Sure, you’re a New York Giants fan. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, but with the growth of fantasy football, odds are you might be a fantasy football fan, too.
So, with draft season in full swing (with this weekend being big for drafts), here are a few fantasy capsules of some New York Giants you may be targeting in your draft.
We know that Manning is a proven winner on the football field (I mean, how can you argue with two Super Bowl MVP’s?) but when it comes to fantasy, Manning is at best an inconsistent, maddening option.
He is coming off a horrible year, where he threw just 18 touchdowns to 27 interceptions. Now he has to learn a new offense under Ben McAdoo and a major learning curve could be in store. Heck, we’re already seeing sketchy results thus far in the preseason.
Manning could surprise later in the season as he gets more comfortable in McAdoo’s offense, but he is nothing more than a back up for fantasy purposes in 2014.
Depending on how the Giants use him in the running game, while making him more of a pass-catcher out of the backfield, Jennings could be a major surprise for both the Giants and fantasy football players alike.
Playing with the Raiders last year, Jennings rushed for a respectable 733 yards and six touchdowns while also racking up 36 receptions for an additional 292 receiving yards. He also posted an impressive 4.5 YPC clip.
In a more potent offense, Jennings could be a fantastic player in between the 20′s and is a weapon the Giants will use early and often. As such, he makes for a decent low-end No. 2/ high-end No. 3 back in most fantasy leagues.
As the Giants’ fourth-round pick out of Boston College, Williams could be in line for an important role with the Giants.
With David Wilson unfortunately having to retire and Brandon Jacobs now gone, Williams will be given every chance to receive a good share of carries in this remodeled Giants offense. So far he has looked good this preseason, rushing for 102 yards and one touchdowns on 22 carries.
While Jennings will probably be the bell-cow-back, Williams will undoubtedly be used at the goal-line and in short-yardage situations. He may be used as a TD vulture (like how Jacobs was used) and he’s a trendy sleeper to keep an eye on in drafts.
Without a doubt, the Giants player with the most fantasy value is Cruz.
While Cruz’ numbers were down last year (73 receptions for 998 yards and four touchdowns) because of Manning’s troubles, he was nevertheless a top 20-30 receiver. His value only goes up if you participate in a points-per-reception (PPR) league.
Cruz is one player who should benefit from McAdoo’s offense, as he can make plays out of the slot or burning defenders deep. You should have little hesitation in making Cruz a No.2
wide receiver for your team.
Perhaps no other member of the Giants is more an X-factor on offense than Randle.
By all accounts, Randle had himself a fine second year, registering 41 receptions for 611 yards and six touchdowns (which led Giants receivers last year). Usually, a wide receiver’s third year in the NFL is when they fully break out.
Although he’s still a little unrefined, Randle has the talent to fully blossom now that he has more experience under his belt. A key factor is how he fits in McAdoo’s offense, but theupside is there.
Odell Beckham Jr.
While the Giants used their first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft on the speedy burner out of LSU, Beckham Jr. is a player you may wantto stay away from on draft day.
With rookies (especially receivers) needing time to adjust to the speed of the game, him missing time (he’s yet to play in a preseason game) and Beckham Jr. slowly learning McAdoo’s system, he’s very much behind the curve.
Perhaps if he had not gotten hurt and was learning the offense out on the practice field, and in games, Beckham Jr. would be more coveted right now. Maybe he gets back to work soon enough and starts to impress. However, Beckham Jr.—outside of deep keeper leagues— is best left undrafted in the majority of leagues.
AVOID ANY GIANT TE!
Sorry to say this, but the Giants might have the worst collection of tight ends in the league, fantasy or otherwise.
Between the underwhelming Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell or newcomers Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells, this a group that should be avoided on draft day, as neither of these guys have showed much potential thus far.
Josh Brown/Brandon McManus
Whoever wins this competition, either the veteran Josh Brown or the rookie from Temple Brandon McManus, is not a sexy pick for fantasy purposes. Then again, whenever is a kicker?
With the Giants offense still a work in progress, the Giants kicker is nothing special and should also be avoided on draft day.
We all know how the Giants perform on defense is paramount to their success this year, and with the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jameel McClain and Devon Kennard, the Giants should be a lot better on that side of the ball.
The Giants’ D won’t get much love on draft day, but they are a sleeper unit to keep an eye on. If Jason Pierre-Paul bounces back well and if Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle play up to their capabilities, the Giants could shock a few people.
Not too mention, they also sport a new special teams weapon in Trindon Holliday.
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