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Week 12 Game Recap: New York Giants 22, Philadelphia Eagles 25

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New York Giants

Eli Manning left points on the table and could have had a better fantasy game, although a few calls also went against him. Saquon Barkley dominated the first half and was barely heard from in the second half. Odell Beckham wasn't used enough as a downfield receiver and he was held on one red zone target while a second was intercepted. Evan Engram hurt his hamstring in warmups and missed a chance for a huge game against a weak Eagles defense.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles secured a critical divisional win against the Giants. While Carson Wentz and the passing game made enough plays to balance the offense, Josh Adams was the story with his much-needed power run game addition. Since Jay Ajayi’s injury the Eagles lacked the big feature back presence and Adams has been the closest representation in recent weeks. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert combined for 12 targets, 43% of the team total as Nelson Agholor eroded to invisible status with a single target.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 37 - 297 - 1 TD / 1 INT
Manning’s stats were acceptable in this game, but there was a lot more there against a weak pass defense. He had time to throw on most dropbacks, but looked frozen in the headlights when he didn’t. The Giants focused on short passing and Manning only took a few shots downfield to Odell Beckham. He did make a few third and long plays and made good throws on extended plays when he wasn’t pressured. Manning missed a two point throw to Elijhaa Penny, a potential touchdown to Saquon Barkley in tight coverage, and threw an interception at the goal line into double coverage intended for Beckham to limit his fantasy upside. He did use his full array of receivers and overcame some offensive penalties, but stalled out too often in the second half as the Giants were nursing a lead. On the final scoring drive, it’s possible Odell Beckham was held in the end zone on what could have been a go-ahead score to further hold down Manning’s fantasy output. He is still competent under ideal conditions, but rarely adds value heading into a tough matchup with the Bears.

RB Saquon Barkley, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 101 - 1, Rec: 7 - 41 - 1 (8 targets)
Barkley dominated in the first half with more hard-nosed runs inside, too much speed for the Eagles defense to handle, and lots of passing game contributions. He also showed his typical elusiveness in the open field and generally gave the Eagles fits. He scored on a long run and a short reception, but was also stuffed on first and second and goal runs and covered well on a third and goal target to keep him from having an even bigger day. Barkley was barely heard from in the second half as the Giants offense lost its way for a few drives.

RB Wayne Gallman, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 25 - 0, Rec: 2 - -2 - 0 (2 targets)
Gallman got some work to spell Barkley and displayed a good burst through the hole on his carries. He was also effective on a sharp cut to get a first down later in the game. He could have a big gain on a reception if Malcolm Jenkins didn’t get a shoestring tackle.

WR Odell Beckham, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 85 - 0 (9 targets)
Beckham was underutilized against a ragtag Eagles secondary. He showed an undeniable acceleration in his routes and on a few short receptions, and easily got free for a deep reception early in the game. He was targeted in the end zone twice. Once was into double coverage and behind him and ended up intercepted an on the other he was likely held. Manning also missed him on a short throw right before the interception. Beckham did have a big third down catch in the second half but could have had a much bigger impact on this game.

WR Sterling Shepard, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (6 targets)
Shepard was mostly used in the short passing game. He was fast after the reception to tack on some yardage, but overall was quiet in this game. He did have a short catch in the red zone and got open in the middle of the field for a nice gain, but he wasn’t able to make a fantasy impact despite the good matchup.

TE Rhett Ellison, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 77 - 0 (6 targets)
Ellison was repeatedly left open by the Eagles in a good sign for tight ends facing Philadelphia in upcoming weeks. He did have one pass sail through his hands, but had a few long catch and runs, including one at a key juncture in the fourth quarter. He could have some value as a streamer if Engram is out for a multiple games.

TE Evan Engram
Engram hurt his hamstring in warmups and missed the game, but the team did not announce this until after the game started.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 28 - 236 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0
Wentz played a clean game without turnovers and led a comeback from an early 19-3 deficit for the home win against the Giants. Wentz was pressured in key moments with three drives, two in field goal range, ending with sacks. Wentz was also stuffed on a third-down read option leading to a field goal. Two of Wentz’s best throws came into small windows to Golden Tate, but Wentz was a relative non-factor in the Eagles’ win as the team shifted to a run-centric offense for the first time in weeks with success. The critical gauntlet of games continues next week against Washington.

RB Josh Adams, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 84 - 1 (1 targets)
Adams was reported to be given more opportunity as the feature back against the Giants this week and the result was exactly that. Adams was stuffed on a number of rushing attempts, but collected 22 carries, the clear leader for the Eagles’ backfield. Adams’ best runs were with quality blocking and when he could build up momentum; when his feet stop, generally the play stops. Adams showed above-average speed to the edge and reversing his field on two notable chunk gains. Adams’ highlight sequence was willing the Eagles for a touchdown with multiple runs down to the goal line, converting the short touchdown, and then adding the two-point conversion as the Eagles tied the game. Beyond the box score, Adams went untouched for a long touchdown on his opening carry of the game, but was called back by a holding penalty. With Corey Clement a clear secondary option, Adams has established himself as the lead back going forward.

RB Corey Clement, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 45 - 0, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)
Clement was highly efficient on seven touches against the Giants, surpassing 70 total yards. Clement’s highlight on the ground was an untouched third-down draw play gaining more than 30 yards, adding a broken tackle on a screen play for more than 20 yards. Clement converted a two-play play with a perimeter run, but was the clear second back to the rising Josh Adams entrenching himself as the starter.

WR Golden Tate, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (8 targets)
Tate saw 29% of the Eagles targets, but did little with them against the Giants. Tate was stuffed on two short receptions, including a third-down slot screen, a bread-and-butter opportunity for Tate during his career. Tate added a drop to his struggles but his highlight play was a great catch over the middle on the receiving end of a laser Carson Wentz pass into coverage. Tate has seen a promising 16 targets over the past two games, but the big plays have eluded him since joining Philadelphia.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 39 - 0 (3 targets)
Jeffery was a distant fourth on the team in targets against the Giants, but did draw a defensive pass interference penalty and have a high point reception called back by penalty. All of Jeffery’s targets were of the short variety and his lone big-play opportunity was on his own accord with yards-after-catch following a hitch reception. With Zach Ertz and Golden Tate funneled targets, Jeffery’s status in the Eagles’ pecking order was concerning this week. Jeffery has not surpassed 50 receiving yards in four straight games. Washington offered an exploitable matchup in Week 13.

TE Zach Ertz, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 91 - 1 (8 targets)
After Ertz’s most disappointing game of the season in Week 11, Ertz was back to feature status against the Giants. Ertz was active from the slot, including a high-point catch on a deep out and corralling a low pass. Ertz’s touchdown was a product of after-the-catch acumen, breaking a tackle near the goal line to convert the score. Dallas Goedert was active early in the game, but had not effect on Ertz’s strong target share and bounce-back performance.

TE Dallas Goedert, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (4 targets)
Goedert has been near-invisible since the arrival of Golden Tate to the Eagles’ passing game. Goedert resurfaced this week against the Giants with four targets (after four targets combined over the past three games), converting three of them into catches. All of Goedert’s receptions were close to the line of scrimmage, including a screen for a chunk gain, and Goedert did not see any touchdown opportunities. Outside of a Zach Ertz injury, Goedert’s passing game role will highly volatile from week to week.