The Falcons and Giants are both looking for their first win of the season as Atlanta travels to Rutherford, New Jersey, in a matchup of winless teams. The Falcons started as 3-point underdogs, but that number has slipped to 2.5-point underdogs as of Friday. The Falcons offense doesn’t have many players that should be in starting fantasy lineups; after all, the Philadelphia and Tampa Bay defenses aren’t anything special and easily held the Falcons offense in check. The Giants offense is loaded with talent and put up a ton of points last week against the Washington Football Team.
The Falcons offensive line has held back Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, and Kyle Pitts‘ fantasy output, but that should subside this week against what has been one of the league’s worst defenses. Pitts is a must-start because New York has allowed opposing tight ends to catch 14 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown this season.
James Bradberry is the Giants top cover man, but he’s struggled to start this season, especially against Terry McLaurin last week. Calvin Ridley is also a must-start. I would leave Matt Ryan on the bench because of how porous this offensive line can be. Still, the one X-factor I haven’t even mentioned that is becoming an every-week FLEX option is Cordarrelle Patterson.
This Falcons defense is atrocious; it is ranked dead last in DVOA and just lost one of its most important players — A.J. Terrell. The second-year man out of Clemson has ascended into a reliable CB1 but has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup after suffering a concussion last week against the Buccaneers. T.J. Green is his likely replacement, so this defense warrants starting every Giants player you have.
Daniel Jones has played surprisingly well thus far and is the fifth-ranked quarterback in fantasy, so this is a no-brainer. The New York offensive line is unreliable, but you’re not going to sit Saquon Barkley against this terrible defense. Darius Slayton and Sterling Sheperd have both had great starts to the season, and that should continue this week against a short-handed secondary — start ’em. Kenny Golladay has had a slow start, but this should be the week he gets back on track — start ’em all.