By Mary Cunningham
The Eagles are a big fave over the Giants this Sunday at MetLife, but there’s always fantasy to consider.
In their last five games, the Eagles have allowed just 143.6 passing yards per game, so stay away from Eli Manning!
Playing Nick Foles in his first start of the season during the fantasy playoffs is bold, but the Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
The Giants have allowed four touchdowns to running backs in their last three and Jay Ajayi is likely to be the Eagles’ running back to take advantage of it. He led Philly in snaps played last week with 43. The next closest was Corey Clement with 27.
Clement should be limited in this one. The Giants are allowing the fifth lowest success rate on passes to running backs.
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts against the Giants in Week 3.
In Week 14, Wayne Gallman out-snapped Orleans Darkwa, 35-17, but don’t waste your time with either of the backs this week. The Birds have not yet allowed a 100-yard rusher.
In his last game against the Giants, Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 56 yards.
Nelson Agholor is the guy to play this week. He has seen 11 targets in each of his last two games. More importantly, five of the 11 passes Nick Foles has thrown this season have gone to Agholor. The Giants rank 31st in DVOA versus the No. 2 WR.
Torrey Smith had just 29 yards receiving against New York earlier this season.
Sterling Shepard will face an Eagle defense that is ranked fifth in DVOA against No. 1 wide receivers. But he has always done well against the Eagles in the past. Shepard has scored a touchdown in every game he has played against the Eagles, including a 133-yard, one-touchdown outing back in Week 3.
Don’t consider any of the other Giant wide receivers. The Eagles rank second in DVOA versus No. 2 wide receivers.
Zach Ertz had 55 yards and a touchdown when these two teams played in Week 3, but the change to Nick Foles may not be a good thing for Ertz. Foles has targeted tight ends just 22 percent of the time while Wentz targeted the position 29 percent.
Evan Engram had five catches for 45 yards in his lone game against the Eagles.