After finishing Week 1 outside the top-48 wide receivers in his New York Giants debut, Kenny Golladay is far from being a stalwart in fantasy football lineups heading into Week 2. So should you start him?
Should you start Kenny Golladay?
Ever since Thursday Night Football became a thing, I’ve always erred on the side of not starting players on Thursday. The games tend to be less favorable for fantasy scoring as the human body needs more than three days to recover from the repeated car crashes the Sunday prior.
Kenny Golladay looks healthy, but hamstring injuries linger
Golladay joined the Giants via free agency in March but hasn’t had much time to work with Daniel Jones. After missing most of 2020 due to a hip injury, Golladay sustained a hamstring injury early in training camp and missed the entire preseason.
Following last week’s game, Golladay was asked about playing Thursday on a short week. He said he’ll be good to go.
The Broncos’ strong defense is to blame for Golladay’s struggles
The Denver Broncos have one of the better defenses in the NFL. Therefore, it’s not completely surprising that they held Golladay to just 4 receptions for 64 yards in Sunday’s contest.
Golladay did make some nice contested catches, however, which has been his forté throughout his career. He will need to continue that trend now that he’s catching passes from Jones — a significant downgrade from former teammate Matthew Stafford.
Golladay should fare much better against Washington
While the Broncos contained all Giants’ pass catchers not named Sterling Shepard, the Football Team was torched by Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The two combined for 17 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Golladay’s 6 targets last week amounted to just a 16.2% target share. That’s not what you want from an alpha WR1. Fortunately, I think that had more to do with the Giants exploiting the better matchup for Shepard.
This is a must-win for the Giants
It may be early in the season, but the Giants are already at a pivotal moment. If they fall to 0-2, they’re staring down the barrel of the Falcons, Saints, Cowboys, and Rams over the next four weeks. That sure looks like a 1-3 stretch. The Giants can possibly survive a 2-4 start, but they can’t afford to start out 1-5. If the Giants want to win this game, they are going to need Golladay.
You may put Kenny Golladay in your fantasy football lineups
The emphasis here is on may. By no means is Golladay a must-start, but he is worth starting this week.
Expect Golladay to be targeted more heavily in what should be a higher-scoring affair. With Saquon Barkley still in the process of ramping up his usage and the Giants’ dreadful offensive line, New York is going to be pass-heavy out of necessity. Shepard and Darius Slayton will not out-target Golladay very often.
Given where you had to draft Golladay, he’s likely a fringe starter for your fantasy team. Do not start him over established WR1s and WR2s. But if you’re deciding between Golladay on Thursday or a fringe WR3/flex option with a tough matchup on Sunday, feel free to go with Golladay.