Giants Fantasy News

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:30am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

In his first year as the head coach in Washington, Jay Gruden figured he could coach the quarterbacks himself. Gruden was a college and arena football quarterback, and he wanted to take a hands-on approach to the most important position.

But after franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled last season, Gruden decided he needed an assistant who could spend all his time coaching the quarterbacks. So Gruden hired a full-time quarterbacks coach, Matt Cavanaugh. Gruden says he can already see that Griffin is benefiting from Cavanaugh’s presence.

“Now we have a set of eyes strictly on the quarterback, and I think that’s important,” Gruden said, via Richmond.com. “Every snap, every handoff, every dropback is being critiqued to make sure we do it the right way, and I think that’s been a big benefit for Robert.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cavanaugh spent 14 seasons as an NFL quarterback for the Patriots, 49ers, Eagles and Giants, and has spent 23 seasons as a quarterbacks coach, first at his alma mater the University of Pittsburgh, and then for the Cardinals, 49ers, Bears, Ravens and Jets. Griffin agrees that he’s benefiting from Cavanaugh’s knowledge, the story went on to say. Despite that, we have Griffin ranked 20th among our QBs and he isn't getting a lot of draft attention in ten team leagues. The potential is there, and if you're looking to grab a second QB late in your draft, Griffin should be there.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:18am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan answered a question about WR Rueben Randle and his role this upcoming season.

Raanan: Giants WR Rueben Randle had a strong spring. He was the best wide receiver on the field by a wide margin, but that was because Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz were sidelined by injuries.

I think last year was pretty much what we can expect from Randle now and moving forward. He's good for 60-70 catches and 800-1,000 yards. It's just hard to see anything more given his lack of explosiveness. Randle averaged 3.2 yards after the catch last season. That was 65th out of 76 receivers who played at least 50 percent of the snaps. He also caught only 58.2 percent of the passes thrown in his direction. That was 60th out of 76 receivers. In comparison, quarterback Eli Manning completed 70.5 percent of his passes to Odell Beckham Jr.

Fantasy Impact:

Raanan went on to say that all this doesn't even take into account that there seems to be something missing with Randle. He was benched twice for the first quarter of games last season. This doesn't seem to indicate a receiver on the verge of something really big, he went on to say. He also, at times, didn't seem to be on the same page as Manning, which could also hurt his production. Randle is ranked 59th on our list of WRs.

Giants Beat: Three RBs to split up carries

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 10:29am

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Three Giants beat writers answered a question about RB Rashad Jennings’ injury issues last year, making the Giants more likely to split carries at running back a little more.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Regardless of Jennings’ injury history, the Giants are going to split carries because they have three very talented running backs that all deserve to touch the ball. I expect Jennings to be the bell cow with help from Williams, Vereen to be the third down back, and for Williams to get a lot of goal line and short yardage carries.

DAN SALOMONE: Regardless of any injuries, I think the running backs are all going to see a fair share of carries this season because they all bring something a little different to the table. Jennings is an all-around back, Andre Williams is a bruiser, and newly-signed Shane Vereen is a third-down threat out of the backfield.

LANCE MEDOW: The Giants will likely split carries at running back a little more this season but I think it has more to do with the depth in the backfield than Rashad Jennings’ injury issues in 2014. With Andre Williams coming off a productive rookie campaign and Shane Vereen adding some versatility and veteran experience, those two will take away some carries from Jennings just like Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw spread the wealth in 2008.

Fantasy Impact:

All three writers seem to feel the same way: Jennings should get a bulk of the early down work with Williams a change of pace and short yardage guy, and, Vereen seeing a lot of time on third down. We have Jennings ranked 26th which puts him in the flex/RB3 zone. Vereen is 38th overall but will likely be rated higher in PPR rankings. Both Jennings and Vereen present middle-of-the-draft value, but will come with risks week-to-week depending on matchups.

Monday, June 29, 2015, 9:52am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bucs WR Mike Evans helped make the 2014 rookie receiver class one of the best in NFL history.

Along with Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and others, the young group boasts a potent combo of playmaking and stardom.

When asked by USA Today's Tom Pelissero recently if there is a competition within the group to be the best, Evans wouldn't constrain it to merely his own draft class.

"I'm just trying to be the best, period," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

While Beckham bathed in the spotlight in 2014, especially after his ridiculous one-handed catch on Sunday Night Football, Evans put up his 12-touchdown, 1,051-yard season relatively quietly on a two-win Buccaneers team. You can argue Evans' QB situation was among the worst of that group. But with Jameis Winston under the helm and Evans taking over the "X" receiver role in the Bucs' new offense under coordinator Dirk Koetter, the second-year pass catcher is confident he can push his name further into the national consciousness. We think so too as Evans is ranked eighth among our WRs this season heading into camps. He has an ADP of the third round and we project him for over 10 TDs and 1,200 yards.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 4:39pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Giants QB Eli Manning, 34, signed a six-year, $97 million deal with the Giants in 2009. It's been re-worked frequently to create salary-cap room but Manning's still on the same deal. It expires after the 2015 season.

Despite his age and despite his propensity for throwing picks (he's led the league three times, including 2013), Manning has two Super Bowl MVP awards and certainly qualifies as a top-end quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

From a fantasy perspective, Manning had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2014, throwing for 4,410 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions. That he did it in a new offensive scheme is only more impressive. It was a rough start for the Giants but the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr at WR certainly helped turn around the offense. WR Victor Cruz should be back healthy and the team signed Shane Vereen as a pass-catching running back. The point of the story is more times than not, QBs tend to get deals done with their current team, so there's a good chance Manning stays in New York - and he has the potential for a nice 2015. He's ranked ninth on our QB list heading into camps. With an ADP of the 12th round, he's a potential sneaky pick because guys behind him in our rankings - Tony Romo, Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford - all project to come off the board before Manning.

Dez Bryant's agent, Cowboys meet about contract

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 5:02pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With the deadline to agree to a long-term deal coming July 15, Tom Condon, the agent for wide receiver Dez Bryant, and the Dallas Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting in nearly four months within the past week, according to sources.

Last month, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team would make a push to sign Bryant to a deal, but much work remains before that actually happens.

Bryant has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag tender in hopes of a deal with larger guaranteed money. Bryant's camp has threatened to miss regular-season games even though there would be no financial incentive. After July 15, Bryant has to play the season on the tender and the two sides could begin negotiations again after the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant missed most of the Cowboys' offseason program, showing up for a handful of workouts and an organized team activity, according to the story. Bryant attended the final day of the Cowboys' mandatory minicamp on June 18 but did not practice. The Cowboys do not believe the threat to miss games because it would cost Bryant roughly $754,000 each week. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he believes Bryant will be "leading the way" when the Cowboys open the season Sept. 13 against the New York Giants. Bryant is ranked fourth on our WR list with an ADP of late in the first round.

Giants WR Victor Cruz says his recovery is 'a little over 80 percent'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 9:42pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last week after the final practice of minicamp that it is “not the intent” to put WR Victor Cruz on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp, which opens July 30.

“Obviously coming off an injury like the one I had, you want to be able to come back stronger and come back in tip-top shape,” Cruz said during an interview with Giants.com. “And I think I’m headed there. I think I’m about a little over 80 percent. These six weeks will be huge for me to continue to build on that and continue to be the force that I was before. So [I’m] just taking it one day at a time.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in mid-October, so it's no sure thing that he'll be back for the start of the season, though recent reports are positive. He's not going to get the same number of targets given Odell Beckham's emergence as a top-flight wideout. Cruz will likely play the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so there is some upside if he's fully healthy by Week 1.

Giants Beat: RB Andre Williams may 'have trouble finding a role'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:44pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan of NJ.com wonders about the role of RB Andre Williams:

Rashad Jennings ran primarily with the first-team offense. Free-agent acquisition Shane Vereen was mixed in constantly, especially on passing downs. Where does that leave Williams, the second-year back out of Boston College, after a strong rookie season? Williams might have trouble finding a role if the other two stay healthy. Jennings may even be a better, more effective short-yardage and/or goal-line back.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams averaged 3.3 YPC as a rookie (Jennings averaged 3.8 YPC), so the team probably isn't making it a priority to get the second-year back on the field. It appears that Williams will serve as Jennings' backup, so as long as Jennings stays healthy, he should see the bulk of the carries on 1st and 2nd down.

Patriots Beat: RB James White 'looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen'

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:52pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

In the battle of third-down backs, James White looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen. He’s lined up in all the same places, and turned in some spectacular catches, particularly on wheel routes coming out of the backfield. He’s made a few drops, but all in all, looks great. It’s important to remember he also looked great last year at this time before falling off the map.

Free agent pickup Dion Lewis has earned praise on the field from Brady for his route-running. He’s also been a primary kick returner in drills. He has some giddy-up in his step.

Travaris Cadet, another free agent who was the third down back in New Orleans, has had some good moments.

“If they don’t look good in shorts and t-shirts, we got a problem,” running backs coach Ivan Fears reminded us last week. “Let’s wait ’til the bullets start flying.”

Fantasy Impact:

There was a similar report last week that Cadet had the lead in the competition, so this job is still very much up in the air. If one player takes over Vereen's role, then he'll be immediately relevant in PPR formats.

Eagles HC Chip Kelly praises TE Zach Ertz's blocking

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 1:32pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"He's doing a great job for us,'' Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of TE Zach Ertz. "He's got an unbelievable work ethic, has really had no offseason in terms of what he did this past; from when our season ended against the Giants to when we started the offseason program in terms of what he did to work on his craft and make himself better not only as a receiver but as a blocker."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint. It's good to hear that Kelly is happy with his blocking -- that's the key to more playing time.

Jaguars Beat: Allen Robinson is 'by far' team's top receiver

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:56pm

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Allen Robinson is by far the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver.

A quick canvas of the league revealed 10 No. 1-caliber receivers: Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffrey, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeMaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

Robinson, the Jaguars’ second-year receiver, is below that level, but on this team at this moment, he’s the best.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. He posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. The Jacksonville receiving corps should feature Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If QB Blake Bortles can progress, this could be a dangerous passing game, and Robinson would be the primary beneficiary.

Giants Beat: QB Eli Manning 'is in for a big season' in second year in offense

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:52pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan:

QB Eli Manning looked sharp this spring on the days the media was allowed inside the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. His interceptions were down (even if it's just practice). His arm looked lively. And he set the tone with an intensity you rarely see from Manning on the practice.

Usually, he's stoic. Business-like, really. This spring he was pumping his fist on touchdowns and waving his arms in self-disgust on easy misses.

Something tells me Manning is in for a big season in the second year in Ben McAdoo's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

Giants Beat: RB Shane Vereen 'not just going to be a third-down back'

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:50pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Get ready for a lot of Shane Vereen, the versatile running back signed as a free agent this offseason. Vereen seemed to find his way onto the field constantly, and was catching pass after pass. He's not just going to be a third-down back.

"He can be a quarterback's best friend in a way in the passing game," McAdoo said.

Remember, the Giants like to pass on first, second and third down these days.

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen’s arrival in New York puts a dent in the fantasy value of both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Vereen has always been a factor in PPR formats, and the Giants have shown a willingness to utilize their running backs in the passing game (e.g. Tiki Barber) under HC Tom Coughlin. Vereen should post solid RB3 numbers in PPR formats, provided he stays healthy.

Eli: Giants' offense is 'crisper...faster'

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:46pm

NY Times - [Full Article]

On Thursday, the Giants completed a mandatory three-day minicamp that was encouraging from an offensive standpoint, despite the absence of the injured star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. The play-calling was crisp. Assignments were executed. Routes were run as designed. And Eli Manning was repeatedly on time and on target with his throws.

The Giants are operating with a certainty that was missing last year throughout the off-season, training camp and the start of the regular season. Players are no longer thinking before they act. They grasp the playbook and allow their athleticism to take over.

Manning added: “I feel we are doing things a little bit crisper, a little bit faster.”

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

If Eagles QB Sam Bradford isn't ready for training camp, 'something has gone horribly wrong'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"If I'm not ready for 11 on 11 by training camp, then something has gone horribly wrong,'' Eagles QB Sam Bradford, who is coming back from his second ACL tear in two years, said. "That's the plan right now. We're going to keep plugging away and be ready when camp starts.''

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Bradford is on track for camp. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

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