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Fantasy football advice, Week 2: Who to start for New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants

Dan Ciarrocchi reviews who needs to be in your fantasy lineup or on the bench for what could be another shootout for the ages.

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New York Giants

Start ‘em

The Giants fell victim to the clock-chewing Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, and didn’t rack up quite enough plays to support many viable fantasy options. In Week 2, they draw the New Orleans Saints, who they faced in a 101-point shootout in 2015. The Saints’ defense isn’t exactly revamped, allowing 35 points and 486 yards to the Raiders in Week 1. Needless to say, Odell Beckham, Jr. — and even Eli Manning — are must-starts in leagues of all formats. Sterling Shepard also warrants consideration as a WR2/WR3 in what should be a high-volume shootout.

Start ‘em?

Rashad Jennings emerged as the Giants’ clear leader in the backfield after being part of a nightmarish committee in 2015. He is a sneaky RB2 against a defense that just got roasted for 6.3 yards per carry against the Raiders. All eyes will be on the pass, but Jennings needs to be considered, too, as long as the Giants aren’t being forced to play catch-up. If that is the case, then Shane Vereen has appealing RB2 value as well, but in PPR formats.

Sit ‘em

Though Larry Donnell and Will Tye could feast on a weak secondary, they continue to get in the way of each other’s fantasy production as they battle for snaps. Victor Cruz is also too far down in the pecking order for targets despite catching a touchdown in his first action since 2014.

New Orleans Saints

Start ‘em

Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks were a match made in fantasy heaven in Week 1, highlighted by their 98-yard throw-and-catch for a score. Fantasy owners have to keep in mind that Brees isn’t playing in the confines of the Superdome, but he and Cooks still make for worthy starts on Sunday. The upside is always going to be there for this pair, but the floor may not be what it would be during a home game. Willie Snead has also played his way into flex consideration after a huge Week 1.

Start ‘em?

Mark Ingram found himself losing snaps to Travaris Cadet, as Cadet logged seven targets to Ingram’s two during Week 1’s contest. After the Giants stonewalled Ezekiel Elliott, Ingram could have tough sledding once again. However, the Giants could afford the luxury of keying in on the run with Dak Prescott under center — would they have a gameplan that dares Brees to throw the ball? I didn’t think so, either. Ingram presents RB2 value for Week 2, but his shared backfield with Cadet bears monitoring.

Sit ‘em

Michael Thomas isn’t yet worth putting into lineups, especially for a road contest. Coby Fleener should be started only in desperate situations after being invisible during Week 1’s high-scoring affair.