Hakeem Nicks Fantasy News

Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:08pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle matched the defense’s physicality in practice with his own. The 6-2, 208-pound wide receiver created enough separation for himself to give Eli Manning enough of a window to connect on two outstanding plays. The first was a great twisting catch from Randle down the right sideline, which was followed up by Manning squeezing one through traffic to his third-year target later in practice. Just yesterday Randle was talking about the necessity to create space in the Giants’ new offense, which emphasizes yards after the catch.

Fantasy Impact:
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time. He has been having a great offseason.

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Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:41pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (ACL) on his return to practice: "When you're out here and you're thinking and worrying — what if this and what if that? — that's when you get hurt," he said. "If you just come out here and do the things you've been doing ... everything's normal. That's how I felt today. "Not one thing bothered me today. Not one time I went out there and I worried about my knee."

Fantasy Impact:
Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He’s expected to play Week 1, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:32pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

If an Eli Manning pass intended for Giants receiver Rueben Randle was intercepted last season, there is a good chance it was because of miscommunication. At least that is what Randle is claiming now that the Giants are running a new offense under a new coordinator that has universally been declared simpler for the receivers. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is gone and Randle doesn't seem all that disappointed that his offense (which asked for receivers to often run option routes depending the defense) is gone, too. Manning threw 27 interceptions last season. Seven were on passes intended for Randle. "At least a majority of them [were miscommunication]," Randle said. "Maybe some were not being competitive or open a lot on my part. But at least 80 percent of them are miscommunication, not being on the same page."

Fantasy Impact:
This is one of the main reasons we're expecting better seasons from both Manning and Randle in 2014. After eight straight top 15 finishes, Manning (and the Giants offense) tanked in 2013. He finished #21, but his play seemed even worse than that. A bounce back season is likely given his talent and the arrival of OC Ben McAdoo, who is installing a quick hitting offense from his days in Green Bay. Hakeem Nicks is gone, but Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are expected to emerge.

Reggie Wayne (ACL) cleared for camp

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:50am

Kevin Bowen, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne says he has been cleared.

Fantasy Impact:
Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He has been cleared to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 5:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The addition of Colts WR Hakeem Nicks not only will be a plus for quarterback Andrew Luck, but his presence on the field will have a significant impact for T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and the team’s tight ends. Hilton and Nicks can stretch the field on the outside, which in turn will open up the middle of the field for Wayne and the tight ends. What also can’t be discounted is that Nicks’ presence helps ease things for Wayne, who is coming off a torn ACL. Wayne doesn’t have to feel like he needs to dominate a game because he has Nicks, Hilton and the tight ends to help him out.

Fantasy Impact:
We're not crazy about the 35-year-old Wayne coming off of ACL surgery, and the arrival of Nicks will allow the team to ease Wayne in if he shows signs that he's not 100 percent ready to go.

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:26pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Conor Orr on the team's WR pecking order: Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz will carry the offense, with Odell Beckham being put in a few different places in order to open up the defense. His speed will be more of an asset off the ball, and Randle should make big strides in '14.

Fantasy Impact:
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle and Beckham should both see starter’s snaps. Randle has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:29am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Beat writer Dan Graziano: "Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he can outrun defensive backs and help open things up for Ben McAdoo's offense near the line of scrimmage. Of course, assuming they're right, Beckham can provide a big-play threat in his own right down the field. But their hope is that he has the speed to beat press coverage and stretch out defenses in a way that allows their offense to operate with a variety of quick-hitting options. I have my own concerns over how Beckham will react to big, physical cornerbacks, but there are plenty of people I talk to around the league who like him a lot and believe he'll contribute right away."

Fantasy Impact:
Beckham will likely start alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle since OC Ben McAdoo is likely to call a lot of three-WR sets. If he plays 70 percent or more of the snaps, he should be fantasy relevant in 2014.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:56pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

With the Colts Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks in the fold, it allows for T.Y. Hilton to move all over the offensive formations and ideally line up in advantageous situations. Hilton’s 10 100-yard receiving games after two NFL seasons are tied for the second most in league history.

Fantasy Impact:
The big question is will Wayne be ready for the opener, which would be just over nine months removed from a torn ACL. All indications are he will be, but will the Colts ease him back in? Either way, at some point all three should be on the field increasing the fantasy value of QB Andrew Luck. We have Hilton ranked 22nd on our WR list, which is highest among the Colts. Even with Wayne on the field, Hilton could still see a ton of targets. However, we admit Hilton could be limited in two tight end sets. There are going to be a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense...

Eli Manning 're-energized' by new system

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

One offseason storyline in New York has been the influence of new Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was imported when Kevin Gilbride retired after 10 seasons with the club. Last month New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the new offense forced quarterback Eli Manning to do a lot of homework. The signal-caller agrees that learning the new scheme has refreshed him after his horrific 2013 season. "It's re-energized me," Manning told the New York Daily News. "I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months."

Fantasy Impact:
Manning had a terrible year in 2013, but should bounce back this season. WR Hakeem Nicks is gone but WR Victor Cruz remains and rookie WR Odell Beckham should produce as well. This could also be a big year for WR Rueben Randle, assuming Manning does bounce back. We rank Eli 21st among our QBs, but he may not even get drafted in typical leagues. If you're counting on a bounce back and targeting him as a QB2, it looks like you can wait very late to get him.

Giants WR coach says Rueben Randle is 'locked in'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:49pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle has had some bright moments in his first two seasons, but he faded in and out of the offense alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Wide receivers coach Sean Ryan wanted to see more consistency from Randle this spring and says he saw progress from his pupil. “For me, the battle with him is consistency, and I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I’ve seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work. This spring, I thought he was locked in. I thought he did a good job learning the new offense. Like I said, he’s got some football intelligence to him. Things come to him. He sees things pretty well. But I thought he really worked hard at being locked into the meetings and on the field as well. I noticed a difference in him.” Randle may be helped by making fewer adjustments to routes that call for him to be reading things the same way that quarterback Eli Manning reads them, something that bedeviled the pair last season and led to interceptions. Ryan said that Randle will still have to make some of those reads and the Giants will need him to make the right ones on a weekly basis for the offense to rebound from last season.

Fantasy Impact:
Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.

Giants say Rueben Randle can 'definitely' be the team's WR2

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:01am

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle, who spent two years miscommunicating with Eli Manning in the worst possible moments, enjoyed a solid camp, and receivers coach Sean Ryan said he “definitely” can serve as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Victor Cruz. Randle caught a beautiful deep TD pass from Manning on the second day of minicamp, and he said he finds Ben McAdoo’s new playbook “easier.” “That battle with him is consistency,” Ryan said. “And I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job.” It’s a transition the Giants needed Randle to make. Jerrel Jernigan and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. could also be options, but neither offers the physicality that the 6-2 Randle brings.

Fantasy Impact:
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.

Beat: Rueben Randle 'making significant progress'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:20am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle continues to have a strong offseason. He seems to be running sharper routes and has displayed consistently strong hands. He beat Ross Weaver with a sweet double move and caught a long touchdown pass during Tuesday's OTAs. Randle appears to be making significant progress, and could be primed for a big year.

Fantasy Impact:
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time. He has been making plays in offseason activities while Beckham is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Reggie Wayne won't return until training camp

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:43pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he’s been cleared for football-related activities, but he won't return until training camp. “He was ready to run in there at the end of that team drill. Looks great,” HC Chuck Pagano said. “We’re going to have to have plenty of security around so he doesn’t sneak out here in pads come training camp time and get in there too soon. “We all know what Reggie’s made of and how he’s wired and what his DNA is. He’s champing at the bit to get back out there.”

Fantasy Impact:
Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan slated for WR4 duties

Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:49am

NY Post - [Full Article]

Hakeem Nicks is gone (signed with the Colts) and Rueben Randle has moved into a starting role alongside Victor Cruz. Jerrel Jernigan, though, might be stuck where he is on the depth chart, because the Giants selected a receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and the expectation is he will get on the field immediately. “It didn’t bother me at all,’’ Jernigan said of the addition of Beckham. “Everyone knows we lost Hakeem Nicks, so we had to bring somebody else in.’’ Jernigan at 5-foot-8 and 189 pounds, is well-suited to the slot receiver role, a spot Cruz is most effective in, causing a logjam. Beckham and Randle are considered more adept on the outside.

Fantasy Impact:
Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span. The arrival of Odell Beckham puts a damper on his 2014 outlook.

Eli Manning 're-energized' by new offense

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:49pm

NFL Nation - [Full Article]

Eli Manning is healthy, but that's not the only reason to be excited, New York Giants fans. Manning also sounds rejuvenated by the process of learning a new offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. "It is tough, it's not easy, but it has definitely re-energized me and brought an urgency to this time of year," Manning said Tuesday, on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It's definitely challenging. Each night, I'm staying up and preparing, and I feel like I'm in season right now with the amount of preparation I'm trying to put in to get ready for each practice," Manning said. "Each practice is draining on you mentally, you're thinking so much about everything that has to go on and the different calls," the quarterback continued. "But it is also exciting. As a football player, as a competitor, you like to be challenged."

Fantasy Impact:
After eight straight top 15 finishes, Manning (and the Giants offense) tanked in 2013. He finished #21, but his play seemed even worse than that. A bounce back season is likely given his talent and the arrival of McAdoo, who is installing a quick hitting offense from his days in Green Bay. Hakeem Nicks is gone, but Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are expected to emerge.