With Kenny Golladay out for Week 6, how should fantasy managers view Daniel Jones, Kadarius Toney, and the Giants offense vs. the Rams?

After injuries swept the roster, how should fantasy managers approach Daniel Jones, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and the Giants' offense?

Few teams in recent memory have had a streak of injuries and bad luck like the New York Giants have seen thus far in 2021. With injuries to virtually every critical player, including Daniel Jones, Kenny Golladay, and now Kadarius Toney, how do fantasy football managers navigate their Week 6 matchups if they rely on Giants players?

Daniel Jones’ return boosts the fantasy production of the Giants’ offense

It’s said the NFL quarterback is the most essential position in all of sports. I’m not going to argue it in fairness. We have seen talented teams crumble when the QB play goes downhill, typically due to injury. For a while, it appeared this would be the case for Daniel Jones and the Giants’ offense.

Jones took a devastating shot to the head as he attempted to score a TD in Week 5 and sustained a concussion, leaving him unable to walk across the field. It must be pointed out Jones is the one who led with his helmet, not the defender.

Luckily for Jones and the rest of the offense, on Friday it was announced that Jones cleared concussion protocol and would start in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. Jones instantly goes into starting consideration for fantasy managers. He is the QB11 on the season, averaging 256 passing yards, 39 rushing yards, and 19 fantasy points per game. Prior to his injury-shortened Week 5, Jones was a top-six QB in two games with only one finish outside the top 14.

And this is about right — Jones is a borderline QB1/higher-end QB2. I don’t love him against the Rams this week (No. 17 vs. QBs), but the return of some key players should boost his floor. Jones is currently my QB16, leaving him a streaming option rather than a locked-in starter.

RB Devontae Booker could disappoint in Week 6 for fantasy 

In most leagues, Devontae Booker was probably the hottest name on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason based on what fantasy managers just saw. In Week 5, as he filled in for the injured Saquon Barkley (ankle), Booker rushed 16 times for 42 yards and a TD, while adding another score and 16 yards on 3 receptions. Booker played 88% of the snaps and ended the week as the RB14 in fantasy with 19.3 fantasy points (0.5 PPR).

Here is the issue and something that was warned about on our podcast — there is an extremely high likelihood we just saw Booker’s highwater mark of the season. It was just the 10th time Booker scored double-digit points in his career, with 7 of those coming between 2016 and 2017. 

He has a short window for relevance until Barkley returns and could have been a costly usage of FAAB or a high waiver claim. He comes in as a lower-end fantasy RB2 for Week 6.

The Giants get some help at WR with the return of Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard is back and without an injury designation. This could not have come soon enough. The Giants, even with his return, are desperate for receivers. And if you were to pick one to come back, Shepard would be option No. 1. 

In the first two weeks, he was their best WR and one of the top fantasy WRs overall. Before his injury-shortened Week 3, Shepard was the WR11 in fantasy, recording 16 receptions (19 targets) for 207 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 16.9 points per game. Although he’s not a locked-in starter for his first game back, I would have no issue using Shepard as a WR4 if you need help due to injuries.

Following his fantasy breakout, WR Kadarius Toney is questionable for Week 6

The Giants can’t catch a break. Right after watching Kadarius Toney become a household name, he finds himself on the injury report. Per the team’s injury report, Toney was a limited participant for all three practices due to an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest, but there is optimism from the team he will play. 

There is no denying Toney’s skill set as he proved why the team selected him No. 20 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. In his last two games, Toney is the WR9 (17.8 ppg) with 16 receptions on 22 targets for 267 yards. It’s worth noting this all came as the de facto last man standing. Shepard and Darius Slayton were out, and Kenny Golladay left early in Week 5 (hyperextended knee). 

Toney comes into Week 6 inside the jam-packed WR3 range of rankings as he looks to build on his success of previous weeks. He just needs to hope he does not receive the Jalen Ramsey treatment, which could eliminate him from the game script.

Kenny Golladay (knee) is out for Week 6

Kenny Golladay will not be available to fantasy managers as his hyperextended knee will force him to miss at least Week 6.

It seemed Golladay had finally started to get his chemistry developing with Jones, hauling in 6 of 7 targets for 116 yards in Week 5. The big free-agent signing (four-year, $72 million) has 17 receptions, 282 yards, and 0 touchdowns on the season.

Darius Slayton remains questionable vs. Rams

While we feel good about Shepard and Toney returning to action, Slayton seems to be progressing slower in his recovery. Slayton missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury he picked up early in Week 3. Furthermore, he has yet to record a full practice. He was a DNP all last week and was listed as a limited participant ahead of Week 6. 

Even if he does manage to suit up, I would avoid starting Slayton in fantasy this week.

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