Eli Manning dominated the last time he played the Eagles. But he was stifled all night by a strong performance from the Birds D. Manning was 18/35 throwing for 264 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
In what will be a weekly occurence, we'll give suggestions on who to start in your fantasy league, and who to sit on the bench. We'll try to avoid stating the obvious, like "start Tom Brady" and dig a little deeper for some less obvious choices. Enough with the introduction, let's get started...
Stud of the Week: Eli Manning, QB, NYG — The Giants have now lost three straight games, and odds are they're about ready to drop their fourth straight. But that's the beauty of fantasy football — wins don't matter. Manning will put up some big stats as the Green Bay Packers come visiting, looking to go 12-0 on the season, which they most likely will. Manning's team got throttled by the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, but Manning had a huge statistical game, mostly in the second half when the Giants were throwing on every down and it seemed like Manning was completing every pass he threw. He's in a good way right now and his chemistry with Victor Cruz has been uncanny. The Packers have given up some points to opposing QBs this year in come-from-behind situations, and this game sets up well for Manning.
Dud of the Week: Steven Jackson, RB, STL — Jackson is a beast, and he's tough to sit unless you have some good backup options. But this week, you might want to consider picking someone up if you're playing for a playoff spot, someone like Detroit's Maurice Morris, perhaps. The Rams have to deal with the juggernaut that is the San Francisco 49ers rush defense, which has an incredible streak of 34 games without allowing a running back to eclipse 100 yards. They haven't allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back in 12 games. Those are some pretty daunting numbers to go up against. Like I said, it's hard to sit Jackson, but if you have decent options or a good matchup behind him, this might be the week to do it.