2013 Team Outlook: New York Giants
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.
RB Da'Rel Scott, --- - Deep-league Only
Update (8-29): Giants RB Andre Brown fractured his leg against New England on Thursday during the Giants' final preseason game. No immediate word on any timeframe, but expect Brown to miss a good chunk of the season; following the game he said the injury is "not as serious as it was last year." Scott and Ryan Torian are now the primary backups. Neither is handcuff worthy until further notice.
RB David Wilson, NYG - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 11-10-2013- Wilson is on IR done for the season.
Update - 10-25-2013 - Wilson is out again with his back injury. We wont know for another few weeks if he will play again this season. Keep an eye on this one
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.
Update (8-23): It took a while, but the Giants have now publicaly stated David Wilson would start the regular season opener. As a guest on ESPN Radio, general manager Jerry Reese said, "We expect [Wilson] to be our starter, and be in the backfield with Andre Brown, who had a terrific season going last year until he got hurt. [Brown's] had the injury bug a little bit since he's been in the league. But if he can stay healthy, and David Wilson comes on like we expect him too, we think we can have a pretty dynamic backfield." FFToolbox ranked Wilson a top-16 RB in standard and PPR formats.
Preview: David Wilson spent most of his rookie season trying to get out of the coaches' doghouse, and by the end of the season, he was. After the release of Ahmad Bradshaw in the off-season, he will go into training camp as the lead back. This being Wilson's 2nd season and with him not being very big, the Giants will likely go with a two man running game, using Wilson in tandem with Andre Brown. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether the Giants continue to allow Wilson to be part of the return game. The picture should become clearer as training camp starts. Stay tuned for more info.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
WR Victor Cruz, NYG - Stud (low risk)
After coming out of nowhere in 2011 to bust out with 82 receptions for 1536 yards and 9 touchdowns, Cruz came back to earth slightly in 2012 raising his receptions (85) and touchdowns (10), but "only" had 1092 yards. The biggest question mark regarding Cruz is his contract talks. Everyone is saying the right things and hopefully by the time training camp starts Cruz will be locked into a long term contract. As long as Cruz is back in camp he should considered a stud and drafted accordingly.
WR Rueben Randle, NYG - Sleeper (undervalued)
Update 10-25-2013 - Randle is doing a very good job as the #3 receiver for the Giants. He hasnt been consistent enough to be a lock start every week but with all the bye weeks and injuries, he is worth a look, especially in good matchups
Update August 7, 2013 - So far this off season and during training camp the reviews about Randle have been very good. With the injury history the Giants receivers have, Randle is looking more and more like a worthy draft pick, especially in leagues where you start 2+ receivers and flex and/or dynasty leagues
Randle had a very quiet rookie season playing behind Nicks, Cruz and even the departed Domenik Hixon. With Hixon gone, look for Randle to move into the #3 spot on the depth chart; and with the Giants going to 3 WRs so often, look for Randle to get a lot more opportunities to become a factor in the Giants' offense this season. With Nicks' injury history and Eli Manning's knack for making anyone who lines up at receiver successful, Randle is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG - Stud (low risk)
Nicks battled through multiple injuries in 2012 to play in parts of 2013, but he was never fully healthy and it showed. He wasn't 100% all year and put up the worst numbers of his short career. Nicks has worked hard in the off season to go into 2013 healthy and so far he's looking good. Look for Nicks to go back to his old ways and you can expect at least 75 receptions for at least 1000 yards and at least 8 touchdowns. If he can somehow stay healthy all year, expect him to surpass all those projections with ease and be a #1 receiver on someone's fantasy team.