Thursday Night Football Fantasy Versus: Giants vs. Panthers Preview
The New York Giants (1-1) will look to continue their modest one game win streak, as the travel to Bank of America stadium to take on the Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers (1-1). Thursday nights game can be seen on NFL Network at 8:20 pm est.
New York is dealing with a plethora of injuries. After Hakeem Nicks (foot) had huge game last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown, he has been ruled out for tonight’s contest after aggravating that injury in week 2. Another key player who is out for the Giants is starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), who left last weeks game in the second quarter and did not return. Starting tackle David Diehl as well as third wide receiver Domenik Hixon will also miss Thursdays game.
Now that we got all of that out of the way, here is our Fantasy Football Decision Maker for Thursday Night Football:
Eli Manning (Giants) vs. Cam Newton (Panthers)
Both quarterbacks should be starting in all 10-team leagues and deeper in week 3.
The Giants defensive secondary is still depleted with various injuries, as they are giving up an average of 275 passing yards per game and just over two touchdowns. Cam Newton should be in-line for a huge game tonight.
Carolina does have an average secondary but they are coming off a game where they allowed 300 plus yards to Drew Brees, and Manning just threw for 510 yards with three touchdowns last week.
I think the Nicks injury will hurt Manning so I’m going to roll with Newton.
DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) vs. Andre Brown (Giants)
After looking rather impressive last week, Brown is going to get the start tonight with Ahmad Bradshaw having been ruled out earlier in the week. Brown ran for 71 yards on only 13 carries and a touchdown, while also catching 2 passes for 19 yards after taking over midway through the second quarter in week 2.
Jonathan Stewart (toe/ankle) is listed as a game-time decision, and will most likely not play, but if he does he will see a very limited amount of touches. Williams will benefit greatly from this either way, but I’m still more comfortable going with Brown tonight.
David Wilson (Giants) vs. Jonathan Stewart (Panthers)
As mentioned above Stewart is a huge question mark entering the game. You’re going with Wilson and hoping he gets back on Tom Coughlin’s good side.
Victor Cruz (Giants) vs. Steve Smith (Panthers)
With Nicks out, Cruz will probably see plenty of over the top coverage as well as double teams. Carolina will want to take away the deep ball to Cruz, who is averaging 54.8 yards per touchdown scored (10) over his young career.
Smith is still bothered by a lingering knee injury, but he will be ready to go tonight against one of the leagues worst secondaries. New York is giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Both players should have great games tonight, but I’ll go ahead and take Cruz.
Brandon LaFell (Panthers) vs. Ramses Barden (Giants) vs. Reuben Randle (Giants)
Randle has been non existent after 2 weeks of the season but that was to be expected since he is still a rookie who is very raw, but now that Nicks and Hixon have been ruled out, he could see a handful of targets tonight. All reports indicate that Barden will get the start opposite Cruz, so he does have some deeper league value in this match-up.
Brandon LaFell has emerges as the clear number two behind Steve Smith. He has scored 24 fantasy points after two weeks this season.
I’ll go LaFell, Barden, and then Randle.
Martellus Bennett (Giants) vs. Greg Olsen (Panthers)
You’re only starting Olsen if you belong to a 16-team league, but even then you might be able to find better options.
Eli Manning is a friend to all tight ends, and Bennett is no exception. The only issue with him though, is that he tends to drop a few balls throughout the game.
However, it’s still Bennett and it’s not close.
Lawrence Tynes (Giants) vs. Justin Medlock (Panthers)
Don’t look now but Tynes has been a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals this season after only hitting on 79% of his attempts last season.
Points should not be hard to come by tonight, I’ll roll with Tynes.
Carolina Panthers D/ST vs. New York Giants D/ST
I would not recommend starting either defense tonight, but if you have to it’s New York, based on the fact that they can still put pressure on the quarterback.