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Fantasy Football 2013: Vikings at Giants Week 7 Preview

Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at New York Giants (0-6)

Monday, October 21, 8:40 PM (ET)

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Closing out the Week 7 NFL slate will be a pretty good-looking game on “Monday Night Football”--from a matchup standpoint, anyway. Both the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings have had their fair share of troubles during this season, and if either team wants to right the ship, they’re running out of time to do it. The Vikings (1-4) will be entering MetLife Stadium after an emotional blowout loss to the Panthers, while the host Giants (0-6) dropped yet another one at the hands of the Bears last Thursday.
Even with the poor records, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in this one, as per usual. Let’s take a closer look at the key players and try to get an idea of what we should be expecting from our rosters this week.

Matt Cassel, QB, Minnesota Vikings: We’ll put Cassel here, but the Vikings QB situation is so messed up right now we wouldn’t be surprised to see Fran Tarkenton taking snaps on Monday. Cassel was pretty awful in his Week 6 start, tossing a late score and two picks in a blowout defeat. There have been some rumors of a QB change once again for this game, but we’ll have to wait on that. Regardless, no Vikes quarterback is worth a fantasy start--unless it really is Fran Tarkenton.

Fantasy Football 2013: Vikings at Giants Week 7 Preview

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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: We saw “bad Eli” right off the bat against the Bears, as he tossed picks on the team’s first two drives. After that, he did settle down a bit, but ended up throwing another interception late. Manning has nine touchdowns this season, compared to a whopping 15 picks. The obvious risk makes him a deeper-league fantasy fill-in only, likely just for owners of a bye-week Drew Brees. At best, Eli can be adequate, so just hope for the best if you’re forced to start him.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson has been the lone bright spot on the Minnesota offense this season, and he’s posted pretty good numbers thus far. Week 6 was a down-game, though, as he managed just 83 total yards. Most of that was due to the Vikes being down early and abandoning the run, but AP got in on the passing game as well. If Minnesota can find any shred of success whatsoever through the air, Peterson should have another solid outing.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: Did you ever think Jacobs would be a fantasy consideration again? We sure didn’t, but he’s been forced into it due to the Giants’ backfield injuries. Both David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott will be out for this one, which leaves the veteran as the lead dog in the rush attack. The big drawback here is that Jacobs is fighting a hamstring injury this week. If he ends up being okay for the game, he’s a decent lower-end fantasy start.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Simpson has been getting a pretty decent amount of targets from game to game, but he’s yet to turn any of those into touchdowns. He leads the team with 23 catches for 372 receiving yards, but a large chunk of those came from two games. Simpson is a dice-roll on the lower end in fantasy. If you put him in, just pray he manages one of those 100-yard outings…or finally finds the end zone.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: After exploding during three of his first four games, Cruz has gone quiet over the past two. In that span, he hasn’t been able to score or break 70 yards in a game. He’s still the main man in the New York passing scenario, but that also earns extra defensive attention since the Giants haven’t been running too well (save for last week). Cruz is still an automatic start, though, so leave him in there obviously.

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