The New York Giants were always going to have a tough time toppling the New England Patriots in Week 6. The Patriots have won 15 straight regular-season home games, and their defense is surrendering a league-best 6.8 points per game (PPG).
The Giants' task just got that much tougher though, as Evan Engram has been ruled out ahead of the team's Week 6 "Thursday Night Football" matchup in Foxboro.
This is certainly bad news for Engram's fantasy owners, as the third-year tight end had gotten off to a great start to the season.
Through five weeks, Engram is TE2 in PPR leagues, averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game. Among tight ends, Engram has the third-most receptions (33), the most targets (48), and he is second in receiving yards (373).
Engram's absence would theoretically create a lot of value for New York's other pass-catchers, as he has a 24 percent target share, which is the fourth-highest rate at the position. However, with Sterling Shepard also sidelined, the Giants don't have too many established pass-catchers that stand to benefit.
Darius Slayton, who saw four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 5, should get a boost in value, though. The same goes for Golden Tate, but he underwhelmed in his return from suspension, catching three passes for 13 yards.
Still, in a matchup against a New England defense that ranks first in passing yards per game (160.4), QB rating (44.0), sacks (24), QB hits (39), sack percentage (11.8) and interceptions (11), neither are going to be highly recommended options.
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