Fantasy Football Friday: Giants vs. Eagles Preview

This week the Giants play the Eagles in a very important NFC East showdown, and a rematch of the Giants playoff loss last season. Revenge will be on the Giants minds, but this definitely won't be an easy game for either team.

Start:

DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI - With Brian Westbrook most likely not playing on Sunday, DeSean Jackson will be the focal point of the Eagles offense. Jackson has 3 receiving TD's, a rushing TD, and a punt return TD, and has two 100+ yard receiving games, a 94 yard game, and a 69 yard game. He's one of the better playmakers in the league, and with the Giants secondary woes, I expect Jackson to break a big play or two this weekend as well.

Steve Smith, WR, NYG - Even with three straight down weeks, Smith has still had flashes that he's a stud wide receiver. Against a banged up Eagles defense, I think Smith will have a big week this week.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG - The juggernaut finally looked like he was getting untracked last week, until Kevin Gilbride shut him down. I think this is the week the Giants remember they're a running team and Jacobs breaks out with 100+ yards and a score or two.

Giants Defense - I don't think it's going to be a repeat of the 12 sack game, but I think the Giants D-line is gonna get to McNabb a couple of times, and I wouldn't be surprised if they force a turnover or two. I'm actually expecting this to be a lower scoring game.


Eagles Defense - Mostly the same reasoning as for the Giants. The Eagles have a tendency of making big plays on D, and Eli has struggled against them at times, not to mention the last few weeks. I'd say the chances of an interception or two are fairly high.

Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI - I went back and forth about where to categorize McNabb. I expect him to have a decent game - ~250 yards passing, a TD or two, maybe an INT. Chances are you don't have a better QB option than McNabb this weekend, so I'd start him.

Sit

Eli Manning, QB, NYG - Let's be honest, Eli has not looked good the past few weeks, and his last two games against the Eagles have been pretty awful. I think Eli might struggle a bit this week and throw a pick or two.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG - Bradshaw had one good run last week, and fumbled away the best chance the Giants had of tying the game. With the news that his foot is broken, I'm not too optimistic about his chances this week. Hopefully I'm wrong, but play it safe and start someone else.

LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI - Without Brian Westbrook, expect Andy Reid's already minimal interest in running the football to disappear completely. I know everyone in Philly wants to believe McCoy is the next Westbrook, but I haven't seen anything from him to suggest that's the case. Stay away.

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