Whether you like it or not, this Thursday night game between the Giants and Eagles will be a chalky affair. Together, we will witness two one-win teams fight for a shot at first place in the NFC East. Both teams lean heavy on their playmakers, at least the few they have. Both are suffering from injuries to key players that have set them back this season. Neither have looked good.
So, while the chalk flies, here are some alternative options that could help separate you from the pack. These are not the plays that are easy to suggest. They come with risk. But, as we have seen so far with both of these squads, every player is a risk. What you need to decide is which risks you are willing to take.
As always, the players below are not meant to be considered a “core four.” These are simply players to consider as you are building your lineups. Play one, play them all, it is entirely up to you. Our job is to help you see the reasoning behind selecting these players and how they can help you win. We wish you luck on your DraftKings Thursday Night Showdown Picks Giants vs Eagles.
Richard Rodgers – Captain $7,500; Flex $5,000 TE Philadelphia
Zack Ertz has already been ruled out for Thursday night. This bumps up the value for Rodgers quite nicely. While he is not Ertz, he will be the beneficiary of a fair share of targets. Last week, Ertz saw a full quarter of Carson Wentz’s pass attempts. In fact, the tight end position for the Eagles saw a total of 14 targets out of a total 40 attempts. Even accounting for the fact that he probably won’t see the same volume, getting more looks makes Rodgers intriguing.
Richard Rodgers, TE1: pic.twitter.com/3xwBpELGcD
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) October 20, 2020
In relief of Ertz, Rodgers caught all three of his targets for 31 yards. With that kind of effectiveness, we hope Philly has schemed to get him more involved against the Giants. Last week New York surrendered a similar line to Logan Thomas. The only difference was that Thomas was able to find the endzone. The possibility for Rodgers to cash in on his low price opens up the highly priced chalk plays. Should he find his way to a score, you stand a great chance of taking down your tournament.
Graham Gano – Captain $5,400; Flex $3,600 K New York
With both quarterbacks priced just above the $10k mark, value is a must. Given the painfully low 43.5 point over/under for this game, kicking points will likely come into play. Out of the two kickers in this contest, Gano has the edge. He has made more field goals than Jake Elliot has attempted this season and has yet to miss on an extra point attempt. That is not saying much though, as he hasn’t had to attempt that many.
The Giants offense has been unable to consistently get deep enough penetration into opposing territory this season. At least four times they have relied on Gano to connect from outside of 50 yards. He has come through each time they have asked. Neither defense is good in this game, but then again, neither offense is equipped to exploit this. Expect drives to stall and field goals to be the driving force. He costs next to nothing, but could account for a majority of the offense for the Eagles.
Kaden Smith – Captain $3,000; Flex $2,000 TE New York
Last week against Washington, Daniel Jones attempted only 19 passes, his lowest tally this season. Of those 19, three of them were directed towards Smith. To put this in some perspective, star tight end Evan Engram saw just as many. Of the two, Smith caught all of his. We expect this game to be low scoring and close, much like what the Giants saw against the Football Team. This should lead to a similar game script, putting Smith in play.
With most of the offense running through Devonta Freeman at this point, finding pass catchers to trust other than Darius Slayton is difficult. You can slide Smith into a few of your multi-entry lineups for some spice and some salary relief. With him holding down the value spot on your roster, you can get creative everywhere else with ease.
John Hightower – Captain $1,800; Flex $1,200 WR Philadelphia
#Eagles HC Doug Pederson talked about watching young players improve and seeing them bounce back from adversity – great example here with John Hightower. Really tough drop on the opening drive … rebounds later when given another chance. Gotta let the young guys grow pic.twitter.com/IuxZOu87mj
— Fran Duffy (@EaglesXOs) October 19, 2020
As cliche as it is, it’s Travis Fulgham’s world, all the other Eagles pass catchers are just living in it. With that said Hightower finds himself in the “others receiving votes,” category. Last week he saw his highest yardage total of the season on just one catch. Late in the game, he contributed to one of Philadelphia’s scores with a 50-yard grab. He showed some of his breakaway speed by slipping past Marlon Humphrey undetected for the catch. Even though the throw from Wentz was on the money, a better throw would have surely led to six. We know all the attention is on his dropped pass early in the game. But, we take comfort in the fact that he wasn’t completely shunned after that. Hightower boasts about the lowest floor you will find on the slate. That said, his ceiling can make you happy you bought the house.