Fantasy Football 2015: Giants at Vikings Week 16 Preview
New York Giants (6-8) at Minnesota Vikings (9-5)
Sunday, December 27, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Wrapping up the Christmas weekend NFL schedule on “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Giants and the Vikings. New York (6-8) nearly spoiled the Panthers’ perfect season in their last appearance, while Minnesota (9-5) clobbered the Bears in Week 15.
Week 16 will be championship week out there in a lot of fantasy football leagues, so this game will have a big effect on the final standings. Let’s check out some of the notable fantasy names on both sides and see what we should be expecting.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: It took Manning a little while to get going against that rough Panthers defense in Week 15, but once he did, he came away with nice numbers. He put up a 29-of-46 passing line with 245 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.
That gives Manning eight touchdowns and just one interception (and a fumble) in his last two games. On paper, this isn’t a good matchup for him, but neither was the Panthers game.
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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater was pretty darn stellar against the Bears in his last appearance. He put up a 17-of-20 passing line for 231 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran four times for 17 yards and another score.
That’s by far the best game of the season for Bridgewater, who hadn’t thrown more than one touchdown since Week 7. He’s still a lower-end option, but may be able to find some room to throw here.
Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: There hasn’t been a whole lot to get excited about in the Giants backfield this season, but Jennings is coming off a nice game. He posted 16 attempts for 107 yards and a touchdown in that one.
That’s the first time Jennings has scored on the ground since Week 1. It’s also his first game of the season with more than 81 rush yards. He’s been pretty good fantasy-wise the past couple of weeks, so he’s entering the low-end flex conversation.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson didn’t have a great game statistically against the Bears, rushing 18 times for 63 yards. Part of that was due to some injury issues he had with his ankle.
Peterson has been somewhat erratic lately. He’s got just one touchdown in his last three games combined and a high of 69 yards in that span. Still, he’s an RB2 if he’s okay in practice this week.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: What else can we say about Beckham that hasn’t already been said this year? He had another solid line in Week 15, catching six balls for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Beckham now has a whopping 13 touchdowns on the year, with six of them coming in his last five games. His 100-yard-plus games streak ended against the Panthers, but that hardly matters. He’s obviously a no-duh fantasy start everywhere.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs had a great outing against Chicago. He caught just three balls, but turned them into 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Those were Diggs’ first scores since Week 8 (also against Chicago), so we doubt too many people were using him in fantasy. He’s a low-flex or WR3 if you’re in the market on what should be a good matchup for him.
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