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WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants

6-0, 200Born: 11-11-1986College: MassachusettsDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Cruz had a huge play to help clinch the game and showed the speed and explosiveness that made him a downfield threat before his patellar tendon tear two years ago. The Giants are going to remain pass heavy, which means Cruz will be a weekly flex option going forward and a preferred play against Washington this week.

Week 3: vs Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Eli Manning threw the ball all over the field against the Saints' sorry pass defense, but his receivers somehow kept not getting across the goal line (32/41 for 368 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -14 yards). He found Sterling Shepard (eight targets for 8/117/0 receiving) and Odell Beckham Jr. (11 for 8/86/0) the most during the game, also targeting Victor Cruz (eight for 4/91/0) with regularity. Shane Vereen (three for 3/24/0) and Larry Donnell (five for 4/24/0) also chipped in from time to time. The Giants' passing game is going strong, but DFS players would like to see Manning score some TDs to go with all those completions and yards! The Washington pass defense allowed 22/30 for 278 net yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions to Dak Prescott last weekend (with four sacks for -14 yards). To date, Washington averages 284.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given out vs. one interception generated (and five sacks so far). Over the first two weeks of the season, Washington has averaged 23.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 29.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-most); with 5.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (20th in the league). This is a great matchup for Manning and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DAL 50 0 0 0 4 4 34 1 0 9.4
2 vs NO 74 0 0 0 8 4 91 0 1 8.1
3 vs WAS 0 0 0 0 3 3 70 0 0 7
3 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Giants | Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz fined (Sun Sep 18, 09:08 AM) - New York Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz were each fined $12,124 by the NFL for a group celebration during Week 1's game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to a league source.

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Schedule

3vs Washington Redskins
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5@ Green Bay Packers
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Philadelphia Eagles
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11vs Chicago Bears
12@ Cleveland Browns
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs Detroit Lions
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17@ Washington Redskins