The race to the bottom of the worst division in football will continue in full stride this Sunday as the winless New York Giants take on the one-win Washington Football Team in a battle between two franchises that may already be looking to the future for their next franchise quarterback only two years after supposedly drafting one.
Dwayne Haskins is really on the outs in Washington. The No. 15 pick in the 2019 draft was demoted to the third string for Week 5. Kyle Allen took over the starting gig, although he had to be replaced by Alex Smith after suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Smith’s return to an NFL field for the first time in almost 700 days is a great story, but Washington head coach Ron Rivera has already said Allen will start against the Giants if he is healthy.
Daniel Jones came up small in a cake matchup against the Dallas Cowboys and hasn’t accounted for a touchdown since the fourth quarter of Week 1. Between then and now, Jones has committed six turnovers and thrown for just 208 passing yards per game. Devonta Freeman looked fairly spry as he compiled 87 total yards and a score on 19 touches. Yet it wasn’t enough for the Giants to pull off the upset versus Dallas, which hit a last-second field goal to notch the three-point victory and send New York to 0-5.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Washington: #28 Overall — #31 offense, #4 defense, #23 special teams
Giants: #29 Overall — #32 offense, #16 defense, #3 special teams
Washington: +2.5, +125
Giants: -2.5, -141
OUT: G Joshua Garnett (illness), T David Sharpe (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ryan Anderson (back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Colbert (shoulder), DE Dexter Lawrence (knee), WR Darius Slayton (foot)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Terry McLaurin, WR, $5,500
Hopefully McLaurin’s Week 5 was a fluke. He finished with season-lows in catches (three) and yards (26) in his first game this season with Haskins. There’s no doubt Jalen Ramsey had something to do with that. You should still feel safe using him against the Giants’ burnable secondary.
Antonio Gibson, RB, $5,500
Unlike Week 4, Gibson didn’t break off any big plays against the Rams. But it’s a good sign that he saw five targets in each game and has caught all but one of them. He should turn in better results against the Giants, who have allowed six RB touchdowns through five weeks.
Darius Slayton, WR, $5,300
Despite all of the problems with the Giants’ offense, Slayton did his best to save them in Week 5. He made a bevy of tough catches on his way to posting an 8-129-0 line on 11 targets. Slayton doesn’t offer consistency, but he is a big-play weapon who can put up great numbers when given a chance.
Evan Engram, TE, $4,900
The good news: Engram finally scored in Week 5 — he got into the end zone as a runner from three yards out. He also had another touchdown off of a fake field goal called back by a penalty. The bad news: He saw just two targets and has been held to fewer than 40 yards in all but one game this season. He is not a comfortable fantasy start, even against a Washington defense allowing the fifth most DraftKings points per game to tight ends.