Evan Silva’s Matchups: Giants at Eagles

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Oct 21 2020 6 mins   37
Thursday Night Football NY Giants @ Philadelphia Team Totals: Eagles 23.75, Giants 20.25 With the first win of the Joe Judge era in the books, the Giants visit Philly to face the NFL’s most injured team. Yet OC Jason Garrett’s offense has shown no signs of getting off the schneid, managing 20 points or fewer in 5-of-6 games and needing consecutive weeks with defensive touchdowns to inflate their final scores. Far healthier on DC Jim Schwartz’s side of the ball, the Eagles’ D/ST should be teed up confidently entering Week 7 with the NFL’s fourth-most sacks (21) and third-most QB hits (52). Daniel Jones is averaging an interception per game, has fumbled four times (three lost) through six starts, and thrown exactly one touchdown pass since Week 1. … Sheer usage keeps Devonta Freeman in low-end flex conversation – he’s handled 19 touches in back-to-back games and controlled a whopping 95% of last week’s Giants backfield work – yet Freeman’s productivity has been predictably nonexistent behind New York’s frequently caved-in offensive line. Forever stout against the run, Schwartz’s defense has limited enemy backs to 142/456/6 (3.21 YPC) rushing and just four combined receptions per game. With Sterling Shepard (toe) tentatively due back to muddy target projections, Darius Slayton is the Giants’ lone somewhat confident Week 7 skill-position play. And even Slayton encounters matchup concerns; keyed by Darius Slay’s stingy coverage, the Eagles have put clamps on Terry McLaurin (5/61/0), Marquise Brown (4/57/0), A.J. Green (5/36/0), Brandon Aiyuk (2/18/0), and Robert Woods (2/14/0). Slayton is a boom-bust WR2/3 play. … Held under 50 yards in 5-of-5 games and scoreless on the season, Golden Tate is worth consideration only on one-game DFS slates. … Shepard drew 10 targets on 68 snaps (nearly a full game) to open the year before going down with turf toe. Shepard should be approached as a low-floor WR4 in his first game back but is a more exciting one-game DFS option than Tate, who at age 32 may be out of gas. … Having frustratingly drawn five combined targets over the past two weeks, Evan Engram is a bet-on-matchup, low-end TE1 play here. It’s no secret that the analytically-minded Eagles built their defense without prioritizing linebacker and safety; consequently, they’ve been ravaged for the NFL’s fourth-most fantasy points by tight ends, including year-best games for George Kittle (15/183/1), Tyler Higbee (5/54/3), Logan Thomas (4/37/1), and Nick Boyle (3/33/1). Continuing to vastly outproduce his ugly on-field play, Carson Wentz enters Thursday night’s game with top-15 fantasy finishes in four straight starts to face a Giants defense that drew Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Mullens, Jared Goff, Andy Dalton following Dak Prescott’s in-game injury, and Kyle Allen over the past five weeks. Already fifth in the league in pass volume, the Eagles’ Week 7 game plan figures to remain air oriented without Miles Sanders (knee), while New York’s defense has yielded 7.5 yards per attempt and a 9:4 TD-to-INT ratio despite facing one of the NFL’s softest early-season quarterback slates. Pulling washed-and-withered Zach Ertz (ankle) out of the offense may benefit Philly’s pass efficiency. Wentz is an underrated QB1 play here. … In-game injuries muddied the Eagles’ backfield distribution when Sanders missed Week 1, but Boston Scott has been Doug Pederson’s clearly preferred No. 2 with 28 touches on the season compared to Corey Clement’s 13 and Jason Huntley’s 1. An adept receiving back with jitterbug between-the-tackles rushing ability, Scott is an upside RB2 play against a Giants defense that has given up an average of 140.0 total yards and six all-purpose TDs to enemy backs in six games. Dominating targets (23) and catches (16) and playing 80% of Philly’s snaps over the past two weeks, Travis Fulgham has more than earned every-down X receiver duties regardless of when/if Alshon Jeffer [...]