Manning to start for Giants with Jones still sidelined

Fri Dec 13 12:37pm ET

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media after an NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan)

New York Giants' Eli Manning passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning will get another start at quarterback for the New York Giants with Daniel Jones still sidelined by a high ankle sprain.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that the veteran Manning will start on Sunday at home against Miami. Manning returned last Monday night in an overtime loss at Philadelphia, performing well in the first half with two touchdown passes before struggling the rest of the way.

Jones replaced Manning as the starter in the third week of the season. But the sixth pick overall in this year's draft was hurt in a loss to Green Bay on Dec. 1. He practiced on a limited basis this week.

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, was 15 of 30 for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-17 loss to the Eagles. He did not throw an interception.

New York is 2-11 and has lost nine straight games.

Player Notes
James Conner Dec 13 3:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner was able to practice in full Friday, but has been listed as questionable to suit up for Sundays game versus the Buffalo Bills, in what will likely mirror a game-time decision. Conner has been dealing with a AC joint sprain in his shoulder that has cost him each of the Steelers past three games, but having taken the practice field in full likely bodes well for his chances of suiting up. His return would eliminate nearly all the fantasy value for Benny Snell Jr., while also limiting that of Jaylen Samuels. The Bills boast a solid defensive front that could keep Conner from being a premier RB option during season-long playoff matchups.

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Derrick Henry Dec 13 3:10pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has been listed as questionable to suit up for Sundays game versus the Houston Texans due to a hamstring injury. Henry missed practice again Friday, putting his status up in the air for a crucial divisional matchup that the Titans will likely need if they hope to claim the AFC South. He has exceeded the 100-yard rushing plateau in each of the last four weeks, having logged rushing touchdowns in his last five outings. Should he ultimately be held out, Dion Lewis would figure to see an increased workload out of the backfield. Owners will want to keep tabs on Henrys status ahead of kickoff Sunday.

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Alexander Mattison Dec 13 1:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (ankle) will not be suiting up for Week 15 against the Chargers. He's been unable to practice this week and will miss his first game of the season. Mattison had 14 carries in the team's last game against the Lions while Dalvin Cook led the way with 18 carries. Cook was already essentially a lock for around 20 touches this week, but Mattison's absence should allow him additional opportunities. Mike Boone, who had five carries against the Lions in Week 14, should serve as Cook's backup this week, but he's too risky to consider for either season-long leagues or DFS as he has just eight carries on the year.

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Drew Brees Dec 13 1:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will get a favorable matchup at home against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. The Colts Defense was picked apart by Jameis Winston for 456 yards and four touchdowns last week plus Brees is coming off a six-touchdown, 349-yard performance against the 49ers' league-best defense. Fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to start Brees this week with the only downsides being game script and the potential absence of Jared Cook (concussion). Still, Brees has enough weapons at his disposal to put up good numbers against this beatable secondary.

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D.J. Chark Dec 13 1:20pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Chark has been unable to practice this week and it's no surprise that he won't be taking the field on Sunday. With Chark out, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole all receive boosts in fantasy value. Westbrook is by far the most reliable of the bunch and can be considered a low-end WR2 this week while Conley and Cole are intriguing DFS flyers.

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Aldrick Rosas Dec 13 12:40pm ET

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas is a streaming option in deep leagues in his matchup this week against the Dolphins. Even with Eli Manning under center, the Giants should be able to move the ball against a Dolphins Defense that gives up more fantasy points to kickers than any other defense in the NFL. Rosas won't be a trendy option, but he could secure double-digit points if the New York weather cooperates.

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New York Giants Dec 13 12:30pm ET

The New York Giants Defense looked like a possible streaming option for a second against pass-happy Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. Then they released Janoris Jenkins on Friday after he got into an online spat with a fan. Without their top corner, the Giants passing defense will be extremely inexperienced and could be exposed against a veteran willing to take consistent shots down the field. Yes, they could get a turnover or two, but it might not be enough to outweigh the points allowed without their star veteran.

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Golden Tate Dec 13 12:20pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is too risky an option for fantasy playoffs this week. The slot receiver came back last week and saw 88% of the team's snaps, which is in line with his usual output. However, in his first game ever with Eli Manning, he saw only 17% of targets, the same as Kaden Smith. With Darius Slayton emerging and Sterling Shepard seeing more snaps and targets than Tate, it's hard to trust the veteran's output, even in a nice matchup. He's playable as a WR4 in PPR leagues, but it's hard to be confident about putting him out there in much more.

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Darius Slayton Dec 13 12:10pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton has become a fantasy darling after his explosion against the Eagles on Monday night. He gets another enticing matchup against a porous Dolphins secondary, but he's not as much of a sure thing as many are indicating. With Golden Tate back, Slayton's snap share drop from 94% to 81%. He did hit on two deep balls from Manning, but one of those was when a defender slipped and the other was a blown coverage. With the Giants favored against the Dolphins, Slayton's lower snap share may limit his upside if the Giants get a lead and rely on Saquon Barkley. Slayton is still a solid WR3 in season-long leagues, but he comes with enough risk that he's more of a tournament play in DFS than cash game.

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Darren Fells Dec 13 12:10pm ET

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells's fantasy value is tied to his ability to find the end zone. While he's set the Texans team record for touchdowns by a tight end, he's also vanished in too many games for fantasy owners to feel comfortable deploying him in the fantasy playoffs. His best PPR score in a game where he didn't find the end zone is 12.9, but the second-best number was just 4.7, and Fells hasn't caught more than two passes in a game since Week 8. There's reason to play Fells against a defense that's allowed the third-most touchdowns to tight ends, but there's also a ton of risk involved.

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Kaden Smith Dec 13 12:10pm ET

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith will get another start with both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) out for the third straight week. Smith did little against the Eagles last week; however, he did see 17% of the Giants' targets. This Sunday, in a game in which the Giants figure to be leading, he may not be as necessary an option to move the ball. The Dolphins also rank 16th in PPR points allowed to tight ends, so it's not as strong a matchup and Eli Manning will have with his receivers, which will likely limit targets. Smith may find his way to three or four catches or maybe will get into the end zone, but he's not going to be a reliable enough option to start in fantasy playoffs. If you want to take a shot in DFS tournament lineups, have some fun.

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Saquon Barkley Dec 13 12:00pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is in a prime spot to explode for fantasy owners on Sunday versus the Dolphins. With Eli Manning under center, Saquon Barkley saw 20 touches on 49 total snaps. The Eagles Defense kept him in check, but if Barkley is going to see touches on over 40% of his total snaps then he should be in for a big day against a Dolphins Defense that allows 27 PPR points per game to running backs. Barkley should be a high-end RB1 in season-long leagues and could be a great DFS option since people have begun to doubt his talent over recent weeks.

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Sterling Shepard Dec 13 12:00pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is being unfairly overlooked due to Darius Slayton's big game last weekend. Slayton did hit a few big plays, but Shepard still saw 24% of the Giants' targets (to Slayton's 27%) and played 92% of snaps (to Slayton's 81%). If Shepard is on the field more and seeing a near equal share of targets against a defense that ranks 26th in the NFL in PPR points allowed to wide receivers then he's just as likely to have a big game as Slayton and remains firmly on the WR3 radar. Given his route tree, he's likely more of a cash game option in DFS while Slayton could be use more in tournaments.

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Kenny Stills Dec 13 12:00pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was expected to play a larger role in Week 14 with Will Fuller (hamstring) sidelined, but he finished with just two catches for eight yards. Fuller could be back this week, which would render Stills as a low-upside fantasy option who isn't startable in most leagues, but even if Fuller's held out, Week 14 showed us that it's tough to trust Stills even when everything seems to be looking up for him. If Fuller's out, consider Stills a low-floor WR4.

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Duke Johnson Dec 13 11:50am ET

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson wasn't a huge factor in the run game last week, but he could see increased usage in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans allow the sixth-most receiving yards to opposing running backs, so there's a chance that we see him on the field at a rate closer to the 67 percent snap rate he had back in Week 13 against New England. His increased targets over the past two games are a good indicator of how the Texans can use him over the rest of the season, and in PPR leagues, Johnson has appeal as a flex option this week.

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DeAndre Hopkins Dec 13 11:50am ET

While he got off to a slower than usual start to the year, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is still in the top-10 in fantasy scoring at his position this season and should be considered a must-start WR1 going into Sunday's meeting with the Tennessee Titans. In 12 career games against Tennessee, Hopkins is averaging 99.5 yards per game, with at least one 100-yard game each season. He's coming off a seven-catch, 120-yard effort against the Broncos and should have a good chance to pull off another strong fantasy performance in Week 15.

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Carlos Hyde Dec 13 11:40am ET

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde has had double-digit carries in all but one game this year and is coming off a 73-yard effort against the Broncos, but Sunday's meeting with the Titans could look a little different. The Titans have been among the league's worst teams at preventing receiving yards to opposing backs, a fact that could lead to us seeing Houston rely more on their pass-catching back, Duke Johnson, than on Hyde. Hyde should be considered a low-end RB3 in this matchup, with some upside due to Houston's insistence on giving him as many carries as they've been giving him.

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Deshaun Watson Dec 13 11:30am ET

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had his first multi-interception game since Week 7 in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos, but he should be positioned to rebound in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are tied for the 10th-most interceptions in the league, but they're right in the middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing passers. Watson is the fantasy QB2 on the season, so you should feel confident starting him this week, even with the lingering bad memories of that Broncos game dancing around in your head.

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Jameis Winston Dec 13 11:30am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (thumb) has improved enough that he is throwing a football in practice on Friday. The ball was leaving Winston's hand nicely on short and intermediate throws. Winston fractured his thumb in the Week 14 win over the Colts, but it looks like he's going to give it a go in Week 15 against the Lions in an excellent matchup. While he still has QB1 upside against Detroit's weak secondary, Winston will be more volatile for fantasy owners because of the injury and the fact that Mike Evans, his top receiver, is out for the rest of the season.

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David Johnson Dec 13 11:20am ET

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was non-committal on running back David Johnson's long-term standing with the team. "We'll take a deep dive into this roster and take a look at every guy. Not only their contract situation but as I said earlier, identifying the core of players moving forward and making sure we can build around them," Keim said. Since his 1,239-yard, 16-touchdown season in 2016, Johnson has mostly been a disappointment. He played in one game in 2017 before a season-ending injury and fell just short of 1,000 rushing yards last season. In 11 games in 2019, DJ has only 89 carries for 336 yards and two rushing touchdowns while battling through more injuries. He's been a big first-round bust for fantasy owners and surely won't be drafted as an RB1 in 2020 drafts.

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