The New York Giants announced on Sept. 29 that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will not make his return as originally planned from his knee injury. Here is what fantasy football owners need to know about the Giants vs. Eagles game in Week 4.
New York Giants
Eli Manning – Eli Manning is off to a nice start this season. He has throw three interceptions, but all came in the same game and he threw for over 500 yards to offset those. He has five touchdowns on the year and 1,011 yards through the air. Against Philadelphia, he might struggle some but is still a quality starting fantasy quarterback for Week 4.
Ahmad Bradshaw/Andre Brown – Ahmad Bradshaw returns from a neck injury and will start against the Eagles. With Philadelphia only allowing 78 yards per game to running backs, he is not a viable start because he will split carries with Andre Brown, who ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in his absence. They will both get lots of carries and will negate each other’s worth.
Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks – Hakeem Nicks was supposed to return this week from injury but will miss one more week. That makes Victor Cruz the man to start in fantasy football. He has 23 receptions for 279 yards and a touchdown. Also, if you picked him up last week, Ramses Bardem is someone you could look to as well. Last week, he played in place of Nicks and had nine receptions for 138 yards. He is a good flex player if you want to take the chance.
Martellus Bennett – Martellus Bennett is still not getting a lot of recognition, although he rose from eight-percent starts in Week 1 on CBSSports to 76-percent by Week 4. He has 15 receptions for 185 yards and has a touchdown in every game, making him worth the start.
Michael Vick – Eagles fans want Michael Vick benched. Fantasy football fans shouldn’t have a problem with him. He has two games with over 300 passing yards and while his six interceptions are bad, he does have three touchdowns and has double digit fantasy scoring thanks to his yards. He might get picked off again in Week 4, but he will still be a valuable fantasy starter.
LeSean McCoy – LeSean McCoy is a valuable fantasy running back and will be a high level starter in Week 4. He has 261 rushing yards and one touchdown with 11 receptions for 58 more yards through the air. You should start McCoy every week.
DeSean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin – DeSean Jackson has been the go-to receiver since Jeremy Maclin was injured but that changes this week. He has 14 receptions for 234 yards but no touchdowns. With Maclin back, Jackson can go back to his side of the field and have pressure taken off him. Maclin came into 2012 as the more polished receiver but needs to reintegrate himself since his hip injury. Neither man is a must-start, but both are decent low-level options.
Brent Celek – In anyone benefited from Maclin’s absence, it was Bret Celek, who had eight receptions for 157 yards the week Maclin was hurt. However, he fell in Week 2 with two catches for 36 yards. Celek is as good a start as any mid-level fantasy tight end this week, but only if you have no one better.
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