Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
When: Thursday, October 10
Time/Channel: 8:20 PM ET/FOX, NFL Network
Weather: Day: 57 F, Night: 51 F
Spread: Patriots -16.5
Moneyline: Giants +660, Patriots -900
The New York Giants and New England Patriots, once Super Bowl nemeses’, are now trending in the opposite direction.
The Giants have made the switch from two-time Super Bowl champ Eli Manning to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who looks like he may be the successor to Manning in New York.
After winning two games in a row against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, the Giants were brought back down to earth this past week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Jones completed 21 of 38 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and leading rusher Jonathan Hilliman had 20 yards on nine carries in a 28-10 loss at MetLife Stadium.
The road doesn’t get any easier from here.
After they take on the Patriots, the Giants have matchups against the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles.
Four out of those seven teams have winning records and have a legitimate chance at playoff berths.
Good luck, New York.
New England, on the other hand, is still doing what it does best – winning.
The Patriots were tested last week in a 16-10 win over AFC East rival Buffalo Bills, but they rebounded nicely in a beatdown of the Redskins.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and running back Sony Michel had 16 carries for 91 yards and one score in a 33-7 blowout victory.
After their game against the Giants, the Patriots will face the Jets, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens before a date in Philadelphia with the Eagles in a rematch of the Super Bowl two years ago.
Giants Fantasy Star
Evan Engram, TE
Evan Engram of the New York Giants has emerged as one of the best tight ends in all of football.
The 25-year-old, who is in his third NFL season, has become a favorite target to Jones.
In their first game together back in Week 3, Engram came down with eight receptions for 113 yards and a score.
He followed that up with a four-catch, 54-yard performance against the Redskins, and last week against the Vikings he had a team-high 11 targets but only had six receptions for 42 yards.
Volume is key in fantasy football and clearly Jones is looking Engram’s way. I expect the Giants to fall behind and throw early and often in this game.
Look for Engram to flirt with double-digit targets once again and if he comes down with more receptions, he’s in line to have a solid fantasy output.
Patriots Fantasy Star
Julian Edelman, WR
There is nobody that Brady trusts more than wide receiver Julian Edelman.
The slot wide out leads the team in targets (41), receptions (29) and receiving yards (336).
In every game, except their blowout win over the Miami Dolphins back in Week 2, Edelman has seven or more targets.
Last week against the Redskins, he had eight receptions on nine targets for 110 yards and one score.
If the Patriots are going to go up early in this one, I expect Brady to look Edelman’s way and he will produce.
By Dan Canova