Hakeem Nicks Fantasy News

Reggie Wayne 'way ahead of schedule' in ACL recovery
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is on the fast track in his return from October surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Appearing on WNDE-AM in Indianapolis, Wayne said Tuesday that he expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25.

That date would put Wayne back on the practice field six months after suffering the injury.

"I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne added. "I feel great."

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for Wayne and his owners, though it remains to be seen if the 35 year-old lost another step due to the injury. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

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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.

Giants sign Mario Manningham to a one-year deal
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 12:44pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Mario Manningham has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, according to an NFL source.

Fantasy Impact:

Manningham's arrival could impact the potential upside of Rueben Randle and Jerel Jernigan, who are expected to see an uptick in playing time with Hakeem Nicks signing elsewhere. We'll have to wait and see where Manningham lands in the depth chart. We'd expect him to play behind Jernigan, but there are no guarantees at this point.

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am

SI - [Full Article]

Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.

Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Colts sign Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:42pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Colts have signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Giants believe Rueben Randle will make 'significant jump'
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:32pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The team's brass is confident that Rueben Randle will make a "significant jump" in his third season, which would seem to suggest Nicks won't be back. Reese also said Jerrel Jernigan finally looked like the player he selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Hakeem Nicks is likely to leave via free agency, so Randle (and Jerrel Jernigan) should see a big bump in snaps. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks). The Giants passing game is likely to bounce back, and if Randle is getting starter’s snaps, he’s a good bet to produce. Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span.

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.

Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:24pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants HC Tom Coughlin on WR Jerrel Jernigan: "I saw a different young man late in the season -- a very, very competitive guy."

Fantasy Impact:

Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games. With Hakeem Nicks likely gone, there should be considerable role for Jernigan alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:07pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle said his knee is OK. Just some swelling. It needs rest and he'll then be reevaluated in two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

With the status of Hakeem Nicks up in the air, but unlikely he'll be back, Randle has a chance for an increased role in 2014.

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.

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Rueben Randle likely to start in Week 16
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:48am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

With Victor Cruz likely out for Week 16, second-year receiver Rueben Randle would slot in alongside Hakeem Nicks, with third-year man Jerrel Jernigan, who made a team-high seven catches Sunday, handling third receiver duties.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz is expected to miss Week 16. Rueben Randle will get a bump to starter’s snaps while Jerrel Jernigan will play in three-WR sets. Randle is an interesting start, but the Giants' passing game has been brutal for most of the season, so he carries some risk.

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.

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