TNF Showdown Overview – NYG @ NE – NFL DFS


Hello and Welcome to the Thursday Night Football Showdown Slate – My Name is Zachary Williamson and my strengths in DFS involve using data driven analysis to narrow down my player pool! In this article I will give you everything you need to know about the Showdown slate with my top selections of the night. Thanks for tuning in!

Vegas Spread / Totals

Patriots – 28.75

Giants – 11.75

17 point Spread in Favor of Patriots

Injury Notes


WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) – OUT

RB Rex Burkhead (foot) – Questionable

WR Julian Edelman (chest) – Questionable

 WR Josh Gordon (knee) – Questionable

 LB Shilique Calhoun (ankle) – Questionable

 S Patrick Chung (heel) – Questionable

 S Nate Ebner (groin) – Questionable


RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) – OUT

RB Wayne Gallman (concussion) – OUT

WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) – OUT

TE Evan Engram (knee) – OUT

LB Lorenzo Carter (neck) – Questionable


Steady rain and strong winds (20 MPH Winds) are expected for Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium. If the rain is heavy enough, a delay and/or postponement is possible. 

Fantasy Points Allowed by Position


QB – 5.56

RB – 9.64

WR – 13.92

TE – 3.22


QB – 20.34

RB – 19.70

WR – 30.98

TE – 6.04

WR/CB Matchups

(PPT = Point Per Target)


Josh Gordon vs Janoris Jenkins (Allowing 112.3 passer rating, 2.06 PPT)

Julian Edleman vs Grant Haley (Allowing 119.9 passer rating, 1,94 PPT)

Jakobi Meyers vs Deandre Baker (Allowing 144.7 passer rating, 2.63 PPT)


Darius Slayton vs Jason McCourty (Allowing 60.5 passer rating, 0.93 PPT)

Golden Tate vs Jonathan Jones ( Allowing 47.9 passer rating, 0.91 PPT)

Cody Latimer vs Stephon Gilmore (Allowing 54.3 passer rating, 1.04 PPT)

Game Theory :


Much of the dismay to “DPA GODFATHER” Alex Krall (A well-documented Giants homer) The Patriots are favored heavily in this matchup. Normally in a game like this you want to stack RBs and defenses due to suboptimal conditions. I believe that you’ll need to run with that correlation in your lines this week. This awful weather projection has me fading all deep threats in the passing game, instead focusing on short targets to guys like Julian Edelman and James White who can make their impact closer to the line of scrimmage. This strategy should go overlooked by the fish you’ll be up against in tournaments.


In a week where everyone and their grandma is on the injury report for the Giants, there are many holes to be filled. The three places I am looking on the Giants is at a contrarian play, and two fill-in players. You can consider the Giants defense, who have been very stout against the run in 2019 (12th in the NFL) in a defensive stack in order to be a bit contrarian as everyone else will flock to having copious amounts of New England Patriots! The other two plays I like are the Giants current TE1 for this week, Rhett Ellison, (only $200 on DraftKings) who has some upside with Engram out, and UDFA out of Boston College, Jon Hilliman who will be playing in front of a lot of buddies from his college days. Hilliman is projected to see at least 15 touches in this game, but maybe more given the state of the weather.

Zach’s Plays of the Slate

New England Patriots

New England Patriots DST

Sony Michel

James White 

Julian Edelman

Tom Brady

New York Giants

Jon Hilliman

Rhett Ellison

Daniel Jones

New York Giants DST

Zachary Williamson is a writer and contributor for the @DailyPlayAction NFL, MLB and NBA teams. While he expresses his opinions, he is free to change his plays without discretion. Thus, not liable for losses accrued.