The Atlanta Falcons host the New York Giants in a Week 15 matchup that has key playoff implications. The Falcons can wrap up homefield advantage with a win and losses from both the Packers and 49ers, while the Giants look to get a cushion in the NFC East lead. There are a lot of matchups to like here for the fantasy semifinals. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.
New York Giants
The big story this week is David Wilson. Ahmad Bradshaw is out with a foot injury, so the explosive rookie will get the first start of his career. He racked up 327 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns last week and has home-run ability from anywhere in the field. Fantasy owners should be excited to see what he can do with 20+ touches.
Eli Manning broke out of his slump with four touchdowns last week. On the other hand, it was against the slump-busting Saints defense, so Atlanta will be a much bigger test to see if he's "back". At WR, Victor Cruz is a no-brainer start, but Hakeem Nicks is still hobbled by a knee injury and probably won't be 100% for the rest of the season. He's going to be a risky play for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
Roddy White didn't practice and is questionable with a knee injury, but he's expecting to play. White hasn't missed a single game in his career and I don't expect him to start now. He and Julio Jones are easy WR1 plays against New York's vulnerable defense. Matt Ryan is 68 yards away from the 4,000 mark and is also a no-brainer start.
The running game is the big weakness here, and could haunt the Falcons in the playoffs. Michael Turner is not a "Burner' anymore, and his goal-line touchdowns are the only thing keeping him on the fantasy radar.