• Darius Slayton

  • WR
  • , New York Giants
  • 24
  • 190 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Slayton was the No. 35 receiver in 2019, finishing just behind other rookies like D.K. Metcalf, Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin. Once he started seeing consistent playing time in Week 5, he averaged 3.6-54-0.67 ton 6.3 targets per game down the stretch. He saw a 17.0% target rate from Daniel Jones, and accounted for 18.8% of Jones’s passing yardage from Week 5 on. The issue with Slayton is the same as it is with the other Giant pass-catchers. The team doesn’t have a clear pecking order, so consistency is likely to be an issue all year, unless an injury or two make things clearer. For that reason, Slayton (along with Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram) have more appeal in best ball formats than traditional redraft leagues where owners have to decide if/when to start them.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Darius Slayton had an excellent rookie season. He caught 48 balls for a team-high 740 yards and eight touchdowns, showing off big-play ability and a unique outside skill-set not found elsewhere on the roster. Slayton developed a nice rapport with quarterback Daniel Jones and should benefit from some natural progression, both from Jones and himself heading into their sophomore seasons. The Giants lost a lot of games last year, and there’s no reason to suspect their third-worst defense will improve much this season, giving him high potential for triple-digit targets as the only legitimate outside threat on this team.

Fantasy Downside

While Slayton’s production was impressive for a rookie, six of his eight touchdowns came against the Lions, Jets and Eagles, all teams with cornerback concerns – the Lions were missing Darius Slay against the Giants. Slayton also benefitted from Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram all missing time for various reasons. In the six games where Engram and Slayton were both active, Slayton averaged just 3.8 targets compared to 7.6 targets when Engram was out. That may be partially due to Slayton becoming a bigger part of the offense as the season progressed, but it’s notable that the most targets he had in a game – 15 against the Jets – came in a game where Engram and Shepard were both missing.

2020 Bottom Line

Slayton’s significant upside as a starting outside receiver on a team likely to throw the ball a lot makes him a bargain at his current ADP. While he does have hype surrounding him, he’s still being drafted as late as the 10th round in 12-team leagues. We have him ranked fairly low, 48th, but he has as much upside as any of the other wide receivers being drafted around him. If you’re looking for upside at the WR3/4 spot on your roster, Slayton has the potential to develop into a WR1.

2020 Strength of Schedule - NYG

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
7
PIT
3
@CHI
9
SF
8
@LAR
6
@DAL
24
WAS
23
@PHI
29
TB
24
@WAS
23
PHI
BYE25
@CIN
17
@SEA
19
ARI
12
CLE
10
@BAL
6
DAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DAL--------------
2BUF--------------
3@TB3820527.3300000.008.211.229/6544.6%
4WAS213026.5000000.001.33.334/7843.6%
5MIN4621515.5000000.0012.216.245/6965.2%
6@NE3320810.6700000.003.26.249/5098.0%
7ARI2280214.0000000.002.84.869/7197.2%
8@DET2502525.0000000.0017.019.062/7483.8%
9DAL16046.0000000.000.61.667/7293.1%
10@NYJ1012121412.1000000.0024.134.167/7293.1%
11BYE--------------
12@CHI4670716.7500000.006.710.751/6085.0%
13GB644097.3300000.004.410.463/6794.0%
14@PHI51542830.8000000.0027.432.442/5280.8%
15MIA2311315.5000000.009.111.147/6869.1%
16@WAS00020.0000000.000.00.020/7028.6%
17PHI4500912.5000000.005.09.064/7486.5%
Per game3.4352.860.575.9315.4200000.008.7112.1450.64/67.2975.89%
Totals4874088315.4200000.00122170709/94275.89%
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