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What to do with Darius Slayton, Cody Latimer in Week 6 fantasy football

The Giants are short-handed in Week 6, which opens the door for some young options at wide receiver. We break down the fantasy implications for Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer vs. the Patriots.

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton during warm up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are in for a punishing loss to the New England Patriots, but the upside to an ugly loss is a chance for garbage time in the passing game. The Patriots defense is solid, but if they slip late and you’re stuck starting some Giants on your fantasy football team, it might actually end up paying off.

That being said, the Giants offensive players you have on your fantasy team might not be playing. Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have all been ruled out. Golden Tate will be the Giants No. 1 receiver, Darius Slayton will be the No. 2 guy, and Cody Latimer will get work in their three-receiver sets.

Tate returned from his suspension last week, but Slayton was the team’s leading pass catcher. He had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Two weeks prior he had three receptions for 82 yards, so there might be something to build on with Slayton.

Latimer has done next to nothing in his time with the Giants. He had six receptions for 104 yards in the first two weeks, but was inactive with a concussion in Week 3, and did not produce in Weeks 4 or 5.

Fantasy football analysis, Giants WRs Darius Slayton, Cody Latimer

None of the Giants wide receivers is a great start in this game. Golden Tate is the No. 1 option, so if you need a receiver from this bunch he’s your guy. He only had three receptions for 13 yards in his first game back, but he should be able to build on that in Week 6.

Slayton has shown some signs in two of the past three weeks, including a decent performance against Minnesota. It’s hard to get too excited about him, but there are worse options out there. The same cannot be said for Cody Latimer. It’s hard to see any reason for giving him a shot this season until he proves otherwise.

Start/Sit recommendation

Darius Slayton: Highly shaky start
Cody Latimer: Sit