Fantasy Football 2015: Redskins at Giants Week 3 Preview
Washington Redskins (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2)
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
Coming up in the first matchup of the Week 3 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a divisional rivalry matchup between the Redskins and the Giants. Washington (1-1) shocked the Rams in Week 2 with a home victory, while New York (0-2) blew a late lead to the Falcons and dropped another game.
There will be several notable fantasy options on the field Thursday, so let’s take a look at a few key names from each side to see what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: We’re not going to kid ourselves and pretend you’re relying on Cousins in fantasy. He played okay in Week 2 after a relative stinker in the opener, however, with a very efficient 23-of-27 line for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Cousins is at his best with a strong running game behind him, so if he gets another good push there he could get himself into solid backup fantasy QB territory. That’s about it, though.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Lots of people were pegging Manning for a breakout fantasy season in 2015, and so far he’s yet to deliver. He did alright in Week 2 (or better, at least) with 292 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
We still think Manning is a lower-end fantasy starter at best, but he does make a nice backup and should do well here.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins: After just six carries for 28 yards in the opener, Jones exploded with 19 attempts for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams.
Jones got one more carry than fellow RB Alfred Morris, who logged 59 yards. Jones will be an interesting waiver wire pickup this week, as we could see a more even division of carries from here on out.
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants: Williams is probably not one of your first fantasy options unless you’re in a deeper league. He had another bad statistical game in Week 2, with just six carries for 43 yards.
At this point, Shane Vereen is probably the guy to own in the Giants backfield (since Rashad Jennings rushed nine times for just 12 yards). He put up a team-high eight receptions for 76 yards along with six rushes for 19 more. We’re looking at more upside with him, but the whole backfield is a fantasy mess.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: That’s two strong weeks for Reed, who has emerged as a nice-looking fantasy TE. He put up seven grabs for 63 yards and a TD in the opener, and followed that up with six grabs for 82 yards to lead the team in Week 2.
The Washington offense is still kind of “meh,” so Reed will probably have to rely on TDs to really break through as a fantasy play. That said, he’s climbing the rankings each week.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: Beckham had a nice game in Week 2, with seven grabs for 146 yards and a TD. It was a definite improvement from a tepid opening week.
Beckham is obviously a high-end fantasy receiver and a definite starter in just about any league. He should see a lot of work on Thursday.
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