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

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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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Breaking Daily Fantasy NFL Football News 9-28-2015

Ben Roethlisberger Out 4-6 Weeks

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for up to six weeks with a sprained MCL and bone bruise. Fortunately the MRI taken on Roethlisberger did not show any damage to the ACL which would have sidelined Big Ben for the rest of the season. The backup is veteran Michael Vick

Ben Roethlisberger:

The Steelers quarterback is a very tough player to replace on fantasy rosters. Big Ben put up some career numbers in the 2014 campaign. Last year he completed 67% of his throws for 4952 yards with 32 touchdowns and nine picks. In his three starts he was completing 75% of his passes for 912 yards with four touchdowns and two picks.

Michael Vick:

Vick played in ten games for the New York Jets last year. He completed just 52% of his throws for 604 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. Michael Vick in relief to Roethlisberger on Sunday completed 5 of 6 throws for just 38 yards. Vick has not been an accurate passer in recent seasons. Prior to his time with the Jets, Vick was under center for the Philadelphia Eagles where he struggled big time with turnovers. Because of his knack for the mistake the Steelers may lean on their run game. Running back Le’Veon may be worth a look next week on rosters.

Victor Cruz Announces His Return to Lineup in Week 4

Victor Cruz

The New York Giants wide receiver has not played in 2015 as he tries and recovers from a calf injury. In 2014 he missed most of the season with a knee injury. In his career he has 24 touchdown receptions and averages 15 yards per catch.

Odell Beckham Jr

The Giants second year wide out has 19 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns in his three games. Beckham Jr. has touchdown catches in two straight games.

Rueben Randle

Randle has been expected to step up with Cruz out. After two bad games to start the year Randle contributed in the win against Washington last week with seven catches for 116 yards with a touchdown. He averaged 16 ½ yards per reception last week.

Shane Vereen

The former New England Patriot dual purpose back was acquired during the offseason. Vereen throughout his career has been very active in the passing game and could take away targets from Cruz. On the year Vereen has 12 receptions for 122 yards.

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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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NFL Fantasy Draft News—A Look at Offensive Playmakers for Week One 8-31-2015

The Green Bay Packers suffered a major injury during the preseason with lead wide receiver Jordy Nelson out for the season. Draft managers are high on the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Randall Cobb will now be asked to step up in a more prominent role with his team. Cobb is small in stature and may not get as many red zone targets as Nelson did. The Packers got a huge scare on Saturday as Randall Cobb was injured as he went down very hard on his shoulder. The indications are the injury is not very serious.

Rob Gronkowski should be an interesting decision for NFL draft managers. With Tom Brady looking to miss at least the opener of the season can you trust that Jimmy Garappolo can deliver in tight windows downfield in week one? It may be wise to look for value at the tight end position in week one and look to spend more on wide outs and running backs in your draft.

Justin Forsett put up some great numbers in 2014. The beauty of drafting Forsett is the depth around him is not too promising. Expect Forsett to get the bulk of the carries in week one with a significant drop in quality behind him on the bench.

Golden Tate has shown improvement each year in the league. He caught just under 100 receptions for over 1300 yards in the 2014 campaign. He is quick off the line of scrimmage and provides value in drafts as teams may look to put heavy attention on Johnson in his pass patterns.

Running back C.J. Spiller gets upgraded going to New Orleans after spending his career with the Buffalo Bills. He is finally playing with a team that has to respect his quarterback and passing game. Spiller provides value at the running back position in drafts.

Victor Cruz will benefit with the development of Odell Beckham Jr. The great thing about Cruz is his attitude. He doesn’t carry a Primo Donna attitude with the team as he is willing to lineup in the slot and run patterns over the middle of the field. The Giants moving to a quick strike offense means there will be a lot more targets for Cruz to move the stick and keep drives alive.

Shane Vereen is another Giant who will benefit from the quick strike Giants offense. The running back was vital in the Patriots Super Bowl year in 2014 as the running back was utilized in the passing game as an outlet for Tom Brady. With Beckham Jr. and Cruz in pass patterns it opens up the potential for fantasy points for Vereen drafters.

Matthew Stafford the Lions quarterback could be on the brink of a breakthrough season. Calvin Johnson is the star for the Lions but there are talented weapons around him. Golden Tate has shown improvement each year as a pro. Rookie Ameer Abdullah has the ability to make an impact with the team. Abdullah was a workhorse in his time with Nebraska with his skill to be a dual threat in the run and passing game. Stafford provides good value to fantasy football managers in week one.

Tight end Owen Daniels was relied heavily for targets in the passing game in his time with the Houston Texans. Remember current Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was Daniels former coach at Houston. Before making a decision on Daniels remember that the Texans did not run efficiently for many years under Kubiak. Virgil Green, the other option in Denver has been typecast as a blocking tight end but has shown signs of improvement in the passing game this preseason. There could be some timesharing between Daniels and Green so put a pass on Daniels for week one.

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