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Week 13 Game Recap: New York Giants 17, Oakland Raiders 24

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New York Giants

The Giants offense did not look much different under Quarterback Geno Smith. They struggled in pass protection and could not run the ball which left the bulk of the offense on the passing games shoulders. This is typical for the 2017 Giants. Smith had two costly fumbles, one in the redzone and this ultimately cost them the game/fantasy production. Fantasy owners do not need to worry about playing Engram as he found his way into the endzone again. Shepard was not as productive but this was Smith's first game as the starter, Shepard still warrants a play in PPR leagues as #3.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders offense had to make due without Amari Cooper (concussion and ankle injury) and Michael Crabtree (suspension) and were able to do just enough to beat the New York Giants. Derek Carr was lucky that two passes that should have been interceptions were dropped. He was able to move the offense efficiently with backups Cordarrelle Patterson, Seth Roberts and Clive Walford as his top targets. Marshawn Lynch broke off a 51-yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the game but was relatively quiet the rest of the day. His big run did allow him to reach 100 rushing yards for the first time this season.

New York Giants

QB Geno Smith, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 34 - 212 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0
Geno Smith had an average outing as he replaced Eli Manning this week against the Raiders. He had two very costly turnovers and could have had more as he failed to lead the Giants to a victory. Smith forced a pass on a curl route and was lucky that the defender did not pick it off as the coverage was tightly contested. He had no respectable running game to assist the passing attack and the pass protection was subpar, as it tends to be. Smith showed good mobility and escaped pressure on many occasions but he was rarely able to convert these scrambles into positive plays. He was decisive with the ball for the most part and stepped up in the pocket when he had to but rarely threw downfield. Smith was not afforded much time to survey the field and settled for short passes often. He fumbled the ball twice, one in the raiders redzone which was very costly for the Giants. Smith held onto the ball for slightly too long and his pass protection simply did not hold up as he got hit in the pocket. Smith showed some life towards the end of the game, however this was in garbage time. He hit Shepard on a seam route, placing the ball where only his receiver could get it and allowing him to pick up yards after the catch. Smith then found Engram in the back of the endzone after on a out'n'up play to somewhat salvage his stat line. The Giants offense remains flawed and showed the same problems we saw under Manning.

RB Orleans Darkwa, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 32 - 1, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (1 targets)
Orleans Darkwa could not get going against the Raiders on the ground at all and really had a low average per carry with almost no contribution to the running game. Darkwa has shown by now that he cannot carry this running game by any means and needs a lot of help to be effective. The Giants offensive line could not keep the Raiders off Darkwa when he got the handoff, meeting him at/near the line of scrimmage often. Darka was routinely tackled quickly and swarmed after his initial cut. He did manage to get into the endzone on a 1 yard carry at the goal line, walking in untouched off the right side but this was easily his biggest contribution. The Raiders were not giving Darkwa an inch and the Giants offensive line could do nothing to change this. Smith and the passing attack was not effective enough to keep the defense honest, allowing a run heavy defensive approach on early downs.

WR Tavarres King, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 23 - 0 (9 targets)
Tavarres King got his hands on a few short passes in this game, demonstrating he can do a little more than just run deep. He caught several balls on curl patterns, showing solid hands to secure the pass in tight coverage. He did draw a defensive pass interference call as he attempted to run downfield, which shows the respect that the defense has for his speed. King has a small frame as a receiver and excels at getting down the field in a hurry but the Giants could ill afford to throw deep for most of this game. He did a respectable job in his role but isn't anywhere close to being fantasy relevant. Engram and Shepard simply warrant more targets right now and King cannot compete with his position in the depth chart.

WR Sterling Shepard, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (6 targets)
Sterling Shepard wasn't highly involved in this offense as he has been dealing with injuries for most of the season. Shepard returned to grab only 3 balls but he made some impressive plays for his team. He had a terrific grab on a sideline pass near the endzone, leaping high to secure it and falling only 1 yard short of the goal line. Smith targeted him a corner route in the endzone later in the game but the pass was way off target. Shepard got an explosive catch & run down the middle on a seam route, making a terrific adjustment to a slightly off target pass before burning the defense for 47 yards. Shepard is a low end #3 receiver with the Giants offense in the state it is in but has upside in PPR leagues as he normally receives a lot of targets.

WR Roger Lewis, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Roger Lewis jr. had one catch for 9 yards on a curl route but looked invisible for the rest of the game. Lewis was targeted sparsely in this game and never looked to threaten the Raiders downfield. Smith rarely had time to look deep into the secondary and Lewis was just not a high priority for the Giants. He is not worth a fantasy play in any leagues.

TE Evan Engram, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 99 - 1 (8 targets)
Evan Engram had a strong game against the Raiders considering the flux that the offense finds itself in these days. Engram was a force over the middle and gave Geno Smith a reliable target to move the chains. He got many yards after the catch, showing his speed&quickness to explode down the field when given the chance. He was able to get wide open over the middle several times against the Raiders and punished any defensive lapses. Engram got into the endzone on an out'n'up play in the endzone for his score. Smith hit the tight end with a strong pass after he unravelled against the Raiders. Engram made an unbelievable one handed grab down the field on a seam route on the final drive, somehow controlling the ball with one arm outstretched into the air. He has the talent and consistency to be a top player every week for the Giants and has shown that in his rookie season, must play in fantasy as he has now shown he can produce with Manning & Smith at QB.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 36 - 287 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Carr’s numbers look solid but he made some questionable decisions that could have cost the Raiders the game. Carr got away with an ugly pass red zone in the direction of Jared Cook that should have been picked off. A defensive back undercut the route and had the ball bounce right off of his chest. He later airmailed a deep pass over the middle that should have been picked off. The Giants defensive back almost had time to signal for a fair catch on the awful throw and still dropped it. Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Johnny Holton over the middle for the game-winning score. While it wasn’t Carr’s best performance by any stretch, he does deserve some credit for leading his team to victory without his top two weapons, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

RB Marshawn Lynch, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 101 - 1, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Lynch started the game off with a bang. After taking the first two carries of the game for a total of 9 yards, Lynch broke through a big hole right up the middle on 3rd-and-1 and was off to the races for a 51-yard touchdown. The Giants defense answered the bell on their next short yardage opportunities against Lynch, however, With 3rd-and-1 near midfield, Lynch was stuffed. They tried again to convert on 4th down and Lynch was blown up for a loss. Lynch’s best play of the day was on a 3rd-and-7 reception. He caught the ball short and made a man miss in the open field to get the first down, then carried tacklers down the field to turn it into a big gain of 21 yards. It was a strong day overall for Lynch, who was finally able to break off a long gain.

RB DeAndre Washington, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 16 - 1
Washington ran through a big hole and then broke an arm tackle attempt at the 3-yard line to get into the end zone on a 9-yard touchdown.

RB Jalen Richard, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)
Richard had a tough time holding onto the ball. It looked like he may have fumbled after catching a short slant but the pass was ruled incomplete and the play wasn’t challenged. He also fumbled a punt that the Raiders were able to jump on to retain possession.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 97 - 0 (4 targets)
The second drive of the game for the Raiders resulted in a three-and-out but highlighted the many ways they wanted to get the ball into Patterson’s hands. First down, Patterson lined up at wide receiver and ran a reverse, that went for a short loss. Second down, he picked up a solid gain on a wide receiver screen. Third down, he lined up at running back next to Carr and took a shotgun handoff up the middle for a couple yards. Patterson was explosive after the catch, taking a quick screen for a gain of 15 yards. He also made the play of the game to setup the game-winning touchdown by taking a short catch and exploding down the sideline for a 59-yard gain before tripped up by his shoestrings inside the 10-yard line.

WR Seth Roberts, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 46 - 0 (6 targets)
Roberts had a productive day from the slot, with solid gains on a pair of slants and another decent gain on a crossing route. Roberts should have been credited with a 9-yard touchdown catch. It looked like he was able to get a knee down in the end zone while securing the pass but the play was ruled incomplete on the field and there wasn’t quite enough on review to overturn the call on the field, so the original call stood after review.

WR Johnny Holton, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 39 - 1 (7 targets)
Holton wasn’t able to bring in a deep ball down the right sideline that would have been a difficult grab along the sideline. On a third-and-4, he made a sweet move to defeat press coverage and get inside the defender to catch the slant. It looked like he might get loose for a long touchdown on the play but the defender was able to punch the ball loose as Holton sprinted past, resulting in a costly turnover. The next drive, Holton made up for the mistake with a sweet, spinning toe-tap catch along the sideline for a gain of 16 yards to setup a Raiders touchdown run on the next play. Holton scored the game-winning 9-yard touchdown with under four minutes to play. The Raiders confused the defense with a 3-man bunch formation to the left. Crisscrossing routes led to confusion and allowed Holton to gain separation on a slant route over the middle. He caught the ball and barely broke the plane before a big hit by Landon Collins popped the ball out.

TE Clive Walford, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 57 - 0 (4 targets)
Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree being out led to Jared Cook essentially playing as a wide receiver, which opened up playing time for Walford at tight end. He took advantage, making big catches down the seam and showing the above-average athleticism that caused some to peg him as a potential difference-maker earlier in his career.

TE Jared Cook, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (5 targets)
Cook had a tough day with a pair of drops. Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were both out, so Cook often lined up as an outside wide receiver matched up against a cornerback. Due to this, he wasn’t able to take advantage of mismatches against linebackers like he often does. Cook lined up out wide and beat the corner jam to get inside positioning on the slant route for a short catch. He dropped a short comeback route when lining up at wide receiver.