The Ravens romped over Jacksonville last week, 40-14. Lamar Jackson needed just 17 completions to rack up 243 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for another touchdown and 35 yards on the ground. J.K. Dobbins gained 81 total yards while Gus Edwards gained 78. But it was Dobbins who saw five more carries and scored from two yards out. Marquise Brown caught six passes for 98 yards to continue his recent stretch of stellar play. Tight end Mark Andrews hauled in each of his five targets for 66 yards and a score. Miles Boykin also found the end zone, and Dez Bryant notched his first NFL touchdown since 2017.
The Giants were less mistake-prone with Colt McCoy starting at quarterback over the injured Daniel Jones, but they never really threatened the Browns in a 20-6 loss. New York squandered a couple of red-zone drives with questionable play calls and gained just 288 total yards. McCoy went 19-for-31 for 221 yards. Wayne Gallman paced the backfield with nine carries, but he was out-gained by Alfred Morris, 39-29. Wide receiver Darius Slayton caught four of nine targets for a team-high 74 receiving yards. Tight end Evan Engram posted a 4-46-0 line on seven targets.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Giants: #27 Overall — #27 offense, #19 defense, #11 special teams
Ravens: #10 Overall — #15 offense, #8 defense, #2 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Darius Slayton, WR, $3,800
Week 15 represented a bit of a bounce-back from Slayton, who had caught four passes for 45 yards in his last three games. It was encouraging to see the overly conservative McCoy take some downfield shots to Slayton; we hadn’t seen that between those two before in previous games. Those kinds of opportunities keep Slayton on the fantasy radar as a longshot option. His outlook would improve if Daniel Jones is the Giants’ starter since he’s more willing to take chances downfield to wideouts. Slayton is a feasible low-salary option against a Baltimore secondary that wasn’t able to stop the Browns’ or the Cowboys’ aerial attack in recent weeks.
Wayne Gallman, RB, $5,700
Gallman had been a very serviceable fantasy option going into last week; he had tallied double-digit DraftKings points in seven consecutive games. But last Sunday night, as the Giants fell behind early, he watched from the sidelines as Alfred Morris took some carries and Dion Lewis was present on passing downs. Baltimore’s run defense isn’t special, but the Giants likely won’t be playing ahead against the Ravens either, so Gallman should probably be sidelined in all fantasy formats.
Marquise Brown, WR, $5,700
“Hollywood” has shone bright over the past four weeks, registering at least 13 DraftKings points in each. He has seen 29 targets and an eye-popping 37.2 percent target share during that time. However, you might want to tread lightly with Brown here. For one, the Giants’ top cornerback, James Bradberry, is back from his one-game absence and will likely shadow Marquise, who is also dealing with some knee pain. Brown is still a fine pick if you need a ceiling play in your season-long lineup, but he’s not an overly appealing DFS buy.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, $6,200
The Giants’ run defense has quietly solid this year. Only two RBs have topped 90 rushing yards against them all year, none since Week 5. Nick Chubb had to really grind out 50 yards and a TD versus New York last week. So, this isn’t the best matchup for the rookie. He is Baltimore’s lead back, clearly and deservedly. However, Gus Edwards is still seeing 7-10 touches per week, including at least a couple of shots inside the 10-yard line. And you know Lamar is always around to steal goal-line looks. Dobbins is a fine RB2 right now, but be aware that he isn’t a totally safe play in cash games.