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Fantasy Football 2016: Start 'em/Sit 'em, Week 5 Edition

Which New York Giants should be played?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants offense is in flux right now. Eli Manning has not been sharp these past two weeks. Odell Beckham Jr.  is having his least productive stretch ever since entering the league. Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz have hardly been given enough targets to be a factor during this three game losing streak. The running game is once again nonexistent. Are there any Giants worth playing in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens?

Start him

Odell Beckham Jr.

He is your first round pick and the supposed core of your team. He may not be posting the numbers just yet, but his talent is still there and he's getting open. Manning is struggling for sure but I doubt players have the depth where they can comfortably sit Beckham. It might not be a surefire top play as he usually is but you always start your studs.

Sterling Shepard

Admittedly, this is more of a gut feeling. The Giants just played through two rough road games and their last one came off short rest as well. Coming back home might be the boost the Giants offense needs to wake up. It's hard to imagine Manning playing so poorly for too long. Sooner or later, we should see the Manning from these past two years. The Ravens secondary has given up the 14h most points this season to wide receivers so it is not a hard matchup either. if you need a FLEX play, I feel Shepard is not a bad choice.

Giants D/ST

The Giants defense is not as good as many fans hoped but they are still a quality streaming option for this week. The Ravens offense is also quite poor. Not only did they fire their offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, they just cut Justin Forsett, and have no quality receivers. The Giants recorded two turnovers against the Green Bay Packers after having none in every other game.

Sit him

Eli Manning

Eli Manning generated a fair amount of hype during draft time. With his plethora of offensive weapons, the word in fantasy circles had him as a top option for those who want to draft a quarterback late. However, Manning has regressed heavily in fantasy and is no longer considered top ten as he was for two years. Streaming a quarterback from waivers might be a more productive task than risking "bad Eli." If you play a deep league, you may have no choice but for anything with 10 players or less, Manning should not be an option until the offense shows signs of life. I have a gut feeling that Shepard might be able to squeak out a touchdown for his productivity, for but quarterbacks you can probably fine safer options on waivers.

All the running backs

Not a single one of them is worth a start. No running back has been able to get in a groove all season. Rashad Jennings is still questionable. Orleans Darkwa is not getting much done. Paul Perkins needs to learn the playbook and understand protection schemes. Bobby Rainey can arguably be called the best of the bunch which is saying a lot. With this offensive line and their run blocking woes, there's little any one of them can do against the Baltimore Ravens front which is stuffing the run quite well.