Fantasy Football Week 11: Play Brandon Jacobs, Do Not Drop Ahmad Bradshaw

A look at New York players you might be able to snatch off the Fantasy Football waiver wire this week.

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Steve Smith Fantasy Projection (Update): Worth A Flier Today?

Need a wide receiver as a one-week fill-in for an injured player or one on his bye week? You could do worse than to take a flier on former New York Giant and current Philadelphia Eagle Steve Smith.

The former Giant, who holds the teams single-season reception record with 107 just two seasons ago, has been a non-factor for Philly this season with just 10. Smith, however, had five of those last week against Arizona and should receive significant playing time when the Eagles face the Giants in the Sunday Night Football matchup at MetLife Stadium.

Smith promises to be the target of boo-birds at MetLife, having left the Giants for the Eagles in a surprising move. He could also be a popular target for Vince Young, who is starting in place of the injured Michael Vick. Smith is a possession receiver, and as Young and Smith are both backups you have to believe they have spent a good amount of time working with each other.


Brandon Jacobs Fantasy Projection (Update): Jacobs Trending Up

With Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) out again this week for the New York Giants, running back Brandon Jacobs is a good play for Fantasy Football team owners who have Jacobs on their rosters. 

The fantasy projection experts at numberFire originally projected Jacobs for 6.47 fantasy points this week. That numbers has doubled, to 12.95 fantasy points, with the news that Bradshaw will once again sit out Sunday night when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jacobs has carried 18 times in each of the two games Bradshaw has missed, totaling 127 yards (3.5 per carry). 

Also working in favor of playing Jacobs this week is the fact that the Giants are playing Philadelphia. The Eagles are 27th in the league, surrendering 4.8 yards per running play. 

For fantasy owners who have Bradshaw, the advice is not to panic. Keep him on your bench. He anticipates being able to play Week 12 when the Giants face New Orleans on Monday night.


Ahmad Bradshaw Fantasy Projection Update: Don't Cut Injured Back

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (cracked bone in his foot) will miss his third consecutive game this week as he watches Brandon Jacobs carry the load when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Don't panic, however, Bradshaw owners.

The Giants' running back recently shed the walking boot he had been wearing to protect his injured foot, and expects to play Week 12 when the Giants travel to face the New Orleans Saints in a Monday Night Football matchup.

Before being injured Bradshaw had 440 yards rushing and 210 yards receiving in seven games for the Giants this season. A year ago he totaled 1549 yards from scrimmage for New York.

So, don't panic and drop him. Keep Bradshaw on your bench for another week, watch the injury reports for the upcoming Giants-Saints encounter and get the very productive Bradshaw back into your lineup once he is ready to go.


Fantasy Football Week 11 Start/Sit Projections: Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw Risky Play

Here is your look at this week's Start/Sit Fantasy Football projections for the New York Giants.


Eli Manning (QB)
numberFire Projection: 20.91 completion, 245.67 yards, 1.88 TDs, 1.00 INTs, 16.29 Fantasy Points

Analysis: I say it every week, but if you have Manning you have to play him. He is a top-tier quarterback.

Brandon Jacobs (RB)
numberFire Projection: 7.36 carries, 28.78 yards, 0.25 TDs, 2.31 receptions, 20.06 yards, 0.01 TDs, 6.47 Fantasy Points

Analysis: I have to believe these projections are way off. Jacobs has carried 18 times in each of the past two games while subbing for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw. He will probably be the workhorse again this week.

Hakeem Nicks (WR)
numberFire Projection: 5.26 receptions, 74.07 yards, 0.54 TDs, 10.77 Fantasy Points

Analysis: One of the top 10 receivers in the league, and he showed last week he has recovered from his hamstring injury. You have to play him.

Mario Manningham (WR)
numberFire Projection: 4.39 receptions, 70.16 yards, 0.40 TDs, 9.50 Fantasy Points

Analysis: An explosive play-maker who can get you touchdowns.

Victor Cruz (WR)
numberFire Projection: 3.37 receptions, 51.88 yards, 0.25 TDs, 6.71 Fantasy Points

Analysis: Cruz has become a go-to target for Eli Manning.

Jake Ballard (TE)
numberFire Projection: 3.18 receptions, 38.49 yards, 0.31 TDs, 5.70 Fantasy Points

Analysis: The big man continues to produce a surprising amount of offense. 

Lawrence Tynes (PK)
numberFire Projection: 1.49 field goals, 2.99 extra points, 8.06 Fantasy Points

Analysis: The Giants keep getting Tynes short field goal opportunities, and the keep scoring a good number of touchdowns.

Giants Defense
numberFire Projection: 8.12 Fantasy Points

Analysis: The Giants have a good defense, and Michael Vick might not play for the Eagles.


Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)
numberFire Projection: 15.48 carries, 66.12 yards, 0.54 TDs, 3.69 receptions, 27.91 yards, 0.06 RDs, 13.02 Fantasy Points

Analysis: Nice projected numbers, but Bradshaw has to play first. And to play he has to practice. And he has not done that since cracking a bone in his foot three weeks ago. His status in uncertain for Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.


Fantasy Football Week 11 Start/Sit: Jets Edition

Check out Gang Green Nation for more Jets coverage.

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