Thursday Night Football is just around the corner, and this week’s matchup between the struggling New York Giants and the much improved Chicago Bears holds plenty of fantasy value. Regardless of the struggles the Giants have faced this year, they still have players with plenty of fantasy value. The Giants weak defense provides plenty of potential fantasy breakouts in the Bears offense as well.
Eli Manning- Three of Eli Manning’s last five games have resulted in him throwing for three or more interceptions. Until Eli can prove that he can throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a game, keep him on your bench, especially against a potent Bears defense.
Da’Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs- Tuesday’s news reported that Giants running back David Wilson will miss Thursday’s game with the Chicago Bears due to a neck injury. For those fantasy owners who read this and immediately went to claim backups Da’Rel Scott and/or Brandon Jacobs, do not throw them into your starting lineup. The two will split carries Thursday and the Bears possess the 13th best rush defense in the league.
Matt Forte- Chicago’s Matt Forte is having a spectacular season this year and for those fantasy owners who have him in PPR leagues, he’s been nothing short of a stud. While his rushing numbers have not been spectacular, he does have three rushing touchdowns on the season and has recorded at least 4 receptions in each game. His ability to be a threat in the passing game will cause many headaches for the struggling New York defense.
Alshon Jeffery- Bears second year receiver Alshon Jeffery has come on very strong as of late. With his stellar performance in Week 5, he’s already surpassed his 2012 receiving yardage total with 429 yards through the air.
Jeffery will be vying for his third straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and one touchdown. With the Giants focusing more on fellow receiver Brandon Marshall, expect Jeffery to have a strong fantasy performance during Week 6.
Victor Cruz- While quarterback Eli Manning’s performance has been dreadful this season, Victor Cruz has had quite a year so far. Through his first five games, he’s recorded 473 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not to mention that he has three games with more than 115 yards this season.
The Chicago Bears have given up an average of 278.4 yards per game this season, so expect Cruz to be one of the few bright spots for the Giants offense this week.