TE Evan Engram - New York Giants

6-3, 234Born: 9-2-1994College: Ole MissDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, the Giants opted this week to remove Eli Manning from under center. They'd reached a breaking point: over his last 10 games, Manning had averaged just 7.0 yards per attempt and thrown 16 touchdowns. With a weakened arm and no tools left to beat the pass rush, hesimply lacks any dynamic skills at this point. That's why the offense is currently made up almost entirely of low-impact slot specialists. Rookie Daniel Jones will take the reins starting this Sunday, and he's fresh off a fantastic preseason that saw him complete 85% of his throws. He's big-armed and mobile, offering far more creativity than Manning ever did. Perhaps he'll catch the NFL napping on him for a few weeks, generating big plays on instinct outside the pocket. Still, he's a relatively green rookie leading an offense that lacks firepower. Week to week, his best-case scenario is a high-volume day full of check-downs to explosive youngsters Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. When that happens, both become high-level producers capable of winning fantasy weeks. Engram has caught 17 of his 22 targets thus far, while Barkley is capable of turning any short catch into something special. Sterling Shepard, if cleared by the concussion protocol, will provide another reliable set of hands from the slot. But beyond Engram and Barkley, there's no reason to prioritize this passing game in any fantasy format. The Tampa Bay pass defense remains one of football's most vulnerable. With little turnover from last year's bottom-tier group, they're still allowing more big plays than they should. The outside coverage unit remains shaky at best, and a lack of communication inside leaves tons of run-after-catch room. On Thursday night, Greg Olsen's two long scampers down the seam served as shining examples of this unit's shortcomings. Cam Newton totaled 324 yards, even leaving a few misfires on the table. Vernon Hargreaves remains hit-or-miss in coverage, and he gave up a number of plays to D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel last week. He recorded 12 tackles on the night, which is never a good sign for a cornerback. The pass rush has improved, with youngsters Shaquil Barrett and Vita Vea bending the pocket much more than was seen last year. But until they can be trusted to hold coverage, this will continue to be a plus fantasy matchup. Even the Giants' thinned-out receiving corps enjoys something of an advantage here.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DAL 53 11.0 116 1 0 17.6
2 vs BUF 55 6.0 48 0 0 4.8
3 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 5.8 * * * *
3 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 5.6 * * * *
3 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Evan Engram's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)

Evan Engram was mostly invisible in this game as the Giants struggled to get the ball to the tight end. A lot of his yards came on one big play down the field in the fourth quarter. Engram managed to get away from the secondary and was wide open for a pass he had to wait for. He was open early in the game on a corner route but Manning overthrew him. The Bills keyed on him as one of the limited threats the Giants had. He didn't get open downfield often and he failed to pose a legitimate threat throughout the game. He remains a decent play in PPR leagues as he will get the ball but the overall lack of productivity in this offense will likely prevent any massive performances.

2019 Week 1 vs DAL (14 / 11 / 116 / 1 rec)

Evan Engram played very well on Sunday and was the only consistent weapon the Giants had in the passing game. Engram is tough to cover over the middle and has the speed/agility to get separation from linebackers. He grabbed a short seam route early in the game and held onto the ball after a big hit. Engram scored later in the redzone on a rollout play. He faked the block before releasing and was wide open in the endzone. Engram caught several more plays over the middle, showing excellent hands as he had a lot of plays in traffic. He made some catches on off target throws and really helped the Giants to move the ball. Engram's issue has mainly been his health. He has an incredible opportunity to produce in this offense this season and should be a valuable fantasy play almost every week.

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Latest News

Giants | Evan Engram catches six passes (Sun Sep 15, 06:04 PM) - New York Giants TE Evan Engram caught six passes for 48 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. He was targeted eight times during the game.

Our View: Engram was able to break through during garbage time for a few gains but was a nonfactor while the game was in the balance. Next week, he'll face a Tampa defense that Greg Olsen lit up on Thursday.
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Giants | Eleven grabs for Evan Engram (Sun Sep 8, 11:54 PM) - New York Giants TE Evan Engram caught 11 of his 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1.

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Schedule

3@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Washington Redskins
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Arizona Cardinals
8@ Detroit Lions
9vs Dallas Cowboys
10@ New York Jets
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Philadelphia Eagles