Eli Manning Fantasy News

Giants' new offense has West Coast principles
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:20am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Once the Giants receivers learn the new verbiage, Ben McAdoo's offense in general should be easier to execute. Gone are the complicated route-reads the wide receivers were tasked with under Kevin Gilbride. In are the defined routes of McAdoo and his West Coast-style offense.

“As far as my route-running was concerned in the slot position, a lot of my routes were determined by what the secondary was doing, what type of coverage they were in. That would dictate my route,” Victor Cruz said. “As far as this offense is concerned, it’s a lot more of your route is your route, and you can dictate that off your coverage and know what you have and [Eli Manning] can find you within those different holes. Now it’s a lot less dependent on what my body language is.”

That should help the Giants cut down on the mistakes. It should help Manning cut down on the interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Defined routes should also help Rueben Randle, who struggled at times to stay on the same page as his quarterback. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks).

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Eli Manning expects to be ready for training camp
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is using crutches to get around the team's facility this week, but he cast them aside before coming out in a walking boot to address assembled media Tuesday.

Manning's message, as he always tries to make it, is that there's nothing to worry about -- that the ankle surgery he had a couple of weeks ago was the right move at the right time and that it shouldn't affect the Giants' 2014 season.

"I think I'm safe to say I'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp," Manning said. "I would hope so."

Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle April 10. At that time, he and the team said he expected to be cleared to start running again in six weeks. But cleared to run doesn't necessarily mean cleared to practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning is missing valuable time throwing to his receivers, specifically Rueben Randle, with whom Manning had several miscommunications during the 2013 season. The Giants are also installing a new offense; Manning surely will be getting "mental reps," but we'd feel better about the prospects of a bounce back season if he were able to throw this spring.

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:01am

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride implied that he isn't sure Rueben Randle is a quality NFL starting WR. Coming to the defense of Eli Manning, Gilbride said, "There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort.” He added, "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gilbride didn't mention Randle, which is a bit worrisome for owners expecting him to assume a larger role in the offense with Hakeem Nicks out of the way. If the Giants take a receiver early in the draft, it may be bad news for Randle.

Giants sign Josh Freeman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:10pm

Mike Garafalo, Twitter - [Full Article]

Done deal with the Giants and QB Josh Freeman. He's agreed to terms, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman will provide depth behind Eli Manning. He didn't get much of a chance to succeed in Minnesota.

Eli Manning to have scope on ankle
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:05pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants quarterback Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle this afternoon.

The procedure, a debridement of the ankle, will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the Giants’ 2013 season finale against Washington and had been rehabbing the injury since.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” said Manning. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks. I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st. I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

Fantasy Impact:

Six weeks puts Manning's return in late May. He should have plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In his media session Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke of the departure of free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and when the conversation turned to the question of replacing Nicks, the first name Coughlin mentioned was that of third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.

"We have high expectations for Rueben," Coughlin said. "Rueben has to continue to develop, continue to become a better pro -- focus, concentration, production on the field, consistency, day in and day out. Practicing. You’ve seen the plays the guy can make. He’s made great plays ... We have a lot of belief and stock in his development."

But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning, and some of their difficulties in that regard led to interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle is a former second round pick and is poised for a huge leap in production this year if he can win that WR2 job. As the story points out, he delivered at times last year with six TDs to lead the team. But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as QB Eli Manning, and that led to interceptions. This year's Giants offense is expected to be more simple, which could also help Randle's cause.

Beat: Rashad Jennings expected to take over RB1 job
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:52am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

The line in front of Eli Manning will undoubtedly be stronger after a miserable season that saw him constantly under pressure. And the rebuilding of the line should also thrill the soon-to-be 29-year-old Rashad Jennings, who gained 733 yards in 15 games (eight starts) with the Raiders last season. He figures to take over as the No. 1 back — a role he’s never had for a full season in four years in the NFL — and will split time either with David Wilson, if he recovers enough from neck surgery, or Peyton Hillis, who agreed to re-sign with the Giants on Tuesday for two years and $1.8 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a mailbag feature, NY Giants beatwriter Dan Graziano said this about Hakeem Nicks' chances of returning next season.

"Hakeem Nicks is a bit less so, since at this point I think it'd be shocking if he were back, and even if he is it'd be on a team-friendly deal."

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for Rueben Randle owners in deep keeper leagues or dynasty leagues as that means he likely sees a big increase in snaps and production next season. Graziano is also expecting the team to extend QB Eli Manning's contract to create cap space. As for Nicks, he'll surely land somewhere next year, but he's coming off a poor 2013 season.

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:27pm

Newark Star-Ledger - [Full Article]

Brandon Myers was supposed to take the baton and run with it. The Giants have had a revolving door at tight end over the past several seasons but the production has never dropped off.

Until now.

Myers, who had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season in Oakland, has just 23 receptions for 265 yards and one touchdown in eight games this season.

Thus far, Myers is most remembered for failing to come down with a slightly high Eli Manning pass on the Giants' potential game-winning drive with 1:54 left to play in a 27-21 loss at Chicago. It's debatable who was at fault.

Fantasy Impact:

Myers was thought to be a perfect fit for the Giants and QB Eli Manning, but so far that hasn't been the case. According to the story, the fifth-year pro has struggled with his blocking – that’s not his game – and to get on the same page with quarterback Eli Manning. In the Giants’ passing game, the tight end runs a lot of options routes in which they alter their pattern depending on what the defense does. Both he and the quarterback must see the same thing and adjust.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:27am

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was supposed to be great this year. He used to be great, and with free agency looming at the end of the season, his hope is to be paid like a great wide receiver. He didn't negotiate a new deal with the Giants in the offseason because he was injured and not great last year, and he and they thought he could go out this year, be great again and then they could talk about what he meant by No. 1 wide receiver money.

Thing is, though, Nicks has not been great. He's been healthy enough to play every game, and he's Eli Manning's second-most targeted receiver behind Victor Cruz (and not that far behind), but he hasn't been productive. He's on pace for a 62-catch, 1,074-yard season, which is fine but certainly not great, and he has yet to catch a touchdown pass. Should have caught one Monday night, but he dropped it, as he did two other passes. The Giants are scratching their collective organizational head.

Nicks' reputation is one thing, and it's well earned. But right now he doesn't look like the player he used to be. The drops are one thing, but the bigger concern is that he can't get any separation at all from defenders, and it appears to be because his legs are shot from all of the injuries of the past couple of years. Do the legs come back? Hard to say. He's only 25 years old, so he's not done by any means. But the way he's playing right now makes it difficult to have success or to make big plays. He has to out-fight defenders constantly if he's to succeed, because he's not able to get open. He's strong enough and a good enough technician to win those fights, but that's no way to make a living. And it's certainly no way to convince your team to give you a big contract or some other team to trade a high draft pick for you.

Fantasy Impact:

Through seven games, Nicks has caught 27 passes for 470 yards, which isn't efficient considering he's seeing 7.9 targets per game. He's still startable most weeks because he's relatively healthy and the Giants are throwing a bunch, but he isn't the Hakeem Nicks we're used to seeing.

David Wilson ruled out for Week 6
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:35am

Dan Graziano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirms RB David Wilson will not play this week.

Fantasy Impact:

No big surprise here, especially on a short week. It's a shame for owners because it looked like Wilson was trending upward despite the Giants record. Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott will likely split the work, but neither are really safe options. Michael Cox could also get snaps.The Giants and Eli Manning will likely have to throw a lot Thursday night.