WATO Thursday Night Preview by Matt Higgins 


New York Giants @ New England Patriots

41 Point Over/Under, NE -14

The 2nd grade tackle football team I coach just lost to the best team in the league 71-0.  We had 2 first downs and no defensive stops.  Still, there’s a chance the 2nd grade Spring Lake Park Panthers might put up a better fight this week than the New York Football Giants.  

They Giants are coming off a bad beat at home against the Vikings.  Also, they will be with out most of their offense.  Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Wayne Gallman will all miss this game.  That leaves the offense in the hands of Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, and something named John Hilliman or Eli Penny.  The Giants are going against the number one defense in football.  The Giants abandoned the run against the Vikings last week and the Patriots have only given up 6 runs over 10 yards all season.  

The Patriots are going against a defense on the ropes.  The Giants are giving up 130 yards a game on the ground and Sony “PS4” Michel finally showed signs of life last week.  The Giants are also 5th worst against the pass despite having some house-hold names in the secondary.  Phillip Dorsett is likely to miss the game leaving Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon as high upside fantasy plays this week.  


Edelman, Gordon, Michel, Brady with confidence.  

White and Burkhead if you need them. 

The story line for Golden Tate, as the last healthy man standing in garbage time, is a good one.  He is the only Giant we would consider this week, but he’s going against a team that hasn’t given up a passing touchdown all season and should only be viewed as a high upside play.  

Saquon Barkley (Ankle), Sterling Shepard (Concussion), Evan Engram (Knee), and Wayne Gallman (Concussion) ruled Out for the Giants.