September 12, 2022, 12:20 pm
Final score: Giants 21, Titans 20 (Giants covered +5.5, U 44)
After a first half goose egg, the Giants shocked the Titans by outscoring them 21-7 in the second half to steal one on the road. The Giants defensive front impressively held Derrick Henry to under 4.0 yards per carry, while their own running back exploded to lead all Sunday runners in rushing yards. It was a bit of a mess in both teams’ receiving ranks that created way more questions than it answered for fantasy managers.
Despite some surprisingly good accuracy (80% completion) from Daniel Jones (188-2-1 passing, 6-25-0 rushing), he was still characteristically mistake-prone with both a fumble lost and interception thrown. It’s clear given the mess within the receiving depth chart that Brian Daboll wants to lean heavily on the ground game, where Jones doesn’t have enough of a floor to even cushion the drag his passing numbers will be. He’s off superflex radars except for the most desperate Dak Prescott owners in the deepest leagues.
The Saquon Barkley (18-164-1 rushing, 6-30-0 receiving) redemption truthers got a huge shot in the arm in Week 1, as Barkley ran wild over the Titans to spark their huge second half comeback. Any skeptics of Barkley warranting a first-round pick in fantasy drafts point to his supporting cast rather than his own individual talent, but it didn’t really matter that his QB turned the ball over twice and his receivers were mediocre. Barkley’s 24 touches should be a regular occurrence moving forward, and Daboll is too smart an offensive mind to not rest his fate on the shoulders of his best offensive player.
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