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Week 16 Game Recap: New York Giants 41, Washington Redskins 35


What you need to know

New York Giants

1. Jones had excellent pass protection and the Giants offensive line dominated up front. This allowed Barkley to excel on the ground too.

2. It took a long time for Barkley finally looks like the 2018 version. Perhaps it was the ankle finally healing, perhaps it was the Redskins porous defense but fantasy owners were delighted.

3. The Redskins defense blew many assignments and this gave the Giants many big plays down the field.

Washington Redskins

Dwayne has showed some positive progression the last few weeks of the season. Although against mediocre competition it is still a pleasure to see the quarterback take some steps forward and show he has potential. Hopefully he isn't injured badly because a healthy offseason is much needed. Once they get Derrius Guice healthy it will be interesting to see how the offense looks with Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Derrius Guice. Everything for Washington will ride on how the organization decides to develop and prioritize the progression of their franchise quarterback.

New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 42 - 352 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0
Daniel Jones was completing passes all over the field against the Redskins who were powerless at times to stop him. Jones had good pass protection on many of his throws and he was patient in the pocket, allowing his receivers to uncover and give them extra time. The dominant rushing attack on the ground also aided Jones who kept the defense guessing as he spread the ball very well. He found Shepard wide open on a go route for a score down the sideline, simply heaving a pass towards the pylon which was slightly under thrown but it did not matter. Jones didn't scramble that much and mostly moved around the pocket to set up throws down the field on the run. The defense did not cover Barkley on a long developing seam route and Jones hit him for a long touchdown. He did miss Slayton on a deep out pattern but this did not bother him. Jones was able to pick receivers over the middle and keep the Giants moving throughout the game. His next touchdown was on a short out route by Latimer who was then able to turn it up-field and score in the redzone. Jones scored shortly afterwards again, finding Smith who the Redskins clearly had missed an assignment on as he was wide open. He showed excellent accuracy and touch hitting Tate just before he ran out of bounds on a deep out to keep the Giants going downfield late. Jones scored the final touchdown in overtime which was a simple slant pattern over the middle to his tight end. The Redskins defense was poor and left many receivers uncovered but Jones was able to make them pay, which is a great sign for the rookie.

RB Saquon Barkley, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 189 - 1, Rec: 4 - 90 - 1 (4 targets)
Saquon Barkley was spectacular on Sunday and completely dominated the Redskins as he ran all over them. Barkley got big play after big play and helped completely transform field position for the Giants after just one play at times. He was spinning away from contact and slipping out of the grasp of the first defender all game long. Barkley exploded down the sideline early in this game as the Redskins defenders did not cover the edge well, allowing the Giants to easily seal it and this opened up a massive running lane. Barkley found another massive sealed edge on the right side, which he was able to exploit down the field and jump over the goal line for the score. The Redskins defense blew coverage on him on a seam route and he was wide open for a deep seam route touchdown play. Barkley could have had a second rushing touchdown in overtime on a speedy run outside but was tackled out of bounds one yard shy of the endzone. He is very dangerous in the open field and really punishes defensive lapses, of which there was plenty on Sunday.

WR Golden Tate, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 96 - 0 (11 targets)
Golden Tate had an uncharacteristic drop on the sideline early in this game but shook this off to be the Giants leading receiver. Tate is a tough football player and didn't go down easy. He fought hard after the catch and routinely made the extra effort to secure the first down. He then got wide open on a deep post route and secured the pass for a big first down. Tate made a terrific catch along the sideline, timing his break perfectly and doing well to keep his feet in bounds on a broken play. Tate almost hauled in the Hail Mary attempt from Jones as time was expiring late in the game, though he would likely been tackled in the field of play before scoring. He has shown he still has plenty left in the tank throughout his season with the Giants. Tate always shows he has the speed to get downfield and the toughness to fight for catches in traffic over the middle, a really dependable receiver who can be a threat all over the field.

WR Sterling Shepard, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 76 - 1 (6 targets)
Sterling Shepard started off the game with a bang and a touchdown but somewhat got forgotten afterwards. He was wide open on a go route down the sideline early on. The pass was far from perfect but Shepard had so much room to work with that he easily scored. Shepard got some more work over the middle and kept involved here and there. He has excellent chemistry with Jones and his hands are incredible reliable. Shepard typically doesn't break big plays down the field for touchdowns. He is more of a possession receiver with agility and hands to cause problems over the middle. Shepard secured several first downs in this role as the game progressed on curl/drag routes. Jones spread the ball so much that Shepard had to share the targets with his teammate.

WR Cody Latimer, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 44 - 1 (7 targets)
Cody Latimer didn't register too many catches but he made them count and even managed to get into the endzone. Latimer almost scored on a deep out pattern but the pass was batted down at the last second as the defender was just able to get to it. It didn't matter as he scored shortly afterwards. Latimer secured a slant pattern outside in the redzone before turning up-field and squeezing between several defenders for the touchdown. Latimer had several more catches, mostly on slant plays to take advantage of soft coverage and he did what was asked of him well. Latimer has too many receivers to compete with to be a reliable fantasy starter but will have the odd touchdown here and there.

WR Darius Slayton, 20 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Darius Slayton did not register a single catch as Daniel Jones looked elsewhere against Washington. He was wide open on an out route but his quarterback missed him with a bad ball. Slayton could do little else as Barkley and company destroyed the Redskins defense. It was his teammates day to shine and Slayton will have to wait his turn, fantasy production at receiver is difficult to predict in this giants offense. Slayton has been typically boom or bust, clearly bust on a day like this.

TE Kaden Smith, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 35 - 2 (8 targets)
Kaden Smith really contributed well on Sunday and came up with two crucial touchdowns. He started off with a short screen pass that went for few yards, speed and agility isn't his best asset as a player. Smith was wide open in the endzone and settled in a soft spot to provide an easy throwing lane for Jones for the score. Smith scored again on a simple slant pattern over the goal line and secured it while he boxed out the defender for a second touchdown. He showed very dependable hands, catching a lot of balls in traffic and over the middle. Smith also has good chemistry with Jones and can read the soft spot in zone coverage when given time. Somewhat unreliable as a every week fantasy starter, he's worth a flyer due to the touchdown potential.


Washington Redskins

QB Case Keenum, 35 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 22 - 158 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 1
Case Keenum had to fill in for Dwayne Haskins as he was knocked from the game due to injury. His day got off to a shaky start punting quickly on his first possession. On his following possession he led the team on a touchdown drive. It was capped off by touchdown in the back of the endzone to Steven Sims. He saved his most impressive drive for last as he marched the offense ninety-nine yards for a game tying touchdown. His twenty-yard pass to get Washington out of the endzone got the drive started. He converted two third downs as well. On first and goal, Case punched it in himself after everyone was covered on the play. It was a gutsy play as he almost fumbled trying to squeeze in between two defenders for the score. Case made some clutch throws and helped Washington make a comeback.

QB Dwayne Haskins, 35 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 15 - 133 - 2 TD / 0 INT
Dwayne Haskins had his best game of the year against the Giants. He appeared to be playing with the utmost confidence and a level of command that hasnÕt always been there. Dwayne completed his first eight passes of the game. He kept plays alive and made throws from various platforms to keep convert first downs. It was also notable that Dwayne orchestrated an opening drive touchdown for the first time this year. Both of his touchdown drives it seemed as if he is starting to understand the value in his mobility. He constantly made plays on the move and showed a willingness to make a play when things break down. DwayneÕs fantastic day was derailed by an ankle injury at the beginning of the second half.

RB Adrian Peterson, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 36 - 1, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)
Adrian had a difficult time getting going in this game although he did get a healthy dose of work. He averaged less than three yards per carry as the run game was stagnant most of the afternoon. However, Adrian scored a touchdown in this game on a goal line carry for Washington. He also chipped in two catches but didnÕt make much of an impact in the passing game. Seventeen yards was AdrianÕs longest carry but he was otherwise held in check.

RB Chris Thompson, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 34 - 0, Rec: 4 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
Chris Thompson had a combined twelve touches but wasnÕt able to make much of an impact. He calling card is in the passing game, but his four targets resulted in four catches for less than twenty yards. He did receive a goal line carry but wasnÕt able to convert the touchdown.

WR Steven Sims, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0, Rec: 6 - 64 - 2 (10 targets)
Steven Sims had his most productive day of the year against the Giants. He caught six of his ten targets and scored two touchdowns. Both touchdowns were in the redzone and it seems that he is becoming a key threat for them when in scoring position. His second touchdown came on a beautifully executed double move that got him open in the back of the endzone. His speed has become a real factor down the stretch and WashingtonÕs offense has looked much better with him involved opposite Terry McLaurin.

WR Terry McLaurin, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 86 - 0 (9 targets)
Terry McLaurin caught seven of his nine targets and led the team in catches. Terry had a chance to have an even bigger day, but Dwayne overthrew him in the first quarter. TerryÕs biggest catch of the day came late in the fourth quarter as they were driving to tie the game. He caught a contested out route pass that kept the WashingtonÕs offense on the field. Terry had no problem getting open throughout this game. He didnÕt score but maintained involvement throughout this game.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 11 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 5 - 58 - 0 (6 targets)
Kelvin Harmon found a way to get involved today as he recorded five catches. Washington was in comeback mode majority of the second half which led to a pass heavy attack. Therefore, this allowed Kelvin to be more involved that usual. He is usually third or fourth option in the passing game which leads to inconsistent productivity. KelvinÕs size and catch radius is evident and it was utilized today on some of his catches down the middle of the field. When Washington has a positive game script it will be difficult for Kelvin to get involved.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle had two catches on three targets but did not make an impact in this game. Even during a pass heavy game script, Jeremy still could not find a way to get in the action and produce.

TE Hale Hentges, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 1 (2 targets)
Hale Hentges made an appearance for the Redskins today and didnÕt disappoint. He only had two catches in this game, but both were extremely important receptions. One of them was a huge third down conversion on the final drive then he followed it up with the game tying touchdown. Hale didnÕt play much as the backup tight end but he made an impact with limited snaps.