Manning had one of his best games of the season in Week 12, passing for 240 yards and three TDs in the win over Arizona. That was the first time he's topped 200 yards in eight games though he has thrown nine TDs in his last four games. The Redskins give up only 182.7 passing yards a game so this is shaping up to be another game where Eli is in game manager mode and not passing heavily. That makes him a shaky fantasy starter this week.
Jacobs was a surprise inactive last week due to his knee injury but the team expects him to play against the Redskins. Washington is tough against the run, allowing only 89.3 yards a game. But Jacobs has proven to be matchup proof due to the strength of the Giants' offensive line. If he's able to play, he should be started in all leagues as a RB2 since the production will be there for the G-Men.
Ward did a fine job filling in for Jacobs last week, rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 30 yards. He's carved out a significant role in this offense even when Jacobs is healthy so he's a solid flex play -- especially in PPR leagues. Start him there this week as he'll be active as usual.
Burress started last week but left early with a hamstring injury, giving his owners a dreaded 0 in a critical fantasy week. His status for this week is in question but he's obviously not very reliable right now. He hasn't topped three receptions in a game since Week 6, he has only one TD in his last six games and he hasn't posted a 100-yard receiving game since Week 1. Need any more reasons to sit him this week? I didn't think so.
Toomer has had a quiet season but he did score in last week's win over the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he isn't a reliable fantasy option given how he's only topped three receptions in a game twice in the past seven weeks. His six targets last week were his most since Week 3. This is a tough matchup and he isn't very involved. Keep him benched.
Hixon took over for the injured Burress and had a good game against the Cardinals, catching six passes for 57 yards. His value is entirely tied to Burress' health. If Burress plays the whole game, Hixon has no value. If Burrress sits, Hixon becomes a solid WR2 play. Watch Burress' status closely but only roll with Hixon if it looks like Burress isn't going to play or will be severely limited.
Smith had a decent game last week, catching four passes for 45 yards in the win over Arizona. He's caught at least three passes in five of the past seven games so he has some mild value as a WR4 in PPR leagues. This isn't a week to gamble on his upside but if 3-4 receptions for 40-50 yards will do it for you then Smith is worth starting.
Boss keeps finding the end zone with regularity. He scored again last week, marking the fourth time in five games he's caught a touchdown pass. Manning trusts him and he's becoming a bigger part of the passing game as the season goes along. In a year which has seen so much uncertainty at TE, Boss is becoming someone worth starting consistently. He has a good chance to score again this week.
Carney got the call last week in the Giants' game of musical chairs at the kicking position. He had a huge game, scoring 13 points as he converted all three of his FG attempts. Whether he or Lawrence Tynes gets the call may not be decided until game time but whoever starts is looking like a solid fantasy option again this week.
The Giants had a solid game defensively against the high-powered Cardinals last week, forcing two turnovers and recording one sack. It will be a much easier test this week against the struggling Jason Campbell. Stopping Clinton Portis is the key, but Campbell isn't playing well so he can be forced into mistakes. This shouldn't be a high-scoring game so the Giants are looking good defensively if you need them.
Campbell began the season with plenty of promise, but he hasn't gotten it done from a fantasy perspective. He was OK last week in the win over Seattle but hardly great in a beatable matchup, passing for only 206 yards and a touchdown. He's topped 210 yards passing only once in his last seven games and he hasn't thrown multiple TD passes in a game since Week 4. The Giants give up only 190.5 passing yards a game and will bring plenty of heat on Campbell. He's a poor fantasy option this week.
Portis allegedly has a knee injury, but you wouldn't know it based on his production. He ran all over the Seahawks last week, gaining 143 yards on 29 carries. He's one of the game's premier RBs and although this is a very tough test (the Giants allow only 84.8 rushing yards a game), you can't sit him against anyone. He rushed for 84 yards against the Giants in Week 1 and will be good for at least 80 again this week. At worst, he'll be a strong RB2. At best, he'll be Clinton Portis. And that's pretty darn good.
Betts vultured a short TD run away from Portis against the Seahawks but he had only five carries in the game so he's obviously no threat to steal significant carries away from him. He only has value if Portis is injured. I mean if he's really injured. Otherwise, Betts should be kept on your bench.
Moss had a respectable game last week against Seattle, catching four passes for 72 yards. He appears healthy but Campbell's shaky play is limiting his upside. He's not a strong option this week against a good Giants' pass defense though he always has the potential to make a big play or two. He's more of a WR3 this week with WR2 upside so set your lineup accordingly.
Randle El scored last week but that only had two receptions and has clearly lost what little fantasy luster he had early in the season. He's caught more than three passes in a game just twice in the past seven weeks and has only one TD in that span. Against this tough defense he's a poor fantasy option so keep him benched.
Cooley had an active game last week, catching five passes for 54 yards. Unfortunately for his owners he didn't score and that continued a trend which has seen Cooley kept out of the end zone for six straight games. On the plus side, he's caught at least four passes in each of his last seven so he remains very viable in PPR leagues. He has one TD in his past three games against the Giants and will find the end zone this week.
Suisham remains a solid fantasy option. He has made nine FGs in his last four games and has scored at least six points in three of his past four. This is shaping up to be a low-scoring game, however, so Suisham has little upside. He's not a strong option this week so look elsewhere for a kicker if you can.
The Redskins play very good defense but they rarely make plays for their fantasy owners. Eli Manning will make some mistakes so a takeaway or two is possible but the best you should hope for out of this unit is a lower number of points allowed this week. That will be their most appealing fantasy asset.