The last time he faced the Eagles, he dropped 254 yards and four touchdowns. It's tough to expect Manning to reach those numbers again, but the Eagles are without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so he should be able to put up some solid numbers once again.
The Eagles are giving up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and the Giants will again be without Ahmad Bradshaw, so Jacobs is a good bet to reach the 18 carries he received in each of the last two weeks. He'll also likely catch a couple of passes, as the Eagles' linebacking core leaves a lot to be desired.
Larry Fitzgerald torched the Eagles' secondary for seven catches, 146 yards and two touchdowns. While Nicks is not quite as talented as Fitzgerald, he is the Giants' top weapon and a #1 receiver in his own right. The Eagles were able to effectively eliminate him from the game last time, but with Mario Manningham returning, and Rodgers-Cromartie out, Philadelphia cannot afford to pay as much attention to Nicks as they did last time out.
Nicks is the most talented player the Giants have on offense, but Victor Cruz has recently emerged as Eli Manning's favorite target. He has at least 80 yards or a touchdown in six of seven games since stepping in to the offense, and while he may not be a red-zone target, he is going to catch five or six passes. Let's not forget that his breakout game was against this very same Eagles' team.
With touchdowns in three straight games, Manningham is re-emerging as an every week starter. There is always the concern that there are not enough balls to go around to the Giants' three talented receivers, but Manning clearly looks to Manningham in the red zone. He looks completely healthy, and the Eagles no longer have the corner backs to guard all of the Giants' offensive weapons, so Manningham is a rock solid WR3.
Ballard had his first quiet week in some time, and the Eagles are actually solid against opposing tight ends, allowing only the eighth least fantasy points. Still, Ballard has been surprisingly consistent, and is one of Manning's go-to guys in the red zone.
The lack of a strong pass rush was extremely disappointing last week, making it hard to ever trust this defense. Even without Michael Vick, the Eagles can be explosive, and the Giants have had a hard time with Vince Young in the past. There's pretty sizable upside, as Big Blue's defense will likely come out fired up, and the Eagles' offense will be under new leadership, but the risk is also high.
Eagles Worth Starting
LeSean McCoy (Matchup: 9) is a must-start every week, as he is among the elite in the fantasy game and in real life. He's burned the Giants before, and even though they have improved their run defense, he is still a top-5 RB this week. No matter who is under center, I expect McCoy to receive a heavy workload, as well as a handful of receptions.
Vince Young (Matchup: 7) has apparently looked good in practice, and inherits some electric weapons to work with if Vick sits out (and I believe he will). There is obviously a huge amount of risk, but I'd gamble with him over guys like Alex Smith or Joe Flacco if Young does get the nod.
DeSean Jackson (Matchup: 7.5) lives for primetime games, especially against division rivals. After his one-week suspension during a quiet season, Jackson will be out to prove his doubters wrong. Jackson will be the clear cut #1 WR with Jeremy Maclin either out or banged up, but Perry Fewell knows this too.
Brent Celek (Matchup: 6) is in the same tier as Jake Ballard. He has at least 40 yards or a touchdown in each of his last four games, and is one of the Eagles' few healthy receivers. With Vince Young likely under center, I expect Celek to receive a handful of targets.