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Key Fantasy Matchups for Monday’s Giants-Browns Matchup


Giants RB Brandon Jacobs vs. Browns run defense

With the potential for less room to run to the outside against a 3-4 defense (the Giants don’t face many of those), their running game is likely to be straight ahead. That’s where Jacobs comes in. He has averaged a staggering 5.8 yard a carry on his way to 380 yards and three touchdowns. At 6-foot-4, 264 pounds, his job is to wear down the middle of the defense, where 6-foot-4, 350-pound defensive tackle Shaun Rogers stands. Wearing down a guy as big and strong as Rogers won’t be easy. Rogers (22) and defensive end Corey Williams (18) have 40 total tackles, but this unit still has something to prove. Cleveland’s run defense has improved, but it still ranks 22nd in the league at 126.0 yards allowed per game. The defense’s last effort, versus the Cincinnati Bengals before the bye, was a step in the right direction, though. The Bengals managed just 69 yards rushing, including 28 on 12 carries by running back Chris Perry.

Giants WR Plaxico Burress vs. Browns CB Eric Wright

Burress is probably licking his chops for this matchup. Wright was no match for lesser Giants receivers in the teams’ preseason meeting. Burress is well-rested and motivated following his two-week, one-game suspension. The last time Burress was punished with the loss of playing time was in Week 3 of 2005. The next week he caught 10 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams.

Browns QB Derek Anderson vs. Giants pass defense

The Cleveland organization sounds committed to sticking with Anderson as the starter – at least in the short term. He is coming off his best stretch of the season, completing nine of his final 10 passes and posting 17 fourth quarter points to rally past the Bengals. Anderson has completed just 49.6 percent of his passes (58-for-117) for 543 yards, three touchdowns, six interceptions and a 49.9 quarterback rating. His confidence appeared to take a hit with all the Brady Quinn talk, but the win and the bye have helped him refocus. He must be sharp against a Giants defense that ranks second against the pass at 154.0 yards per game. The last time Anderson saw the Giants, in the preseason, he was leaving the field with a concussion after a sack.

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