Week 7 NFL DFS: Thursday Night Football - Giants vs Eagles Showdown Slate

SI Fantasy and DFS analyst Rob Geriak goes through his top plays for DraftKings' Thursday Night Football Showdown slate featuring the Giants vs Eagles!
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In a game of two NFC East rivals, this is a game that could be ugly. The Giants and Eagles are a combine 2-9-1 this season and coincidentally both are near the bottom in points per game. Needless to say, this could be an ugly matchup but, it's football and there is still a DraftKings showdown slate to partake in!

Core Build

Eagles fans are more than likely running out of patience with this team, especially with Carson Wentz who, let's face it, has been a disappointment when looking at his full body of work. However, there is reason to believe that improvement is coming. 

Wentz has been just a bit off across the board throwing the ball this season but he is fourth in air yards (342 per game), fifth in deep-ball passes (26), and fourth in pass attempts per game (43). The Eagles have been ravaged with injuries and that is going to be the case this week with Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz out. The Eagles will lean on Wentz more than usual and he has a great matchup against the weak Giants defense. 

Daniel Jones has major problems with ball security and has just three touchdown passes after throwing his first last week since Week 1. There is some hope though for Jones as the Eagles secondary is banged up and Philly has allowed 20 or more DraftKings points to quarterbacks in all but two games. Devonta Freeman has stepped in and become the primary ball carrier in the Giants' backfield with 19 touches in each of his last two games. The Eagles defense has been solid against the run but Freeman is an easy play at his $7,400 salary. 

Not only do I love Freeman as a core play but he's a great captain option with that aforementioned salary (he's $11,100 in the captain's spot).

Note: Keep in mind that both of the above are viable captain options.

Captain Plays

WR Travis Fulgham, PHI (DK $13,200)

Fulgham has burst onto the scene over the past three weeks and he is the clear-cut top passing target for the Eagles, especially with all of the injuries they're dealing with. The former Old Dominion walk-on has seen 10 and 13 targets over the past two weeks while getting into the end zone each of his last three contests. The Giants have allowed 36.30, 32.90, 49.44, and 39.70 DraftKings points to wide receivers over the past four weeks. Fulgham's five red-zone targets, 2.87 yards per route run, and 50 percent contested catch rate suggest that his production is here to stay, even in a potentially tough matchup with James Bradbury.

RB Devonta Freeman, NYG (DK $11,100)

Freeman's volume makes him the ideal captain on the Giants' side and his salary make him likely a popular option in that spot. Regardless of that, he's still the guy that I'm willing to load up on. There are other positions to get different with on this slate and if running multiple lineups that might be a direction to go in, but Freeman is the preferred captain.

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FLEX Plays

WR Golden Tate, NYG (DK $6,600)

Tate is the slot receiver for the Giants, as he's lined up 83 percent of the time there, and the Eagles have had trouble defending the position. Nickel Robey-Coleman, the Eagles' slot corner has allowed 15 completions on 17 attempts for 166 yards, a touchdown, and a 127 passer rating. While Tate is not an air yards monster, he catches contested passes well and historically has been affective running after the catch. He's priced down enough worth considering as a value play.

WR DeSean Jackson, PHI (DK $5,800)

Over the years, Jackson has been an enigma as a big-play threat with the ability to have big games and also someone just as likely to disappear quickly if he isn't involved in the game early. With Miles Sanders out and Boston Scott quite honestly an awful player, I don't see the Eagles running game being overly effecting. I'm looking for Wentz to take some shots deep to Jackson who may have lost a step but still has the ability to stretch the defense.

TE Evan Engram, NYG (DK $8,000)

If you're looking for an incredibly frustrating player in this game look no further than Evan Engram. If Engram was as good of a football player as he is an athlete he'd be unstoppable. With Darius Slayton banged up and likely slowed down anyway with Darius Slay likely to cover him, Engram should get some opportunities to make an impact with the Eagles allowing almost eight targets per game to tight ends over the last four weeks. Engram has seen just five total targets in his last two games but this offense needs to get him involved. Hopefully, they feel the same way.

Eagles Defense/Special Teams (DK $4,600)

The Eagles have been able to get to the quarterback with 22 sacks on the season. I spoke above about Daniel Jones having turnover troubles. I don't see this game being a high-scoring affair but I do expect the Eagles to have a lead late forcing Jones to drop back and throw which could lead to some late sacks and possibly a turnover or two.

Other FLEX Plays

In a game of two NFC East rivals, this is a game that could be ugly. The Giants and Eagles are a combine 2-9-1 this season and coincidentally both are near the bottom in points per game. Needless to say, this could be an ugly matchup but, it's football and there is still a DraftKings showdown slate to partake in!

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