WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants
|6-0, 200||Born: 11-11-1986||College: Massachusetts||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Tue Dec 6): played 26 snaps (43 percent of the offense) Sunday, Dec. 5. Cruz didn't get a single target against the Steelers on Sunday.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz did not receive any targets in this game, continuing on from the theme of ignored receivers with Shepard avoiding any balls the previous week. The Giants passed the ball for the majority of the time but Manning simply didn't look his way. Beckham jr/Shepard/Tye/Jennings got the vast majority of the targets and guys like Cruz could not get a look in. Fantasy owners should obviously avoid to play Cruz right now at all costs and he can be dropped for better options.
2016 Week 12 vs CLE (5 / 1 / 37 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz was another victim of this bizarre game as he only registered one catch, though it was a big play. Cruz got open deep down the sideline and made a terrific play on the ball to secure it in bounds despite close coverage by the Browns cornerback. He was targeted later in the game on another deep pass but it was poorly thrown and he had no chance to catch it in bounds. Manning spread the ball evenly amongst all receivers not named Beckham jr in this game and Cruz just couldn't get enough looks. He is a somewhat risky play as a #3 receiver as his production is quite inconsistent, only play if desperate. His talent has not diminished as a player but the Giants offense has been somewhat underperforming for most of this season. Beckham jr also demands a lot of attention which hurts the fantasy potential of guys like Cruz.
2016 Week 11 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 48 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz wasn't able to accomplish much on his return from his injury but did contribute a big splash play late in the game. Cruz drew a holding call early in the game and was occasionally targeted downfield by Manning but the duo struggled to connect. Cruz got open on a broken scramble play down the field from Manning. Manning fired a pass down the sideline on the run for Cruz who had unravelled away from the defense to pick up a massive gain after the catch. Cruz showed nice speed and quickness to separate on this play but he was somewhat invisible for the rest of the game. The Giants leaned heavily on the running game throughout and Cruz has to contend with Shepard and Beckham jr. these days.
2016 Week 9 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 46 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz only got one grab on Sunday against the Eagles as he had to leave with an injury he sustained early in the game. Cruz made this catch count however with a big play downfield to set up the Giants in the redzone. He got good separation on a slant and go route deep downfield and was helped with a perfect pass into his hands from Manning. Cruz showed he still has the quickness and speed to get open deep. It was unfortunate to see him leave the game after this splash play but hopefully he will not be out for long.
2016 Week 7 vs LA (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz started his day off poorly with a drop on the outside, taking his eyes off the ball before securing it and failing to pick up a first down. Cruz shook this early mistake off and was the leading receiver for the Giants, though this only took 55 yards. The Giants kept the passing game very short and safe, which gave Cruz little room to threaten a defense down the field. He had a nice diving catch on a low ball to the outside from Manning, showing good concentration. Cruz also made a man miss after catching a slant inside and taking it for a big play down the sideline instead. The Giants ran a lot in the redzone however and this hurt the fantasy production of guys like Cruz. He should be seen as a low number 3 fantasy at best in PPR leagues and should not be started if it can be avoided.
2016 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz tried his best to fight for any ball his way on Sunday but only ended up with 3 balls. The Giants weren't achieving much in the passing game early on and relied heavily upon Beckham jr in the second half. Cruz was open early on a slant pattern but Manning's pass was thrown behind him and it fell incomplete. Cruz then dropped a simple pass outside to the sideline but would have resulted in a minor gain. He was targeted on a deep shot from Manning but the pass was overthrown this time. Cruz almost scored however on a comeback route in the redzone. He got a lot of separation on his break towards the pass but was taken down just yards short. Cruz was arguably open on a redzone slant route but Manning's focus was towards the back of the endzone at that time. Cruz showed he can still get open in this league and has the confidence in his body to perform again but the Giants are not consistently getting him the ball. Fantasy owners should edge on the side of caution and bench him until he at least gets back in the endzone.
2016 Week 5 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz didn't get a single reception and looked invisible for most of the game, you might think he didn't play. Cruz didn't even get a target from Manning in the first half as the Pack rattled the Giants QB and offensive line. He simply couldn't get any attention from his QB as Greenbay dictated the game with their pass rush. Manning tried to find Cruz deep on a fade pattern but the pass was woefully underthrown and could have been picked off. The Giants simply aren't able to get the ball to guys like Cruz with the way the offense is underperforming currently. He has the talent like we saw in week 1 vs. the Cowboys but he can't do it himself.
2016 Week 4 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz was held in check for this game but still managed to outproduce his fellow wide receivers on the stat sheet. Cruz was only able to get his hands on short-intermediate routes as the Giants offense struggled to push the ball down the field throughout the game. Cruz was solid at picking up small gains on curl routes and in breaking patterns but had to contend with a tight Vikings secondary that prevented many yards after the catch. Cruz was targeted in the redzone on a slant pattern from the slot. He wasn't able to come up with the ball but was flagged for defensive pass interference which helped the Giants secure the score. Cruz has successfully returned to the Giants as a strong contender in the passing game and this outing didn't change much. His talent as a route runner and his quickness has not diminished; his biggest problem as a fantasy option is his competition with Beckham jr and Shepard every week.
2016 Week 3 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz had a quiet day of three catches with the longest one going for thirty-seven yards. These types of days can become more often as Victor lines up outside more frequently than year's past. Playing as Eli's main safety valve and zone buster isn't primarily his duty anymore as the rookie Sterling Shepard helps as well.
2016 Week 2 vs NO (8 / 4 / 91 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz continues his comeback season with another impactful performance, though he was unfortunate not to get more out of this game. Cruz was targeted early on a slant inside but lost the ball was he went down to the ground, failing to secure it. Cruz showed excellent speed and route running hauling in a quick pass to the outside before racing down the sideline for a big gain. Unfortunately Cruz didn't see a defender come from behind late and he lost the ball as a fumble during the process. Cruz was also unlucky not to score in the redzone on a quick out route from Manning as the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Cruz had another ball jarred loose from a defender as he looked to have caught a deep fade pass from Manning. Cruz made up for these mishaps with an unbelievable catch which sealed the game. Cruz was well covered by the Saints corner on a streak pattern deep but outfought the defender at the highest point and wrestled the pass away for a big gain. Cruz showed some mental lapses which was unusual for the receiver but his talent level as a playmaker has not diminished despite his absence.
2016 Week 1 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Victor Cruz had a very strong performance against the Cowboys and looked like the old Victor Cruz. He was quick, able to gain separation and still possessed his incredibly reliable pair of hands. Cruz had a few short balls to the outside which resulted in minimal gains for the Giants but appeared to give him the confidence boost that he can still compete. Cruz unravelled over the middle against the Dallas secondary on a crossing pattern and picked up a huge first down. Cruz later secured his first touchdown of the season from the redzone. Cruz was given time to work his way around defenders and ran away from coverage to get open in the back of the endzone to give fantasy owners the long awaited salsa dance. Cruz wasn't targeted as much as Beckham jr. but showed very promising signs that he can still contribute a lot to this team. His quickness and route running was on form and looked like a threat to the Dallas secondary anytime he touched the ball.
Latest NewsGiants | Victor Cruz sees sporadic play (Mon Dec 5, 11:20 AM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz played 26 snaps (43 percent of the offense) Sunday, Dec. 5. Our View: Cruz didn't get a single target against the Steelers on Sunday. He's not a fantasy factor, and even in deep leagues we'd advise against rostering him.
link to story Giants | Just one grab for Victor Cruz (Sun Nov 27, 11:37 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz posted just one grab for 37 yards on five targets in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns. link to story
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