Giants Fantasy News

Chiefs hire Steve Spagnuolo to run the defense

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:23pm

Yahoo - [Full Article]

Andy Reid is putting his faith in Steve Spagnuolo.

The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after the team’s 37-31 overtime loss in the AFC championship game to the New England Patriots. On Thursday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported the team will hire Spagnuolo to be the team’s new defensive coordinator.

It’s not an overstatement that Reid’s best shot to finally win a Super Bowl might rest on whether Spagnuolo can transform the defense. The offense is perhaps the best in the league. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to win NFL MVP next week and the Chiefs have a window to build around him while he’s on his rookie contract, before he signs a massive extension.

If the defense improves, the Chiefs can finally win another Super Bowl. Spagnuolo has some experience building championship defenses.

Spagnuolo’s best work has come with the New York Giants. In 2007, his first season as Giants defensive coordinator, his unit was crucial in a massive Super Bowl upset over the previously undefeated Patriots. The next season, the Giants ranked fifth in the NFL in yards and points allowed.

That was also the last time a Spagnuolo defense ranked better than 10th in yards allowed.

Fantasy Impact:

Across 10 seasons, Spagnuolo's defenses have had an average ranking of 21.8 in yards allowed and 20.8 in points allowed.

QB Eli Manning's agent believes he'll be back with Giants

Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:11pm

New York Post - [Full Article]

Nothing is definitive right now, of course, but someone very close to Eli Manning believes the 38-year-old quarterback will be back with the Giants in 2019 for a 16th season.

“Shoot, yeah, I think so,” Tom Condon, Manning’s agent, said Monday at the site of this week’s Senior Bowl.

Condon, who rarely speaks on the record about his clients, added he believes Manning wants to return to the Giants, the only team he has ever played for in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

A huge potential issue surrounding a Manning return or parting of the ways could revolve around his acceptance of a salary reduction. The Giants have not said anything about cutting into Manning’s 2019 salary, which is on the books for $17 million, or the possibility of reducing his salary-cap number of $23.2 million for the coming season. Manning is entering the final year on his contract.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley, Browns QB Baker Mayfield honored by PFWA

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:31pm

NorthJersey.com - [Full Article]

Awards season has begun for Saquon Barkley, and he's picked up his first honor.

The Giants' sensational running back has been named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was voted Rookie of the Year by the PFWA, likely signaling more split votes coming for the players who were selected 1-2 in the NFL Draft back in April.

Fantasy Impact:

It could be just the beginning of the awards for Barkley, who led the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards and joined Eric Dickerson and Edgerin James as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards. Barkley and Mayfield are also finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year – voted on by the fans – and remain the favorites to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award given out by the league on the eve of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next month during its NFL Honors program.

NFL Beat: Nine veteran, rookie QBs likely available in 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 8:55am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Among the veteran QBs USA Today predicts to be available to change teams for the 2019 season are: Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Manning and Ryan Tannehill, while rookies like Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray could make impacts as well.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to list where the author feels they would all be perfect fits for the 2019 season. The new NFL league year doesn't begin until March 13 with the start of free agency, but, it never hurts the dedicated fantasy player to start scouting before that. The story added five teams brought in first-round passers in 2018, but there's obviously always a need for a quarterback, and all the players listed above could have fantasy impacts.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Giants TE Rhett Ellison (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hip) took full practice reps again Friday.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Giants WR Russell Shepard (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Giants WR Odell Beckham (quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Beckham will miss another game which is good news for Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. not practicing

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 8:25pm

Giants official injury report

Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to practice this week with a lingering quad issue. The Giants have no incentive to play him this week.

Fantasy Impact:

If there is any justice in the world, Beckham will watch this one from the sidelines. In that case, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram once again get a big bump into WR2/3 and mid to high-end TE1 territory.

Giants will go with Eli Manning at QB in Week 17

Monday, December 24, 2018, 1:13pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

No surprise: Eli Manning will start at QB for the Giants on Sunday in the season finale against Dallas at the Meadowlands, coach Pat Shurmur said.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning threw for over 300 yards in Week 16 and added a passing and rushing TD to his fantasy totals. It will be another tough matchup against the Cowboys in Week 17, who are expected to play their starters according to Jerry Jones.

Giants TE Rhett Ellison suffers concussion

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 4:53pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Rhett Ellison is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Colts due to a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Ellison exited Sunday's contest during the first quarter, and will need to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol before eventually retaking the field. Scott Simonson will serve as the top backup to starting tight end Evan Engram as long as Ellison remains sidelined.

Colts TE Eric Ebron suffers concussion

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 4:43pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron suffered a concussion against the New York Giants on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium and will not return, the team announced shortly after halftime.

Rleated players: Mo Alie-Cox, Ryan Hewitt

Fantasy Impact:

On the Colts’ final drive before the half ended, Ebron was involved in a collision in the middle of the field going for a catch. Giants safety Mike Thomas delivered a legal hit, and Ebron was clearly shaken. Alie-Cox and Hewitt are next up for the Colts.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Giants WR Russell Shepard (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Giants WR Jawill Davis (hamstring) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Giants WR Odell Beckham (quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. It’s good news for Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, though the Colts defense has been much improved this year. Shepard hasn’t done much in the last two weeks with Beckham out.