Home team: New York Giants
by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
The New York Giants are on the cusp of having a tumultuous start. They lost Steve Smith to the rival Eagles as the Giants brass insisted they would have matched the Eagles offer. There is locker room dissension with players with contract disputes, and the team’s emerging quarterback can’t seem to get on track coming back from the lockout. The injury-riddled Rams could be the elixir that the Giants are seeking or it could be another mounting loss in the young 2011 season.
Giants Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Hakeem Nicks says he wants to play this Monday night and in fact guaranteed he’d be active. A true stud receiver, Nicks should start if he’s active, but the fantasy owner should be proactive and pick up another Monday night receiver in case Nicks can’t go. Eli is struggling to move the ball through the air. We’re going to project he does have a passing touchdown, giving it to Mario Manningham. The Rams have an emerging front 7, but the Giants will make a more concerted effort to run this time around. Last week we projected touchdowns to both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs only had 6 carries, so we’ll give the rushing touchdown to Ahmad Bradshaw to go with his 70-total yards.
Rams Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Rams are down a slot receiver and you wonder how Sam Bradford is going to do without his favorite receiver, Danny Amendola. Rookie Greg Salas will replace Amendola in the slot. Last week’s Redskins slot receiver, Jabar Gaffney hauled in a score. Because of that, we’ll designate Greg Salas as our Monday night touchdown sleeper. Bradford will find this week’s match-up against a defensive secondary a lot easier. We’re projecting a break out in front of a Monday night audience and throw three passing touchdowns (Gibson 1 and MSW 1 in addition to Salas). The Redskins punched one in close with Tim Hightower who had a 2.9 rushing average on 25 carries against the Giants last week. We think the Giants play better at the goal line this time around and shut-out the Rams running backs for a score.