Sophomore slump is on for the kid. Ryan threw for 1 TD and 2 INT during his 22-for-41, 224-yard stinker against Carolina. He hasn't had a good game since Week 5. He hasn't really needed to with Michael Turner killing it. But without Turner this week, Ryan might be in trouble. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy QB while he combats the November doldrums.
With Michael Turner out with a high-ankle sprain, Snelling inherits the lion's share of the carries with the speedy but injured Jerious Norwood stealing a couple. Snelling's had success when he's gotten carries on the road, especially at Dallas in Week 7 (7 for 68) and at Carolina last week (18 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD). Not a terrible start against the Giants' 13th-ranked run defense.
Against the Panthers last week, ‘Rod' Roddy White had 7 catches for 98 yards. It was his second straight without a score. In the five games before that, he scored 5 TD. Consider him a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 fantasy WR against a Giants' secondary that's been showing cracks. He's 10th in the league in yards, 11th in receptions and sixth in TD.
Gonzalez went for 6 catches and 67 yards against the Panthers. He is top-seven among TEs in receptions, yards and TDs. He's having, perhaps, a subpar season by his Hall of Fame standards, but at a thin position, he's a must-start TE option based on skill and potential alone.
Elam went 2-for-3 last week, missing a huge 34-yarder, slipping 9-for-14 on the season. We remember when Elam hit the longest kick in league history. That was 11 years ago. Perhaps he was a good fantasy option then, but he is no longer. Strong recommendation to avoid.
They had a lousy game against Carolina, not sacking Delhomme or picking him off once. Oof. You should not start them against anybody, especially a veteran Giants' team that is rested after the bye, desperate for a win at home.
Going 0-4 heading into the bye, Manning averaged 214 yards, throwing 5 TDs and 6 INTs. He had a decent little fantasy game before the bye against the Chargers (25-for-33 for 215 with 2 TDs and no INTs) and should be all right here coming off a two-week breather. He's a No. 2 fantasy QB here, much better deployed as a flex option.
While he's 11th in the league in rushing with 617 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 Chargers, Jacobs had 11 carries for 67 yards. The week before that, Ahmad Bradshaw stole his red zone carries. He's still a No. 2 fantasy RB against the Falcons 26th-ranked run defense.
Bradshaw ranks 17th in the league in rushing and has been getting double-digit carries almost every game, averaging over 5 yards per carry. He struggled against San Diego with 14 carries for 39 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.
Ranking fourth in the league in catches with 61, Smith has come back to earth a little bit. Against San Diego, he caught 8 passes for 57 yards and scored his first TD since Oct. 4 at Kansas City. He's still Manning's favorite target, thus a high-end No. 2 fantasy WR and a legit No. 1 in PPR leagues.
Three fantasy-relevant WRs on the Giants? Not so much. After scoring in four straight games, Hakeem 'Stevie' Nicks has played more like a green rook the last two weeks. He had 3 catches for 39 yards against the Chargers. He's a No. 3 option, just below Manningham.
The much-maligned Giants' D (21st in the NFL in PPG) had a tough time going 0-4 into the bye, giving up 133 points to the Chargers, Eagles, Saints and Cardinals. The Giants are more of a No. 2 fantasy defense until they stand strong again.