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As I, and everyone other football fan, expected Eli participated in practice Friday, which virtually guarantees that he will be under Center when the New York Giants take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
He remains Questionable on the injury report, but that is a mere formality to document Eli’s missed practices during the week. In my humble opinion, wild horses could not keep Eli from extending his streak of 75 consecutive regular season starts.
The Star Ledger notes that Eli took the majority snaps out of the shotgun, which would reduce the amount of moving around in the pocket for Eli. It would also afford Eli some extra time in the pocket to reduce the hits from the aggressive Raiders defensive front.
I also assume that the Giants will use a heavy dose of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw for a number of reasons. Naturally, the more the focus is on the running game, the less falls on the shoulders, or foot, of Eli. Secondly, the Raiders struggle against the run allowing 146.3 yard per game on the ground, which is good for 26th in the league. Meanwhile they are 11th in the league with just 211 passing yards per game.
Like I suggested in my first analysis of this situation (click here to read), if you have a solid alternative for Eli on your fantasy team, you may want to go that direction. Aside from a heavy reliance on the running game, Eli could have an early exit if the Giants get a big lead on the over-matched Raiders.