Let’s take a look at which New York Giants players you should sit, and which ones you start, on your fantasy football team in Week 2 of the 2011 NFL season. SB Nation is teaming up with numberFire to bring you the best possible projections and analysis.
Eli Manning (QB)
numberFire Projection: 20.30 completions, 246.54 yards, 1.54 TDs, 1.20 INTs, 14.42 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Eli wasn't great in Week 1, but he wasn't bad, either. He was decidedly middle of the pack. You could do better (Tom Brady) or worse (Donovan McNabb), but Manning is fine.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)
numberFire Projection: 71.53 rushing yards, 0.30 rushing TDs, 3.14 receptions, 24.93 receiving yards, 0.06 receiving TDs, 11.78 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Based off Week 1 when Bradshaw got 13 carries to Brandon Jacobs' six, he will get most of the work. If the Giants are able to stick with the ground game Bradshaw can give you big numbers.
Mario Manningham (WR)
numberfire Projection: 3.74 receptions, 51.72 yards, 0.38 TDs, 7.56 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: These numbers are low for Manningham. If Hakeem Nicks does not play due to his knee injury the ball will be heading Manningham's way a lot Monday, and he could have a huge game.
Brandon Jacobs (RB)
numberFire Proejection: 20.23 yards rushing, 0.16 rushing TDs, 0.36 receptions, 2.61 yards receiving, 0.01 receiving TDs, 3.30 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: You simply can't have Jacobs in your lineup until the Giants show a commitment to give him the ball more often. Six carries last week, and an average of nine per game last season.
Hakeem NIcks (WR)
numberFire Projection: 5.52 receptions, 70.80 yards, 0.36 TDs, 9.26 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: Nicks has a bone bruise in his knee and his status for Monday's game against the St. Louis Rams is up in the air. Avoid him if you have options.
Travis Beckum (TE)
numberFire Projection: 1.68 receptions, 18.33 yards, 0.10 TDs, 2.43 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: Avoid Beckum. He did not play in Week 1, did not practice Wednesday and may not play against St. Louis due to ongoing hamstring issues. The Giants are frustrated with him, and you should be avoiding him. If you need to play a Giants' tight, use Jake Ballard (two catches, 59 yards in Week 1). Better bet, though, is to avoid Giants' tight ends.
Lawrence Tynes (PK)
numberFire Projection: 1.37 field goals, 2.73 extra points, 7.37 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: Tynes did not kick well in Week 1 getting a poorly struck field goal blocked. He admitted he is not in game shape after missing much of the preseason with a thigh bruise.
numberFire Projection: 8.42 Fantasy Points
Analysis: The Giants got torched by Washington's Rex Grossman a week ago. Going back to last season they have given up 300+ passing yards now in three consecutive games. Avoid this defense until it shows you something.