Thursday Night Fantasy Football Takeaways – Week 6 – New York Giants at New England Patriots
It was a weird first half in Foxborough, but by the end of the game, all was right in the football world as the New England Patriots continue to steamroll their opponents thanks to the league’s best defense. A perfect example of how weird this game was; Tom Brady did not throw a passing touchdown but he rushed for two of them. We didn’t learn much from this game that we didn’t already know, but here are my five big takeaways from the game.
The Patriots Defense is a Potential Fantasy MVP
New England’s defense is already playing at a championship level. Through the first six weeks of the season, New England has not allowed more than 14 points in a game and both times they allowed 14 points in a game was due to a defensive touchdown. The defense already has 5 defensive touchdowns on the year and their schedule going forward is cake. They have the Jets and a struggling Browns offense up next and they’ll have the Bengals and Bills in weeks 15 and 16. They will have some tough matchups in between, however, so keep an eye out to see if the Bills defense is dropped. The combination of the Bills and Patriots defenses could win you a fantasy championship down the stretch as they both have absolutely tasty matchups in the back half of the season.
Darius Slayton is Emerging as a Dynasty Stash
The final stat line in this game may not be impressive, but Darius Slayton is emerging as a legitimate deep threat for Daniel Jones. He was targeted 8 times in this game which was second on the team behind Golden Tate. This is a week after Slayton had his best game of the year, catching 4 balls for 62 yards and a touchdown. In dynasty leagues, it’s rare that you can find a real gem on the waiver wire, but Darius Slayton is potentially a diamond in the rough and he should be picked up and stashed in all dynasty leagues.
Daniel Jones has come all the way back down to earth the last few weeks after a spectacular start to the pre-season and an excellent first couple of starts. Jones’ struggles were not only apparent but they were predictable, as Bill Belichick is now 13-0 against rookie quarterbacks when playing at home. In spite of all this, Danny Dimes didn’t look that bad all things considered. He hit a nice 64-yard touchdown to Golden Tate and the Giants were actually tied with New England at half time. Unfortunately, the Giants imploded down the stretch and turned the ball over several times, including a fumble return for a touchdown. Next week, things should open up for Danny Dimes, as he will be facing a much easier opponent in the Arizona Cardinals.
Edeltron is the New Baby Gronk
“Everything I touch is food for my hunger.” Edeltron was all over the field last night, pulling in 9 of a team high 15 targets for 113 yards. This was a classic Edeltron game, as he gobbled up more than triple the targets than any other wide receiver. Unfortunately, Josh Gordon got crumpled up in this game and had to exit with an injury, which resulted in Edeltron having more than double the catches than the next closest receiver had in targets (Jakobi Meyers with 4 targets). The fact that Edeltron didn’t find the endzone means you could still potentially buy him before he goes on a tear, as Josh Gordon could potentially miss time and the Patriots’ next three matchups line up very well for Edelman.
Giants Defense Impressive in Loss
Even though they lost, I was impressed with how the Giants defense played, particularly the defensive line. Dave Gettleman has taken heaping amounts of flak for how he operated during the off-season, but early dividends are paying off for this team. The addition of rookie Dexter Lawrence gives the defensive line a run-stuffing stud to build around and the addition of Jabril Peppers gives them a playmaking safety to replace free agent departure, Landon Collins. Overall, the defense has exceeded early expectations, as they were being considered among the NFL’s worst defenses. The Giants defense could be an extremely sneaky start in weeks 15 and 16 if you remember to pick them up and stash them, as they will face off against the Dolphins and Redskins respectively in the fantasy playoff championship weeks.