2013 Team Outlook: New York Giants
QB Eli Manning, NYG - Solid/Safe Pick
Update - 10-25-2013 -this has been by far the worst start to Eli Manning's career, that being said he is still passing for good yards and throwing touchdowns. Above average bye week starter or good fill in for injured QB's
Profile - After posting career numbers in 2011, Eli Manning's numbers took a hit across the board and the Giants also weren't as good as a team. The key to Manning getting back to his 2011 numbers will rely heavily on his top 2 wide receivers, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Nicks needs to be healthy and Cruz needs to play and not sit out due to contract issues. Both look like they will be ready to play when training camp opens. While I wouldn't expect Manning to match his 2011 numbers, you should expect something in between 2011 and 2012 numbers, which would make him a top fantasy QB. Pay attention to what's going on with the Giants' offense in training camp.
QB David Carr, --- - Not Draft Worthy
Despite the Giants drafting Ryan Nassib, it is still very likely Carr will be the Giants' back up, due to his experience. Regardless, he isn't worth a roster spot on any fantasy team.
QB Ryan Nassib, NYG - Dynasty Only
Nassib was rumored to be a 1st round pick, but fell to the 4th round at which point the Giants traded up and drafted him. Nassib's value, at best, is long term once Manning's career is over; so for now he will be holding a clip board and trying to learn all he can from Eli. The only reason to consider Nassib is if you're in a keeper league.Injury Status: Out -
RB Andre Brown, NYG - Quality Backup
Updated 11-10-2013- Brownis finally active for his first game of the season. He should be owned in all leagues.
Update (8-29): Another preseason injury with regular season implications: Giants RB Andre Brown fractured his leg against New England on Thursday during the Giants' final preseason game. NY Daily News beat writer Ralph Vacchiano notes that the injury appears to be with the same left leg Brown broke last season. No immediate word on any timeframe, but expect Brown to miss a a good chunk of the season, though following the game he said the injury is "not as serious as it was last year."
For now, goodbye to Mr. Brown and his plummeting and essentially non-existent draft value and hello to David Wilson's rankings rise. Even though the exciting Wilson, already a top-20 fantasy RB, emerged as the Giants lead runner, both backs were expected to be heavily involved in New York's offense. The second-year back finished preseason with 179 yards on 24 carries while hauling in seven receptions. Now with no major threats to steal touches at least for a while, expect Wilson's ADP to rise. Da'Rei Scott and Ryan Torian are now the primary backups. Neither is handcuff worthy until further notice. Suddenly, tabbing Wilson late in the second round is no longer a stretch.
Preview - After struggling to get much of a look over his first few years, Brown finally got play last year and became the main short yardage back -- scoring 8 touchdowns in only 10 games before breaking his leg. With no Bradshaw this season, Brown, like Wilson, will take on a bigger role and will likely go into training camp as the power back, complimenting Wilson's blazing speed. With Brown likely to get the bulk of the looks at the goal line, he should be a valuable hand cuff if Wilson does indeed become the starter. Follow this battle in training camp.
10-25-2013 -Hillis played in his first game with the Giants last week and totalled 81 yards and a touchdown. Until some of the other Giants running backs get healthy, Hillis could be useful in deep leagues, especially PPR leagues
Update August 31, 2013 - Michael Cox had already impressed enough to make the Giants roster, but with Andre Brown out for the first part of the season, look for Cox to get some more touches and don't be surprised if he makes the most of them. The Giants are high on his upside.