EAGLES TIGHT ENDS ERTZ, CELEK WORTH FANTASY PLAY AGAINST GIANTS

The Giants are among the worst in the league in covering tight ends. Zach Ertz (above) has picked up plenty of chances to make plays and Brent Celek has been scoring touchdowns.

By Annie Ross

The Eagles’ Monday night match-up with the NFC-leading New York Giants is only three days away, so we offer our take on the fantasy opportunities:

Eli Manning (7.8): If Odell Beckham is out for the Giants, Manning shouldn’t be started. It’s also worth noting Manning hasn’t thrown a touchdown in Philly since Chip Kelly became the Eagles coach (which was 2013). The matchup seems favorable but Philly’s penchant for turnovers have left opposing quarterbacks with one game over 20 Fantasy points and three very close to it.
Sam Bradford (7.4): The only time the Eagles didn’t throw two touchdowns over their last four against the G-Men was when Matt Barkley started. Bradford seemingly has his act together and should take advantage of a Giants defense that could be without one of its starting cornerbacks.

Running backs
Shane Vereen (5.0), Rashad Jennings (3.7) & Andre Williams (2.2): The Eagles run defense is awesome and the Giants’ three-headed monster has been very hit-or-miss for Fantasy. If the Giants are to play from behind, or avoid running into the teeth of a tough run defense, then Vereen makes sense as the running back of choice, just as he wound up being last week.
DeMarco Murray (7.3): The Giants were battered late last week against the run, but they hung tough before the fourth quarter and will get linebacker Jon Beason back. He makes a huge difference for their run defense and could make things a little tough on Murray.
Ryan Mathews (6.3): When he’s in the game for Philly, good things happen. He’s still not getting much work with Murray active but he’s worth a flier as a low-end No. 2 running back.

Wide receivers
Odell Beckham (9.6): Obvious must-start if he practices by Saturday.
Rueben Randle (5.2): Randle practiced this week and looks like he’ll play through a hamstring injury that sidelined him last week. The Giants will need him against an Eagles pass defense that’s allowed seven touchdowns to receivers through five games and 30 total Fantasy points to two Saints wideouts in Week 5.
Jordan Matthews (6.8): Matthews has been a disappointment this year but he’s still getting targets. That will change if he keeps underperforming, but the Giants have had a hard time with underneath-type receivers this year.
Josh Huff (5.0): It’s a total hunch play but with Nelson Agholor sidelined expect Huff to get some extra opportunities as an outside receiver.

Tight ends
Larry Donnell (5.1): The Eagles allowed their first touchdown to a tight end on the season in Week 5, but that’s not a reason to like Donnell. With the Giants receiving corps banged up, Donnell should end up with extra targets and a decent chance at getting near 10 Fantasy points.
Zach Ertz (5.3) & Brent Celek (4.1):The Giants are among the worst in the league in covering tight ends. Ertz has picked up plenty of chances to make plays and Celek has been scoring touchdowns. Both are sneaky plays.

Defense/Special teams
Eagles (6.3): They’re already a pretty good starting option as it stands, but if the Giants roll into this game without Odell Beckham, they should have a feast.
Giants (3.8): With Philly’s offense rolling and key members of the Giants defense either playing hurt, coming back from a concussion or missing, this isn’t the right time to trust the unit.

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