Giants Fantasy News

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:17pm

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

It’s the year of the rookie wide receiver in the NFL and as much as Giants WR Odell Beckham has stood out, he’s got plenty of company.

A dozen or more rookies are making impacts, and while the list includes first-round picks like Beckham, the Bucs’ Mike Evans, the PanthersKelvin Benjamin, the BillsSammy Watkins and the Saints’ now-injured Brandin Cooks, second rounder Allen Robinson of the Jaguars, third-rounder John Brown in Arizona and even an undrafted free agent like the BrownsTaylor Gabriel are getting into the act.

Of the 12 WRs selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 draft, only one, Cody Latimer, who has been a healthy scratch most of the year for the Broncos, hasn’t reached double digits in catches. At this pace, it will be the best receiving class in history. Draft experts agreed this was going to be a rich, deep vein but they’ve even gone beyond expectations.

Fantasy Impact:

It never used to be that way but rookie WRs are now making an immediate impact and help to make it a deep position in the fantasy world. Drafting them in the right round is often the key to taking advantage of their value, though. For the most part, the guys mentioned above in the story did take at least some time to develop. As always, the later you can snag a rookie, and let him ride your bench until he develops is the key. We try not to advise our subscribers to jump too early on them despite excitement surround them.

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Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Bortles will be fine for a solid matchup against the Giants.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Giants WR Odell Beckham (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Beckham left the game briefly on Sunday night but returned to finish the game. He will play against Jacksonville in Week 13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Bortles should be fine for a solid matchup against the Giants.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Giants WR Odell Beckham (back) practiced fully Wednesday. Beckham left the game briefly on Sunday night but returned to finish the game. He is expected to play against Jacksonville in Week 13.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:53am

New York Daily News - [Full Article]

Odell Beckham Jr. was the best player on the field on Sunday night, but briefly left the game with what the team called a back injury in the fourth quarter.

Beckham made his tenth catch of the evening early in the fourth and tried to stretch for a first down, but was taken down by several Cowboys defenders. He appeared to take an elbow and then a foot to the helmet while being tackled.

Fantasy Impact:

After being examined by trainers for several moments, Beckham got to his feet but stumbled backward, still obviously shaken up, the story said. He was then taken to the locker room but returned minutes later and was on for the Giants' next series.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When the Dallas Cowboys practice on Monday, quarterback Tony Romo plans to be on the field.

"I don’t know that we’re going to have much time to go too hard," Romo said after the Cowboys beat the New York Giants on Sunday. "I think if you’re playing in football games, I’m sure you can make it through walk-throughs."

Romo has not practiced all three days leading up to a game since the second game of the season as he has rested and rehabbed his surgically repaired back. With a quick turnaround for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, the Cowboys will not have a strenuous practice schedule.

They will have a quick practice on Monday and hold a "Wednesday" practice on Tuesday and a red-zone and short-yardage practice on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Romo has a potential great matchup Thanksgiving, at home against the Eagles. There could be a lot of points scored this game and Romo should have a solid ranking when ours come out later this week. Romo plays the Eagles twice in the next three weeks.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:37pm

Giants Inactives
Mike Harris DB
Cullen Jenkins DT
Brandon Mosley G
Justin Pugh T
Dallas Reynolds G
Jacquian Williams OLB
Kerry Wynn DE

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:49pm - [Full Article]

Given the Giants' rushing woes, perhaps we shouldn't have been shocked that running back Rashad Jennings stayed on the field for nearly every snap against the San Francisco 49ers. But with Jennings clearly still rusty after a six-week layoff, it was certainly surprising that his backup, rookie Andre Williams barely saw any action.

Instead, in hopes of playing a ball-control style of offense, the Giants upped the snap count for players like backup tight end Daniel Fells in the jumbo package to give Jennings and the offensive line an extra blocker.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams underwhelmed as the feature back in Jennings' absence, failing to crack 60 yards and never rushing for more than 3.5 yards per carry over his four games as the starter. The story went on to say there were moments against the Niners, especially in short-yardage situations, where Williams might have been used earlier in the season, but for whatever reason was left on the bench. It appears to be good news for Jennings owners who stuck with him through the layoff. In Week 12, the Giants host Dallas, followed by Jacksonville and Tennessee which are fairly favorable matchups. However, the Redskins and Rams are in store for playoff Weeks 15 and 16, and present much more difficult matchups.

Peyton Hillis (concussion) placed on IR

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:18pm - [Full Article]

Peyton Hillis is done for 2014.

The Giants announced Saturday that the veteran running back, who suffered a concussion in Week 10's loss to the Seahawks, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

This is the second straight year that Hillis has been sidelined by a concussion. He missed a game last December with the same issue, also suffered against the Seahawks. He finishes the season with 26 carries for 115 yards to go with 10 receptions for 87 yards. The Giants replaced Hillis on the roster by signing linebacker Justin Anderson off the practice squad.

Hillis, 28, primarily served as a third-down back for New York.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Williams will be rejoined in the backfield this week by Rashad Jennings, who is expected to return to action on Sunday against the 49ers after missing five games with an MCL sprain, the story said. The 49ers don't present a great matchup for the running game however. Jennings is expected to get the bigger workload.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. No worries here. Gore is an attractive play against a Giants defense that just gave up 350 rushing yards to the Seahawks in Week 10.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Jennings is expected to return to a sizable role, though HC Tom Coughlin said that he doesn’t “intend for him to carry a full load.” Jennings averaged over 20 touches per game in five games, and we currently have him projected for about 16 touches. The matchup isn’t good against the 49ers, but Mark Ingram was able to run on San Francisco last week, so there is some optimism for Jennings.

49ers Beat: Colin Kaepernick will use read-option in Week 11

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on the team's inability to stop Russell Wilson in Week 10: What the Giants showed Sunday in Seattle was a complete inability to handle Seattle's basic zone-read run game. They bought the play fake every time, and the only time they stuck with the quarterback was when he did hand it off to Marshawn Lynch. If they'd gone into the game intentionally trying to make the wrong play on every zone-read play, they couldn't have done as good a job of it as they actually did. It was a fiasco.

49ers beat writer Paul Guitierrez on the team's use of the read-option this season: While there is no doubt that the read-option was a huge part of Colin Kaepernick's arrival on the national consciousness, it has been virtually nonexistent as a play call this season. Sure, Kaepernick is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and is on pace to rush for a career-high 530 yards, but his running game has been more threat than design, if that makes sense. It's all part of the Niners' desire to keep him healthy, obviously, and to make him more of a pocket passer. Still, given the way the Seahawks shredded the Giants' run defense, I would be shocked -- shocked! -- if the Niners shied away from pounding the rock with Frank Gore to set up the read-option for Kaepernick.

Fantasy Impact:

Russell Wilson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Giants, who showed a complete inability to play the read-option, so it would be a surprise if the 49ers didn't bring it back to get a win in New York. Kaepernick is rushing for a career high 33 yards per game (which is slighly above his career average), but against the Giants he could double that number if the team is willing to use the read-option.

Giants Beat: RB Rashad Jennings will 'resume his role' as 'bell cow'

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on the return of RB Rashad Jennings: Jennings returned to practice Wednesday, and barring a setback they expect him to play Sunday and resume his role as the bell cow in their offense. They're 0-4 without him, averaging 83 rush yards per game as opposed to the 121 they were averaging with him. He's a three-down back who can pick up the blitz and catch the ball out of the backfield as well as pick up those "dirty" yards (as he calls them) on first and second downs.

Fantasy Impact:

Another beat writer predicted a 60/40 split in Week 11 and common sense dictates that Jennings won't return to 20-plus carries in his first game back. We're currently projecting around 16 touches in a game in which the Giants may have a tough time sticking with the run. The 49ers are #1 in RB aFPA, so it's a tough matchup, though the loss of Patrick Willis is a reason for optimism.