He sure threw up a dud last week for his fantasy owners, but if you were able to survive, consider that just a blip and not a sign of things to come. Manning had a long touchdown pass slip through Hakeem Nicks' hands, and another called back on holding, while one of his interceptions should be credited to Mario Manningham. Yes, the Jets' secondary is strong, but so is Manning. Roll with him if you've got him.
Got the bulk of the carries last week, but still too inconsistent to trust. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Jets' defense shut down the Giants' run game, so Bradshaw is a low-end RB-2. It does help that Bradshaw got the goal-line carries last week.
As mentioned above, it was Bradshaw, not Jacobs, receiving the goal-line carries against Washington, leaving me to believe that Jacobs is back to being the clear #2 guy. If you made it this far, hopefully you have a better option.
The presence of Darrell Revis is enough to shy away some Nicks owners, but I think he'll have a strong bounce-back game after possibly the worst performance of his career. Still, it's always risky with Revis, so consider Nicks a high end WR2 this week.
Although it's clear Manning has been looking more to Nicks in recent weeks, Cruz may see an uptick in targets if Nicks cannot beat Revis. Cruz seems due for another big game, but Antonio Cromartie is no slouch either.
With Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard likely out tomorrow, the Giants will need a third receiver to step up and pick up some of the slack. Barden has shown glimpses of what the Giants thought they were getting when they drafted him in the third round, and he should finally get a shot to produce on Saturday. Considering that Manning liked to look towards Manningham and Ballard in the red zone, Barden could see some end zone targets. You should be able to find a better receiver on your waiver wire, but in extremely deep leagues, Barden could be a sneaky play. Consider him a WR4.
Jets Worth Starting
Shonn Greene (matchup: 8) has been hot lately. In fact, as Giants Football Blogger Rich Resch pointed out yesterday: "After a slow start to the season, the 26-year old New Jersey native has rushed for 78 yards per game in his previous eight games, with a phenomenal 5.5 yards per carry. Even more impressively, he is averaging 125 total yards over his past three contests, with four touchdowns." Smart guy. Play Greene if you have him.
Mark Sanchez (matchup: 6) is way too inconsistent to start at this point in the fantasy season, but Dustin Keller (matchup: 7.5) could be in store for a big game if the Jets decide to attack the middle of the field. The Giants cannot defend against the tight end, and Keller is the Jets' leading receiver, so he's a low end TE1 this week.
Santonio Holmes (matchup: 7) and Plaxico Burress (matchup: 6.5) both need touchdowns to be relevant recently, but Holmes has a score in four straight, and you can be sure that the Jets will try to get Plax more involved against his former team. Neither are more than WR3 at this point, but both are high risk, high reward plays against the Giants' dreadful secondary.