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CAR at ATL *NE at BUF *SD at KC *WAS at TB
*CIN at JAC *NO at GB *SEA at STL *CHI at DAL (MON)
*Updated *MIA at ARI *NYG at PHI *SF at NYJ Bye: IND, PIT

Prediction: NYG 23, PHI 24 (Line: PHI by 2)

Players to Watch: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brent Celek

Players Updated: Jeremy Maclin, Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden

This is a game where you can throw out records. The Giants won 29-16 in Philly last and then lost 10-17 at home. That was their only win in the last five trips to Philadelphia. The Eagles have won seven of the last eight times they met. For whatever reason, the Eagles matchup well with the Giants who are looking better as long as they stay in the NFC South. Flip a coin here.

New York Giants
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL 17-24 10 @CIN -----
2 TB 41-34 11 BYE -----
3 @CAR 36-7 12 GB -----
4 @PHI ----- 13 @WAS -----
5 CLE ----- 14 NO -----
6 @SF ----- 15 @ATL -----
7 WAS ----- 16 @BAL -----
8 @DAL ----- 17 PHI -----
9 PIT ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
NYG @ PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 260,2
WR Victor Cruz 7-90,1
WR Hakeem Nicks 2-30

Pregame Notes: The Giants are 2-1 but Eli Manning has only posted one big game - his 510 yard effort in the comeback win over the visiting Buccaneers. Otherwise he has just one score per week and only moderate passing yardage. Hakeem Nicks sat out last week because of his foot but plans on playing this week even if he only practices once. In his place Ramses Barden had a career best nine catches for 138 yards versus the Panthers. Nothing is ever so motivating as watching your backup look great.

Martellus Bennett remains the newest weapon that has caught a touchdown in every game and turns in around five catches for 70 yards in recent weeks. Bennett is supplying a needed and valuable additional outlet for Manning beyond the wide receivers. The Giants don't throw to the backs much so Bennett fills that shorter, over the middle role. So far he's been one of the best fantasy tight ends and a must start each week.

Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice after missing last week with a neck injury. Until he has a week of full practices and looks strong, you have to assume that Andre Brown remains in the rotation if not remains the primary back. Brown has shown power unlike anything that Bradshaw can provide even when healthy and as the only "big" back on the roster, should remain mostly on the field no matter what is done with Bradshaw and David Wilson. The problem of course is that we cannot know how much work Bradshaw gets and how much is taken away from Brown. Figuring that Wilson still gets a few token touches as well means those two nice games by Brown may end up his best of the season.

Domenik Hixon has been cleared to practice after suffering a minor concussion.

The Eagles have a top ten defense in almost every category and will be back at home. This is a game where previous performances are less indicative because the two teams know each other so well. The one main carryover that should be reliable is that Nnamdi Asomugha will cover Nicks who he handled last season when Nicks was healthy.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 7 12 2 9 1 13
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 3 9 6 5 26 32

QB Eli Manning, NYG @WAS 0000029020 ***
Eli has multiple touchdowns in three straight against the 'Skins and three straight overall, while Washington has allowed multiple passing scores in five straight. Feels like the 279 and two Eli posted in the earlier meeting is a baseline here.
RB Rashad Jennings, NYG @WAS 4002200000 ***
Jennings continues to lead Giants backs in rushing attempts... and he continues to do absolutely nothing of fantasy note with them. No reason to think that changes this week against the Redskins.
RB Shane Vereen, NYG @WAS 2004300000 ***
Vereen is the best of a bad fantasy lot, with receiving scores in two of the last three games making him more relevant than the rest of the Giants' horde of backs.
WR Odell Beckham, NYG @WAS 0061001000 ***
Beckham was overshadowed by Rueben Randle's 7-116-1 in the earlier meeting with Washington, but he's topped 100 yards in three straight coming into this tilt and should be Eli's top target yet again--with his own 7-79-1 from the previous matchup a baseline.
WR Rueben Randle, NYG @WAS 005501000 **
Randle's success in the previous meeting with Washington and his status as the Giants' WR2 make him a viable fantasy option against a Redskins' secondary that's allowed multiple receivers to score in three of the last five games.
WR Dwayne Harris, NYG @WAS 003400000 ***
Harris has scored three times in the past three games, and this week will face a Washington secondary that has given up at least 50 receiving yards to the past dozen NFC East receives to catch a pass against them. It's a streak that dates back to last season, but already this year the Redskins surrendered four 50-yard games to the Eagles and two to the Giants%u2014with multiple WR TDs in each. In the earlier tilt Rueben Randle (7-116-1) got his even with Odell Beckham Jr. catching 7-79-1 of his own so there's room for more than just OBJ. Harris' nine targets (leading to 6-82-1) against the Patriots was twice the attention Randle saw, but as Washington's secondary has demonstrated the more the merrier.
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K Josh Brown, NYG @WAS 4422 ***
Brown has back-to-back 14-point games and tallied a dozen the last time he faced Washington. The Redskins are a little less gregarious at home, but this is still a solid opportunity for Brown.

Philadelphia Eagles
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @CLE 17-16 10 DAL -----
2 BAL 24-23 11 @WAS -----
3 @ARI 6-27 12 CAR -----
4 NYG ----- 13 @DAL -----
5 @PIT ----- 14 @TB -----
6 DET ----- 15 CIN -----
7 BYE ----- 16 WAS -----
8 ATL ----- 17 @NYG -----
9 @NO ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
PHI vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Sam Bradford 190
QB Mark Sanchez 210,1
RB Ryan Mathews 60 6-50,1
RB DeMarco Murray 70,1 3-20
RB Darren Sproles 10 6-50,1
WR Miles Austin 5-80
TE Brent Celek 6-80,1

Pregame Notes: The Eagles finally found a way to not win by just one point. Instead they were waxed in Arizona where all the same problem with Vick still existed. He finally did not throw any interceptions but held the ball too long and coughed up two fumbles - one of which was returned for a 93-yard touchdown by the Cardinals defense. Vick only managed 217 passing yards there after at least throwing for over 310 yards in the first two games. In fantasy terms, Vick has been a disappointment with never more than 34 rushing yards in a game to help counteract those turnovers. He scored in his one home game so far though.

LeSean McCoy was only used for 13 runs (70 yards) last week and HC Andy Reid admitted that he should have run McCoy more. After 25+ touches in the first two games, he was only given 16 touches in Arizona and that should prove to be a low spot in the season. McCoy should be relied on more ongoing since the offense has long revolved around what he does.

Jeremy Maclin was out because of his hip last week but is expected to return. His presence helps balance the passing game which will be very important against the Giants. DeSean Jackson was held to only 43 yards on three catches versus the Cardinals in part because the defense really focuses on him with Maclin out. Jason Avant cannot seem to break 40 yards in a game whether he is the replacement starter or just the #3 called in occasionally.

Brent Celek left his monster 157 yard game at home against the Ravens to only come up with 36 yards on two catches in Arizona. For what it may be worth, his only big game was at home this year and the Giants just watched Greg Olsen go nuts with 98 yards last week.

This game could turn on more Vick turnovers but the Giants are not getting as good a pass rush as last season and have only six sacks on the season. The rushing defense has been decent but McCoy brings in their first real dual threat back. So far the weakness of the Giants remains in their secondary which could help Vick from making more mistakes. In the last ten games, the Eagles are 7-0 when Maclin plays and 0-3 when they do not.

Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 9 24 16 7 28 17
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 19 10 26 8 5 17

QB Mark Sanchez, PHI @DET 0000024012 ***
Sanchez was typical Sanchez last week, with a couple scores but three picks. He's likely heading back to the bench with Sam Bradford slated to return, but even if he gets the nod you don't want him facing a Lions D that's been playing significantly better of late.
RB DeMarco Murray, PHI @DET 7015400000 ***
Lots to like here against a Detroit defense that's given up more RB TDs than any other team as well as allowed a feature back to top 85 combo yards in five of the last six games. One way or another, Ryan Mathews or no, Murray should get his.
RB Darren Sproles, PHI @DET 004300000 ***
With Ryan Mathews out again Sproles should see an uptick in touches. Last week it was enough to lead to a touchdown reception, and while Detroit has yet to allow a RB receiving score this season the increase in field time is always a plus for Sproles.
WR Riley Cooper, PHI @DET 003401000 *
With Philly's wideouts you're essentially spinning a bottle and seeing who it points to. Cooper was the team's leading receiver last week... with two catches for 42 yards, his first action since Week 5. Seems like a stretch to expect much of anything in a tough matchup here.
WR Jordan Matthews, PHI @DET 003500000 ***
Detroit's secondary has played significantly better of late, and with so many different wideouts seeing targets in Philly the small pie is being sliced even thinner. You should be able to do better elsewhere.
WR Josh Huff, PHI @DET 003300000 ***
Huff has scored in each of the past two games, but he's too sparsely targeted to be banked on for the hat trick--especially against a Lions D that didn't give up a WR TD to either Green Bay or Oakland the past two weeks.
TE Brent Celek, PHI @DET 003200000 ***
The Lions have given up eight TE TDs already, and with Celek housing targets otherwise intended for Zach Ertz (out this week) he's an intriguing streaming option.
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K Caleb Sturgis, PHI @DET 1122 ***
Opportunity for Sturgis to exit a two-game slump. He's kicked better on the road, and the Lions have been particularly welcoming to opposing booters.

CAR at ATL *NE at BUF *SD at KC *WAS at TB
*CIN at JAC *NO at GB *SEA at STL *CHI at DAL (MON)
*Updated *MIA at ARI *NYG at PHI *SF at NYJ Bye: IND, PIT

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