Fantasy Player Projections

 
Giants
Bank of America Stadium
Thursday , Sep. 20 | 08:20 PM EST (NFL)
Panthers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBEli Manning

Eli Manning

243 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

After last week, Manning owners may need to come back down to earth. Expect more poise, fewer mistakes and a much smaller yardage total on Thursday.

RBAndre Brown

Andre Brown

78 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 16 rec yards

Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice Tuesday, suggesting it's likely Brown will get another crack at the starting job. He held up well last week, and should enjoy facing a Carolina defense that ranks 28th against the run (146.5 yards allowed a game).

RBDavid Wilson

David Wilson

45 rush yards, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

Wilson remains in Tom Coughlin's doghouse -- we suspect -- but should Coughlin let him loose this week Wilson may be able to regain a little of the confidence he lost in Week 1. The Panthers allowed New Orleans' shifty backup rusher, Pierre Thomas, to gain 110 yards on just nine carries last week.

WRVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

6 rec, 101 yards, rec TD

Cruz has silenced critics who suggested that his 2011 explosion was a one-year wonder. There will be no stopping him this week against Carolina. Break out the salsa!

WRRamses Barden

Ramses Barden

5 rec, 50 yards

Suddenly, Barden is an attractive play for fantasy owners with Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon both ruled out of Thursday’s game. Barden only has one catch so far this season but had a good camp, and his 6-foot-6 frame makes him a potential red zone target.

TEMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 38 yards, rec TD

Bennett could see more balls this week if No. 3 wide receiver Domenik Hixon is unable to go (concussion). Bennett has caught a touchdown in each of his first two games and faces a favorable matchup against a Panthers team that has allowed big plays to opposing tight ends this season.

KLawrence Tynes

Lawrence Tynes

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Tynes is one of a dozen kickers with 20-plus points after two weeks. The scoring frenzy can’t continue, can it? It could for Tynes, who kicks for a Giants team ranked second in the league in total yards.

DEFENSE

3 Sacks

The Giants have allowed 29.0 points per game and have collected just four sacks and three turnovers. New York's secondary has become a target for opposing teams. This is not the same unit you drafted this summer.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCam Newton

Cam Newton

319 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, 20 rush yards

Newton is licking his chops thinking about a Giants secondary that was unable to slow down Dallas and Tampa Bay this season. Fantasy owners can count on 30-plus attempts.

RBJonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

38 rush yards, 2 rec, 21 rec yards

Stewart had a nice day last week but will find yards harder to come by against New York. The Giants kept Doug Martin in check for much of their Week 2 matchup; Stewart will seem like a snack.

RBDeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams

41 rush yards, 1 rec, 14 rec yards

This game isn't made for running the ball. Unless the Panthers have a commanding lead (not likely), they will keep the ball in the air, where it's safer than in Williams' hands.

WRSteve Smith

Steve Smith

6 rec, 108 yards, rec TD

The Giants do not have a man to cover Smith. Period. They can throw two or three men at him, but they won't be able to cover him. Not with this secondary.

WRBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

5 rec, 71 yards, rec TD

LaFell has been a quiet hit for fantasy owners thus far, with 155 yards and a touchdown in two games. The Giants will focus mostly on LaFell's teammate, Steve Smith, leaving LaFell to beat the best of what New York has left.

TEGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

3 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

After a nice start to the season, Olsen looked like ... well, Greg Olsen on Sunday, getting just three targets in a shootout against New Orleans. The coaching staff still thinks he has star power; we're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt this week against New York's pass defense.

KJustin Medlock

Justin Medlock

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Where's the love? One field goal attempt in two games? This week Carolina will stall at least a couple of times in New York territory, giving Medlock his first real opportunity to prove his worth to fantasy owners.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

The Panthers have allowed a ton of yards on the ground this season, and they rank near the bottom in sack production. It's not a unit fantasy owners should get excited about.

 
 
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