It’s Week 2 and time to talk top captains for the Giants vs. Football Team Showdown Slate!
Unlike last the Thursday Night Football game last week, offense could be tough to come by in this game with two solid defenses with an over/under of 41. In that game last week, I completely faded the defenses in the FLEX, but that won’t be the case this week.
I use one of my favorite tools, the DIY Simulator HQ from Run The Sims, to help me determine my favorite players on every slate. So, let’s jump into the juicy stuff.
Top Captains for Giants vs. Football Team Showdown Slate
Top Priority: Terry McLaurin
Teddy Bridgewater carved up the Giants to the tune of 28/36 and 264 yards. I believe that Taylor Heineke is capable of that, but I also believe that the combo of Heineke and McLaurin have the ability for some more dynamic plays. While Scary Terry didn’t have a huge game in Week 1, we know that he is the guy that is going to get targeted regularly and has the ability for huge splash plays.
At the same time, it looks like the Giants run defense was terrible in vs. the Broncos, but if you dig a little deeper than the box score it looks a little different. On the game, Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams ran the ball 25 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. The problem with that box score is that Melvin Gordon got loose on one play for a 70-yard touchdown. The 5.84 yards per carry drops to a very underwhelming 3.17 on the other 24 carries.
This Giants rush defense is tough, and I believe the Football Team will have to throw more than people think. Antonio Gibson is currently projected as the highest owned player on the slate. McLaurin is second, being only 5% behind.
Next Up: Kenny Golladay
On the flip side, we know that Washington’s defense is stout, especially up front. With Saquon reportedly still not taking a full workload in this game, the Giants are also going to have to move the ball through the air to have a fighting chance. In comes new Giant Kenny Golladay who had 6 targets in their opener. Sterling Shepard ended up being the wide receiver to turn out the best fantasy day, which I think will pull him some extra ownership.
I believe Golladay has the second-highest ceiling on this slate, and at low ownership in captain, I believe he could be a difference-maker.
Off-The-Wall: Dyami Brown
I know his Week 1 showing doesn’t look enticing, but he did receive the most targets of all Washington players. In a game where I believe the Giants can be beaten through the air, Brown could have a big fantasy day. It is a risky play and you don’t really need his salary relief to put solid lineups together, but it could also be a high reward play.
That being said, I would still consider Sterling Shepard & Darius Slayton ahead of Brown out of the wideouts.
I mentioned both sides of the run game and at this moment, I plan on fading them in my captain spots. Antonio Gibson being the highest owned captain on the slate honestly blows my mind. Last year vs. the Giants he had a total of 15 rushes for 50 yards in two games. Sandwiched in between them was a 20 attempt game vs. Dallas, so Washington was firing him up. He did find the endzone twice in the 2nd matchup, one rushing, and one receiving, but was overall inefficient.
On the flip side of this game, the Giants have offensive line problems, and Saquon not getting a full workload has me off of that side. I would still have considered him if the matchup wasn’t so brutal, but vs. Washington, I want no part of it.
When it comes to the FLEX spots, I am likely to jam Dyami Brown in about all of them at 1,400. That is just too cheap for a receiver that could see 6-8 targets. I will also be overweight on the remaining pass-catchers in the game as I just think that is where both teams can be more productive.
I also like taking shots on both defenses in this game depending on the construction. I believe both fronts can force these quarterbacks into making mistakes. We know Daniel Jones is prone to turnovers, and Heineke is making his first start in a short week. This may also be one week where I do not limit it to one of the defenses.
That being said, both quarterbacks are also in play and I will likely be overweight with as much pass-catcher usage as I can.
Underweight on all running backs is where I will ultimately end up for all the reasons I have previously mentioned.
When it comes to kickers, I will not allow more than one to end up in my lineup, but barring crazy weather and the end zone being tough to find, both kickers are in play for me.
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