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Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: EAGLES/GIANTS

While the NFC East went into Week 6 with no team over .500 and everyone at least having a somewhat legitimate chance to claim the crown, you can now scratch off the New York Giants after what can only be described as a monstrously pathetic effort in losing 34-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles last night.  Still they had one major bright spot:

-Boy Saquon Barkley is the real deal.  In what was a nationally televised coming out party, Barkley was beyond electric in evoking Barry Sanders memories as the former Penn State star rushed for 130 yards and a score on 13 carries; while also chipping in 9 catches for 99 more yards.  Making a literal run at a Marshall Faulk-like season (including possible 100 catches), Barkley already is in the conversation as the most dominant offensive player in football and MAYBE takes a backseat to just Todd Gurley among running backs.  Maybe!

-On the flip side for the Giants, wideout Odell Beckham Jr. failed to build off his terrific Week 5 performance as he caught 6 balls for 44 yards.  With the Giants and QB Eli Manning unable to throw deep, Beckham was effectively neutered in this one from the jump.  So far Beckham's fantasy football owners are not getting what they paid for to secure the first-round talent and now let's see if the next outburst arrives.

-Speaking of Manning, the embattled Giants QB completed just 24-of-42 passes for 281 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT.  Manning is quickly earning a "Checkdown Eli" label as that is all he seems to do nowadays and the passes he was missing were downright scary last night.  Already Manning looks like one of the worst passers in the league and while Barkley has been beyond terrific, it is becoming more apparent by the day the team messed up not taking QB Sam Darnold last April.

-Eagles QB Carson Wentz is now looking like he has knocked off the rust as he was in complete control last night in completing 26-of-36 passes for 278 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT.  Throwing well on the move and showing great timing with his receivers, Wentz looks almost all the way back to his MVP form of last season.

-The main target for Wentz on his big night was wideout Alshon Jeffery who snagged 8 balls for 74 yards and 2 scores.  Once again Jeffery showed a knack for scoring touchdowns but he has been a PPR monster two of the last three games as well.  All the guy has to do is stay healthy which has been his biggest challenge. 


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