Giants Fantasy News

Giants Beat: Hakeem Nicks could fill in for OBJ

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 8:48pm

New York Post

They may not have Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday. But the Giants still have a pivotal game to play against the Vikings in Minnesota.

And that just might give an old star receiver a chance to rekindle the magic he had in his first go-round in East Rutherford. With Beckham almost certain to sit out on Sunday, Hakeem Nicks seems likely to assume his role.

Nicks, who was signed in mid-November, has gradually seen his snap count increase, and in last Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, while Beckham was running wild, Nicks was playing a season-high 37 snaps and functioning as the Giants’ third receiver. He could find himself starting and playing opposite Rueben Randle against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact:

While Dwayne Harris would seem like the next man up as the team's WR2 opposite of Randle, the story said Harris is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Panthers may rest Jonathan Stewart Week 16

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:02pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Don’t be surprised if the Carolina Panthers rest running back Jonathan Stewart for a second straight week.

Stewart, who suffered a foot sprain in a Dec. 13 win against Atlanta, did not play on Sunday against the New York Giants and he wasn’t at practice on Tuesday as the Panthers (14-0) prepare to face Atlanta again.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the team will likely use a three-man rotation of Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne. Artis-Payne led that group with 14 carries for 59 yards and two catches for 34 yards while playing a season-high 32 snaps. His previous high was 15 in the fourth game. The story added not to be surprised if Artis-Payne take on a bigger role against the Falcons. It's a good fantasy matchup and Payne just may be worth a grab if he's on your waiver wire.

Odell Beckham suspended for Week 16

Monday, December 21, 2015, 4:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The NFL has suspended New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for one game after his on-field antics during Sunday's game against Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers.

The league announced the suspension Monday.

Beckham was whistled for three personal fouls during Sunday's game. He also launched himself into a helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman but was not ejected.

Fantasy Impact:

A previous story we had today said Beckham, through the NFL Players Association, could appeal the ruling. Typically in cases such as this, suspensions come down on Monday and the appeal is heard and a decision is made on Tuesday. Beckham will likely miss a key showdown with the Vikings in Sunday night prime time. The Giants are still alive for the NFC East title so this is a big loss for the offense and for fantasy owners. Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris, Hakeem Nicks and Myles White look like the Giants top-four WRs. Randle had a 4-47-1 line against the Panthers. TE Will Tyle could also get more looks and had a 5-43-1 line last week.

Week 16 game still 'has value' to Panthers

Monday, December 21, 2015, 2:24pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers suffered a few more injury scares during Sunday’s 38-35 win over the Giants, including one involving quarterback Cam Newton, but that isn’t going to cause them to throttle back against the Falcons in Week 16.

During his Monday press conference, coach Ron Rivera said that he’s not going to think about resting any of the team’s healthy starters when there’s value attached to winning a game. The upcoming game against Atlanta has value to the Panthers because they still need to wrap up home field throughout the NFC playoffs, something that pleases Rivera.

“This next game has value. I like the fact that there is value,” Rivera said.

Fantasy Impact:

Should the Panthers lose to the Falcons and the Cardinals beat the Packers, that same value will exist for the regular season finale. Even without the impetus to win this week to put the first seed in their back pocket, this weekend would seem to be a bit early to start taking such heavy precautions against injury when you factor in how much time there will be until Carolina plays their first playoff game, the story said. For now, it looks safe to start any active Panthers in Week 16.

Report: suspension 'likely' for Odell Beckham

Monday, December 21, 2015, 1:00pm

New York Post - [Full Article]

Is Odell Beckham’s lack of composure and mental meltdown against the Panthers going to cost him a game?

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing “league sources,’’ a one-game suspension for Beckham is “likely’’ as the discipline to be imposed by the NFL after Beckham’s out-of-control antics during Sunday’s 38-35 Giants loss to the undefeated Panthers at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants play the Vikings on Sunday in Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact:

If a suspension is slapped on Beckham, it will be announced on Monday, which would allow Beckham, through the NFL Players Association, to appeal the ruling, the story said. Typically in cases such as this, suspensions come down on Monday and the appeal is heard and a decision is made on Tuesday, the story added. It would be a huge loss for the team and fantasy owners. The Giants need a win to stay alive in the NFC East. It's also a prime time game for the Giants and Vikings this week. Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Hakeem Nicks would see bigger roles if Beckham is suspended.

Lamar Miller not happy with role

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:56pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After the Dolphins lost to the Giants in Week 14, running back Lamar Miller expressed his feeling that he should continue to get the ball if he’s doing well when asked about getting five second half carries despite running well in the first two quarters.

Miller was back on the bench in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, carrying twice for one yard while the Dolphins opted to go with Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams instead of Miller. Miller wasn’t as effective in the first half as he’d been the previous week, but still felt frustrated that he wasn’t part of the offense after halftime.

“I mean, yeah, because I feel like I could help this team win,” Miller said, via the Palm Beach Post. “You know, I’m pretty sure everybody wanted to be on the field competing with their teammates and … I don’t know.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Dolphins were down big in San Diego, leading them to pass more in the second half but Miller’s been their most productive receiver out of the backfield in addition to leading the team in rushing.

Giants Beat: NFL has case to suspend Odell Beckham

Monday, December 21, 2015, 9:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As they do every week, NFL executives will gather Monday morning at league headquarters in New York City. They'll discuss the most noteworthy events of the weekend, and atop their list will be a vexing question: What to do about New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?

Beckham is a lock for a hefty fine and is a genuine candidate to be suspended after an out-of-control performance Sunday in the Giants' 38-35 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

First, as I noted Sunday, the NFL made fighting and other extracurricular activity a point of emphasis for 2015. The expected uptick of ejections has not materialized, however. The league asks officials to disqualify players for "flagrant" acts that it defines as "extremely objectionable, conspicuous, unnecessary, avoidable or gratuitous." Referee Terry McAulay's failure to follow through with Beckham could trigger the league to make up for it with a suspension.

Fantasy Impact:

The author went on to say: NFL evaluates each case on its own merits, and this one is complicated. But there is every expectation that the league will give strong consideration to suspending Beckham for the Giants' nationally televised game Sunday night at the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants are still alive for the division so this is a big game in prime time.

Source: Julian Edelman will not play Week 15

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 10:01pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Julian Edelman will not play tomorrow against the Titans, according to a source. Edelman is listed as doubtful but has participated in the Patriots’ last four practices on a limited basis.

Edelman will miss his fifth consecutive game with a broken foot that he suffered in the first quarter against the Giants. At the time of the injury, which required surgery, the absolute earliest Edelman could’ve returned was Week 16 against the Jets, but the possibility existed that he could miss the remainder of the regular season.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s still too early to know whether Edelman could return next week against the Jets, the story said.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Giants WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. If he can’t play, Odell Beckham may play even more in the slot to avoid matching up with shutdown corner Josh Norman.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Olsen should play in Week 15 against the G-Men. The Giants are #22 in TE aFPA, so Olsen only trails Rob Gronkowski in our tight end rankings.

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm

Giants WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. This is a new injury for Harris.

Campbell: Lamar Miller's ankle injury caused them to abandon run

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 3:10pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that running back Lamar Miller only had one carry in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 31-24 loss to the New York Giants because of an ankle injury.

That contradicts Miller, who said after the game his right ankle was fine.

“This is the first that I’ve heard of, that he was OK to go in the second (half),” Campbell said. “If that’s what he told you guys…I knew that he wasn’t in there for a spell because I saw him limp off the field.

“So at that point I was just trying to manage the game.”

Miller, who ended with 12 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns, left the game after his two-yard carry in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and sat on the trainer’s table on the sideline where his right ankle got medical attention. Miller didn't get another carry.

Fantasy Impact:

Campbell has recently harped on running the ball, especially under play-caller/quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, who replaced fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor two games ago. But the Dolphins, who rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries, seemed to abandon the run in the fourth quarter Monday. Campbell said it was first because of Miller’s injury, and then because of the game situation.

Jonathan Stewart has sprained foot

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11:01am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers have a chance to wrap up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win this weekend and a Cardinals loss, but they may not have running back Jonathan Stewart available to help them with their end of the equation.

Stewart exited last Sunday’s game against the Falcons early because of a foot injury, but coach Ron Rivera said it wasn’t a serious injury after the game and suggested Stewart might have returned had the Panthers not been up by so much on their way to a 38-0 victory. That caution may extend to this weekend.

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart is dealing with a sprain and that his status for the game against the Giants is “unclear” at this point in the week.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the Panthers’ record, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them opt to go with Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne out of the backfield to ensure Stewart is healthy when the Panthers need him in the postseason.

Monday, December 14, 2015, 7:09pm

Giants Inactives
Emmett Cleary OT
Geremy Davis WR
Adam Gettis OG
Tramain Jacobs DB
Devon Kennard OLB
Stansly Maponga DE
Brandon Meriweather SS

Week 14 MNF Injury Report: Giants vs. Dolphins

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 5:39pm

NEW YORK Giants at MIAMI Dolphins

GIANTS
OUT
LB Devon Kennard (foot, hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
DE Robert Ayers (neck), T Ereck Flowers (ankle), S Brandon Meriweather (knee)

PROBABLE
T Marshall Newhouse (back)

Dolphins
OUT
T Ja'Wuan James (toe), WR Rishard Matthews (ribs), TE Brandon Williams (foot)

QUESTIONABLE
DT Earl Mitchell (calf)

PROBABLE
T Branden Albert (not injury related), LS John Denney (neck), LB Jelani Jenkins (ankle), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), DT Jordan Phillips (shoulder), C Mike Pouncey (foot), WR Kenny Stills (ankle)

Fantasy Impact:

With Matthews out, DeVante Parker becomes a much more attractive play this week as the team's WR2. Landy is probable with a knee issue but should be good to go.

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