Monday Night Football Preview
MetLife Stadium | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN[the_ad id=”63198″]Week 10 will conclude with a Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants (5-3) and the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1). Both teams are looking to make a playoff push entering the home stretch of the season. The Giants are looking to extend their win streak to four games while the Bengals are looking to get right after their bye.
The Giants have had inconsistent play from the offense all season but quarterback Eli Manning came back to fantasy relevance in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, posting just his second 20-point game of the season. The Bengals have allowed two passing touchdowns in all but one of their games this season which makes Manning a borderline QB1 in Week 10.
One position that has been a mess for the Giants offense is at running back. The Giants average a league-worst 68.2 rushing yards per game so avoiding this position is best. However, stashing rookie Paul Perkins isn’t a bad idea and this could be the game he takes over as the starter. Even against the 21st rushing defense against fantasy running backs, this is more of a wait-and-see approach.
The tight ends for the Giants are also a position to avoid due to their lack of volume. Will Tye took over as the starter in Week 9 but he still isn’t seeing much usage. With all of the struggles on offense for the Giants, this group is one to steer clear of.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a must-start every week and is having a solid season yet again. Victor Cruz is out with a low-grade ankle sprain and Sterling Shepard is coming off of a strong performance that saw him catch three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Beckham Jr. and Shepard are the only startable pieces as it is too hard to predict what will happen with guys like Roger Lewis and Dwayne Harris.
Big Blue has the 17th ranked fantasy defense and they are going against a strong Bengals offense that just got their tight end back so there are better pieces to start in place of them.
The Bengals are coming off of their bye week looking to make a push in the AFC North. Quarterback Andy Dalton has been solid in 2016, averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game. He faces a tough matchup on Monday night as the Giants are fifth against fantasy quarterbacks and are allowing 13.2 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Dalton is startable but temper expectations.
The Bengals enter Week 10 as the seventh-best rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 120.2 rushing yards per game. The Giants are tough against the run but they are coming off of a game in which they surrendered 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns to the Eagles. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are good starts but owners may be banking on a touchdown for both of these assets.
Tight end Tyler Eifert showed why he is so valuable posting nine receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown in his first full game back. The Giants just gave up 11 receptions for 152 yards to the Eagles in Week 9, supporting Eifert as a locked-in TE1.
At wide receiver, A.J. Green is a must start every week but outside of him, there are risky plays. After three straight games with a touchdown, Brandon LaFell had a six-yard performance and rookie Tyler Boyd just hasn’t seen enough volume to be considered a fantasy starter. Green is the only locked-in option and its a risky play for LaFell and Boyd.
The Bengals defense hasn’t played like it did in 2015 and the coaches said they were going to make changes after the bye. They could be in line for a solid day as the Giants are still figuring things out on the offense and have turned the ball over in every game this season.
Prediction – Giants 28, Bengals 27
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.