In what historians will undoubtedly call the “Freddie Kitchens revenge game,” the New York Giants will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football. The matchup holds considerable playoff significance for both teams, especially the Giants who need to keep pace in the NFC East title race.
Fantasy Football analysis: Giants TE Evan Engram
The COVID-related shift to Kitchens as the offensive play-caller along with Daniel Jones’ potential unavailability affect all of the Giants’ skill-position players. Even so, tight end Evan Engram appears best positioned to weather the storm among the pass catchers given his role. Engram ranks second on the team in receiving yards (526) and first in targets and receptions (88, 50), suggesting that any version of the offense should feature him heavily enough to generate fantasy value.
However, the Giants further complicated Engram’s outlook when they added him to the Friday injury report. Officially questionable with a calf injury, fantasy managers will have to wait until Sunday night to find out whether Engram will play. That timeline could realistically force many to start lesser but healthier options at the position.
If Engram does suit up, he will face a Browns defense that has allowed five touchdowns to tight ends over its past five games. Engram hasn’t reached the end zone much this season — only one score to date in 2020 — but the Browns offer him his best shot at another.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
If he plays, Start Engram as a low-end TE1.