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In most simulations, Daniel Jones ($10,400) is someone you’d have no issue getting into your lineup. I mean, you can’t deny his numbers, as he’s averaging 18 DKFP, 244 passing yards and 47 touchdowns thrown. He occasionally uses his legs to his advantage as well, rushing for three touchdowns. However, when put up against Lamar Jackson, decisions have to be made. The advantage Jones does have, however, is his throwing ability. He’s averaging almost 100 yards more a game than Jackson and currently has scored at least 17 DKFP in five straight games. While people may easily just go right to Jackson, don’t count Jones out of this game either.
When Jones is airing it out, he’s also been spreading the ball out fairly evenly. Evan Engram ($8,000) is seeing some heavy volume, averaging 4.5 receptions for 54 yards per game with 10 touchdowns scored. He’s scored five touchdowns over his past four games, a span he’s also seen at least 20 DKFP in three of those games. With some really good corners for the Ravens, Engram poses as a really strong play in this game and someone I would be looking to pair with Jones. Golden Tate ($9,600) is listed as the WR1 and is seeing 3.8 receptions and 49 yards per game with 14 touchdowns scored. He’s going to draw the tougher matchup but quite frankly, it’s hard to be paying for any of the Ravens receivers with a true lack of consistency coming from them. Darius Slayton ($5,600) has the best speed on the Giants and second-best amongst receivers in this game at 93. He’s a fantastic mid-tier option who has scored 10 times and is seeing 3.7 receptions per game. He is my favorite option in this range and I would be taking him over any of the Ravens cheap options. Sterling Shepard ($4,400) has been a total hit-or-miss and he’s been missing more than he’s been hitting as of late. He’s averaging just 9.8 DKFP over his past five games. I don’t mind using him, but I’d rather pay up a little more to grab Slayton at just $1,200 more.
Saquon Barkley ($9,800) is one of the true RB1 that you can be comfortable taking from his overall performance. I’m not quite sure this is the right matchup, however. The Ravens have a strong run defense and we’ve seen Barkley collapse in those type of scenarios, as he’s scored no more than 8.8 DKFP in his past three games. He’ll likely be popular regardless, but I’m not sure I’m going out of my way to take the chance.
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We all know it’s extremely hard to fade Lamar Jackson ($11,000), not a single person would fault you for that sentiment. Even with Jackson averaging 155 passing yards per game, he’s gaining 64.1 on the ground and has run for a massive 13 touchdowns on the ground. The problem is, it negatively affects his receivers. In the same sense, we’ve seen Jackson run for more yards than he has thrown, as he’s done that multiple times. I would never say fading Jackson is in play, but Jones makes a very strong case to be used in what would be a contrarian build.
Mark Andrews ($7,600) has been the best receiver on the Ravens but the bar isn’t exactly set high. He would be the top option to use if you’re going to stack with Jackson, as Andrews is averaging 3.5 receptions for 44 yards and eight touchdowns scored. Just be aware he’s gone three games without making a catch and that’s a real possibility when taking these Ravens receivers. The WR1 in Marquise Brown ($8,600) has finally been making some noise in these simulations and has four straight games of making at least five receptions. Still, even with his amazing speed, he’s averaging just 3.1 receptions for 39 yards and 11 touchdowns scored. His salary has come down, making him more affordable and the Giants don’t exactly pose a tough secondary to overcome. Nonetheless, it’s still a risky play. Seth Roberts ($4,800) is the only other Ravens receiver I’d consider in this game. He’s made at least one reception in every game and is averaging 2.5 with 31 yards per game and nine touchdowns scored. He’s a bit more expensive than Shepard but cheaper than Slayton. Willie Snead ($6,400) is way too expensive and I’ll never understand why. It’s not like he’s crushing it by any means, averaging 2.6 receptions, 25.4 yards and only two touchdowns scored.
The running back position is another fade for me in this game, as I’m not interested in Mark Ingram ($9,000). The Giants are not strong through the air, but they were decent against the run. Ingram does have 44 catches to his credit but he is ending with under double-digit fantasy points way too often for someone that is $9K.
Both of the quarterbacks are a strong captain consideration and is likely the way I’ll be going here. I do like the idea of using Lamar Jackson ($16,500 CP) as captain but using all the Giants receivers with him. I also like fading the Ravens almost completely and using Daniel Jones ($15,600 CP) as captain with a full-on Giants stack and mixing in someone like Seth Roberts. If you want to try and jam win both quarterbacks, Darius Slayton ($8,400 CP) makes for an excellent option.
Final Score: Giants 24, Ravens 27
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