Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 7 (2020): Boston Scott, Darius Slayton & More

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Thursday games are always tricky, though that’s not groundbreaking news.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tonight’s game and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

Is The Value In Philadelphia’s Backfield…

As expected Miles Sanders will miss tonight’s matchup with the Giants, leaving Boston Scott and Corey Clement to pick up the workload.  Sanders leaves behind big shoes to fill, with 434 rushing yards on 71 carries (6.1 YPC) along with 3 TD.  Neither of the other backs has shown that type of upside, albeit in limited touches this season:

  • Boston Scott – 21 carries for 67 yards (3.2 YPC)
  • Corey Clement – 11 carries for 30 yards (2.7 YPC)

Scott should be viewed as the favorite to absorb a lot of the available carries, though he hasn’t broken a run of more than 5 yards over the past four weeks (over a total of 8 carries).  The Giants have been susceptible to running backs this season, having allowed the ninth most points per week to the position.  At the same time, considering the injuries to the passing attack the Giants should be able to focus on stopping whoever the ball carrier is.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Scott have a big day, but there are questions regarding the opportunities and the ability for the defense to focus on stopping the run.  He’s a viable option, but consider him more of a low-end RB2/FLEX play.

Are We Starting A Banged Up Darius Slayton…

There is no question that Slayton is currently the Giants’ best wide receiver, but with Daniel Jones under center that hasn’t yielded consistent production.  While there’s been a pair of 100+ yard games and ample opportunities, for the most part Slayton has been more bust than boom:

WeekReceptionsTargetsYardsTD
1691022
236330
337530
437480
58111290
624411

We also can’t dismiss that Slayton is currently battling a foot injury that likely impacted his performance in Week 6. On a short turnaround, can we expect him to be close to 100% healthy? While he’s a boom or bust WR3, this early in the week it’s impossible to trust him.

Eagles Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Carson Wentz (QB) – Sit ‘Em (High-End QB2)
  • Boston Scott (RB) – Start ‘Em (Borderline RB2/FLEX)
  • Corey Clement (RB) – Sit ‘Em
  • Travis Fulgham (WR) – Start ‘Em
  • Greg Ward (WR) – Sit ‘Em

Giants Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Daniel Jones (QB) – Sit ‘Em
  • Devonta Freeman (RB) – Start ‘Em (Low-End RB2/FLEX)
  • Darius Slayton (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Golden Tate (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Evan Engram (TE) – Start ‘Em

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

4 COMMENTS

  1. 1/5 PPR. 2RB,2WR & 1 flex. Have Hunt, Davis & Jones II ; Hill (no brainer), Godwin, AJ Brown, McLaurin, Fulgham. At TE rolling with Jonnu unless you think Fant or Hockenson big improvement. They are all ranked so close not sure which whey to jump. Thanks

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