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Friday, September 26, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY GIANTS/REDSKINS

Week 4 in fantasy football is underway as Larry Donnell threatens to take over the world.  Let's get to all the news coming out of the game.

Eli Manning:  28/39 for 300 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT to go along with 1 rushing TD.  I guess Manning can operate the West Coast offense after all.  After being a fantasy football pariah the first three weeks of the season and all of 2013, Manning overnight becomes a must add given how dominant he was in this one.  Truth be told Manning played well against Houston as well in Week 3 and he has a new huge toy in Donnell to go with emerging talent Reuben Randle and Victor Cruz.  Go get him.

Kirk Cousins:  19/33 for 257 yards with 1 TD and 4 INT.  RGIII may not be run out of town by the looks of this mess.  Boy Cousins was awful and he totally screwed his owners who are well behind the eight ball in their matchups this week.  If you were watching this game, Cousins looked scared and skittish in the pocket as the Giants rush got to him repeatedly.  After looking like a star in Week 3, Cousins is now back to that murky territory after this disaster. 

Rashad Jennings:  13 carries for 55 yards to go along with 1 catch for -1 yards.  Not a good follow up to Jennings' incredible Week 3 performance against the Houston Texans.  Still Jennings has been real good and don't read too much into the fact Andre Williams got some late goal-line work as the game was out of hand.  Jennings remains a rock solid high-end RB 2 in standard formats and a low-end RB 1 in PPR.

Alfred Morris:  12 carries for 63 yards and 1 TD.  Luckily Morris got the TD as he wasn't allowed to do much since the Redskins fell behind by so much so early.  When that happens Morris is virtually useless as he doesn't catch the football.  Remains a standard play weekly but a borderline guy in PPR setups.

Reuben Randle:  8 catches for 89 yards.  I wrote in the summer that Randle was a prime fantasy football sleeper and so far so good.  Randle is the big-play guy in the suddenly potent Giants offense and he holds firm WR 3 value with upside for some more.

Victor Cruz:  6 catches for 108 yards . Second straight game Cruz goes for over 100 yards but he is actually being overshadowed by both Randle and Donnell.  Cruz could have some difficulty scoring due to his two big-play teammates but that is the only knock.

Larry Donnell:  7 catches for 54 yards and 3 TD.  Wow.  All I have to say is that Donnell is the slam dunk breakout player at any offensive position through four weeks and the comparisons to Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas are spot on.  While he may not have the speed as those two, Donnell is plenty athletic enough to continue being a major red zone weapon.  In addition he has worked beautifully in PPR as Donnell has caught at least 6 passes in every game.  I have benched Jason Witten for Donnell in my Experts League and I won't look back.  Incredible.

Niles Paul:  3 catches for 60 yards.  Forget Paul for the next few weeks as he suffered a very scary concussion.  That is a real shame as Paul was shaping up as a lower-end Donnell with his great work since replacing Jordan Reed.  Cut him loose.

DeSean Jackson:  1 catch for 9 yards.  Ugh.  Nothing happening here as maybe Jackson was still not 100 percent with his shoulder.  This is what happens with Jackson though as he is not consistent enough from week-to-week with his catches.

Pierre Garcon:  2 catches for 28 yards.  Up and down we go with Garcon who has been a bust two of the last three weeks.  I still like his PPR value but the QB issues are worrisome.

Roy Helu Jr.:  5 catches for 78 yards.  Helu is only useful if the Redskins trail early as they did here.  He has interesting PPR value if he ever replaces a hurt Morris but for now just watch.

 

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