Writer Ralf Vacchiano thinks Hakeem Nicks will be a top-6 breakout player this year.
Hakeem Nicks was on the top-5 breakout players list right until the very end, and if I had listed six players he would’ve been on there. After catching 47 catches for 790 yards and six touchdowns last season, I do believe he’s destined for great things. I think he might have the highest ceiling of any receiver on the team.
So why did I leave him off? Circumstances, really. I think Steve Smith could have another 100-catch season and I know he’s Eli Manning’s favorite target. Nicks should be the No. 2, clearly, but the Giants also love Mario Manningham and they want to run the ball more than they did last year.
It's not really earth-shattering news. Depending on your league format, Nicks may even have more value than Smith when all is said and done. Smith is rated 14th while Nicks is 15th at 4for4. Smith is a 4th round ADP while Nicks is 6th. Of course, in PPR leagues, there's no competition, Smith may be the best in the league.