WR Cody Latimer - New York Giants
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-10-1992||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The New York Giants turned over the keys to their offense to Daniel Jones early in the season with one eye on the future. Now, as Daniel Jones deals with an ankle injury, Eli Manning is expected to take back over the starting role under center for the Giants. In limited action earlier this season, Manning's metaphoric gas tank appeared to be running dry. Now, in Week 14 a high-volume passing-attack will look to salvage respectable passing totals for Eli Manning; however, with a depleted receiving corps, the outlook is bleak. Last weekend, the Giants fielded a receiving corps consisting of just a single Week 1 starter, Sterling Shepard, at their disposal. All of the previously-injured personnel remain on the injury report ahead of Week 14, with their status in jeopardy. Without Evan Engram and Golden Tate, unheralded pass-catchers like Darius Slayton and Kaden Smith have risen to prominence through the air for New York; however, the lack of chemistry and talent in this unit makes them one of the weakest in the NFL. With Eli Manning under center, even if the Giants' receiving corps nears full-strength in Week 14, it is exceedingly unlikely that they will be able to capitalize on Philadelphia's weakness at the back-end of their defense. Although Philadelphia's pass-defense saw a momentary improvement against the pass when Jalen Mills returned to action in a form unlike anything he had previously shown in his career, the unit came crashing back down to earth in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins. On the whole, the unit grades as a slightly-below average group, allowing a sub-par 22-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go alongside a 6.4 net yards per attempt total that ranks 19th in the league. The strength of this defense is along the defensive line, where Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox produce the bulk of the team's pass-rushing production. Elsewhere, however, they get little support, as the team's linebackers offer little support and their secondary grades as one of the league's worst. Ronald Darby was exposed play after play last weekend when DeVante Parker erupted for nearly 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalen Mills has also struggled in recent weeks after playing at an incredible level early in his 2019 campaign. Mills has been one of the league's most-criticized and exploited cornerbacks throughout his young career and, unfortunately for the Eagles, after a brief stint of strong play, it is looking like he is returning to his old ways. Philadelphia's pass defending talent, or lack thereof, resembles that of a bottom-rung unit in the NFL, and it would not come as a surprise to see their numbers trend back in that direction down the stretch. However, it may have little implication on their Week 14 clash with the Giants' struggling passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Cody Latimer's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cody Latimer got very few looks on Sunday but made some nice catches. He ran a good comeback pattern early in the game and snagged a deep pass outside with one hand while maintaining control in bounds for a big conversion. Latimer was largely invisible for the rest of the game however. The Giants have too many options ahead of Latimer and this is very unlikely to change as the season progresses, best to leave Latimer on the waiver wire.
2019 Week 7 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Cody Latimer caught only short balls and did not feature down the field for the Giants. He was tackled immediately on several of his touches and Jones didn't venture down the field very often. Latimer is a small time role player for the Giants and should not be started in fantasy.
2019 Week 6 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cody Latimer got only one target on Thursday night and really was not a part of the Giants offensive plan. It would have been fair to expect a slight increase in his targets with all the injuries the Giants have but Jones simply didn't look his direction for the most part. Latimer was targeted on a slant play but he wasn't open. Latimer should not be played or owned in most leagues.
2019 Week 4 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Latimer had a long gain on a crossing pattern nullified when he was called for pass interference after running into and pushing the defender covering him in his route stem.
2019 Week 2 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Cody Latimer didn't manage much in this game and was forced to leave in the second half due to a concussion he sustained on a big hit. The Giants and Manning struggled to connect downfield and this is something Latimer can excel but it didn't happen on Sunday. Manning missed him on a comeback play where he was wide open. Latimer made a nice grab in traffic on a curl route. His day ended on a sour note however as he took a big hit in the second half. Latimer got the first down on a nice slant play inside on fourth down but the defensive back hit his head awkwardly. Latimer left the game straight away and did not return.
2019 Week 1 vs DAL (8 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
Cody Latimer made some explosive plays for the Giants on Sunday and looked like a real threat at times. He made a terrific one handed grab along the sideline, securing it in bounds and getting away from the defense for some extra yards. Latimer did an excellent job keeping the play alive for Manning, getting free in the secondary and giving Manning a massive window to throw into along the sideline for a big play. Manning tried to hook up with Latimer on a few other occasions but the defense did an excellent job in coverage, not leaving much separation. Latimer has upside with his explosive play but the consistency is unlikely to be there as a fantasy option.
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