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New York Giants Football 2017 Fantasy Preview

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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.

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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.


Eli Manning

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.


Running Game

Paul Perkins

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.

Shane Vereen

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.

Wide Receiver

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.

Brandon Marshall

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.

Sterling Shepard

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.

Tight End

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.

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New York Giants schedule 2017: Games and dates

The New York Giants have had their full 2017 schedule released.

 New York Giants schedule 2017

The Giants Football will open the season Sept. 10 at the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a game that also will serve as their NFC East opener.

The Giants will play the Dallas Cowboys again in their NFC East home opener on Dec. 10.

The Giants will have their bye week Oct. 29 between the Seattle Seahawks (Oct. 22) and Los Angeles Rams (Nov. 5) games. They will close out the regular season against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 31.

Game times/dates for Weeks 5-17 games are subject to change.

The Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

New York Giants schedule 2017

Sept. 10: at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Sept. 18: Detroit Lions (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Sept. 24: at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Oct. 1: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Oct. 8: Los Angeles Chargers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Oct. 15: at Denver Broncos (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Oct. 22: Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Oct. 29: BYE

Nov. 5: Los Angeles Rams (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Nov. 12: at San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Nov. 19: Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Nov. 23: at Washington Redskins (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Dec. 3: at Oakland Raiders (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 10: Dallas Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 17: Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 24: at Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 31: Washington Redskins (1 p.m. ET, FOX)


Aug. 11: Pittsburgh Steelers (7 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Aug. 21: at Cleveland Browns (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Aug. 26: Oakland Raiders (7 p.m. ET, WNBC-4NY)

Aug. 31: at New York Giants (7:30 p.m. ET, WNBC-4NY)

New York Giants Football 2017 Picks, News, Season Preview

New York Giants Football 2017 Picks, News, Season Preview. There’s often pushback on the ol’ interwebs over draft grades. You need a couple years to evaluate a team’s draft class, they say! Meh. That’s kind of like saying you can’t predict who wins the Super Bowl until you know makes the playoffs. There’s no bad time for predictions — it’s just that the earlier they are the less confidence we’ll have in them. And that’s OK!

One more hypothetical: if the Giants had drafted sixth-round pick Adam Bisnowaty with their first-round selection, would people say it was too early to judge? No, of course not. So we’ll be judging away today.

New York Giants Football 2017

Also: we’re not only evaluating the selections the team made in a given draft, but the choices the team made during the three-day extravaganza — more on that in our first-round evaluation. So without further ado, here are our draft grades for each of the Giants’ 2017 selections:

New York Giants Football 2017 Picks

Round 1: Ole Miss TE Evan Engram

Grade: C-

This grade has less to do with the player himself and more to do with Jerry Reese’s inflexibility, which came back to bite the Giants twice here. First, I believe Reese made a major error when he neglected to even try and trade up for O.J. Howard, a consensus top-10 player or so that could have fit the Giants perfectly and was tumbling into the teens. The Titans, at 18, might have been willing trade partners since they selected Adoree’ Jackson there, and he probably would have been available at 23.

Per the outdated Jimmy Johnson chart, the fair value to swap from 23 to 18 would have been less than a third-round pick. By Chase Stuart’s approximate value chart, a fifth-rounder would have more than sufficed. In other words: it was doable. And while I almost never advocate trading up, it’s worth it when a player has fallen far beyond where he was expected to go.

But once Reese elected to stand pat at 23, he made another error: not trading down. Evan Engram was considered a borderline first-round pick. Even if they really liked him, Reese should have traded down a few slots and netted himself an extra pick.

But of course he didn’t trade down. He never trades down. No, literally — never. In his 11 drafts as GM of the Giants, Reese has traded down exactly zero times. Considering all the research and evidence that shows that trading down, in general, is very valuable, Reese’s lack of action is almost criminal.

As for Engram, he may turn out to be a very nice player. And I actually take umbrage with one common criticism of this selection: some say that since Engram is a hybrid TE/WR, the Giants will struggle to get him and Sterling Shepard on the field at the same time. But hang on a minute. That’s because Brandon Marshall is also with the Giants, and Marshall is a straight-up band-aid. He won’t be here for the long term, but Engram will be. I don’t doubt Ben McAdoo’s ability to get these two pass catchers on the field at the same time over the next few years.

Round 2: Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson

Grade: B+

Tomlinson was a solid choice because he was selected right about where he should have gone and also perfectly replaces Johnathan Hankins. I mean, perfectly. Hankins was literally Tomlinson’s comp in Pro Football Focus’ pre-draft guide.

Alongside Damon Harrison, they should be able to stop the run while Big Blue’s two defensive ends get after the quarterback.

So why not an A? Firstly, for not trading down. Again, the evidence shows this is the often the best move. And second, I thought Temple OL Dion Dawkins might have helped a bit more considering the weakness of this offensive line class. Dawkins went eight picks later to the Bills.

Round 3: California QB Davis Webb

Grade: B

I’ve written pretty extensively about how Eli Manning is probably getting pretty close to the end of the line, so I think taking a first crack at finding his successor and using a mid-round pick to do so makes sense.

If it were me, I’d have gone with Josh Dobbs instead of Webb. I’m no scout, but I prefer the Tennessee QB because Football Outsiders’ QBASE projection system liked Dobbs as a potential sleeper in this draft … just like it did Dak Prescott a year ago.

Anyway, Webb was expected to be off the board by the time the Giants got him, so it wasn’t like they reached or anything. It’s basically a shot in the dark, but the more the team does that over the next couple years, the better chance they have of finding Manning’s successor when the QB does indeed hang it up.

Round 4: Clemson RB Wayne Gallman

Grade: A-

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t value running backs particularly highly. That’s why I think it’s smart of the Giants to cheaply fill a need by selecting the power back they required in the fourth round. Gallman should fit in nicely with Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen. Of course, this value would be negated if the Giants elected to spend real money on someone like LeGarrette Blount.

Round 5: Youngstown St. DE Avery Moss

Grade: C+

From a football perspective, he fits great. He can be a true 4-3 end that can rush the passer and backup Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. Romeo Okwara flashed in that role last year, but you can never have too many guys that can get after the quarterback.

However, there is risk here because of his off-field transgression that raises a red flag. He exposed himself to a student worker at Nebraska and eventually was essentially forced to transfer out.

Round 6: Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty

Grade: A-

Any time you can get a potential tackle — even right tackle — this late in the draft, it’s worth taking a shot. Frankly, even if Bisnowaty turns out to be a serviceable guard this would easily be worth it, too. The reality is that the Giants barely addressed their struggling offensive line this offseason despite probably needing upgrades at left tackle, right tackle and right guard. Ereck Flowers gets all the attention but right tackle was a major problem for them so if they can get Bisnowaty to compete with Bobby Hart (and maybe D.J. Fluker?) this year or next that would be a win.

Giants Football 2017

The San Francisco Giants just won their fourth game in a row. It’s their longest win streak of the season and when you look at it, probably could not have come at a better time.

Five days ago, the Giants were the worst team in baseball. The three-time World Series champions, who many had locked in to their October picture, had suddenly fallen apart. On their last road trip, they were outscored 63-28. Their outfield looked fairly similar to a Triple-A team, and the team atmosphere was lackluster at best.

So what changed? Enter Brandon Crawford and Denard Span. After losing the two to the disabled list in mid-April, the Giants gained both back on May 11 to kick off the current home stand. Span provided an immediate boost to the leadoff spot and Crawford’s return reunited a Golden Glove caliber middle infield. But most importantly, the return of two of the team’s most sorely missed starters provided the Giants with a spark to play, one that they needed desperately.

Since returning from the DL, Span is batting .384, an immense improvement from Gorky’s Hernandez’s .172. For as well as Christian Arroyo handled shortstop, nothing beats having Crawford in the heart of the infield. The Giants are simply a better team with Crawford in the hole.

Another factor is Buster Posey’s recent power surge. After hitting just one home run in the second half of 2016 and one home run in April, the one-time NL MVP now has six homers in the month of May, and five in the last seven games. For a team that severely lacks right-handed power, these types of things certainly don’t go unnoticed. And you can’t forget about Matt Cain. With his win tonight, he is now 3-1 on the year with a 4.04 ERA — the lowest ERA on the starting rotation.

Don’t get me wrong, at 16-24, the Giants obviously have a long way to go. Although they have a temporary fix with Eduardo Nunez in left, they’re still battling injuries (the Bumgarner one to be specific) and the bullpen still needs some fine tuning. But it’s a start. And it’s a start that couldn’t have come at a more desperate time. The Giants finally got the ball rolling. It’s up to them on when it stops.