• Darius Slayton
  • WR
  • , New York Giants
  • 24
  • 190 lbs
  • 6' 1"

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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.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Darius Slayton was blanked last week with only two targets and no catches in what should’ve been a super easy matchup against Washington. Slayton was nicked up, however, and he’s questionable heading into the final week of the season with a knee injury, so fantasy owners should probably avoid him. If he plays, he has upside against the Eagles’ dismal secondary, but he’s a bit too risky to trust as anything more than a flyer at the WR3 spot in deep leagues. He’s been productive at times this season, including scoring eight touchdowns on the year, but banged up with plenty of mouths to feed in a meaningless game, he’s hard to trust in most formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Washington Redskins

Darius Slayton was held to just two catches and 31 yards last week against the Dolphins, but he did find the end zone for the eighth time this season. He leads all rookies in touchdowns and is averaging 8.4 targets over his last five games. Slayton is one of the few bright spots for the Giants this season, looking like a long-term starter who can grow along with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

This week, Slayton faces a Washington defense that is tied for third in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this season, making him a little riskier in a tougher matchup than he’s faced in each of the past two weeks. Still, he’s likely to get enough targets to provide upside for fantasy owners needing help at the position, and we have him ranked as a solid WR3 option with big-play upside.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Miami Dolphins

Darius Slayton had another monster outing last week against the Eagles, putting up 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on five receptions. He also led the team with eight targets on the day, and he’s averaging nearly 10 targets over his past four games. Slayton is still risky to trust week-to-week in an inconsistent offense as a rookie vying with a couple of veterans for targets in Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, but the potential he’s shown this season has been significant.

This week might be a good one to gamble on the rookie. The Dolphins are second to last in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this year. Also, the Giants have struggled defensively as well, so this game could wind up being a higher scoring one than expected considering two struggling offenses playing against eachother. We have Slayton ranked as a WR3 option this week, and he certainly has significant upside.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Philadelphia Eagles

With all the injuries in the Giants’ receiving corps, Darius Slayton now leads the team with 505 yards and five touchdowns. He was held to just 44 yards against the Packers last week, but he led the team with nine targets and is emerging as a legitimate weapon for quarterback Daniel Jones. He likely has a strong future with the team.

This week, Slayton has some WR3 upside against an Eagles defense that ranks 22nd in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Even if Golden Tate returns from a head injury – he’s questionable – Slayton should still see a nice dose of targets and provide big-play upside in deep leagues. In a good matchup, if you’re desperate, Slayton could be worth a gamble at the back end of your lineup.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Green Bay Packers

Darius Slayton only put up 67 yards, but in a reasonably tough matchup with Sterling Shepard back in the lineup, it was encouraging to see him targeted seven times. He caught four balls and averaged 16.8 yards per catch as he remains a unique feature in the Giants offense. Slayton is a downfield, outside receiver on a team full of guys who profile in the slot, which has helped him carve a role.

This week, Slayton has some sneaky upside against the Packers. Green Bay ranks 17th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers, and with Golden Tate’s status in question and Evan Engram still out, he could benefit from additional targets. If Tate is out, Slayton should be considered a sneaky WR3 option in deep leagues. If Tate plays, Slayton is a bit riskier, but still has some boom-bust potential in very deep formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG WR Darius Slayton - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Chicago Bears

Darius Slayton had a fantastic game against the Jets before the bye last week, catching 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. While he’s been very up-and-down throughout the year, Slayton has scored twice in a game in two of his last three outings. He remains the best deep threat the team has on the outside and has carved a role for himself.

Slayton has a tough matchup this week against the Bears, so fantasy owners should be cautious in using him. Chicago is tied for fifth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers and if Sterling Shepard comes back – which sounds like a possibility – Slayton may see fewer snaps. If Shepard is out again, Slayton could be considered a risky WR3 option in deep leagues, but if Shepard starts, he should be benched in a tough matchup until we see how much Shepard’s presence affects him.

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