Thursday Night Football isn’t exactly a game to write home about this week, with the Philadelphia Eagles set to host the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams enter the primetime tilt with one win.
However, there’s still a lot at stake as NFC East, clearly the worst division in football, is wide open. The 2-3 Dallas Cowboys—now without Dak Prescott—currently sitting in first place. The Giants enter Thursday with some momentum. They held off Washington 20-19 on Sunday for their first victory of the Joe Judge era. The Eagles have lost two straight since beating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football, but maybe they can pick up another victory on national TV.
Here’s how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 22
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Giants: +4.5, +195
Eagles: -4.5, -225
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Fantasy football start/sit advice
Darius Slayton, WR, $5,800
Daniel Jones has only thrown three touchdown passes all season and all of them have landed in the hands of Slayton. So, until Jones shows he’s willing and able to target someone else, Slayton is the only pass-catcher on the Giants worth starting. Especially since he also has more than twice as many receiving yards as New York’s No. 2 target, tight end Evan Engram.
Devonta Freeman, RB, $4,800
Freeman has quickly emerged as New York’s top running back after signing with the team following Saquon Barkley‘s ACL injury in the season opener. Freeman has more than twice as many carries as Wayne Gallman Jr., despite appearing in one fewer game. Freeman had every single running back carry in Sunday’s win over Washington. The bad news is he hasn’t been terribly productive with those touches, scoring just one touchdown and averaging 3.2 yards per carry. However, the Eagles present a good matchup. They have allowed 10 rushing TDs this season, tied with Las Vegas for the most by any team in the NFL.
Boston Scott, RB, $5,600
Thanks to his big-play ability, Sanders has put up some crazy numbers this season, currently sitting fourth in the NFL in rushing yards despite being 20th in rushes. Now in his absence, Boston Scott will get the start. Scott hasn’t been overly efficient as a rusher, though he did see plenty of work as a receiver to close out 2019. The Giants could be a favorable matchup because it could be one of the few games the Eagles aren’t playing from behind. Yet, New York is also fifth in the league in opponent yards per carry, so Philadelphia might decide to throw the ball anyway.
Travis Fulgham, WR, $5,400
Fulgham has come out of nowhere to become Carson Wentz’s favorite target. The former seventh-round pick was claimed off waivers from the Lions in August and has torn it up the past three weeks, racking up a team-high 284 yards and three touchdowns. It’s hard to call it a fluke when Fulgham is averaging close to nine targets per game. The Giants are allowing the eight-most fantasy points against wide receivers, so there’s no reason to lose faith in Fulgham now.