Thursday Night Football Start/Sit For The New York Giants & The New England Patriots, Week 6
Welcome to week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. Hopefully, you all did well in week 5. For those who are first-time readers, I’ll be doing a weekly Thursday night football start/sit article followed by a separate article that will cover the rest of those games for that week. Here’s a breakdown of how these articles will be laid out.
Must Start: These are players that you’re starting week-to-week, regardless of the opponent.
Flex Start: These are players who are more opponent dependent or players you might need to start depending on league size.
Sits: These are players that don’t have a good matchup or don’t have much of a role in their team’s offense.
***Please note that this article was written before the Thursday night game and with that comes changes to player situations due to injury or other factors. If a player(s) is injured or inactive after this article was published please use common sense and sit them. Please always double-check your lineup before kickoff.
In order for me to be able to cover every team’s matchup, the explanations will be brief. I do base these recommendations on my fantasy football experience along with the necessary research. This is my first year doing this weekly article and last week, I made approximately 200 decisions (start/sit) and got 158 correct and 40 incorrect for an 80% correct rate. My average so far this season is 70% correct. Please note, I didn’t do week 1 rankings. Let’s dive into this matchup.
Giants @ Patriots
New York Giants:
Must Start: N/A
Tate played 66 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, 45 of 68, in week 5. He saw 6 targets and ended with 3 catches for 13 yards. While these numbers are terrible, that was his first game from his suspension. He’s the most experienced wide receiver on this team. While I’d prefer to sit him, someone has to catch passes. With Sterling Shepard out a while, to a concussion, Slayton is someone else worth starting, only in a desperate situation. Barkley and Gallman are both out for this game and Hilliman is someone that should only be started in desperate situations. A positive for Hilliman is he’ll see most of the carries.
A rookie quarterback going up against a Bill Belichick defense is bad news. Josh Rosen, Luke Falk, Josh Allen, and Colt McCoy all didn’t fare well, against this defense. They’ve combined for 50 completions on 95 attempts for 467 yards and 6 interceptions. Engram has been ruled out with a knee injury.
New England Patriots:
Must Start: Tom Brady (QB)
The New York Giants defense is ranked 28th in passing yards per game allowed and they rank 23rd in rushing yards allowed per game. All in all, this is setting up to be a feast for just about every Patriots starter.
With a short week, Dorsett is unlikely to play with a hamstring injury. I’d flex whichever tight end starts between LaCosse and Izzo.