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New York Giants
Metrodome | Sunday, December 28 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Vikings 23, Giants 20
Minnesota Vikings
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBEli Manning
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD
Head coach Tom Coughlin said he won't be sitting his starters this week at Minnesota, but it would be foolish to risk injury to Manning with the No. 1 seed locked up. Manning will start and play into the second half, but don't be surprised if he sits after halftime if the Giants look good early on. In the big win over Carolina last week, Manning completed 17-of-27 passes for 181 yards and a TD and he will come close to those numbers again this week.
RBBrandon Jacobs
30 rush yards
Jacobs is the one starter who could use the rest for his injured knee. Jacobs was a beast against the Panthers on Sunday night, rushing 24 times for 87 yards and three TDs. He could start this week, but don't expect him to play long. Instead, look for Ahmad Bradshaw to fill in and get some much needed reps.
RBDerrick Ward
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Ward showed what he can do in front of a national audience when given more touches as he rushed for 215 yards against Carolina last week on only 15 carries. He was explosive through the holes and tough to catch in the open field. He should carry the load this week with Jacobs getting a rest and will excel, even though the Vikings still own the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL.
WRDomenik Hixon
4 rec, 50 yards
Hixon still hasn't caught a TD pass this year, but he did haul in the two-point conversion which tied the game against the Panthers on Sunday night, sending the game into overtime. Hixon finished with four catches for 71 yards and now has 24 catches in the last five games. He will start and be a prime target again this week.
WRAmani Toomer
3 rec, 30 yards
Toomer has struggled down the stretch this year, catching just seven passes for 84 yards and no TDs in the last three games. He was held to just two catches for 27 yards last week vs. Carolina and has topped 70 yards in receiving yardage just once all year long. Don't expect him to increase that total this week, either.
WRSteve Smith
4 rec, 40 yards
Smith continues to be a solid No. 3 wideout for the Giants, but he has minimal value for fantasy owners. Smith has just one TD catch on the season and was limited to three catches for 24 yards last week vs. Carolina. Expect minimal numbers this week at Minnesota.
TEKevin Boss
4 rec, 40 yards
He's been hit-or-miss this season, but with six TDs it's hard to argue that Boss has filled a solid role with the Giants this year. Boss came up big on Sunday night vs. Carolina, catching five passes for 46 yards and a TD. He bailed out Eli Manning several times and will be his safety valve this week and during the playoffs as well.
KJohn Carney
2 PATs, 2 FGs
He's been hit-or-miss this season, but with six TDs it's hard to argue that TE Kevin Boss has filled a solid role with the Giants this year. Boss came up big on Sunday night vs. Carolina, catching five passes for 46 yards and a TD. He bailed out Eli Manning several times and will be his safety valve this week and during the playoffs as well.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Giants' defense has been stellar all year, forcing 30 turnovers and adding 40 sacks. But last week against Carolina, it had one of those rare games where it had no sacks and no turnovers. That won't happen again this week against the Vikings.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTarvaris Jackson
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 50 rush yards, 1 INT
Even though Gus Frerotte is healthy now, the Vikings are going to stick with Jackson for this week's key game against the Giants. Jackson has all kinds of athletic ability, but he's not patient enough in the offense to be successful. Yes, he threw for 233 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 76 yards against Atlanta last week, but the bottom line was a loss. He will struggle against the Giants' heavy pass rush, but will do just enough to lead the Vikings into the playoffs.
RBAdrian Peterson
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
After three straight 100-yard games, Peterson struggled badly against the Falcons last week. AP was held to just 76 yards on 22 carries and lost two critical fumbles. He needs to come up big this week, but nothing will come easily against a Giants' defense that ranks ninth in the NFL against the run.
RBChester Taylor
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Taylor had five catches for 26 yards last week against Atlanta, but isn't getting enough touches each week to have any impact on fantasy teams. He will be limited to 6-8 touches against the Giants this week as well.
WRBernard Berrian
4 rec, 60 yards
Berrian has really been a non-factor down the stretch for the Vikings and fantasy owners, catching just six passes in the last three games for 88 yards. He was held to just two catches for 18 yards last week vs. Minnesota and is a risky fantasy play this week against a Giants' pass defense that ranks seventh in the NFL.
WRBobby Wade
3 rec, 30 yards
Wade remains a solid possession receiver, but he has minimal value for fantasy owners. He caught five passes for 38 yards last week vs. Atlanta and won't even approach those numbers this week.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
4 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD
Shiancoe had the best game of his career last week vs. Atlanta, catching seven passes for 136 yards and two TDs in a losing cause. He made some tough catches and worked well with Tarvaris Jackson on a nice 21-yard scoring toss in the first quarter and the 17-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. During a season of weak production from the tight end spot, Shiancoe has been a pleasant surprise with seven TDs.
KRyan Longwell
2 PATs, 3 FGs
Longwell has had a nice season with the Vikings, scoring 119 points, but he's limped to the finish line with only 18 points in his last three games. Look for him to be the difference-maker in this week's game as he kicks the Vikings into the playoffs.
Defense
2 sacks
The Vikings were unable to force a turnover against Atlanta last week, but this defense has been solid all year long with 43 sacks and 34 turnovers. The loss of DT Pat Williams could be critical this week against the Giants' vaunted running attack.
 
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