Giants vs Patriots: NFL Games Thursday Night Football can either make or break your fantasy football results for a given week in your seasonal leagues or at least make you feel that way as you look at your small-sample score for three days. There’s also a lot on the line when it comes Showdown DFS contests on DraftKings, too, especially in a weirdly lopsided game like Week 6’s “Giants vs. Patriots”
Start ’em, sit ’em decisions are always magnified, as no one wants to start the week in a hole. Here’s a breakdown of Week 6’s Thursday game between the Giants and Patriots in New England (8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video):
Giants: Who to start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Sit: QB Daniel Jones
The Patriots’ pass defense has dominated early and allows the fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. A rookie with limited weapons against a Bill Belichick scheme? Nope.
Sit: RB Jonathan Hillman
There’s no Saquon Barkley (ankle) or Wayne Gallman (concussion), but you cannot trust the inept Hillman in a game where there will be a hugely negative game script, especially as he’s shown nothing in the passing game.
Sit: WR Darius Slayton
The promising rookie has some juice after delivering for Jones in a tough matchup against the Vikings last week and could do some good things with Sterling Shepard (concussion) out, but he’s likely the one getting the most of Stephon Gilmore outside here.
Start: WR Golden Tate
This is a PPR special, as we know Tate doesn’t score very often and the Patriots don’t allow many scores. The veteran should work the slot on shorter routes to rack up a few catches off high targets from Jones. Something like six catches for 70 would do the trick for you as a WR3.
Start: TE Rhett Ellison
He’s been OK for the Giants when Evan Engram has been unavailable in the past, so this is more of a streaming replacement option for desperate Engram owners only. Given the sorry state of the position deep on waivers, you might as well take a shot here with Patrick Chung hurting. The Patriots have faced only two viable tight ends all season, Vance McDonald and Dawson Knox, and gave up a little something to them. Ellison is a best bet for a random short garbage TD.
Sit: Giants D/ST
But you knew that already.
Patriots: Who to start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Start: QB Tom Brady
It’s more C-A-K-E for the G-O-A-T. Around 300 yards and three TDs should happen again.
Start: WRs Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
Edelman wil destroy Grant Haley in the slot after his hundy and a score against the Redskins. Between Janoris Jenkins and rookie DeAndre Baker, Gordon should have his biggest game of the season. No Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) will ensure they are the top targets for Brady here.
Start: RB Sony Michel
It’s looking like Rex Burkhead (foot) will miss another game here, which was a nice boost to Michel’s volume (he even caught passes!) last week, adding up to terrific RB2 production. The Giants’ run defense is better than you think, but it’s not good enough to think they can slow down MIchel in a highly positive game script.
Start: RB James White
We’re liking him more in PPR leagues for sure given his limited yardage in this offense and others better positioned to get the touchdowns. But the Giants can be burned all night on checkdowns and swing passes out of the backfield.
Start: Patriots D/ST
But you knew that already.
Giants-Patriots DraftKings Showdown lineup for Thursday night
Captain: WR Josh Gordon ($13,500)
FLEX: QB Tom Brady ($11,800)
FLEX: WR Julian Edelman ($10,400)
FLEX: RB Sony MIchel ($7,600)
FLEX: Patriots D/ST ($6,200)
FLEX: TE Rhett Ellison ($200)
It’s no secret it’s smart to load up on the principals of the Patriots’ offense tonight and round it out with their defense. We were greedy and double-stacked Brady and his top two wideouts minus Dorsett and then Michel and their defense, too.
Gordon is the tournament-style captain we like, and again, if Ellison gives us even 2-20 and a TD for a 5x return on our investment, we should be in business.