Giants Fantasy News

Giants want to play an 'up-tempo, attacking-style' offense
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:10am

NY Post - [Full Article]

When he took the job, new HC Ben McAdoo said the Giants would be “an up-tempo, attacking-style offense” — words that are like salsa music to Victor Cruz’s ears.

“I’m for all [going] up-tempo, getting a lot of catches, making a lot of plays,” he said. “That’s what I want to do — that’s kind of right up my alley. I’m excited to hear that, and I’m excited to get in there and learn the offense and get it going.”

With unrestricted free agent Hakeem Nicks uncertain to return, the Giants will look to Jernel Jernigan, who impressed at the end of this past season, to replace Nicks’ production, should he leave.

Fantasy Impact:

If Nicks leaves, Jernigan and Randle would likely see an uptick in snaps and targets. For his part, Jernigan was the #2 WR over the final three weeks of the season. It's a small sample, but it underlines his upside when he gets a good amount of playing time. As for the offense, Eli Manning has the experience to push the tempo and make adjustments at the line of scrimmage. The Giants offense should be better in 2014.

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G-Men hire Packers assistant Ben McAdoo as OC
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The Giants have hired former Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as their next offensive coordinator, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

McAdoo, 36, has seen his star rise over the past few seasons as a tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. He signed a two-year deal with the Giants.

McAdoo comes highly recommended by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and it sounds like multiple teams heeded that advice. McAdoo had an interview with the Dolphins today and was on his way to Baltimore next

Fantasy Impact:

McAdoo is a Mike McCarthy disciple so expect to see a similar philosophy as he takes over the Giants' offense.

David Wilson to have neck surgery on Jan. 16
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 4:41pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Here are the details on David Wilson's surgery: He'll have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck on Jan. 16.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson is expected to return to football, though the Giants aren't counting on him to be their starter in 2014.

Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:24pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants HC Tom Coughlin on WR Jerrel Jernigan: "I saw a different young man late in the season -- a very, very competitive guy."

Fantasy Impact:

Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games. With Hakeem Nicks likely gone, there should be considerable role for Jernigan alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

Friday, January 3, 2014, 1:20pm

Brandon Jacobs, Twitter - [Full Article]

RB Brandon Jacobs has retired from the NFL.

After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats. I've had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come!

Fantasy Impact:

Jacobs' swan song was a 22-carry, 106-yard, two-TD performance against the Bears in Week 6.

Giants OC Kevin Gilbride retires
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 5:54pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants OC Kevin Gilbride has announced that he's retiring at the age of 62.

Fantasy Impact:

He's apparently been talking about retirement for a while, but this announcement was likely accelerated by the Giants' offensive woes this season.

Giants interested in re-signing Andre Brown
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:55am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants RB Andre Brown, who had almost 600 all purpose yards in eight games, is an impending free agent who has been measured about his future plans. After being involved in more than a dozen league transactions already, cut and signed by five different teams, Brown knows not to get his hopes up.

As he left the facility on Monday, though, he told The Star-Ledger he would be willing to get a deal done with the Giants as soon as possible. According to a person familiar with the situation, the team has already expressed interest in retaining the running back for next season.

Fantasy Impact:

David Wilson's long-term health is a question mark, so the Giants would be wise to lock up Brown to an affordable deal.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:38pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Vikings QB Josh Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.

One of Freeman's agents, Erik Burkhardt, said "anything about meetings or missing anything is false."

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman was thrown in the fire against the Giants where he played poorly and also suffered concussion symptoms. Former HC Leslie Frazier couldn't go back once Freeman was healthy, particularly because the consensus in the locker room was Matt Cassel should have kept the job after he led the Vikings to their first win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, three weeks before Freeman's debut. However, playing Freeman too soon was a big part of why Frazier was fired this week.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8:21pm

Mike Garafolo on Twitter - [Full Article]

Two days after a high-ankle sprain, Giants QB Eli Manning is still in a boot and on crutches.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning wouldn't have been able to play this week, according to the tweet. Manning should be fine, but it's a fitting ending to what was a brutal season.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:13pm

Newark Star-Ledger - [Full Article]

Kevin Gilbride's seven-year run as Giants offensive coordinator appears to be days away from coming to an end.

There are high-ranking officials in the Giants organization that believe Gilbride will be fired, according to a source with knowledge of the organization's thinking. And the belief is that unless something surprising occurs in organizational meetings over the next week, the Giants will have a new offensive coordinator next season.

It may take some time before the move is made official. The Giants are in the process of an organization evaluation that head coach Tom Coughlin said could stretch into next week.

Fantasy Impact:

This is due to reports of a disconnect between the WRs and QB Eli Manning which resulted in Manning throwing 27 interceptions this season. According to the story, the source said it's unlikely Coughlin will put his job on the line for Gilbride.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:09pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Brandon Jacobs says he's undecided about playing next year, but he'll need four months of recovery time from his knee surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely that Jacobs would return to the Giants, but the team will need to keep Andre Brown and David Wilson on the field first.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:07pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle said his knee is OK. Just some swelling. It needs rest and he'll then be reevaluated in two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

With the status of Hakeem Nicks up in the air, but unlikely he'll be back, Randle has a chance for an increased role in 2014.

Greg Schiano ousted by Bucs
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Greg Schiano has been fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mark Dominik is out as general manager, one day after the team completed its third straight losing season.

"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction,'' co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.

"Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."

Fantasy Impact:

Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons after being a surprise hire out of Rutgers in 2012. Known as a team builder and disciplinarian, Schiano was brought in to tighten up the loose atmosphere that prevailed under predecessor Raheem Morris. Schiano's militaristic ways drew complaints from some players. He also drew anger from around the league, particularly from New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin after Schiano had the Bucs try to break up a victory formation during a loss early last season. Of course there was also the whole Josh Freeman saga that resulted in him being let go. Lovie Smith has been linked to this job, while Schiano could be targeted by Penn State if Bill O'Brien leaves.

Saturday, December 28, 2013, 11:56am

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz was back at the Giants’ practice facility Friday afternoon, walking the hall outside the locker room while his teammates were at practice. He maintained that he expected to be ready for offseason training sessions and estimated that his timetable to rehabilitate from minor surgery on his left knee would take 6-8 weeks.

Still, he was already planning on spending more time with quarterback Eli Manning and his fellow receivers to repair what Cruz called a “disconnect” this year.

“I want to make it a point to get with Eli a little bit more, get with our quarterbacks a little bit more and get the receiving corps together as much as we can to kind of build that more,” Cruz said.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz was limited to four touchdowns, Hakeem Nicks has yet to catch a touchdown pass and Manning has thrown 26 interceptions through 15 games. Cruz missed part of his offseason workouts with Manning because of his contract negotiations, but vowed to get back on the same page as Manning and the others in the coming months. He will be deliberate in how he approaches his recovery, as well, the story pointed out.

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