Monday Night Football Preview
U.S. Bank Stadium | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN
Monday night’s tilt between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings will conclude the first quarter of the season. The Giants travel to Minnesota after a sloppy Week 3 loss and the Vikings are looking to extend their win streak to four games as they are seeking to be one of the few undefeated teams in the NFL.
New York Giants Preview
The Giants find their offense containing a plethora of fantasy assets. Quarterback Eli Manning is a solid QB1 most weeks, but with the Giants’ suspect offensive line going against a stout Vikings defensive line, he finds himself more as a QB2 this week.
The running back position should be avoided as the Vikings defensive front is ranked seventh in the NFL against rushing. Rashad Jennings is questionable, and if he does not play, Orleans Darkwa will likely take the bulk of the carries. He likely won’t be a huge factor in the game going up against that defense.
At wide receiver, the big three for the Giants is where they make their money. The Vikings have a solid secondary, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz can win on the perimeter. Sterling Shepard has emerged as a solid target from the slot. Beckham is a lock start every week while Cruz and Shepard are risky flex plays, but their big-play ability offers upside.
The tight ends Larry Donnell and Will Tye should be avoided as they do not see enough volume to be productive.[the_ad id=”65749″]
Minnesota Vikings Preview
The Vikings are looking to improve to 4-0, but quarterback Sam Bradford should not be started in this game. He has done a serviceable job in the absence of Teddy Bridgewater, but the Giants defense is not what it was last year. Bradford is a QB2 and likely won’t be started in many leagues.
Running backs Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are risky plays as the Giants currently rank fifth in rushing defense. They have allowed 3.2 yards per carry, and the Vikings are missing left tackle Matt Kalil. Mckinnon saw the majority of snaps and should continue to going forward but he is a risky play this week.
Stefon Diggs is the only startable wide receiver. Going into week 4, he was the NFL’s top receiver. He came back down to earth against the Carolina Panthers and he is a WR2 with WR1 upside this week. Diggs will likely be shadowed by Janoris Jenkins, who shut down Dez Bryant in Week 1.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph has emerged as a solid option for Bradford in the passing game, especially in the red zone. The Giants linebackers are susceptible in the passing game and Rudolph will likely see his healthy share of targets. As long as the Giants defensive line doesn’t get to Bradford too quickly, Rudolph could continue his solid play.
The Vikings defense does not need any hype or explanation as to why the should be started. They are currently the best fantasy defense in the NFL.
Kevin is from Hilton Head, SC and is very passionate about football and fantasy football. He attended Charleston Southern University where I played baseball for four years. Currently Kevin covers the New York Giants for Sports Media 101 and contributes content to QBmecca.com.