants): Eli Manning showed some good improvement in his quick strike offense as the regular season ended. Wide receiver Odell Beckham emerged as an impact wide receiver in his rookie campaign. Victor Cruz is healthy and will be part of the starting receivers. The Giants have great depth so if they go four wide then Rueben Randle and James Jones enters the pass pattern. A huge addition for key third down plays was the signing of Shane Vereen as a free agent in the offseason. Vereen caught 52 balls in 2014 for 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants are at the Cowboys in week one and Manning has had a good history in Dallas.

Matthew Stafford (Lions): Matthew Stafford has a solid 1-2 punch in his wide receiver position with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Detroit is at sunny San Diego to open the year so look for a Stafford to put the ball up in the air quite a bit in the opener. Lance Moore has emerged as a weapon in the slot. Greg Salas has shown some positive signs in the preseason that he can line up as the fourth wide receiver.

Carson Palmer (Cardinals): Palmer was an effective quarterback for Arizona in 2014 prior to tearing his ACL in November. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd is a great duo for Palmer to work with. Arizona doesn’t run well so the ball is in the air as they host a bad defense from New Orleans in the opener.

Andy Dalton (Bengals): There are very high expectations for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 campaign. The organization is tired of early playoff exits and that means Andy Dalton has to play better. It could be a great fantasy football day for draft managers who take Dalton because Cincinnati will travel to Oakland Raiders to open the season. Andy Dalton has capable receivers in A.J. Green and Marvin Jones to pass to. Brandon Tate and Denarius Moore add depth in pass patterns for Cincinnati. The run game for Cincinnati will feature Jeremy Hill and he was outstanding in the final nine weeks of the year for the Bengals. Hill’s big play presence will set up play action deep for good gains in the passing game for Cincinnati.

Sam Bradford (Eagles): The new Philadelphia starting quarterback will be throwing against one of the softest pass rushes for several seasons in the NFL as the Atlanta Falcons are the opponent in week one. Wide our Jordan Matthews is coming off a very good rookie campaign. USC rookie Nelson Agholor has looked good in the preseason. Miles Austin and Riley Cooper add depth in four wide receiver sets. Philadelphia signed running back DeMarco Murray in the offseason giving the Eagles big play potential in the ground game. Sam Bradford played well in the spread offense in his college years at Oklahoma. The Eagles personnel and system seems like a good fit for the veteran quarterback.

2015 NFL Fantasy Football Quarterback Week 1 Value Picks

1. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
2. Eli Manning (Giants)
3. Matthew Stafford (Lions)
4. Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
5. Andy Dalton (Bengals)
6. Sam Bradford (Eagles)

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