Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul Won't Play Vs. Bears: Fantasy Implications

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants during the second quarter during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will not play Friday against Chicago after missing practice Wednesday because of back spasms. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul will be held out of Friday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Pierre-Paul didn't practice Wednesday because of back spasms. Head coach Tom Coughlin described the decision as precautionary.

Analysis: Pierre-Paul was one of the most explosive defensive players in the NFL last season and is a consensus elite fantasy DE in IDP leagues. Among those likely most pleased by the decision not to play Pierre-Paul on Friday are the Chicago Bears offensive linemen, who have struggled to protect the quarterback in the preseason. Pierre-Paul finished last season with 16.5 sacks. As long a this is precautionary, owners in IDP leagues should expect Pierre-Paul to be the first defensive lineman selected. As a team defense, the Giants are a good start most weeks because of the pressure they put on the quarterback. There is no reason to adjust their ranking at this time.

For more on the Giants check out SB Nation New York and Big Blue View.

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