Well it’s finally here. The night all of us have been waiting for since February 7th of this year. The NFL season kicks off tonight with a special Wednesday night showdown between two of the NFL’s toughest teams, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. This also means it’s the start of the fantasy football season and so everybody is looking at their lineups saying, “Now what.” And that’s why I’m here.
Breaking down tonight’s game and it’s fantasy implications is no easy task and there’s really two schools of thought here. It’s the first game of the season and these two teams could come out rusty, make mistake after mistake after mistake and leave the scoreboard barren and void of fantasy value. But that wouldn’t be fun now would it. No, it would be much more appeasing to viewers and fantasy gamers alike if these two teams were ready for a shootout to kick off the season and I believe that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Look for neither of these teams to shine on the defensive side of the ball in a close game that I believe will read 31-24 in the end, in favor of the defending champion New York Giants.
Now I’m going to rundown a start ‘em or sit ‘em for each team and try to project each player’s fantasy value.
New York Giants Start ‘Em
I’m projecting the Giant’s value in that order as Eli should have the best game at somewhere around 3 td’s and 20 fantasy points. Victor Cruz is a lock to have close to 100 yards and maybe up to 2 touchdowns as he will be the primary red zone target. Nicks maybe the leading receiver in this game with over 100 yards but I’m just not as confident he’ll see the end zone. In a high scoring Giant’s win, Tynes should also have some value in this game.
New York Giants Sit ‘Em
Now I could be wrong but I got Bradshaw splitting carries with David Wilson and therefore not worth starting in your lineup, especially if you have another option at RB. While I expect the Giants D to get to the QB and cause a lot of pressure, I don’t expect any TD’s from them in this one and don’t see them shutting down the Cowboys completely on offense either. Randle is still a rookie and while he may have some breakout games this season, I don’t expect this week to be one of them. Martellus is a wild card here where he might be good for 10 points with something like 2 catches for 40 yards and a td, but I don’t see that happening and project him to maybe the 40 yards receiving, no touchdowns.