Week 7 kicked off with an NFC East clash between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, a game filled with punts and turnovers. No particular offensive player stood out until Daniel Jones’ 80-yard run, but after that point, the offenses were able to heat up and put together more drives, with multiple touchdowns following.
As always, this collection of fantasy reactions will include snap counts for skill players on each team along with notes on players who saw their fantasy stocks rise or fall during the action.
|New York Giants||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Darius Slayton – 55 snaps||Travis Fulgham – 78 snaps|
|Sterling Shepard – 46 snaps||Greg Ward – 77 snaps|
|Golden Tate – 28 snaps||DeSean Jackson – 39 snaps|
|Austin Mack – 12 snaps||John Hightower – 30 snaps|
|Alex Bachman – 1 snap||J.J. Arcega-Whiteside – 13 snaps|
|Evan Engram – 50 snaps||Richard Rodgers – 69 snaps|
|Kaden Smith – 36 snaps||Jason Croom – 9 snaps|
|Levine Toilolo – 9 snaps||Hakeem Butler – 1 snap|
|Wayne Gallman – 32 snaps||Boston Scott – 56 snaps|
|Dion Lewis – 15 snaps||Corey Clement – 18 snaps|
|Devonta Freeman – 12 snaps||Jason Huntley – 8 snaps|
|Total – 60 snaps||Total – 81 snaps|
Winner: WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
After missing the last few games through injury, Shepard was elevated to the active roster hours before the game and played a big role in the New York offense. He may not have received the playing time he would have had he been practicing and fully healthy, but he still saw significant snaps. He ended up leading the Giants in targets, receptions and receiving yards at eight, six and 59, respectively. He was dropped in plenty of leagues because of his injury, but he should be picked up if he is available.
Waiver Wire Target: TE Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have suffered several injuries at the tight end position, which has pushed Rodgers to the top of the depth chart. Rodgers ended up playing the vast majority of snaps and led Philadelphia in yards with 85. He saw eight targets on the night, the second-most among his teammates, and he caught six of those passes.
Next week, the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed 14.3 fantasy points per game to tight ends. In three weeks, the Eagles have a rematch against the Giants. He can be a borderline starter in those games as long as none of the injured tight ends return.
Injury: WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson played in the first three games of the season but has been absent due to a hamstring strain for the last three weeks. The Eagles eased him into action tonight, as he was on the field for roughly half of the snaps.
The Eagles are typically a team that uses two-TE sets at one of the highest rates in the league, but due to injury, they ended up playing with three wide receivers for the vast majority of the time. Jackson took to the field for over half of those three-receiver sets, while John Hightower took the remainder of those snaps.
This, of course, was before Jackson was forced to leave the game due to a fourth-quarter hit on a punt return. He was helped off the field with a leg injury. If Jackson were to miss even more time, Hightower would return to an every-down role, unless one of their other injured wide receivers was ready to return.
Injury: RB Devonta Freeman, New York Giants
Freeman left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. The Giants were losing the time of possession battle during the first half, so Freeman only ended up playing 12 snaps.
In that time, he ran three times for 8 yards, and his sole target fell incomplete. In the second half, Wayne Gallman played over 80% of the early downs and 37.5% of third downs. He ran for 34 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown while also catching five passes for 20 yards. If Freeman were to miss time with injury, Gallman would be the back to pick up. The Giants have a tough schedule for running backs going forward, so he would typically be a high-end RB3.