Eli Manning Fantasy News
Giants want to play an 'up-tempo, attacking-style' offense
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:10am
“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.”
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.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8:21pm
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
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.
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
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.
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
"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."
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
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.
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
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.
David Wilson ruled out for Week 6
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:35am
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.
Victor Cruz to play barring a 'catastrophe'
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:01pm
"Something catastrophic has to happen for me not to play," Cruz said. "But we are taking it one day at a time and still got to go in and see docs and stuff like that. They just want to gauge and see how I am progressing but it is going to take a lot for me not to play in this game."
Cruz was limited in practice on Wednesday but his bruised heel feels good and he says all he needs to do is regain his timing with Eli Manning.
Cruz should have a nice game against a Cowboys defense that struggled against opposing WRs last season.
Brandon Myers the "perfect fit" for Eli Manning
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 11:23am
Giants TE Brandon Myers seems to be the perfect fit for Eli Manning. The two have been connecting on some long passes, but during the goal line drill it's easy to see the understanding they've developed already.
Myers showed great hands while in Oakland last year and looks to be a good addition to the Giants offense. He will hold TE2 (and perhaps fringe TE1 value in PPR formats) given Manning's propensity to throw to the TE around the goal line.
Rueben Randle looking great in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:46am
Giants WR Rueben Randle has been given an enormous opportunity with Hakeem Nicks sidelined by an injured groin, taking almost all the snaps with the first team in team drills. And he’s taken advantage with a sometimes spectacular performance. He’s flashed his speed and a quickness that wasn’t always evident last year. Judging by the number of times he’s caught passes he seems to have a better grasp of the offense than he did last season, and is clearly more confident in his role. And he’s shown a knack for getting open, even in double coverage, finding just enough room for Eli Manning to hit him. That’s huge, and not just because of Nicks’ health. With Nicks and Victor Cruz the Giants already have a terrific 1-2 punch at receiver. If Randle can emerge they suddenly have a very dangerous Big 3.
Randle only had 32 targets last season, but he turned that usage into 19 catches for 298 yards and three TDs to post the #6 FP/T among all receivers with at least 30 targets. With Domenik Hixon gone, Randle has a stranglehold on the Giants' WR3 job, and he may move up a notch depending on Nicks's shaky knees. Randle drew praise from OC Kevin Gilbride for his play in minicamp, so he has nice upside considering his late-round ADP.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:31am
Manning said, "Hakeem is just being smart. He is coming off some injuries. He's going to want to take it slow and do what he's got to do to make sure when he is out there he is full speed and prepared for these preseason games and start the regular season coming in healthy. We have some time and it is early on and he has been limited in some practices over the spring and stuff, so we want to make sure he goes at his pace to keep him healthy for the year."
Gilbride: Rueben Randle "is going to play a lot"
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6:41pm
"No question ... Rueben benefited," OC Kevin Gilbride said last month. "I would say that he and the guys in the slot position benefited the most. Rueben, you see emerging from a guy that showed flashes at times. He always caught the ball well but maybe didn't always run the routes as precisely, as crisply as you wanted. He didn't have quite the understanding you wanted.
"He looked like a guy that has been here for five or six years," Gilbride continued on what Randle showed in the offseason. "He really benefited from the opportunity. His whole demeanor, his whole professionalism, was outstanding."
Randle obviously still needs to show progression in camp. But Gilbride made it clear that even with Nicks and Cruz on the field, Randle will see his share of snaps.
"Oh, he is going to play -– he is going to play a lot," Gilbride said. "He will play first and second downs. He will be an outside receiver for us. Whether he is at the 'X' or the 'Z,' he is going to play. He is looking like he deserves to be out there a significant time."
And the buzz continues. Snaps are the main thing standing in the way of a breakout season for Randle, who had the 8th highest FP/target (on a mere 32 targets) in 2012. He's certainly deserving of a flier in the later rounds.
Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:27pm
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, who missed all nine of the Giants OTA practices this spring, was in high spirits as he bounced from drill to drill at a recent camp for kids. But he again refused to say exactly why he boycotted the sessions. He said he’s completely healthy after undergoing what he described as a “clean up” procedure on his troublesome left knee this offseason.
Also, Nicks said that he and quarterback Eli Manning have worked out together since the end of minicamp, trying to make up for the time that Nicks missed. Giants coach Tom Coughlin had suggested the pair do so.
“We hooked up twice this week already,” Nicks said. “We’re going to do it again about two or three more times before (training) camp starts.”
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:54am
Myers is an improvement over Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett who have been the Giant tight ends since 2008. Myers figures to be a red zone target for quarterback Eli Manning as Giants tight ends have averaged 5 TDs a season. Myers is ranked 12th on our list which makes him a high-end, TE2. His ADP is the 14th round so you should get an opportunity to grab him if you want him.