The New York Giants offense will face several issues this week. Not only has the ongoing pandemic forced Freddie Kitchens into the play-calling role, but starting quarterback Daniel Jones could miss the game with ankle and hamstring injuries. Both situations will materially affect how all parts of the unit function in a game the Giants probably have to win in order to keep pace in the NFC East title race.
Fantasy Football analysis: Giants RBs Wayne Gallman, Dion Lewis
Though the Giants’ ground attack hasn’t looked as dangerous since Saquon Barkley’s season-ending ACL tear, Wayne Gallman has provided some juice in recent weeks. He turned 16 carries into 135 yards two weeks ago and averaged roughly 4.8 yards per carry last Sunday as an encore. Gallman has obvious limitations, but he can serve a meaningful role in an offense and for fantasy managers.
In contrast, Dion Lewis has seen no meaningful uptick in his opportunities in recent weeks. The veteran scatback has touched the ball just eight times from scrimmage since Week 12, hardly enough for any backup running back to make an impact for fantasy purposes.
And while the Cleveland Browns, Giants’ Week 15 opponents, have performed well against opposing quarterbacks, they have yielded better production to running backs. The Browns have given up five touchdowns to the position group over their past three games as well as nearly 300 yards on the ground. Assuming double-digit carries for Gallman again, he should provide a reasonable return.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Gallman as a low-end RB2.