Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Away)
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Eli Manning has been a profound disappointment to fantasy owners this season and especially in the last two weeks with scores of 5 against the Cowboys and 3 against the Steelers. Personally I am willing to forget these issues one more time as Cincy is a soft matchup and I expect Eli to have a better week but he is no longer the automatic must start he once was.
Ahmad Bradshaw has been as advertised this season – often injured but plenty of ability. Unfortunately it is the injury section we are in now with a serious foot injury hindering his production. Despite the matchup, I rate him only a low RB2 as I feel he’ll struggle and have to share his workload. Speaking of sharing the load, Andre Brown is a flex option for me this week as I believe he will get opportunities and I also believe he will get any goal-line work that crops up making Brown a high probability for a touchdown.
Two bad weeks in a row for Victor Cruz isn’t too big a worry – a lot of that can be placed on Eli’s hands. Cruz is still a must start and I expect him to get well in this game. One player who is distinctly unwell is Hakeem Nicks – his knee is continually having problems with swelling and quite frankly you cannot trust Nicks at this point no matter what the reports say. Only deploy him if you have no other options but if you have any legit player at all to use in his place then Nicks belongs on your bench. With Nicks’ troubles in mind, Domenik Hixon is an intriguing option as a flex play. I consider him a top 30 receiver with Nicks’ knee issues.
Ever since his first three weeks of top level production, Martellus Bennett has failed to make much of a dent in box scores. This is also the case with his touchdowns which have dried up after getting consecutive TDs in his first three weeks as a Giant. It is because of this lack of production that Bennett is not a starter for me even with the easy matchup.