Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | Will Tye could be on trading block Fri Jul 21, 01:38 PM
New York Giants TE Will Tye could be made available via trade late this summer as long as the rest of the position group stays healthy, according to ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan.
|Footballguys view: We're not expecting teams to line up. Tye has had moments, but unless the Giants are willing to take very little - maybe a pack of gummy worms and part of a six pack of soda - expect him to be cut rather than traded.|
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Giants | Valentino Blake may be No. 4 CB Sun Jul 16, 07:00 PM
New York Giants CB Valentino Blake appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 4 cornerback job at this point.Link to story
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Giants | Jerome Lane could make practice squad Fri Jul 14, 11:01 PM
New York Giants WR Jerome Lane's size and athleticism could make him a candidate for the practice squad, according to James Kratch of NJ.com.
|Footballguys view: A converted linebacker (yes, linebacker) from Akron, Lane has a basketball skill set (his father played a few years in the NBA) at 6'2" 226 pounds. In two years at wide receiver for the Zips, Lane saw 75 percent of his catches go for a first down. He uses his size to his advantage to box out smaller defenders for contested catches. Lane is raw as a route runner but there should be enough there to keep him on the practice squad as a developmental player.|
Giants | Kevin Snead a longshot for roster Fri Jul 14, 10:53 PM
New York Giants WR Kevin Snead will need to develop as a receiver and prove useful on special teams to have a chance at making the roster, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com, but Duggan believes the depth at receiver will make it almost impossible for Snead to secure a spot.
|Footballguys view: Snead's game is all about speed, speed and more speed. He ran a 40-yard dash (hand timed) at 4.22 seconds during Tennessee's pro day earlier this year. Snead was known as "The Fastest Man in College Football" during his time at Division II Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn. He's super raw as a track star who barely played football (only five catches in college).|
Giants | Jacob Huesman could land FB role Fri Jul 14, 10:44 PM
New York Giants RB Jacob Huesman has the edge on FB Shane Smith if the team decides to carry a true fullback, according to James Kratch of NJ.com.
|Footballguys view: A quarterback from UT-Chattanooga, Huesman ran for 1,200 yards during his final season in college. He signed with the Giants late last year as a running back/fullback.|
Giants | Odell Beckham doesn't go down easy Fri Jul 14, 02:31 AM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. forced 29 missed tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus, which led all NFL wide receivers.
|Footballguys view: Beckham is more than just a dynamic pass catcher. He's also incredibly dangerous with the ball in his hands. Fantasy owners know what they're getting in this superstar, and defenses are going to have to adjust as the Giants added WR Brandon Marshall to the roster this offseason. Beckham is a top-5 fantasy receiver and a mid first-round pick in any format.|
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Giants | Khalid Abdullah needs big training camp Sun Jul 9, 10:39 PM
New York Giants RB Khalid Abdullah will need a big training camp and preseason in order to make the 53-man roster, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com, but Duggan believes Abdullah is a solid candidate for the practice squad.Link to story
Giants | Kevin Norwood on the chopping block? Sun Jul 9, 10:28 PM
New York Giants WR Kevin Norwood isn't likely to make the 53-man roster, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com, and Duggan believes the Giants will use practice squad spots for younger players.Link to story
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Giants | Travis Rudolph headed to practice squad? Sun Jul 9, 10:19 PM
New York Giants WR Travis Rudolph will likely end up on the practice squad this season, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com.Link to story
Giants | Shaun Draughn to play special teams? Sun Jul 9, 10:14 PM
New York Giants RB Shaun Draughn will need to prove he can handle the special teams and kick return roles that free-agent RB Bobby Rainey (Giants) filled last year in order to make the roster, according to Andrew Mills of NJ Advance Media.Link to story
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Giants | Brandon Marshall putting in extra work Fri Jul 7, 02:21 PM
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall has regularly used FaceTime to review plays and signals with QB Eli Manning in the six weeks players have off between minicamp and the start of training camp on July 27.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy football players used to avoid receivers in the first year on their new team because of chemistry issues among other things, but smart quarterbacks and wideouts have devised ways to speed up the acclimation process. Marshall could be a huge value at his current price if he approaches his production with Jets when he had a competent quarterback.|
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Giants | Andrew Adams at FS Thu Jul 6, 12:22 PM
New York Giants S Andrew Adams is penciled in to start at free safety for now.
|Footballguys view: A few things to keep in mind here. First, depth charts in early July are meaningless. In fact, until you hit the second week of camp, you might as well pick names out of a hat for these things. Secondly, Darian Thompson is still rehabbing. We expect when and if Thompson returns to full health, he will get the free safety spot back.|
Giants | Robert Thomas works with first-team Thu Jul 6, 12:22 PM
New York Giants DT Robert Thomas has lined up with the first-team defense plenty this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Someone to look at. Offensive lines will be focused on the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon, so the fourth man on that front line - perhaps Thomas - could find himself free and be very productive.|
Giants | Three Giants WRs may compete for one spot Sun Jul 2, 04:28 PM
New York Giants WRs Travis Rudolph, Roger Lewis and Darius Powe likely will be competing for one roster spot during training camp if the Giants decide to keep six receivers on the 53-man roster.
|Footballguys view: Lewis only had seven catches for 97 yards last year but two of them went for touchdowns. Rudolph was undrafted out of Florida State this year and could be the one to watch here. He's a refined route-runner and quickly plucks the ball out of the air with strong hands. Powe is larger (6'3") than the other two, he's smart and he's fast. In college at Cal, Powe was a favorite target of Jared Goff and a known touchdown hog.|
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Giants | D.J. Fluker not guaranteed spot Sun Jul 2, 04:08 PM
New York Giants OG D.J. Fluker is not guaranteed a spot on final roster and could be released if he is outplayed by several other linemen during training camp. The Giants would save $1.5 million in salary cap space if they release Fluker.Link to story
Giants | Matt LaCosse could make team Fri Jun 30, 10:46 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse could carve out a role in the offense if he can stay healthy throughout training camp, according to John Schmeelk of Giants.com.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, LaCosse missed all of 2016 due to a knee injury. He's got he skill set of a receiving tight end but he has the size (6'5" 261 pounds) and willingness to be an effective blocker.|
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Giants | Expectations rising for Evan Engram Fri Jun 30, 10:12 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram could finish this season with 45 to 50 catches, according to John Schmeelk and Lance Medow of Giants.com.
|Footballguys view: That's not outlandish as Engram is basically a super-sized wide receiver playing the tight end position. Rookie tight ends rarely reach this kind of production though and since 1996 only three rookies at the position have been top-5 fantasy producers. We love Engram's skill set and the way the Giants should use him. That being said, it's safer/better to draft him as an upside TE2 in your fantasy leagues. Get yourself a solid starting tight end, then draft Engram later near his current ADP of TE19 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Giants | Odell Beckham's head is where it needs to be Mon Jun 26, 08:21 PM
Jordan Raanan, from ESPN.com, reports New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is in a good place per former Giants great Michael Strahan. "I've seen this kid work," Strahan said of Beckham. "I've talked to him this offseason. His head is where it needs to be. "Everybody gives him a hard time about missing a little OTAs. Hell, I didn't go to those things, so I'm the wrong person to be sympathetic for people who are giving him a hard time."
|Footballguys view: Beckham missed the voluntary work this offseason but he stayed in great shape and is incredibly focused. He recently told NJ Advance Media, "Mentally, physically, spiritually, everything, I just don't think I've ever been as ready as I am now." Fantasy owners know he's a top-flight WR1 in 2017 and worthy of a top-5 pick in every fantasy draft.|
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Giants | Davis Webb stealing reps Sun Jun 25, 11:27 PM
New York Giants QB Davis Webb made a habit of lining up behind QB Eli Manning during OTAs when Manning ran plays with the first-team offense. 'I've always done that since I was in seventh grade, watching the varsity quarterback at my dad's high school,' Webb said at minicamp. 'Just trying to steal reps as much as I can.'
|Footballguys view: Webb was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft with the idea that he could be groomed as a potential starter in the future. He's got the prototypical build for a quarterback (6'5" 229 pounds) but his decision making and accuracy beyond 10 yards are real big question marks. Dynasty owners should be monitoring his progress.|
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Giants | Odell Beckham deal not top priority Sat Jun 24, 02:53 PM
New York Giants team president John Mara said WR Odell Beckham Jr. could receive a contract extension in the near future but it is not a top priority for the Giants at this time.
|Footballguys view: With Beckham's fifth-year option exercised, the Giants control his rights for the next two years. It's better to get something done sooner rather than later as Beckham is one of the most productive players at his position. He'll get big money and could set the market for wide receivers. Mara said there is no timetable for Beckham's extension.|
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Giants | Does Eli Manning have plenty of gas in tank? Thu Jun 22, 01:48 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning still has many years to play in the NFL, in the opinion of owner John Mara.
|Footballguys view: It would be fascinating to know what GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo think about the 'gas gauge' for Manning. Some of the moves they have made this offseason seem more bent on capitalizing on winning now, with an eye beyond Manning. Certainly the addition of rookie QB Davis Webb has given people the impression the Giants are thinking of a few years down the line. Short term, the Giants added WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram, both weapons which will help Manning immensely. Early drafts seem undecided on Manning's real value, and his ADP is at 108 overall -- the No. 16 quarterback coming off the board.|
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Giants | B.J. Goodson on track to start Sun Jun 18, 08:43 PM
New York Giants LB B.J. Goodson has the inside track to start at middle linebacker this season, and he could be used as a three-down player.Link to story
Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. more ready than ever Sun Jun 18, 12:59 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. believes everything is starting to come together for him as he enters his fourth season.
|Footballguys view: Going for nearly 100 catches and over 1,300 yards seems like a given with Beckham. With WR Brandon Marshall added via free agency and TE Evan Engram added in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, we'll see if Beckham can continue to be the target hog he's been since entering the league. Fantasy owners are taking Beckham at WR3 (1.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Giants | Evan Engram terms Fri Jun 16, 10:44 AM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Evan Engram's four-year deal is worth $10.7 million with a $5.9 million signing bonus. All first-round picks receive an option for a fifth year.Link to story
Giants | Evan Engram signs contract Thu Jun 15, 04:41 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Engram has the ability to be a great move tight end, and be a huge mismatch in short and intermediate zones. It may take a while for him to catch up to the speed of the game, though, and the Giants feel he can also be a good blocker. That is the biggest pitfall here as well. As bad as the Giants offensive line is - and they did nothing to help it - Engram could end up stuck blocking a lot. Add in Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and some dude named Odell Beckham Jr and while Engram's future is bright, his short term prospects are questionable.|
Giants | Justin Pugh has back injury Wed Jun 14, 02:16 PM
New York Giants OG Justin Pugh has missed the first two practices during minicamp because of a back injury. He said he does not expect the injury to linger into training camp.Link to story
Giants | Evan Engram does not practice Wed Jun 14, 02:15 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 14, because of soreness, according to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
|Footballguys view: It's June, so we're not worried about it. We're excited to see Engram in training camp and the preseason. He's a super-sized wide receiver who can exploit defenders as a tight end. Engram has the athleticism to attack the deep middle seam and he can get by linebackers or safeties tasked with covering him. The rookie from Ole Miss could quickly become a favorite target of QB Eli Manning. His current ADP is TE17 (13.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Giants | Sterling Shepard impressing Wed Jun 14, 10:19 AM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is catching everything thrown at him in practice, and he caught two touchdowns in team drills Tuesday, June 13.
|Footballguys view: That's cool that he's catching everything thrown his way, but with the additions of WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram there may not be as many targets for Shepard as there was last year. With 65 catches and eight touchdowns last year as a rookie, it may be difficult for Shepard to recreate those numbers this year.|
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Giants | Orleans Darkwa works with first-team Wed Jun 14, 10:18 AM
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa worked extensively with the first-team offense Tuesday, June 13.
|Footballguys view: Darkwa is kind of the forgotten man in the Giants backfield. Paul Perkins and rookie Wayne Gallman should be the two primary backs for the team in 2017. Shane Vereen could work into the mix as a change-of-pace back as well.|
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Giants | Olivier Vernon reports for minicamp Mon Jun 12, 08:36 PM
New York Giants DE Olivier Vernon reported to the team's facility Monday, June 12 for the start of minicamp, according to a source. Vernon did not participate in the voluntary offseason workouts.Link to story
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Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. returns to team Mon Jun 12, 08:30 AM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. posted on Instagram that he has reported for organized team activities Monday, June 12.
|Footballguys view: The mandatory part of minicamp has begun, so it's no surprise Beckham is out there. Beckham had been skipping voluntary OTAs, likely as a protest to his current contract situation. The Giants used the fifth-year option on Beckham, so they have him under contract through 2018. With three seasons over 1,300 yards receiving, the Giants could wrap up a new deal for Beckham now that might be cheaper than the one he'd see on the open market in 2019.|
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Giants | Aldrick Rosas drawing praise Sun Jun 11, 02:15 PM
New York Giants PK Aldrick Rosas is attracting praise from the Giants' coaching staff for his impressive performance in offseason practices.Link to story
Giants | Bobby Hart has inside track at OG spot Sun Jun 11, 04:10 AM
New York Giants OG Bobby Hart has an inside track on an offensive guard spot over OG D.J. Fluker.Link to story
Giants | Evan Engram keeps impressing Sat Jun 10, 11:03 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram is generating excitement with his performance at OTAs, according to head coach Ben McAdoo, and the Giants have been using more sets that feature two tight ends.
|Footballguys view: This is a drumbeat that has been consistent throughout the offseason. Engram can be a dangerous tight end because he basically plays like a super-sized wide receiver. The rookie from Ole Miss is likely to become a favorite target of QB Eli Manning. Engram should end up third in the pecking order for targets behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall.|
Giants | Davis Webb holding his own Sat Jun 10, 10:46 PM
New York Giants QB Davis Webb displayed a strong arm during OTAs and didn't appear overwhelmed, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPNNewYork.com.
|Footballguys view: Webb bounced around during his college career (Texas Tech to Cal) but the talent as a pocket passer was always there. He looks the part, but Webb needs to prove that he can make plays under duress. Going off script is not a strength for the young passer. Webb will likely be a developmental QB3 for the Giants in 2017.|
Giants | Tavarres King seeing first-team reps Sat Jun 10, 10:39 PM
New York Giants WR Tavarres King has been seeing first-team reps in OTAs, and Jordan Raanan of ESPNNewYork.com believes King will see time as the fourth receiver this year.
|Footballguys view: King is a speed merchant that can take the top off the defense in the blink of an eye. He's never done much with the Broncos or the Panthers, and we're not expecting him to do much in 2017 either.|
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Giants | Ereck Flowers a different player Fri Jun 9, 11:34 PM
New York Giants OT Ereck Flowers has spent time in the weight room and is leaner, quicker and stronger entering this season, according to offensive line coach Mike Solari.Link to story
Giants | Odell Beckham should be at minicamp Fri Jun 9, 03:58 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. Beckham did not participate in organized team activities, which were voluntary.
|Footballguys view: Beckham missed voluntary workouts and reports indicate it was because of his contract situation. Seriously underpaid for 2017, Beckham is on the books for $3.3 million this year. He's under contract through 2018 due to the fifth-year option for first-round picks. The Giants should be working diligently to find a new contract that makes both happy. If he misses all three days of mandatory minicamp, it would cost Beckham roughly $80,000.|
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Giants | Shane Vereen not rushing back Fri Jun 9, 02:21 PM
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen (triceps) is taking a slower approach this offseason after he admitted returning prematurely from a torn triceps last year.
|Footballguys view: The twice torn triceps held him to just five games last year. Vereen is the pass-catching back for this team, but it will be interesting to see how touches are split in a three-way RBBC. Paul Perkins and rookie Wayne Gallman should serve as the primary ball-carriers in 2017.|
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Giants | Corbin Bryant joins Giants Thu Jun 8, 10:32 AM
Free-agent DT Corbin Bryant (Bills) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Thursday, June 8. C Khaled Holmes was waived.Link to story
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Giants | Paul Perkins may be three-down back Wed Jun 7, 07:23 PM
New York Giants RB Paul Perkins has the skills to become a three-down running back, according to running backs coach Craig Johnson.
|Footballguys view: The Giants lack of moves at running back jive with this stance on Perkins, who is still only a mid-round pick in early drafts. Shane Vereen will get some passing down work and rookie Wayne Gallman is a good fit for a shotgun offense, but Perkins will get first crack at this job and if he is as good as the Giants think he is, he'll be a value pick.|
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Giants | Odell Beckham seeking new deal Wed Jun 7, 08:37 AM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s absence at organized activities, though no one in his camp has admitted it, is directly related to his desire for a new contract, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: It's not a holdout until mandatory work is missed. These OTAs are voluntary so it's not a really big deal...yet. Beckham has a cap hit of $3.3 million in 2017, and he's under contract through 2018 at a tremendous value as he's still on his rookie deal. His current average annual salary ($2.6 million) ranks 59th in the NFL at the WR position per Spotrac.com.|
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Giants | D.J. Fluker working with backups Sun Jun 4, 04:25 PM
New York Giants OG D.J. Fluker worked at right guard with the second-team offense during organized team activities last week.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2013 for the Chargers, Fluker failed to play up to his draft status at tackle or guard. The Giants picked him up during the free agent frenzy in March with the idea he could contribute inside at guard. Justin Pugh (LG) and John Jerry (RG) should start inside for the Giants.|
Giants | Geno Smith has been limited Sat Jun 3, 03:26 PM
New York Giants QB Geno Smith (knee) has been held out of team drills during organized team activities because he is coming back from a knee injury. He is not wearing a brace on his injured knee and has shown plenty of velocity while throwing the ball.
|Footballguys view: Smith gets a fresh start with the Giants this year as he's competing with guys like Josh Johnson and rookie Davis Webb for the backup spot behind Eli Manning. Reports speculate that Smith will be full go for training camp.|
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Giants | Darian Thompson able to do more Sat Jun 3, 03:17 PM
New York Giants FS Darian Thompson (foot) has been more involved in workouts as the offseason has gone on. He moved well during practice Friday, June 2, and showed flashes of ability.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Boise State in 2016, Thompson made it through two games before a Lisfranc injury that required surgery ended his rookie year. Thompson has a nose for the ball and can snare passes when tested. Having him back healthy only makes a strong secondary that much stronger.|
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Giants | Matt LaCosse does well Friday Sat Jun 3, 03:16 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse was one of the standout performers during practice Friday, June 1, and made several terrific catches. 'Yeah, he made some nice plays,' head coach Ben McAdoo said. 'He is a big target down there in the green zone. Matchup-wise he gives you that length that you are looking for, he can run and he is a functional blocker. So he has a nice skill set.'
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Illinois in 2015, LaCosse is an intriguing deep dynasty prospect we've had our eyes on. LaCosse is big (6'6" 250 pounds) and has the athletic ability to create mismatch problems. Will Tye and rookie first-round pick Evan Engram are above him on the depth chart, but LaCosse could work his way into some two-TE sets.|
Matt LaCosse player page
Giants | Tavarres King competing for playing time Fri Jun 2, 07:28 PM
New York Giants WR Tavarres King has been impressive during offseason workouts and will compete for playing time during training camp.
|Footballguys view: King is a speed merchant who can 'eat cushion' quickly when going against off coverage. He's competing for the 4th spot on the depth chart in a best case scenario, so even with his impressive play at OTAs King is unlikely to be a fantasy factor in 2017.|
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Giants | Mykkele Thompson seeing time at nickel back Fri Jun 2, 07:23 PM
New York Giants S Mykkele Thompson lined up nickel back during organized team activities this week.Link to story
Giants | B.J. Goodson working with starters Fri Jun 2, 07:10 PM
New York Giants LB B.J. Goodson has been working with the first-team defense at middle linebacker during offseason workouts and will be given every opportunity to win the starting middle linebacker job.Link to story
Giants | Eli Apple adds some weight Fri Jun 2, 04:16 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple said he has added 10 pounds of weight this offseason and believes he is in better shape and is faster than he has ever been.
|Footballguys view: The 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft went through his lumps as a rookie last year. He started 11 games and gained valuable experience that will help him play better during his sophomore season in the pros.|
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