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Fantasy Football, Week 6: Start 'em, sit 'em

The Giants recent play on offense has their skill players flying up the fantasy football rankings for week 6 of the NFL season. The Fantasy Coach, Dennis Esser, will let you know who to start and who to avoid against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Andre Williams
Andre Williams
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The New York Giants are on an offensive roll lately and they will look to keep it going against the NFC East leadingPhiladelphia Eagles in Week 6.  The absence of Rashad Jennings will hamper fantasy football teams that own him, but it opens up and opportunity for Andre Williams to become a fantasy football waiver wire hero.  Eli Manning also gets pushed into the fantasy spotlight as he has played himself into a fantasy football QB1 the last few weeks.  The performance of the offensive line can not be understated with the development of the Giants offense over the last few weeks.  With the Giants tackles both rated in the top five among offensive tackles in the NFL according to PFF, Eli has become very comfortable executing the new offense.

New York Giants Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Eli Manning - Manning is ranked 8th overall in the FantasyPros rankings this week and some "experts" have him ranked as high as 3rd overall, just behind his big brother Peyton.  Manning has had a few nice games on the road against the Eagles in his career, most notably in 2006 (371 Passing Yards 3 TDs) and in 2011 when he threw 4 TDs in Philly.  This week he faces a defense that has given up loads of points and could find himself in a bit of a shoot out based on the Vegas Over/Under of 50 1/2. I like Eli this week, especially if I have Drew Brees on a bye.  I like him even more on FanDuel where his 7200 price tag is an extreme bargain.  More on that HERE.

Andre Williams- Hold the phone....Andre Williams caught a pass last week.  He then immediately turned into the runner we all know and love by running over a defender.  Williams gets the start for the injured Rashad Jennings and he was my number one waiver wire priority in leagues where impatient owners dropped the Giants rookie.  Williams has been good in pass protection and has been excellent at running behind his shoulder pads.  I expect a good game from Williams, but in PPR leagues I can see leaving him on the bench.

Peyton Hillis- Hillis is going to get a bunch of work with Jennings out.  He could get 15 touches, especially if the Giants fall behind and need his hands in the backfield.  He's a sneaky pick up and play in very large leagues or PPR leagues where you have to play a lot of extra players.

Victor Cruz- The Eagles Brandon Boykin was drafted for one purpose, and one purpose only.  To stop Victor Cruz.  so far he has done a decent job as Victor Cruz has not found the same success against the Eagles that he had in his breakout 2011 season.  With the Giants offense at full strength and the Eagles having a very good slot corner, it pushes Victor Cruz down my rankings a bit.  He becomes a flex play with the upside of a wide receiver two.  I don't like him in DFS this week even with playing Eli.

Rueben Randle- Randle has played well lately, but still hasn't broken out completely.  This may be the week that he puts himself on the fantasy map with a big week.  The Eagles Cary Williams has struggled almost all season long andBradley Fletcher hasn't been a shut down type corner on the other side either.  With so many big name wide receivers injured it is the perfect week to throw Randle into your lineups.  In DFS he is a very interesting play and should be stacked with Eli where you play Eli.

Odell Beckham Jr.- So the hamstring is finally healthy.  Boy did we find that out in a big way.  Beckham looked explosive and flashed the slick receiving skills that made him such a coveted wide receiver in the draft.  The thing that jumped out to me was the fact that he could get separation from the corner covering him at will.  Beckham will be tough to trust with so may other options for Eli Manning, but you have to be excited if you have him in best ball leagues.

Larry Donnell- The Atlanta Falcons actually schemed their defense to take away the Giants tight end and to try and contain Victor Cruz.  The Giants were still able to win, but many fantasy owners will have a bad taste in their mouth from the goose egg put up by Donnell.  Nothing has changed with the way I feel about Donnell.  He's a low end tight end one with touchdown potential.  With Graham and Kelce on a bye there are few options I would stream over Donnell.  His price in DFS is also intriguing.

Some news and notes from around the league.

Calvin Johnson- I fully expect Calvin Johnson to miss this week against the Minnesota Vikings and his owners should be happy about it.  High Ankle sprains need rest and him being out there as a decoy does not help you sanity.  Golden Tate moves up the rankings.

AJ Green- AJ Green was carted off the practice field this week with an aggravation to his toe injury and it looks like he will miss the Bengals game against the Panthers.  Sanu becomes a nice play as Marvin Jones will also be sidelined.

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell- Reggie Bush missed practice today and Joique Bell has practiced in full since Wednesday.  Expect Bell to be the featured back with Theo Riddick being mixed in.

Vincent Jackson- Jackson practiced in a limited fashion on Friday and looks to be on track to play Sunday.  Keep an eye on this one though as ribs are all about pain management.

Fred Jackson- Jackson didn't practice on Friday after practicing in a limited fashion on Thursday.  With all the injuries at running back for owners you will have to keep an eye on his status for Sunday.  I'm sure CJ Spiller owners wouldn't mind a few more touches for their struggling back.

Matt Prater- Matt Prater was signed by the Detroit Lions and could be a nice fantasy addition in deeper leagues.

Jake Locker and Carson Palmer- I don't expect either to be under center this week and unfortunately that downgrades their receivers.  Michael Floyd owners need to weather out this storm!

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