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Last season, the Giants made the playoffs for the first time since 2011. However as Fantasy players, our main concern is with the individual components of the Giants roster and how they can help us win a Fantasy Football championship.
Using projections of potential Fantasy points allowed by Giants’ 2017 opponents, FantasyPros.com estimates that their RBs have the eighth easiest schedule among Fantasy backs. Conversely, Giants’ receivers are expected to face the fourth toughest schedule among Fantasy pass catchers.
Regardless of those projections, the Giants have one of the best Fantasy receivers on their roster, and a sophomore RB poised for a potential breakout campaign.
After consecutive seasons with at least 4,400 passing yards and 30 TDs, Manning regressed in his third year playing within head coach Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense. His 26 touchdowns were the least he’s thrown since 2013, and Manning accounted for 20 of the Giants’ 27 turnovers. On the positive side, Manning has started 199 consecutive games, and the additions of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram complement a passing attack already featuring Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. The Giants offensive line still needs improving (ranked 28th by ProFootballFocus.com), but the addition of blocking specialist TE Rhett Ellison and 2013 first round pick OT D.J. Fluker could help. Manning is ranked 17th according to NFL.com (which defaults to a standard scoring format), with an average draft position (ADP) of 139.59. He’s typically selected in the 12th round of a 12 team draft, making him a backup Fantasy QB in one QB leagues. Armed with new weapons, Manning could bounce back, making him a potential Draft Day bargain.
Despite an overall mediocre 2016 season, Perkins finished strong, averaging 4.81 yards per carry (YPC) in his last three games. Perkins doesn’t have the power and speed possessed by some elite RBs, however his impressive footwork allows him to seamlessly change directions, and makes him an elusive runner. He’ll start the season as the Giants’ primary three down back, and Perkins’ excellent pass protection skills ensure he’ll get plenty of snaps. However, in order to provide maximum Fantasy value, he’ll need to improve his red zone efficiency (0 TDs in nine red zone carries). NFL.com lists him as the 31st back taken in drafts with a 96.93 ADP, making him a ninth round pick.
Vereen is coming off of an injury riddled season, but he’s caught an average of 52.66 passes between 2013 and 2015 and will be the Giants’ primary pass-catching back. He has increased value in leagues using PPR scoring formats. He is the 63rd back taken in drafts, with a 150.43 ADP.
Fourth round pick Wayne Gallman and fourth year back Orleans Darkwa round out the rest of the Giants RBs. Neither has immediate Fantasy value, however Gallman should be monitored as Perkins’ potential handcuff.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham is the first NFL player with at least 80 receptions and 1000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons. Although his catch rate, receptions per game, and yards per game have decreased in each of those seasons, on the other hand, his reception totals (101 in 2016) have increased during that time. Beckham has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle suffered in the Giants’ second preseason game and there is speculation that he could miss one or two games of the regular season. Monitor his progress, but when healthy, he is arguably one of Fantasy Football’s top four receivers. Emotional outbursts and immaturity remain his biggest enemy, and both have been used against him by opposing defenders. Beckham is a first round pick with an ADP of 6.41.
Marshall had the worst statistical season of his career in 2016, but much of that could be attributed to poor quarterback play and lingering injuries. He’s motivated to play for the Giants, and provides Manning with a veteran receiver whose caught at least 100 balls six times in his career. Marshall’s presence should help Beckham, as opposing defenses will have to respect his big play ability, and take some of their focus off of OBJ. The Giants are hoping that history repeats itself, as Marshall has enjoyed early success with each of his last two new teams. He posted 1,500 plus receiving yards and double digit TDs in his debut seasons with the Bears and Jets. Marshall injured his shoulder in the Giants’ second preseason game, but X-rays came back negative and he should be ready for the season opener. He’s the 33rd receiver coming off the board, and his ADP of 100.44 makes him a ninth round pick.
With 65 receptions and eight TDs, Shepard enjoyed a solid rookie season, and will again be the Giants’ primary slot receiver. Although Marshall’s presence and the addition of rookie TE Evan Engram might cut into his TD production, Shepard will still have a significant role in the Giants’ offense, and should be able to at least match last season’s reception total. His 146.62 ADP makes him the 53rd receiver selected in drafts. On average he is taken in the 15th round.
The Giants used the NFL’s highest percentage of three WR sets last season (91%), but if any of their top receivers are forced to miss time, Tavarres King, Dwayne Harris and Roger Lewis are likely next in line to take their place.
Blessed with speed, good hands, and excellent route running skills, Giants first round pick Evan Engram, has drawn comparisons to Jordan Reed. Rookie tight ends have often struggled in their inaugural seasons, but Engram has looked good in limited preseason action, and it appears that the Giants want him to have an immediate role in their passing game. Free agent blocking specialist Rhett Ellison doesn’t have much Fantasy value, but could steal some of Engram’s playing time as he helps bolster the Giants’ offensive line. NFL.com lists Engram as the 21st TE coming off the board in the 15th round, with a 147.76 ADP.
Led by standouts like DB Landon Collins, CB Janoris Jenkins and DE Olivier Vernon, the Giants defense scored the fifth most Fantasy points overall. They join the rare breed of Fantasy defensive teams that are matchup proof, and can be started weekly. Their unit is currently being drafted as the eighth ranked defense.
Rookie Aldrick Rosas and veteran Mike Nugent, are currently competing for the Giants’ place kicking job. If you want to roster the winner on your Fantasy Football team, do so with your last pick.