Despite a 5-8 record and numerous growing pains under first-year head coach Joe Judge, the New York Giants find themselves in the thick of the NFC East title race. In order to stay alive in the hunt, they will need to pull some upsets over the final weeks of the season. That could mean taking down the heavily favored Cleveland Browns on Sunday, potentially without multiple key members of the offense.
Fantasy Football analysis: Giants WRs Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard
Two things work against the Giants’ wide receivers this week. Due to issues related to the ongoing pandemic, tight-ends coach Freddie Kitchens will take over play-calling duties for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. That alone might not sink the offense given Garrett’s deficiencies, but that change also comes at a time when starting quarterback Daniel Jones looks iffy at best to suit up for Sunday’s game. Veteran journeyman Colt McCoy would start in Jones’ absence.
That uncertainly will put fantasy managers in a bind, as the NFL flexed the game into the Sunday night slot. That means all but two other teams will have played when inactives come out.
If Jones suits up, both Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard offer some — albeit modest — fantasy value. The Browns defense yields roughly 13.7 catches for 173.5 yards and 1.25 receiving touchdowns to wide receivers on a weekly basis. Those numbers seem obtainable for Slayton and Shepard with a healthy Jones, though they become much harder to envision with McCoy or a comprised Jones.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Sit both Slayton and Shepard.