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WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants

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

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Victor Cruz is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, and both he and the Giants have expressed confidence in his availability for Week One. It's encouraging to see Cruz cleared for practice and able to work the majority of drills throughout the preseason. It's unclear whether the team will let Cruz play in any preseason games, but so far his recovery has been nothing short of amazing. Assuming for a moment he makes a full recovery, Cruz enters the 2015 with a different role than the past two seasons. Cruz is no longer the Giants' top pass-catcher; that role belongs to Odell Beckham for the foreseeable future. Cruz will now be able to test his mettle against team's secondary cornerbacks. He'll also face single coverage in most situations. At his best, Cruz is a smart route runner with vacuum hands. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in his ability to gain separation, particularly on crossing routes. His days as a fantasy WR1 are probably over, but Cruz can re-emerge as a viable WR2 if his recovery progresses unabated. (August 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 49, 40, 40, 43, 45, 46, 46, 46, 47, 47, 47, 48, 48, 48, 48, 52, 56, 56
WR Redraft PPR - 48, 40, 41, 42, 42, 45, 46, 46, 46, 47, 47, 47, 48, 48, 48, 50, 52, 56
WR Dynasty - 44, 35, 38, 41, 56, 60
Overall Dynasty - 83, 53

Stats and Projections

2012 NYG 16 0 0 0 143 86 1092 10
2013 NYG 14 0 0 0 122 73 998 4 1
2014 NYG 6 0 0 0 41 23 337 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 53 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 14 0 * * 52 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 15 0 * * 66 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 14 0 * * 50 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 96
WR: 36
Overall-PPR: 92
WR-PPR: 37

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Latest News

Giants | Eli Manning, Odell Beckham to play (Thu Sep 3, 03:24 PM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning, WR Odell Beckham Jr. and most of the other offensive starters are expected to play a series or two in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots Thursday, Sept. 3, as head coach Tom Coughlin wants to see the unit click before the regular season opener. WR Victor Cruz (calf) will not play.

Our View: The offense is still misfiring a bit, though Manning has been sharp for the most part. Manning is a borderline QB1/QB2, while Beckham is a tremendous WR1. The backfield is a bit of a mess, with Rashad Jennings starting out as an RB3, Andre Williams as a No. 5 back and Shane Vereen as an RB3/RB4, and a definite RB3 in PPR leagues.
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Giants | Victor Cruz doubtful for Week 1 (Wed Sep 2, 04:02 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) is doubtful to play Week 1, according to's Dan Graziano. Cruz has not yet been cleared to practice and did not participate in the preseason.

Our View: Things change quickly around here. Cruz was on track and recovering well from the knee injury he had last year, then this calf injury knocked him off course. Now, he's likely to miss the first game of the season. He'll be eased in once he's healthy enough to practice.
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Giants | Victor Cruz still out Monday (Mon Aug 31, 12:07 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) still hasn't received clearance to practice Monday, Aug. 31.

Our View: Cruz said that the inflammation has gone down and that the team is being cautious. They don't want him jogging yet, but he's hoping to be ready for Week 1.
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Giants | Victor Cruz still ailing (Sun Aug 30, 10:17 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots, and head coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz still hasnít been given the 'green light' to begin practicing.

Our View: His knee may be okay, but this calf injury has set him back. Fantasy owners can add Cruz as a WR4 with upside, but they may have to be patient before he looks like his old self.
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Giants | Victor Cruz out third preseason game (Thu Aug 27, 02:36 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Our View: We're a tad nervous about Cruz and Week 1 being a thing that happens. This continues to linger and while he is likely just being coddled a bit by the team, and he's supposed to be ready for Week 1, it's something to track. Raanan also recently told our own Andrew Garda in an interview that even if Cruz is back in time for the season, nobody is really sure if he'll be anything like his old self. Stay tuned.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Atlanta Falcons
3vs Washington Redskins
4@ Buffalo Bills
5vs San Francisco 49ers
6@ Philadelphia Eagles
7vs Dallas Cowboys
8@ New Orleans Saints
9@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10vs New England Patriots
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Washington Redskins
13vs New York Jets
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Carolina Panthers
16@ Minnesota Vikings
17vs Philadelphia Eagles