Fantasy Football: Top Players to Start in N.F.L. Week 14


Alex Smith of the Chiefs had one of the most impressive quarterback outings of the season last weekend, totaling 37.6 standard fantasy points (366 yards, four touchdowns). Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

If there is one N.F.L. team worthy of being compared to an unmitigated trash fire, it’s hard to argue against the Giants.

Their transgressions have been well documented, and if you built your fantasy football team around players who were thought to be key fantasy football contributors heading into the season — Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Paul Perkins, to name a few — you know better than most.

No matter how dysfunctional an N.F.L. team is, there’s potential for fantasy value on any team in any given matchup. But when it comes to the Giants, there’s very little there.

Eli Manning is set to return at starting quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys, a development with little fantasy relevance other than making the Giants’ receiving options slightly more attractive (though Geno Smith would disagree).

Sterling Shepard, the last Giants starting receiver standing, still finds himself on this week’s injury report, with a hamstring injury. If he is unable to play Sunday, that leaves only the rookie tight end Evan Engram as a startable fantasy option for Big Blue.

Source: The New York Times