New York Giants @ New England Patriots
Final: NE 35-14
Spread: NE -17
The fact that this game was ever tied at 14 is crazy. The Giants were missing their top four offensive skill players in this one, but once again, the Patriots defense took this game over, picking Daniel Jones off three times and scoring two touchdowns, three if we include one on special teams. The Pats picked up 27 first downs to the Giants ten, and possessed the ball for 39 minutes compared to 20 for the Giants. It’s been talked about all week, but it’s really hard to trust many skill position players for the Patriots in fantasy football.
Tom Brady - Brady didn’t throw any touchdowns, but he threw for 334 yards and scored twice on the ground as well, ending up with 22 fantasy points. Brady completed passes to eight different people which has become a theme of his, which makes a lot of his pass catchers and skill position players unreliable. Brady has a string of really ideal match-ups coming up, and he could be considered a QB1 in all of them.
Golden Tate - We kind of figured Tate would be the Giants' primary receiver on Thursday without Evan Engram , Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley active and that was exactly what happened. Tate caught a 64-yard touchdown for the bulk of his yards, but he caught six-of-nine targets for 102 yards and that one score. Tate’s production will likely drop off when the Giants star offensive players come back, but he’s not the worst WR3/FLEX going forward.
Julian Edelman - It was a big week for Edelman, but that had a lot to do with the fact that Josh Gordon left this contest, and Rex Burkhead and Phillip Dorsett sat out with injuries. Edelman had his second straight 100-plus yard receiving game. He’s the Pats number one receiver, but there are so many different options in New England that could take away from his production. He’s now had three games of seven plus receptions over his last four, which is super consistent. He’s a solid WR2 on a weekly basis.
Patriots D/ST - The Patriots defense is actually insane. INSANE. They scored another two touchdowns in Week 6, picking Daniel Jones off three times while recovering a fumble as well, putting together 28 points. This is the fifth time over six games in which they’ve scored 14-plus points. They’re obviously the number one fantasy defense in all of the land and can be deployed each and every week as such.
Daniel Jones - This shouldn’t surprise anyone considering how dominant the Pats defense has been, but Jones threw three interceptions and only had 161 yards passing. Jones was only able to complete passes to five pass catchers and passes not thrown to Golden Tate went for only 59 yards. Jones hasn’t had a blow up since the Tampa Bay game and is nothing more than a QB2 at this point.
Josh Gordon - Gordon left this game after a quarter and some change, catching his lone target for seven yards. The Patriots seemingly dodged a bullet considering Gordon’s knee injury is not serious. The positive for Gordon’s Week 7 status is that the Patriots played Thursday, giving him extra time to heal. He’s nothing more than a FLEX option if you have a couple players on bye weeks if he’s active going forward.