Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants

Jason Schandl
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If you still have players on your fantasy team yet to play their Week 9 game, it means that tonight's "Monday Night Football" matchup between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will likely determine whether you're coming away with a win or not. There's no room for error when it comes to your starting lineup, specifically if you have multiple options for the game.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Monday's contest between the NFC East division-rival Cowboys and Giants.

MNF Fantasy Football

Start Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: The running backs in this matchup (Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley) are obviously the marquee fantasy plays tonight, but Dak Prescott is in a terrific position himself. He entered Week 9 ranked fourth among QBs in fantasy points per game, and has scored less than 18 only once in seven games. The Giants come into this one ranked 28th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, and are giving up top-10 fantasy numbers to opposing quarterbacks in 2019.

Start Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants: With Sterling Shepard ruled out again, Golden Tate will continue to serve as the No. 1 WR for the Giants. Tate has nine, 11 and 10 targets in his three games with Shepard on the sideline, catching at least six passes and racking up at least 80 yards in all three contests. During that span, he has a dominant 28 percent share of the targets in the Giants' offense and has averaged 17.6 PPR fantasy points. The Cowboys don't make for an especially soft matchup, but Tate's potential for volume should more than make up for that.

Sit Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants: While Darius Slayton did explode for two touchdowns in Week 8, he did so on only five targets, accounting for 12.2 percent of the Giants' total target share. He's played north of 80 percent of the snaps in each of the last three games with Shepard on the shelf, but he only has one game with either more than five targets or more than two receptions in that time. He's a low-floor option with this poor volume, and after two straight matchups against teams giving up top-12 fantasy production at WR, Slayton now takes on a Cowboys defense that gives up bottom-five numbers.

Sit Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Despite not defending the pass especially well, the Giants have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Jason Witten has turned in some startable fantasy scores in a year with the tight end position being particularly weak, but he's failed to crack even four targets in six of seven games. That low volume means he doesn't bring a reliable floor, and at this stage in his career the once-retired TE lacks the athleticism to threaten high upside on a low-target total as well.

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