Giants Fantasy News

Redskins targeting Week 11 for RG3's return

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:50pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden recently hinted that Week 11 could be the date on which Redskins QB Robert Griffin III returns to action.

“I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.”

It’s highly unlikely that Griffin will play in Dallas on Monday night, and nearly as unlikely that he’d play on a short week in Minnesota the following Sunday.

Waiting until after the bye gives Griffin more than three more weeks not only to heal but also to prepare.

Fantasy Impact:

Once healthy, Griffin will return to a good situation that includes Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a now-healthy Jordan Reed. The Redskins are currently 14th in fantasy points generated from its passing game, and Griffin adds the extra dimension of being able to run the ball. Expect low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers upon his return. His playoff schedule is favorable with matchups against the Rams, Giants and Eagles from Week 14 to Week 16.

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Rashad Jennings on track heading into bye week

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:08pm - [Full Article]

Giants RB Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago against the Falcons. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts.

"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.

The Giants leading rusher wouldn't commit to anything. He's taking it step by step. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.

"I'm going through my checkpoints. I want to see where it lays," said Jennings, who has 396 yards on 91 carries (4.4 ypc) in five games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants have struggled to run the ball in his absence and the team doesn't practice again until next Monday. That gives Jennings a week to see if he can make enough progress to be out there with his teammates for the light workout. As the story pointed out, coach Tom Coughlin hinted it's not going to be easy. Jennings has some serious strides to make here in the next week. The injury he suffered was significant. Looking ahead to Week 9, the Giants host the Colts on Monday night. It could be a tricky situation if Jennings ends up being a game-time call. For those who own both Jennings and Andre Williams, it may be a good idea to keep Williams for now, at least for a security blanket for Monday night Week 9.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:09pm

Giants Inactives
James Brewer G
Jay Bromley DT
Rashad Jennings RB
Brandon Mosley G
Adam Snyder T
Corey Washington WR

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Williams gets the start at RB again with Jennings sidelined.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Romo will be fine to face the Giants.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee, out) has been ruled out for Week 7. Andre Williams should see 15-20 carries as the Giants’ feature back.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. No worries here. Murray should be in line for another huge workload against the Giants.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Bryant will be good to go for a so-so matchup with the Giants.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) was ruled out for Week 7. Andre Williams should see 15-20 carries as the Giants’ feature back.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. No worries here. Murray should be in line for another huge workload against the Giants.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) was ruled out for Week 7. Andre Williams should see 15-20 carries as the Giants’ feature back.

Blocking continues to hold Eagles TE Zach Ertz back

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:26pm - [Full Article]

What is holding Zach Ertz back right now is the same thing that holds back a lot of young tight ends: his blocking ability.

In the Eagles' first four games, Ertz played 64.5 percent of the offensive snaps. In the last two against the Rams and Giants, only 40.9 percent.

Ertz was just a part of the problem with the run game. A much bigger part was the three missing starters up front. But when your offensive line is struggling, other shortcomings become magnified.

Reducing Ertz' snaps wasn't an easy thing to do, given his ability as a pass-catcher. But Chip Kelly thought it was critical to do whatever it took to get McCoy going.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz has a terrific series of matchups down the stretch, but his snaps have dropped from the 60-75% range to the 40-45% range. The Eagles do play up tempo, so there are a lot of snaps to go around. Ertz should stay in the low-end TE1 discussion, but he doesn't have major upside as a part-time player.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano: If new WR Kevin Ogletree is not up to speed in time to play Sunday, my expectation is that Preston Parker would handle the slot, as he did Sunday night when Victor Cruz went out. However, Giants coaches have been discussing this for two days and may come up with more creative solutions due to the sudden personnel shortage. Maybe they don't use as many three-wide receiver sets as they have been. Maybe they use multiple tight ends more or lean on that power run game with fullback Henry Hynoski on the field. Maybe rookie Odell Beckham can handle multiple receiver spots and be moved around, though they see him as primarily a speed threat on the outside.

Fantasy Impact:

The thing to glean here is that Ogletree isn't likely to make an immediate impact. Graziano also said that he expects Ogletree to begin making an impact after the Giants' Week 8 bye.

Giants hoping that RB Rashad Jennings will return in Week 9

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:17pm - [Full Article]

The Giants will try to get their running game back on track Sunday in Dallas without Rashad Jennings.

The Giants starting running back will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained MCL in his left knee. He suffered the injury two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Giants have a bye week after the Cowboys game. The hope is that Jennings returns the following week when they face the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"I hope so," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I can't tell you that for sure but we hope."

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Williams carried the ball 16 times in a blowout loss to the Eagles in Week 6, so we're expecting at least that many touches against the Cowboys this week. There has been no indication that Jennings' job is in danger -- Williams is probably the better runner, but he simply isn't the weapon in the passing game that Jennings is.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:36pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

With Giants receiver Victor Cruz out for the year with a torn patellar tendon, they need to add another wideout. Preferably one who can operate in the slot.

According to a league source, the Giants have signed receiver Kevin Ogletree.

Giants unsure of WR strategy after Cruz injury

Monday, October 13, 2014, 1:35pm - [Full Article]

Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talked last week of teaching conceptually. He said the Giants receivers don't learn positions, they master concepts, which allows them to move seamlessly around the field.

With Victor Cruz now out, if Odell Beckham is able to move inside, the Giants can use Preston Parker or rookie Corey Washington on the outside. Parker performed admirably as a wide receiver (11 catches for 158 yards) in the first five games. Washington made the team with an especially strong preseason.

The Giants need a third wide receiver to step into their lineup. They've used at least three receivers on 73 percent of first-and-10s this season in their new offense. Three wide receivers is their base offensive formation.

Fantasy Impact:

The article says that Parker is the most likely option to step up, whether he plays on the inside or outside remains to be seen. The most logical move, according to the story, is for the team to promote Julian Talley from the practice squad as insurance. As for Beckham, he was just learning to play the outside, so the team may opt to keep him there rather than move him to the slot. Beckham should see a lot more targets and will be pressed into more snaps starting next week. Parker looks like a guy who will start to see more time as well and has deeper league potential for the moment. Washington was a preseason stud but hasn't had much work since making the team out of camp.