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Big Blue Report - My Big Blue Fantasy - Week 6

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My Big Blue Fantasy - Week 6

Boy does it feel good to predict the future.  If you read this column last week, you saw how I predicted a breakout game for WR Rueben Randle.  My boy finished with six receptions for 82 yards, which in a PPR league is 14 points!  Not too shabby as your flex or sub WR to cover a bye week player last week.  One of last week's waiver-wire darlings, WR Domenik Hixon, even had 10 points though I'm sure his owners expected more.  This week is the hardest to predict so far this season.  The G-Men have to fly across country and play a team that's hell-bent on revenge.  Oh yeah, they also happen to be the best team in the NFC with a good, efficient offense that can score to go along with a stifling defense.  Finally, two key players on last year's Super Bowl winning offense are there giving away as many secrets as they can.  An incredibly daunting task, no?  In this type of game, either the Giants will keep it close or you'll succeed through Garbage Points.

FULL STEAM AHEAD:

QB Eli Manning- I'm going to stand pat on my edict that you continue to start Eli until further notice unless you're the 1% that have one of the killer B's (Brees, Brady) or Aaron Rodgers with Mr. ELIte. Unless they fall behind earlier and have to play catch-up, temper your expectations this week.  In a close game, hope for a TD or two, even one on the ground and hope that he doesn't lose points from interceptions or fumbles.  Worse-case scenario, you're a Giants fan too and you take a bit of solace with 30+ points, many of which came through garbage time while being kicked in the rear.

WR Victor Cruz- With the possibility of Hakeem Nicks returning, that should open up some passing lanes for Cruz.  But again, don't forget about the Niners' D.  While probably your #1 WR on your team, expect numbers more of a WR 2 or 3 this week, maybe more receptions and yards than TD's in a PPR league.

K Lawrence Tynes-  Again the theme of the day surrounds the Niners great defense.  That being said, I see more opportunities for Tynes to kickers' field day with the Giants' O finding it hard do get in the end zone at times.  I remember a certain NFC Championship Game where it was nothing but field goals.


CAUTION TO THE WIND:

WR Hakeem Nicks- OK, so the last time Nicks was coming back from injury, I forecasted for his owners to be cautious because we didn't know how much or how well Nicks was going to play.  He only went out and threw a bomb into that theory and went on to have 200 yards receiving against the Panthers.  While I am still giving the same cautionary tale now, I feel more confident that he won't have another monster game because they're playing the Niners.  At the time of this writing, Friday afternoon, he is listed as Questionable.  Start him on your teams if you must, but be sure to have an immediate back-up plan i.e. another WR or Flex starter available who's either playing at 4:15, that night or on Monday Night Football.  If he does play, I foresee numbers similar to that of Hixon last week.

WR Domenik Hixon-  Only a decent play IF Nicks is OUT.  Also keep in mind that WR Ramses Barden is Probable so he might snag some catches from Hixon as well.

TE Martellus Bennett- Be VERY careful here.  First of all, he is playing hurt after suffering a hyper-extended knee last week against the Browns.  Secondly, his targets are down the past couple of weeks after a thunderous start of the season.  Lastly, once again, that Niners D!!!!!  Now, of course, after stating the obvious, watch Bennett go out and have 6 catches for 115 yards and 2 TD's.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- The very effective, yet somewhat brittle Bradshaw is coming off a 200 yard rushing game.  I'd feel a lot more comfortable if he was following up that great performance against a weaker rush defense.  He insists the Giants running game has a few tricks up there sleeve.  I'm going to put him in this level for Week #6.  Start him if you must but certainly don't expect a huge game.  I see about 60-70 yards with a TD.

ICEBERG'S STRAIGHT AHEAD :

RB David Wilson-  Great opportunity, after scoring his first NFL TD while showing everyone his pure speed with fellow back Andre Brown out, but against the wrong opponent. (see above, Niners Defense).  If he's available on your waiver wire, jump on him now.

WR's Ramses Barden & Rueben Randle-  BOTH came up big when needed to replace their injured brothers and are destined to do bigger things before the season is over.  Just not this week.


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