This is a tough week to figure out Fantasy Football start/sit information for the New York Giants. Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (cracked bone in foot) missed last Sunday's game vs. New England, and remain uncertain for this Sunday's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
If they play, you want them in your lineup. Whether or not they play also impacts decisions to use guys like Brandon Jacobs, D.J. Ware or Ramses Barden. So, it really is a wait and see week for the Giants in Fantasy Football terms.
Still, we will go through our weekly projections and offer whatever advice we can.
Eli Manning (QB)
numberFire Projection: 21.22 completions, 251.76 yards, 1.86 TDs, 0.98 INTs, 16.44 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Play the man! If you have Manning and you are choosing somebody else then you deserve to lose.
Brandon Jacobs (RB)
numberFire Projection: 6.62 carries, 25.31 yards, 0.17 TDs, 1.89 receptions, 14.85 yards, 0.02 TDs, 5.14 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Jacobs carried a season-high 18 times last Sunday for 72 yards, also his best total of the season. Whether Bradshaw plays or not Jacobs seems likely to get more work than the numberFire projection indicates, which makes him worth playing.
Hakeem Nicks (WR)
numberFire Projection: 5.15 receptions, 72.41 yards, 0.50 TDs, 10.31 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Wait and see if Nicks will be in the Giants lineup Sunday. If he is in their lineup, he should be in yours.
Victor Cruz (WR)
numberFire Projection: 3.37 recpetions, 52.05 yards, 0.25 TDs, 6.72 Fantasy Points
Analysis: By now you should realize that Cruz' success is not an accident, that he is not a one-week flash in the pan. He is worth playing.
Mario Manningham (WR)
numberFire Projection: 3.83 receptions, 46.62 yards, 0.24 TDs, 6.17 Fantasy Points
Analysis: He is healthy and there are plenty of passes to keep everybody happy in the Giants offense.
Jake Ballard (TE)
numberfire Projection: 3.85 receptions, 46.43 yards, 0.37 TDs, 6.89 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Ballard has a surprising 23 catches and has become a reliable target for Eli Manning. Plus, he has three touchdowns and a 17.2 yards per catch average. If you have him, play him.
Lawrence Tynes (PK)
numberFire Projection: 1.40 field goals, 2.80 extra points, 7.56 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Tynes has had few field-goal opportunities, but he is a perfectly acceptable NFL kicker. You can do a lot worse.
Giants' Defense: 8.61 Fantasy Points.
Analysis: No reason not to play the Giants. If you are in need of a team, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Baltimore likely are not available.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)
numberFire Projection: 15.48 carries, 66.12 yards, 0.54 TDs, 3.69 receptions, 27.91 yards, 0.06 TDs, 13.02 Fantasy Points
Analysis: Right now nobody knows if Bradshaw will play Sunday. Even if he does there is a question about how effective he can be with a broken bone in his foot, and how much of a workload the Giants will give him. Wait and see on Bradshaw, unless you have no choice but to play him.