Week 14 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Giants vs Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers will aim to keep pace in a crowded AFC West division when they take on the New York Giants in Week 14 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Chargers slated as 9.5-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 14 showdown.
Evan Engram Fantasy
Start Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants: The Giants' offense has been decimated by injuries and it has allowed tight end Evan Engram to take on a bigger role in the passing attack. The fifth-year pro posted a season-high 61 receiving yards on 4 receptions in Week 13 and now gets to face a Chargers' defense that has failed to cover TEs all year long. This defense is giving up the seventh-most PPR fantasy points to the position, which includes 10 receiving touchdowns (No. 31 in NFL). Engram has TE1 upside this week and is a great option for fantasy managers in search of a streamer.
Austin Ekeler Fantasy
Start Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Running back Austin Ekeler was limited in practice on Wednesday in order to get some added rest, but that should not deter fantasy managers from starting him this week. The 26-year-old has topped 95 total yards in each of his last three games and has scored an impressive 15 touchdowns on the year. Ekeler ranks as the No. 2 RB in PPR scoring leagues and draws a perfect matchup on Sunday. The Giants have posted the second-worst rush defense DVOA rating and are giving up the eighth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. Start Ekeler with confidence this week.
Darius Slayton Fantasy
Sit Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants: It's safe to say the Giants' wide receiving core is a mess right now. All three of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard are listed as questionable to play in Week 14 due to various injuries. That leaves Darius Slayton as one of a few healthy pass-catchers on the roster. However, he has shown no reason to be started in fantasy football. While Slayton saw 7 targets last week, he hauled in just two of them for 13 yards. It's notable to point out that the Chargers are also allowing the fourth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. This is not the time to slide Slayton into a starting spot.
Justin Herbert Fantasy
Sit Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Fantasy managers rostering quarterback Justin Herbert likely cannot afford to sit him this week. However, he is a name to avoid on the daily market. The Giants have been sneaky good against the pass this year, posting the eighth-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. They have also racked up 13 interceptions this season. With a spread set at 9.5 points, it's possible that the Chargers could be up by double digits early on in the second half. That means head coach Brandon Staley may turn to Ekeler in order to run out the clock. Temper expectations when it comes to the Herbert's output on Sunday.
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