The Giants are the only team without a Thursday Night Football win since 2016 (0-5), while Washington is 0-4 against Daniel Jones. Both teams will enter Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff banged up, with running back Saquon Barkley questionable and tight end Evan Engram out for New York, while quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is sidelined for Washington. Their absences give opportunities for others to make impacts in NFL DFS lineups as each team looks to avoid going 0-2. Who can you trust in your NFL DFS stacks?
Perhaps Giants running back Devontae Booker is worth rostering as one of your NFL DFS picks with the likelihood that Barkley will receive limited touches as he continues his knee recovery. WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke could be an option in the NFL DFS player pool as he fills in for Fitzpatrick. Before locking in any NFL DFS picks for Giants vs. Washington on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, player rankings, stacks and top daily Fantasy football picks from SportsLine's Mike McClure.
McClure is a predictive data engineer and pro DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action in every game, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
In Week 1 on Sunday Night Football, McClure had Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford as one of his top NFL DFS picks for both FanDuel and DraftKings. The result: Stafford had 321 passing yards and three touchdowns, returning 24.34 points on FanDuel and 27.3 points on DraftKings. Anybody who had him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Top NFL DFS picks for Washington vs. Giants
One of McClure's top NFL DFS picks for Thursday is Washington running back Antonio Gibson. The second-year back was limited in practice this week with a shoulder ailment, but much of that was simply due to Washington having a short turnaround for Week 2. Gibson fully practiced on Tuesday and will start against the Giants.
With Fitzpatrick out, Washington will be much more reliant on its run game, and Gibson is the focal point of that. He rushed for 90 yards in Week 1 while also catching three passes for 18 yards out of the backfield. No other Washington back had more than two touches, so Gibson appears to have elevated to the role of a three-down back. With Washington's quarterback situation actually increases Gibson's value, you can see why McClure is high on him for Thursday's NFL DFS lineups.
Part of McClure's optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Giants receiver Sterling Shepard, who had seven grabs for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. The former second-round pick out of Oklahoma has struggled to stay on the field due to injuries throughout his six-year NFL career, but he reminded NFL DFS players of his upside when healthy in Week 1 by posting a strong 7-113-1 receiving line in the loss at Denver. The highlight of his day was a 37-yard touchdown reception.
Now, Shepard takes on a Washington defense that was shredded by the Chargers in Week 1. Los Angeles had over 300 passing yards and both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams recorded at least eight catches. That bodes well for Shepard's upside on Thursday, making him a must-roster option for NFL DFS lineups.
How to set NFL DFS lineups for Giants vs. Washington
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So who is Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Washington vs. Giants? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a daily Fantasy expert with nearly $2M in winnings, and find out.