New York Giant (2–1) @ Minnesota Vikings (3–0) 8:30 PM (Est)
For Monday night football this week. We get an NFC match-up between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams have been a decent surprise early on this season. The Vikings are first in the NFC North, and the Giants are 1 win away from 2nd in the NFC South.
Even with all the money spent in the off-season, no one would have expected how good the Giants defense has been. Particularly with the rushing defense ( ranked 5th in yards allowed per game). Nor how well the Vikings have played without their star QB Teddy Bridgewater, after losing him for the season. Starting the season off 3–0 for the first time since 2009 ( includes victories against the Packers and Panthers).
The Key to victory for both of these teams will come down to the Quarterback play, and the Defenses. Eli Manning and Sam Bradford both have checkered pasts with turnovers. The team that can protect the ball will win this game. That being said, Eli will have a little more leeway. More offensive weapons, I believe the receiving trio of OBJ, Shepard and Cruz will be too much to handle for the Vikings. I have the Giants coming out on top with a score of 24–17.
So, what do you need for your Monday night miracle? 60 points between Eli and OBJ? For Jerick McKinnon to rush for 3 TDs? Stay strong. The fantasy Gods work inmysterious ways.
The Good: Stefon Diggs
As a Packers fan I shouldn't be so excited about a Vikings player. Sadly, I am. The sophomore standout is averaging over 108 yards a game through three weeks. Even with CB Janoris Jenkins expected to shadow Diggs Monday night, he is a lock for double digit targets. Keep Diggs glued into your lineups as a WR2 with WR1 upside week to week.
The Good: Sterling Shepard
The 40th overall drafted playersin this year’s draft has already made a name for himself in his young NFL career. Through three weeks he has 16 receptions for 233 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Is Shepard that good? Or does he just benefit from lining up opposite to OBJ? The answer is both. @sidskeat’s binky has turned into a real fantasy asset. I have him as a WR2 this week.
The Bad: Orleans Darkwa
With Reshad Jennings coming into Monday night’s gamehighly questionable with a thumb injury. Darkwa should be the primary RB for the Giants. He has flex appeal this week in a tough match-up, but not much more. The Vikings are 8th in points allowed to apposing running backs, and haven't allowed a rushing touchdown this season. You should have prepared a better option this week.
The Ugly: Larry Donnell
With so many good receiving options for Eli and the Giants , Donnell just wont see enough volume of targets to be a viable fantasy option. So far this season he has only 8 receptions totaling 50 yards. That’san average of 6.25 yard per reception. Donnell will need a Touchdown this week to have any value, I hope you found a better streamer.