Coming off what was far and away his best game of the season,
But the matchup might almost be too good for a player in Randle's situation. He's not the Giants' top weapon -- not even close. I'd bet on running back Rashad Jennings, wide receiver Victor Cruz and tight end Larry Donnell having big games before I bet on Randle. And after the way rookie running back Andre Williams performed in relief of Jennings last week, the Giants might involve him more, too.
Favorable matchup or not, not all of those players can have big games, and because the Falcons aren't strong enough anywhere on defense to neutralize one of those threats, Randle may take a back seat.
I'm not saying he can't have a big game. I'm just saying I'd have to be convinced he has a better spot in the pecking order to put any money on it. I probably wouldn't resort to him except in leagues that require the use of three wide receivers.
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Randle had a good game overall, hauling in eight catches for 89 yards. He had a shot at a touchdown, but it was taken away on a controversial call. Randle caught the ball in the end zone, but it popped out when he was hit and wound up being an interception. Though Randle had crossed the goal line, it was determined he could not complete the catch, and the call stood.
Randle will take on the Falcons Week 5.
Generally speaking, skill positions players are hard to rely on when facing Thursday night matchups. Through three weeks, only one player has topped 100 yards receiving on Thursday this season, compared to 29 in 45 other games. That pattern continued last season, as only 10 of the league's 208 100-yard receiving performances came during the 17 Thursday games a year ago.
That being said, this Thursday's game has all of the makings of an outlier, as the
Cruz has enjoyed solid success against Washington in his career, averaging 71.8 yards per game in five matchups. Garcon was mostly held in check in two games against the Giants a year ago, hauling in 15 combined passes for just 117 yards, but Fantasy owners have to consider him a must-start option after the rapport he showed with new starter
If Jackson plays, he could be a nice option, as he shrugged off the shoulder injury with five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown last week.
Randle was targeted on the first play of scrimmage Sunday and three times on the second drive. By halftime, he had seven targets, but he managed just four catches for 26 yards.
Randle had a chance in the fourth quarter to haul in a 13-yard touchdown pass, but the pass hit him in the chest and he couldn't make the one-handed grab.
Randle has just 11 catches for 67 yards and one touchdown through three games. The Giants are back in action Thursday against the Redskins.
|6||10/12/14||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
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|13||11/30/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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|2013||New York Giants||16||3||41||611||14.9||37||6||16||0||28|
|2014||New York Giants||4||4||19||156||8.2||27||1||2||0||8|
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|2013||New York Giants||16||29||24||237||8.2||32||0||1|
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