The NFC East has solidified itself as the worst division in football this year, evidenced by the fact that the Cowboys are currently in first place with a record of 2-4. The Giants and the Eagles have each won only one game so far this season, yet both teams are somehow still in the running to be the division leader. They will face off in a Thursday night battle for a shot at moving up in the ranks. Are either of these teams’ D/ST’s worth a spot in your lineup this week? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Eagles D/ST, Giants D/ST
The Philadelphia Eagles have had a tough time on both sides of the ball this season, struggling to put together a cohesive performance in which their offense and defense can perform well at the same time. The defense has managed only five takeaways this season, and is allowing an average of 29.2 points per game to opposing teams. In the fantasy world, they are averaging only 4.3 points per game and are currently ranked 16th at the position. That being said, the Giants are not an intimidating offensive opponent and have given up ten turnovers so far this season. Also, division rivalries can always spur a team to rise above their baseline level of performance. The Giants are averaging only 16.8 points and 275 total yards per game. The Eagles defense has kept the team in games against much better opponents and may be worthy of a start against their sputtering division rivals. Start the Philadelphia D/ST with the upside of an ideal match-up.
The New York Giants are currently ranked 6th at the position and are averaging 6.2 fantasy points per game. They have managed eight takeaways this season and have demonstrated discipline, amassing only 26 penalties thus far this season. The Eagles currently have two offensive starters available to play Thursday night and the Giants defense will look to capitalize on the Eagles’ injury woes. All things considered, the Giants D/ST may be worth a start this week as they face off against a second string offense that is currently second in the league in turnovers, handing the ball over to opposing defenses 12 times.
Start the Eagles D/ST
Start the Giants D/ST