Monday, June 30, 2014

New York Giants Fantasy Football Outlook

After winning their second Super Bowl in five seasons, the New York Giants have failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons.  Last year the team was absolutely dreadful.  It took the Giants until week 7 to win their first game of the season, but over the last 10 games of the year, the team finished 7-3.

New York finished 28th in total offense, averaging just 307 yards per game.  The Giants scored the 2nd fewest points in the NFC, only 6 points more than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The team was -14 in turnover differential, the worst in the NFC and 2nd worst in the NFL (Houston Texans -20). Eli Manning threw 27 of the teams 29 interceptions and Andre Brown lost 3 of the teams 15 fumbles.

Needing to turn things around, the Giants made a number of moves to their roster.  They signed Rashad Jennings to become their starting running back and drafted Andre Williams out of Boston College to be Jennings backup.  David Wilson's neck injury has lead the team to shift focus.  They let Hakeem Nicks walk in free agency, but drafted Odell Beckham with the 12th overall pick in this years draft.  They signed John Jerry, Charles Brown, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton and drafted Weston Richburg in the second round to improve their offensive line to open up holes for their running game and help keep Eli Manning on his feet and give him time to throw the football.


Eli Manning

Yes Eli Manning has helped Big Blue win two Super Bowls but I think we can throw that elite status conversation out the window. You can't blame Eli entirely for the Giants terrible season last year but he did make a ton of bonehead mistakes. Eli threw for 3,818 yards his fewest since 2008, however in 2008 he only threw 10 interceptions, compared to the 27 he threw last season. Hopefully with the improved offensive line, a healthy Victor Cruz, another year of Ruben Randle maturing, the addition of Odell Beckham, and an improved run game, Eli will have a bounce back year in 2014.  We ranked him 20th in our QB rankings.

Rashad Jennings

Jennings spent his first 3 years in the NFL as a backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. Last year with the Oakland Raiders, Jennings had 163 carries for 733 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 292 yards. Not only will he bring a toughness to the run game for the Giants but he'll be able to help out in the passing game as well.

Jennings is 29 but does not have the wear and tear as most 29 year old NFL running backs. Adrian Peterson is also 29 and has had 3 seasons with 314, 348 and 363 carries. Jennings only has 387 career carries.  We ranked him 18th in our RB rankings.

Victor Cruz

Playing in his third season, Victor Cruz like most Giants last season had an off year. Cruz had at least 82 catches and over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons but last year he only caught 73 balls and finished 2 yards shy of another 1,000 yard season. His 4 touchdowns were also a shock, as he had 19 through his first two years.

Injuries definitely played a role in his disappointing year, but he will be healthy for the start of 2014 and you can expect another Pro Bowl type season.  We ranked him 17th in our WR rankings.

Rueben Randle

Randle caught all 6 of his TDs between Week 5-10 last year and was usually good for about 3 catches per game.  While he only caught 41 of his 80 targets, Nicks is gone and that opens up 102 pass attempts to be thrown elsewhere.  His longest catch went just 37 yards, but he led the Giants in 20+ yard receptions with 16.  Randle is a big time sleeper in 2014.  We ranked him 44th in our WR rankings.


The New York Football Giants have little at the tight end position, but if you play in a deep league and need a TE, the only one on the Giants roster worth a look is Adrien Robinson

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