Giants Fantasy News

Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:23pm

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TE Larry Donnell has Tom Coughlin's attention after a nice practice on Wednesday and made another solid play during 11-on-11s yesterday. Donnell is currently listed as the No. 1 tight end on the team's first unofficial depth chart, and will now look for any way possible to hold on to the job.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:54pm

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No one who was worried about Giants rookie running back Andre Williams' ability to catch the ball out of the backfield went home Thursday feeling any better about it. It's not just bad hands. Williams seems to pick up the ball late and doesn't get himself or his hands in position to catch it. They can use him as a goal-line back right away, and he does show more speed and shiftiness getting through the line than his reputation may indicate. But there are plenty of parts of his game that need work, as he himself has admitted.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:10pm

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The Giants don't have a definitive starter at tight end no matter what the depth chart says, and, as we wrote yesterday, that is not a problem right now.

In the meantime, Tom Coughlin said he's giving equal reps to each player in hopes that a few will separate from the pack and that all will be able to play in games.

In the short-term, it appears that Coughlin has no interest in making a snap decision. Injuries, inevitably, will also help him parse out the depth chart.

"Plenty of time for that," Coughlin said. "We don't have to rush into anythi

Fantasy Impact:

Daniel Fells was running with the first team early in camp, but GM Jerry Reese recently compared Adrien Robinson to Julius Thomas. It's not likely that any Giants TE will be trustworthy in fantasy leagues this season.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:15pm

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Early in training camp, the Giants' goal line work is 'very heavily' rookie RB Andre Williams, per beat writer Ebenezer Samuel.

Fantasy Impact:

It's early, but notable. The Giants may be working Williams in to get some goal line reps knowing what they have in Jennings. Or this could carry over to the season and Williams could turn into a TD vulture. Stay tuned.

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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:54pm

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Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur "would be surprised" if Maurice Jones-Drew isn't the team's starting running back.

Fantasy Impact:

MJD is far from a lock, but given his 8th/9th round price, there isn’t a whole lot of risk here. He’s a good bet to win the starting job in Oakland, and at 29-years-old, we’re not convinced that he’s over the hill. He averaged 4.8 YPC as recently as 2012 and doesn’t have the mileage of a typical 29-year-old back since he was a part-time player for his first three seasons in the league. Rashad Jennings had success down the stretch for the Raiders in 2013 and MJD played ahead of Jennings while in Jacksonville.

Giants RB Andre Williams 'making a strong impression'
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:47pm

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Giants RB Andre Williams is making a strong impression as a rookie. The running back out of Boston College got his share of goal line reps on Wednesday, but the Giants have more in store for him. “Obviously [Boston College] fed him the ball and he was the nation’s leading rusher, so what they were doing had to be right,” new running backs coach Craig Johnsons said. “Every offense is a little bit different. I know they featured him in the run game exclusively there, so when you come to the next level you have to do more multi-faceted things and he is working very hard in that area, as you can see in practice.”

Fantasy Impact:

'Multi-faceted things' is code for 'pass protection' and 'pass-catching,' two things that Williams will have to work on if he hopes to get on the field for the Giants.

Giants have 'concern' about WR Odell Beckham (hamstring)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:37pm

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It was one thing for rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to sit out minicamp with a slight hamstring pull. The Giants and their first-round pick were being cautious.

But one practice into training camp, Beckham pulled up lame again after getting his feet tangled with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. He pulled up on the play, which didn't seem to please coach Tom Coughlin.

Beckham was on the field Wednesday with his helmet and pads, but did nothing aside from stretching and warmups. It admittedly has the Giants concerned.

"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," general manager Jerry Reese said. "But you see that in some young players sometimes. They're a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious and that happens to them."

Fantasy Impact:

It's early, and Beckham could certainly make a quick recovery and return to practice, but it's always worrisome when a young/new player misses valuable reps. This puts a dent in his early season upside; if he's out for a while, we could see Jerrel Jernigan starting alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

Cruz: New offense 'more pass happy,' 'enhances my skills'
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:02pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants WR Victor Cruz is all about the team and winning, but he also likes the sound of 100 catches.

“If there is any offense to do it in, it’s definitely this one. It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past,” he said. “I think I’m a guy that’s capable, so hopefully we can get that done hopefully. Obviously, that comes with wins and all that good stuff.”

“If there is any offense to do it in, it’s definitely this one. It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past,” he said. “I think I’m a guy that’s capable, so hopefully we can get that done hopefully. Obviously, that comes with wins and all that good stuff.”

“It enhances my skills,” he said. “Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it’s beneficial."

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz was the #1 WR through the first four weeks thanks in large part to a 118-yard, three-TD game against the Cowboys in Week 1. (Cruz cracked the 100-yard mark twice more in the first month.) Unfortunately, his production fell off of a cliff in the final 12 games; Cruz was the #59 WR the rest of the way. The Giants’ offense should bounce back under new OC Ben McAdoo who plans to use Cruz in the Randall Cobb role in his version of the West Coast Offense.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:26pm

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Running back David Wilson, who was cleared on Monday for full participation in camp after undergoing a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck in January, took reps with the second-team offense. He was making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field.

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.

David Wilson (neck) cleared to play
Monday, July 21, 2014, 10:36am

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Giants RB David Wilson, who had a follow-up appointment today to receive medical clearance on his surgically repaired spine, was given the green light, according to an announcement made by Wilson himself.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson's return will put a dent in Rashad Jennings' ADP, which is fine by us. Jennings ADP has been creeping up, but Wilson's return should ensure that Jennings is around in the 5th/6th round on draft day. The Giants went out and signed Jennings to be their lead back, so we're envisioning Wilson in a change-of-pace role. He flopped as a RB1 last year and has never had the full trust of Tom Coughlin and Co. in pass protection or ball security.

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:31am

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Giants beat writer Dan Graziano: "There's a role there for rookie fourth-round running back Andre Williams if he can take it. The Giants love to have a big, power running back who can grind out yards up the middle. No matter who the offensive coordinator is, that's going to be something Tom Coughlin wants. But they won't force Williams into playing time if he doesn't show he can handle some of the pass-protection responsibilities and maybe catch a ball or two. So while they like Williams and he was extremely productive in college last year, you shouldn't assume he's going to be a big factor in the run game right away. The Giants don't like to rush rookies, and everything I heard about Williams in spring practices indicated he needed a lot more work."

Fantasy Impact:

We believe Rashad Jennings will be the feature back as long as he's healthy.

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:29am

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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The optimism surrounding David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery continues to mount as we gallop toward training camp.

Echoing general manager Jerry Reese's comments last month, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said at a YMCA donation ceremony on Thursday that the team plans for Wilson to be ready to play.

"We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday's Tom Rock.

Wilson, who seems to always find the ire of coach Tom Coughlin, could play a big role as the change-of-pace back the Giants lack -- if he can stay healthy. Doctors will re-examine his neck on Monday -- the same day the Giants report to training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

We expect Rashad Jennings to carry the load for the Giants. Wilson could become his primary backup if he's deemed fully healthy.