New York Giants wideout Darius Slayton has a juicy matchup ahead of himself in Week 13 against the Packers, as their defense has struggled against the pass.
When he was selected in the fifth-round out of Auburn this year, few expected Darius Slayton to make a huge – if any – impact for the New York Giants in 2019. That has been far from the case, as the rookie speedster has displayed a well-rounded game and developed a solid rapport with fellow youngster Daniel Jones.
After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, Slayton has been Big Blue’s top receiving option for most of the year. Thought to be a big play guy with shaky hands, Slayton has wowed many with his route running and precision, two things that did not stand out in his predraft scouting report. As a result, the rookie has compiled 461 receiving yards and five touchdowns on the year.
With Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard dealing with concussion issues (although Shepard is back to playing full-time) Slayton will again be looked to carry the load for the Giants receiving corps against Green Bay in Week 13. Green Bay has raced out to an 8-3 record, but their defense has shown they will allow plenty of yardage, particularly in the passing game. The Packers D is a respectable 14th in the league in terms of points allowed, but 28th in total yards (including 23rd against the pass).
Daniel Jones has looked to Slayton early and often over the past two weeks, as ‘Big Play Slay’ has amassed 187 yards and two touchdowns (on a hefty 22 targets) in the last two Giant games. Tight Ends Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison have not practiced this week and figure to miss another contest, making Slayton seem ready for an even bigger target share than he’s already had.
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This game figures to be a shootout, as Aaron Rodgers will likely have the Green Bay offense lighting up the scoreboard. In turn, Jones and the Big Blue unit will probably be playing from behind and need to take many shots to try to keep this one close.
‘Big Play Slay’ seems primed to have himself another feast in this one, and the promising young receiver is still somehow only owned in 25% of ESPN Fantasy leagues, so get him while you still can for the stretch run.
ESPN Fantasy Prediction: 9.7 points
GMENHQ Fantasy Prediction: 5 REC, 71 yards, TD (18.1 points)