Fantasy Football: New York Giants Week 5 Start/Sit

Will Eli Manning be handing the ball off to David Wilson more? - Jamie Squire

While the Giants are 0-4 to start the season, hopefully Victor Cruz and his outstanding statistical start have your fantasy record looking a little better.

Who knew that the soft part of the Giants 2013 schedule would be when we finally got to face another NFC East opponent? The Eagles looked like they had it all going in the first half of game one of the Chip Kelly era as they dominated on both sides of the ball to lead 26-7 to end the first half against the Washington Redskins. Since they stepped on the field in the second half of that game they have been outscored 131-73. The fact that the Eagles defense has looked like Swiss cheese the last few weeks must have the Giants' offense breathing a sigh of relief after facing two very tough defenses on the road the last two weeks. The Giants' defense also has the added benefit of seeing how the Chiefs and Broncos were able to stop Chip Kelly's fast paced offense the last two weeks.

Eli Manning - 321 yards passing, 8 yards rushing, 3 passing touchdowns and 1 interception (my projection)

NumberFire has Eli Manning producing 289.36 yards, 1.36 touchdowns and 1.23 interceptions

If there was ever a week that could get Eli back on track it would be this one.  He watched his big brother tear apart the Eagles' secondary in Denver last week and may have seen some ways to exploit the very same holes.

I have Eli having a big game as long as our makeshift offensive line can keep him upright. With four teams on byes Eli is very much in the mix to be a top 12 QB this week.

David Wilson - 18 carries for 78 yards, 5 receptions for 34 yards and 1 touchdown (my projection)

NumberFire has David Wilson getting 15.61 carries for 58.36 yards, 2.22 receptions for 14 yards and .46 TDs overall

Yes, I have David Wilson actually startable in leagues that use a flex position. The Eagles defense is that bad and the Giants seem to be finally giving Wilson the chance to produce. The news that Da'Rel Scott was waived Tuesday makes it even more likely that Wilson will feature against the Eagles.

Victor Cruz - 8 receptions for 108 yards and 1 touchdown (my projection)

NumberFire has Victor Cruz getting 6.67 receptions, 88.01 yards and .64 touchdowns

If I was the Eagles I would be doubling Victor Cruz every where on the field, but I am sure they will leave him open just as every other team has so far this year. Talk about earning your money.

Hakeem Nicks - 5 receptions for 77 yards and 0 touchdowns (my projection)

NumberFire has Hakeem Nicks getting 3.66 receptions 50.41 yards and .65 touchdowns

NumberFire is much more optimistic than I about Nicks finding pay-dirt on Sunday, but I hope I am wrong for the Giants sake. Nicks has been so inconsistent and doesn't seem to be half the explosive player he was just a few seasons ago.

Brandon Myers - 4 receptions for 48 yards and 0 touchdowns (my projection)

NumberFire has Brandon Myers getting 4.38 receptions, 47.19 yards and .18 touchdowns

Myers had a great big goose egg last week as he was asked to block a little more than he had been before. He should get back on track this week, but I would still consider him a tight end 2 this week with so many tight ends having great starts to the season.

I wanted to give a shout out to Jared (Here Comes Treble) of Big Blue View Fantasy League 2 who is the first manager to beat the Commish this year as he had Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, and Torrey Smith put up huge numbers that I was not able to overcome. So far The Commish is leading BBV League 1 and Marcus's Longshots are leading BBV League 2. I hope everyone is doing well in their leagues and would love to hear if any of my draft advice is paying dividends so far this season.

If you have a question for me you can join the conversation on Twitter by following @Coachesser or by liking my Facebook Page CoachEsser's Playbook. You can also read any of my articles or listen to my podcasts by visiting www.coachesser.com. Make sure to head over to iTunes and download the latest TrickPlays podcast if you want to win your fantasy league this year.

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