Thursday Night Insight Week 2 - 2021 Fantasy Football

By: JayWall

Thursday Night Insight Week 2 - 2021 Fantasy Football

New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team

September 16th, 2021 at 8:20PM EST

Giants Fantasy Insight

I want to start off with a bold take--don’t start Saquon Barkley in Week 2! I know this may sound insane, but Washington has one of the best D-Lines in the league, and Saquon is coming off a 3.7 fantasy point against Denver. He was on a snap count and only saw 10 carries and 3 targets which he turned into 26 yards rushing and 1 receiving yard. Even if he wasn’t on a snap count, it’s clear that Saquon was going to have a brutal Week 1. Every other week will most likely be a must-start Saquon week, but Week 2 is not that week for me. That Giants O-Line is just too bad to trust.

Daniel Jones is a hard QB to trust in fantasy because he’s not a good real life QB, but his rushing upside provides a floor for him in fantasy football. With that being said, he belongs on your bench in 1QB formats, but in Superflex leagues he is a risky QB2 as he finished as the QB14 last week. I do expect the Football Team to cause many turnovers for him in Week 2.

Engram was ruled out for Week 2, so I’m not starting any Giants TEs. Sterling Shepard was the shining star last week finishing as the WR8 while Kenny Golladay finished as WR54 and Darius Slayton WR62. Shepard saw 9 targets, Slayton saw 7, and Golladay only saw 6. Targets are what you want to see as a fantasy manager, and Shepard may lead this team in that category. He’s worth a flex start on Thursday, while Golladay and Slayton should remain on your bench. The good news about Shepard is that he’s only rostered on 25% of leagues on ESPN and 39% on Yahoo. Go get him off your waivers and reap the benefits!

Football Team Fantasy Insight

With Ryan Fitzpatrick on IR after his hip injury, Taylor Heineke will start against the Giants. Even though the Giants defense isn’t good, he’s someone I’m avoiding in all formats next week. Speaking of defenses, I expect the Washington D/ST to eat this week and put up big numbers. Start them with confidence and watch them run up their fantasy numbers.

The Football Team’s running game is very one sided, as Antonio Gibson is THE guy while the combination of J.D. McKissic and Jaret Patterson combined for 3 carries for 18 yards and 0 receptions on 2 targets. Gibson combined for over 100 yards from scrimmage, seeing 20 carries for 90 yards and 3 receptions on 5 targets for an additional 18 yards. He failed to get into the endzone and fumbled the football twice. Look for this type of usage from Gibson going forward, as he’s a matchup proof RB1. His touchdowns will come.

Lastly, the pass catchers for Washington are hard to evaluate considering they only threw the ball 21 times against the Chargers last week. Terry McLaurin led the charge catching all 4 targets for 62 yards followed up by Logan Thomas who caught all 3 of his targets for 30 yards and a TD. These are the only two I’d be willing to start out of the pass catchers but the lack of volume when Heineke came in does worry me. Dyami Brown is a guy to keep your eye on. He’s a rookie who only had 1 catch for -2 yards, but he did see 4 targets, the same amount as McLaurin.

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