Rueben Randle Fantasy News
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 9:18am
Lack of sufficient practice time last week was the reason wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was inactive for the New York Giants' game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to coach Tom Coughlin, who seemed annoyed by the circumstances surrounding Nicks' situation.
"On Wednesday, as you have tracked it, he had an issue with the abdominal area, thought it might be a hernia, so he went through all the tests, etc., and did not practice. Was not able to practice," Coughlin said. "You asked me the question late in the week, and I answered: 'What would be the issue? Speed. He probably can't be full speed.'"
As the story points out, it's unclear whether Nicks will be ready to practice this week or play Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. It doesn't help the game is a Sunday night of course, but, if you happened to have handcuffed Nicks with Rueben Randle you'd be in good shape.
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Hakeem Nicks OUT for Giants
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2:55pm
Giants 'optimistic' that Victor Cruz will play W1
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:08am
The Giants seem optimistic that WR Victor Cruz will play, though according to a source, they plan to be cautious next week during practice to protect his bruised left heel. The star receiver still has not been cleared to practice on Monday, although he’s hoping he will be after two more days of treatment this weekend.
At the moment, he said “everything feels good.”
This is a situation to monitor in practice next week. We're expecting Cruz to play, but he clearly isn't 100 percent. Rueben Randle would get a big bump if Cruz can't go.
Friday, August 30, 2013, 6:34pm
Victor Cruz says he'll 'absolutely' be ready Week 1
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9:46pm
"Yeah, absolutely," he said. "I knew initially that (his bruised heel) was just a small bump in the road and that I just needed some time off to get some down time off the boot and off the foot and get things going the right way."
Cruz says his foot feels better and knows he still has some time to recuperate before taking on Dallas Week 1. If there's still a chance to get Rueben Randle has a handcuff, it's probably a good idea, but Cruz looks like a go to open the season and should be a solid play.
Victor Cruz no longer in boot
Monday, August 26, 2013, 1:53pm
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:20am
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks looked the best I've seen him at camp today. In end zone drills he had a nice grab right before the pylon. In the next set of drills, he nabbed a pass while leaping and spinning.
Nicks is trending up as he seems fully recovered from the groin injury that was bothering him earlier in camp. Rueben Randle is a wise handcuff for Nicks owners.
Victor Cruz sore after jamming heel
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 7:53pm
Cruz left Sunday night's preseason game against the Colts to get an X-Ray on his foot, which initial reports called a bruised heel - to now a jammed heel. A new report says he will miss the remainder or the preseason, because this week is too soon and the final game starters usually don't play. Cruz should be fine, but if you own Cruz or Hakeem Nicks, it further drives home the point that Rueben Randle is a great WR handcuff for either of those guys. Randle is available late in drafts.
Hakeem Nicks (groin) to play on Sunday
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:24pm
Nicks' ADP has taken a hit this offseason due to the injury, and he's often available in the 5th round of 12-team drafts. He has a lot of upside if healthy and can be easily handcuffed to Rueben Randle. It's also a plus that it's not his knees that are bothering him.
Hakeem Nicks says groin injury is "nothing serious"
Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:16pm
“I wouldn’t even categorize it as an injury,” Nicks said. “It’s just being smart coming off of the problems I had last year with the knee and the foot. I just don’t want it to be ongoing. I’ll be out there as soon as they let me; I think in another day or two.”
“Coming off last season, we play it safe, play it cautious,” Nicks said. “I don’t think it’s nothing serious. If it was a game planning situation and we were going into Week 1, I definitely don’t think I’d be sitting out or nothing like that. But with it being early in training camp, we just want to be smart about it.
“I don’t feel frustrated at all,” he added. “It’s only the second week of camp. I think coming off of last year, I’m definitely trying to be smart in training camp as well. So just by talking it like that, no I don’t have any problem with it at all.”
Nicks's stock is sliding a bit due to yet another injury. He's a fringe fantasy WR1 when healthy, but his knees and overall health have been an issue. Owners who draft Nicks should try to acquire Rueben Randle as the rare WR handcuff.
Rueben Randle looking great in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:46am
Giants WR Rueben Randle has been given an enormous opportunity with Hakeem Nicks sidelined by an injured groin, taking almost all the snaps with the first team in team drills. And he’s taken advantage with a sometimes spectacular performance. He’s flashed his speed and a quickness that wasn’t always evident last year. Judging by the number of times he’s caught passes he seems to have a better grasp of the offense than he did last season, and is clearly more confident in his role. And he’s shown a knack for getting open, even in double coverage, finding just enough room for Eli Manning to hit him. That’s huge, and not just because of Nicks’ health. With Nicks and Victor Cruz the Giants already have a terrific 1-2 punch at receiver. If Randle can emerge they suddenly have a very dangerous Big 3.
Randle only had 32 targets last season, but he turned that usage into 19 catches for 298 yards and three TDs to post the #6 FP/T among all receivers with at least 30 targets. With Domenik Hixon gone, Randle has a stranglehold on the Giants' WR3 job, and he may move up a notch depending on Nicks's shaky knees. Randle drew praise from OC Kevin Gilbride for his play in minicamp, so he has nice upside considering his late-round ADP.
Coughlin: Hakeem Nicks' groin injury "frustrating"
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:15pm
Nicks injured his groin on Sunday, in the Giants' second practice of camp. He worked on a limited basis on Monday and Tuesday. The team was off on Wednesday.
It seems like a step back, but coach Tom Coughlin did not sound too concerned. "It's a day-to-day type thing," Coughlin said.
Coughlin wants Nicks back on the field as soon as possible, obviously. "It's frustrating, but I've gotta learn to control myself when it comes to that as well, and just realize, you know what, he's trying like heck to get out there," Coughlin said. "He knows he needs to practice and work at it. He came in excited about being able to go, and then had this little groin injury which I hope is not gonna set him back for very long. But they're obviously taking all the necessary precaution."
Nicks is a 3rd/4th round talent when healthy, but his nagging injuries have pushed his ADP into the 5th round in recent drafts. Rueben Randle is looking very attractive as a WR handcuff for Nicks.