The Giants went into Houston and opened up a can on the Texans and served notice that they are a team to be reckoned with. Meanwhile Houston continues to underachieve despite having a ton of talent.
Matt Schaub: 16/34 for 196 yards with 0 TD’s and 1 INT. Those who drafted Schaub early in their fantasy football drafts believed they were getting a young passer on the cusp of greatness in one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Well right now Schaub has done nothing but clinch his spot on the fantasy football All Disappointment Team through five weeks. In fairness Schaub has been let down by the shoddy play of his offensive line (along with the suspension of LT Duane Brown) and the ankle injury to WR Andre Johnson. Still he is showing happy feet in the pocket and is not making good decisions. Stick with him as you are heavily invested here but look for a good backup in case this doesn’t get turned around.
Arian Foster: 11 carries for 25 yards along with 2 catches for 2 yards. Forter’s path straight into Cooperstown took a little detour as the Giants totally bottled him up. He had no room to run all day and for the first time this season didn’t secure any meaningful numbers for fantasy football owners. Stay the course here though as it was just one bad game.
Andre Johnson: 5 catches for 95 yards. Johnson was not himself here as he failed to catch a pass the entire first half. Still he managed to salvage a somewhat decent day on offense but no doubt the ankle injury is taking away some of his explosiveness. He is still the king however and hopefully will be feeling better next week.
Kevin Walter: 2 catches for 24 yards. Walter drives you nuts with his inconsistency which is why I never suggest using him as a starter. He will have a 10 catch game followed by a 2 catch game like he did here. Nothing more than a bench WR in my opinion.
Owen Daniels: 3 catches for 45 yards. Daniels showed some run-after-the-catch ability here which is a good sign that maybe his knee is finally responding but he too has been too inconsistent to trust right now. I do think he will get better as the season goes on though so if he has a big game next week, than by all means make the purchase.
Eli Manning: 27/42 for 297 yards with 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s. The picks are the only thing that stopping Eli from thrusting himself into the upper tier of fantasy football QB’s as he was zoned in all game. Manning has a terrible 8 interceptions but a lot of those were deflections. Still the two here were his fault as he has the habit of making dumb passes under pressure but overall Mannning is doing his thing for his owners.
Ahmad Bradshaw: 16 carries for 67 yards along with 3 catches for 22 yards. Bradshaw had an all right game but Brandon Jacobs is starting to eat into his carries some and he is still getting all the goal line work. Bradshaw is best left for PPR leagues than a TD heavy format for this reason.
Brandon Jacobs: 10 carries for 41 yards with 1 TD. As mentioned Jacobs is starting to get more work out of the backfield and is making do on the goal line work he is getting. He is only a TD heavy format option however and a weak one at that due to the inconsistent carries.
Hakeem Nicks: 12 catches for 130 yards with 2 TD’s. Wow has this guy taken the league by storm. I wrote in the preseason about how I liked Nicks’ chances of becoming a TD heavy format WR option but I never envisioned him being a PPR weapon to boot. Nicks is clicking on all cylinders with Eli Manning and he is looking like a WR 1 the rest of the way. Fantastic value all around for those who made the selection.
Steve Smith: 6 catches for 89 yards with 1 TD. Despite the explosion of Nicks, old reliable Steve Smith is still getting his looks and he even got into the end zone himself. Smith is a major PPR weapon but takes a small hit in TD heavy leagues. Still he is a top WR option on a team that is looking very explosive on offense right now.
Kevin Boss: 4 catches for 40 yards. Its easy to overlook Kevin Boss on this offense but the guy has great hands and is a nice over the middle option. He is not worth owning as a starter in most fantasy football leagues however and is best uses as an injury replacement.