Sunday Night Football: Fantasy Versus Decision Maker
The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (2-1) have won two straight impressive games after dropping the first game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys. The Michael Vick lead Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) will look to rebound at home after losing an ugly game last week to the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
If the first three weeks are any indication of how Vick is going to play this year, it may be a good time to try and trade him in fantasy football, or look for other options. In three games thus far this season, Vick has nine turnover, compared to just four total touchdowns, and he is also taking a beating in and outside of the pocket. One has to wonder if he can stay healthy enough to play all 16 games.
Here is our Week 4 Sunday Night Football Fantasy Versus:
Eli Manning (Giants) vs. Michael Vick (Eagles)
As mentioned above Vick need to get a grip on his turnovers, otherwise fantasy owners everywhere might have to start benching him. The good news for Vick is that Jeremy Maclin (hip) is expected to play after missing last weeks game.
The Philly defense has been very good against quarterbacks this season in fantasy, as they are giving up the 3rd least amount of fantasy points to opposing QB’s thus far.
Both players could have great games, but I’m going to roll with Vick, I expect him to have a huge day against a very average New York secondary.
Andre Brown (Giants) vs. Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants)
LeSean McCoy is a must start in all leagues, and should have a better game then both of these running backs.
Bradshaw (neck) participating in practice all week after missing week 3′s game against the Panthers. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has told reporters that he will go with the “hot hand” for tonight’s game, which in all likely hood will be dictated very early on. Frankly Brown looked very good last week in a full game, better than Bradshaw has looked at any point this season.
I’m going to go with Brown in this match-up, but both players should be no more then a solid flex play at best.
Jeremy Maclin (Eagles) vs. DeSean Jackson (Eagles) vs. Victor Cruz (Giants)
With Hakeem Nicks (foot) out for tonight’s game, Victor Cruz should draw plenty of attention from the Eagles secondary. Last week Cruz was only able to come down with 42 receiving yards with zero touchdowns, while Nicks was out.
I like both Jackson and Maclin this week a lot. Jackson has a team high 29 targets this season, but has yet to haul in a touchdown pass, I think that will change tonight.
All three receivers are due for nice game, but for tonight’s match-up I’ll rank them Jackson, Cruz, and Maclin.
Ramses Barden (Giants) vs. Domenik Hixon (Giants)
Hixon missed last weeks game with a concussion, although he is expected to play, and will definitely put heat on Barden for the number two receiver with Nicks out.
Barden busted out in a big way last week with 9 catches for 138 yards, all team highs.
I’m going with Barden slightly over Hixon, although I think both should see plenty of targets.
Brent Celek (Eagles) vs. Martellus Bennett (Giants)
If you were lucky enough to draft Bennett late or grab him off of waivers, you have been rewarded with 3 touchdowns in 3 games, with no less then 40 yards receiving in each game.
Celek is a consistent tight end who racks up a lot of yards, but he could be asked to pass protect more this week with that nasty defensive line the Giants have.
Bennett over Celek tonight.
Lawrence Tynes (Giants) vs. Alex Henry (Eagles)
Tynes has been a field goal machine this season, and has yet to miss in ten attempts this season, but you can’t go wrong with either guy this week, as field goals are impossible to predict.
Having said that, I like Henry over Tynes.
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST vs. New York Giants D/ST
Both defenses are hoovering around the top 10 this week, so you really can’t go wrong with either if you happen to have either one.
I think it could be a relatively high scoring game, so you’re hoping for a handful of sacks and an interception or two.
I like the Eagles defense/special teams a bit more.