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Best lineup strategy for Giants vs. Eagles in DraftKings Showdown

The Eagles play the Giants on MNF with aspirations to win the NFC East and a playoff spot.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz passes in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants head to the city of brotherly love to do their best to thwart their NFC East rival’s chances for the playoffs. The Giants have been eliminated from the playoffs but the Eagles still have a real shot at winning the division despite their losing record.

Eli Manning will get his last hurrah on Monday Night Football against a division rival, which feels right. He’s still not very good but he will have as much energy he can possibly muster for tonight’s game.

Captain Obvious

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($11,800)

Wentz hasn’t been good this season, but he’s also had injuries to his receivers that have hurt him. Last week against the Dolphins, he threw for 310 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. This week he gets another easy defense to target with the Giants coming to town.

The Giants have given up the sixth-most fantasy points and the third-most fantasy points per attempt to quarterbacks this season. The Eagles just gave up a big game to Ryan Fitzpatrick, so there’s a chance the Giants can make a game of it, pushing Wentz’s workload up as well.

Captain Courageous

Saquon Barkley, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($10,600)

Eli Manning has a pea-shooter for an arm, so I expect Barkley to be the leading receiver with Evan Engram out this week. He has a tough matchup on the ground for sure, but the Eagles should get a lead and Barkley will be the main outlet for Manning. He’s also pretty good, and has upside just on his own merits.

Flex Men

Kaden Smith, TE, New York Giants ($2,200)

If you’re going to get Wentz and Barkley on your team, you’ll need some cheap punt options and Smith is darn cheap/ Manning loves targeting tight ends and probably got plenty of work with Smith as a backup. And with Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison out, Smith is the starting tight end. He’s had 5 and 6 receptions in his last two games and 70 yards last week. It isn’t a great matchup, but his price and Manning’s checkdown ways should help.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles ($9,200)

Jeffery came back from his most-recent injury to put up a huge game on the Dolphins, catching 9-of-16 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown while the Giants have allowed the second-most fantasy points and second-most yards to receivers this season. If Nelson Agholor plays, it might cut into Jeffery’s work a bit, but I like him either way.