Fantasy Football Team Preview: New York Giants


2013 was a disaster for this team in both real and fantasy terms … New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and some new arrivals hope to change Big Blue’€™s fortunes with a West Coast offense.

Bye week 8

Quarterback - Eli Manning

Ranked 21st among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring … Was 14th with 3,818 passing yards and 21st with 18 touchdown passes, but added an inexcusable 27 interceptions … Manning’s receiving corps lost Hakeem Nicks to free agency … Hard to see drafting Manning as a top-15 (or even top-20) fantasy QB … System change for the 33-year-old Manning will be interesting to watch.

Running Back – Rashad Jennings

As a Raider, ranked 21st among running backs in fantasy scoring … Receiving and blocking skills will help keep Jennings on the field … Looks like an interesting, low-end RB2.

Running Back – David Wilson

2013 was a disaster for the trendy preseason breakout pick, thanks to some fumbling issues and a season-ending neck injury … Wilson’s rehab seems to be going well, but until/unless he asserts himself in training camp, he’s probably not worth drafting … If he does emerge during camp, he could impact Jennings’ fantasy value.

Wide Receiver – Victor Cruz

Ranked a disappointing 29th in fantasy scoring … Caught 73 passes for 998 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games, all three-year lows … Many think Cruz will thrive in McAdoo’s West Coast offense, and he can be viewed as a high-upside WR2.

Wide Receiver – Rueben Randle

Ranked 48th among wide receivers in fantasy scoring … Caught 41 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns … Will Randle be a third-year breakout WR, or fade into the background due to OBJ’s arrival? … Probably not worth finding out with anything more than a WR4 pick.

Tight End -TBD

Adrien Robinson is atop the depth chart here, but don’t plan to draft a Giants’ tight end unless something interesting – such as a free-agent signing – happens over the summer.

Rookie – Odell Beckham Jr. (WR)

Drafted in the fourth round out of Boston College, where he ran for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns last season … The 230-pound Williams is a powerful runner, but his receiving skills are non-existent … Could be a goal-line vulture, creating fantasy complications more than fantasy value.

Placekicker - Josh Brown

Ranked 26th among kickers in fantasy scoring … Converted 23 of 26 field goals, and all 31 of his extra points … Since we’re not sure how much this offense will improve, it’€™s hard to consider drafting Brown.

Team Defense (DST) – Ranked 25th among defenses in fantasy scoring … Unit was T-5 with 12 fumble recoveries, but did nothing else well, and allowed a mediocre 383 points … The Giants overhauled the defense with a barrage of free-agent signings (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Jameel McClain, etc.), but at this point it’s difficult to project them as an above-average fantasy option.


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