Giants Fantasy News

Jets WR Brandon Marshall surprise scratch; RB Matt Forte debuts

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

So much for Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick using the third preseason game to recapture their old chemistry.

Marshall was a surprise scratch on Saturday night for the New York Jets' annual preseason game against the New York Giants. The Jets provided no information on why Marshall was declared inactive.

Marshall was spotted on the field during the pre-game warm-ups. He appeared to be in good spirits, smiling and chatting with team personnel. He declined to say why he wouldn't be playing.

As expected, running back Matt Forte is active and will make his Jets debut. He missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Coach Todd Bowles has closely monitored the reps of his older players throughout the preseason, but resting Marshall, 32, in the most important game would be unusual. He played only 23 snaps in the first two games, recording only two receptions for eight yards. It's possible that Marshall suffered a minor injury in practice. Practices are now closed to the media and Bowles doesn't volunteer any injury information, the story said.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa hoping to get his chance

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:38pm - [Full Article]

Orleans Darkwa is used to being patient.

The Giants running back didn't get a carry until Week 7 last season. Darkwa made the most of that opportunity, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 27-20 win over the Cowboys.

Darkwa is hoping to again seize his opportunity in the Giants' third preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., CBS).

"Patience has been my life story," Darkwa said. "You're always going to be frustrated at times, but at the same time, it might be a blessing in disguise. You never know."

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are locked into their roles as the lead back and the third-down back, respectively. Fifth-round pick Paul Perkins is all but guaranteed a roster spot. That leaves Darkwa and fellow third-year veteran Andre Williams in a battle for what will likely be the final running back spot, the story said. Williams has got more of a look to this point so this is a Darkwa's big chance. Williams has had 15 carries for 56 yards on 35 snaps.

Giants WR Victor Cruz says he 'feels great' and is 'ready' to return

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:05pm - [Full Article]

Anticipation for Victor Cruz’s return to game action continues to build at the facility as Ben McAdoo said the team is “very optimistic” about the chances for Saturday night. A knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014 ended one season for Cruz, a calf injury halted another, and a groin injury kept him out of the first two preseason games this year.

“I’m ready,” Cruz said. “Obviously it’s been a long time coming. I had a good week of practice, everything feels great so I’m just excited to put that out there on the game field for the first time in a long time.”

Fantasy Impact:

We'll see how Cruz's body holds up to game action. If he comes back at full strength, he'll alter the outlook for rookie Sterling Shepard, but at this point it seems more likely that Cruz will return to the lineup in a smaller role.

Giants WR Victor Cruz impresses in return to practice

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7:20pm - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz returned to practice today without limitations and looked very much like … Victor Cruz.

Lining up most often in the slot, Cruz caught several passes and demonstrated an impressive burst running upfield.

“Just seeing him back out there catching some balls, bursting a little bit, it feels good,” Odell Beckham said. “It feels right."

Fantasy Impact:

This was considered a big week for Cruz's comeback attempt and it seems to be off to a good start. HC Ben McAdoo said it's important for Cruz to be able to play in one of the final two preseason games.

Giants plan to have WR Victor Cruz Saturday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1:23pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz didn’t play in last Saturday’s game against the Bills, but he dressed for warmups to move closer to playing in a game than he’s been since tearing his patella tendon in the 2014 season.

The plan for this week is to take the next step and get Cruz on the field against the Jets. On Tuesday, Cruz was a participant in his first full practice since hurting his groin two weeks ago and coach Ben McAdoo said that the team will have him in the lineup if all goes well the next couple of days.

“We’ll find out more today and tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to seeing him,” McAdoo said, via the New York Daily News. “It was nice to see him in the uniform in pre-game the other day.”

Fantasy Impact:

The goal is to see how he plays and how his body handles playing to get a better idea of what to expect from him. This remains a big week for Cruz in his comeback attempt.

Monday, August 22, 2016, 6:12pm - [Full Article]

Two days after Tom Obarski pulled a short field goal to the left in an ugly 21-0 preseason loss to the Bills, the Giants have made a move to bolster their unconventional kicking situation, waiving Obarski and signing veteran Randy Bullock after a successful tryout on Monday. Bullock's signing was first reported by The Record's Art Stapleton.

Fantasy Impact:

The organization is not wavering in its support of the embattled Josh Brown, who will be suspended for the season opener due to a violation of the personal conduct policy stemming from his May 22, 2015 arrest on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence after an altercation with his then-wife in Woodinville, Wash. The charge was dismissed five days later, the story said.

Crucial week for Giants WR Victor Cruz

Monday, August 22, 2016, 8:55am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz's professional life rests on the results of this upcoming week. It’s the biggest week of the New York Giants wide receiver’s career since the summer of 2010, when he needed an enormous preseason performance against the New York Jets to introduce himself to the world.

And whom do the Giants play later this week? The Jets, of course. The perfect stage for Cruz's reintroduction.

Cruz is trying desperately to return to game action this week for the first time in almost two years. He’s been dealing with a nagging groin problem this summer, on the heels of calf and knee injuries the previous two years. It has been almost two weeks since Cruz last finished a practice, and almost two years since he last appeared in a game.

Fantasy Impact:

The former Pro Bowl receiver will practice on Monday, when the Giants run a light workout centered on conditioning. Cruz didn’t play on Saturday, but he did participate in warm-ups and run some routes before the game. That was considered a significant step in his comeback.

Monday, August 22, 2016, 8:49am - [Full Article]

The New York Giants' coaching staff said Josh Brown's one-game suspension was a "golden opportunity" for training camp leg Tom Obarski, but apparently Obarski needs to earn that opportunity now.

A few days after Obarski missed his only field-goal attempt against the Buffalo Bills, the Giants have decided to work out some kickers. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, former Saints, Browns and Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley is among those in the facility Monday.

Jets look to get RB Matt Forte in third preseason game

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:09pm - [Full Article]

Jets RB Matt Forte did team periods Sunday for the second consecutive practice (also last Wednesday). He moved around well Sunday.

Forte sat out the Jets' first two preseason games. Will he play Saturday against the Giants? If he doesn't, he'd go into Week 1 with zero preseason game snaps. The Jets have three more practices before they face the Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said HC Todd Bowles said Forte will play in that game "if he gets better during the week. We'll try to anticipate it in warm-ups. I'd like to get him a few snaps, if I could." If Forte doesn't play in the preseason it may be a stretch for him to see a bulk of the workload in Week 1, esp. with Bilal Powell in the picture who also excels in the passing game. It's a situation to monitor over the next few days.

Giants WR Victor Cruz expected to practice Monday

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is set to make another try at getting back on the practice field after hurting his groin almost two weeks ago.

Cruz made a brief return, but still felt problems with the groin and has been working on a side field with the training staff recently.

Fantasy Impact:

Coach Ben McAdoo said on Sunday that Cruz will take part in Monday’s brief practice with hopes that all will go well enough for him to participate in Tuesday’s full practice as well.

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the many storylines from Friday night's game was the DNP for rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Coach Todd Bowles had said "the plan" was to get Hackenberg a few snaps, but he decided to play only three quarterbacks. "Coach's decision," Bowles said after the game, explaining why the second-round pick was kept in mothballs for another week. Pressed, Bowles reiterated, "Coach's decision."

It's an interesting dynamic. I'm sure general manager Mike Maccagnan would like to see the potential quarterback of the future in action, but his coach's job is to evaluate players for the present. The Jets will be closer to a regular-season mode as they prepare for the Giants, meaning another week of watching and learning for the rookie.

Fantasy Impact:

Hackenberg probably won't play until the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Naturally, we'll be monitoring the division of practice reps between Geno Smith and Bryce Petty, whose emergence has added intrigue to the backup-QB situation, the story said. For now, Hackenberg seems out of the Jets QB picture.

Giants K Josh Brown suspended for one game

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 8:27pm - [Full Article]

The Giants will be without their Pro Bowl kicker for the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 11.

It was announced on Wednesday that kicker Josh Brown has been suspended for one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. It's unclear what Brown did to violate the conduct policy.

Fantasy Impact:

Tom Obarski is currently the second kicker in camp. Owners who end up with Brown on the roster should get a Plan B ready for Week 1.

Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron going through learning curve

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 5:03pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

A quiet training camp translated to a quiet preseason opener for Dolphins starting tight end Jordan Cameron.

Cameron didn’t catch a pass against the Giants in Friday’s preseason opener. But head coach Adam Gase isn’t panicking.

“I feel like what’s going on with him right now is that there’s a little bit of a learning curve for him,” Gase said of Cameron. “We went through some struggles there in the spring (and) a little bit at the beginning of camp. The thing about the tight end position is that there’s a lot of responsibility you have. You’re doing multiple phases of the game.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cameron caught 35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Dolphins last year. But the goal is for Cameron to duplicate his 2013 season, when he recorded 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for the Browns. Tight end Julius Thomas finished with 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns over his two seasons in Gase’s offense with the Broncos, the story pointed out. Cameron is 19th on our TE list coming into this season and has a 17th round ADP.

Reese: Giants not giving up on WR Victor Cruz

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 8:31am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Victor Cruz was held out of Giants practice on Monday after a Sunday return to the field ended with Cruz’s injured groin still bothering him after several days on the sideline.

Cruz on the side watching practice has been standard operating procedure for the Giants since he tore his patellar tendon during the 2014 season. The questions raised by the long run of injuries were clear during an appearance by General Manager Jerry Reese on WFAN.

“We’re still not giving up on Cruz,” Reese said, via the New York Daily News. “Hopefully, he’ll make it back.”

Fantasy Impact:

There's been some speculation that Cruz could be cut, but it sounds like the team is going to ride this out. It may end up being a different story if the injury lingers and Cruz can't get back to a full go.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:34pm - [Full Article]

The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.

The two longest receptions went to tight ends - 19 yards to Zach Ertz and 16 to M.J. McFarland. With Jordan Matthews sidelined by a knee injury, the field was wide open for 2015 No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor, 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle, or former Rams and Ravens starter Chris Givens to step up and make a case.

None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.

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