Rivers was 16-for-25 for 249 yards (his lowest total of the year) against the Raiders with 1 TD and 1 INT. He's fourth in the league with 2,036 yards and is a top-tier QB and certainly an advisable No. 1 fantasy QB against a Giants' pass defense that has gotten exposed by a blueprint created by the Saints.
Sproles had 46 total yards (38 rush, 8 rec) against the Raiders a week after going for 99 total (58 rec, 41 rush) against the Chiefs. He is a danger to take it to the house every time he touches the ball and is a decent No. 3 fantasy RB because of his big play potential, particularly attractive as a bye-week option.
Jackson had another good game against the Raiders, catching 8 balls for 103 yards and a TD (for the third consecutive week), one week after enjoying his most productive game of the season catching 5 passes for 142 yards and 1 TD against the Chiefs. He's a very good fantasy option, the No. 3 WR in the NFL with 664 yards and a definite No. 1 WR against the Giants' struggling secondary.
Gates had 3 catches for 49 yards against the Raiders, his worst statistical game of the year. Nevertheless, he is a must-start fantasy option against the Giants because he is second among TEs with 523 yards and third with 37 catches.
Kaeding went 1-for-1 against the Raiders. He is one of the best fantasy kicking options in the league, having kicked 3 FGs in 4 of his 7 games. He's 15-for-18 on the year and ranks second in the NFL in both attempts and makes.
The San Diegoans... San Diegans... Chargers' D has been average all year (21st in PPG) but had two good weeks in a row against the Chiefs and the Raiders, limiting the latter to 180 total yards and sacking Russell five times. They're a decent low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 play vs. the Giants because of Big Blue's recent struggles. Also, Darren Sproles is a risk to take any kickoff or punt to the house.
Manning had his third consecutive lousy game against the Eagles, completing 20-of-39 passes for 222 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. You need to play the trends in fantasy football and Manning has been trending downward. He's a No. 2 fantasy QB here, much better as a flex option or a bye week guy.
While he's ninth in the league in rushing with 550 yards, Jacobs has been a disappointment to his fantasy owners. He hasn't gone over 100 yards in a game and he only has 2 TDs. Against the Eagles, Jacobs had 20 carries for 86 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw stole his red zone carries. He's still a (low-end) No. 2 fantasy RB against the Chargers 27th-ranked run defense.
Bradshaw ranks 14th in the league in rushing and has been getting double-digit carries almost every game, averaging over 5.3 per carry. He struggled against Philly with 9 carries for 21 yards and a TD. He's a No. 3 fantasy option, but he's not the worst choice, having doubled up Jacobs in TDs this year (4 to 2). If Jacobs gets dinged, he'd be a top option.
Tops in the league in catches with 53, Steve Smith has come back to earth a little bit, having not gotten into the end zone or gone over 100 yards in the last four weeks. He's still Eli Manning's favorite target, being thrown to 12 times and catching 8 of them for 68 yards. He is a high-end No. 2 fantasy WR, and a legit No. 1 in PPR leagues.
Nicks went for 53 yards on 4 catches against Philly. It was the first game in his last 5 that he failed to score a TD. His breakaway speed and big play potential make him an excellent bye week replacement or No. 3 fantasy WR.
The lauded Giants D (which ranks third in the NFL in YPG) has endured three rough games in a row, giving up a whopping 112 points to the Eagles, Saints and Cardinals. The Chargers' offense is the 10th-ranked scoring offense in the league and presents another tough matchup. The Giants are more of a No. 2 fantasy defense until they stand strong again.