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WR Rueben Randle - New York Giants

6-3, 210Born: 5-7-1991College: LSUDrafted: Round 2

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Week 12: at Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Back in Week Three, the New York beat Washington 32-21. During the first clash, the Giants posted 23/32 for 279 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Eli Manning. Rueben Randle (seven targets for 7/116/1 receiving) and Odell Beckham Jr. (nine for 7/79/1) had the TD receptions in that game. Two weeks ago (New York had a Week 11 bye), Manning found Beckham (12 targets for 4/104/1 receiving) and Randle (four for 3/51/0) quite a bit against the Patriots, so he still has those guys around heading into the stretch run for the playoffs. Also contributing: Dwayne Harris (nine for 6/82/1), and Will Tye (seven for 5/56/0, in for Larry Donnell who had a nagging neck injury prior to declaring himself back to 100% healthy during the bye). The Giants should be in good shape for this divisional fight as they have been relatively healthy this year in this phase of the game. The Washington pass D is ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 234.1 net yards allowed per game, with 20 passing scores handed out over 10 games and just six interceptions during that span (tied for 22nd in the NFL). They are currently 27th in the NFL with 17 sacks. They are among the top-ten most generous with fantasy points in this phase over the past four weeks, with wide receivers earning 28.1 per game (three games, eighth-most in the NFL); tight ends seeing 6.2 (23rd in the NFL for that span); and quarterbacks gaining 24.1 (fifth-most in the league). Just last week Cam Newton smashed this defense for 21/34 yielding 226 net passing yards, five passing scores and zero interceptions thrown. Advantage, New York.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NO 69 0 0 0 9 5 55 0 0 5.5
9 at TB 65 0 0 0 5 5 40 1 0 10
10 vs NE 72 0 0 0 4 3 51 0 0 5.1
12 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle managed only 3 catches against the Patriots but made them count as they were all for first downs. Randle made a terrific catch on the sideline in the first half against man coverage. Manning fired a pass high and away from the defender which Randle hauled in successfully for a big gain. Randle made another big first down on a crossing pattern, getting big separation from his man. Randle's final catch was an in breaking pattern as the defender lost track of him at the line of scrimmage due to traffic his way. Randle was open in the fourth quarter as he beat his man deep on the sideline but Manning's pass was underthrown and almost picked off. The Giants continue to spread the ball very well in this offense but this prevents guys like Randle from rarely having big fantasy numbers. Randle is currently a solid possession receiver that can occasionally make a jumping catch on a high ball down the field also. He will lose out on many targets to Beckham jr. however and even Dwayne Harris will get more targets then him occasionally.

2015 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)

Reuben Randle had a solid but somewhat quiet game on Sunday. Randle made a strong contribution early in this game, picking up first downs and even scoring but then proceeded to disappear in the second half. Randle picked up a solid first down on a slant play inside, and again on a deep curl route. Randle took advantage of off coverage from the Bucs and caught another short pass on an out pattern to help keep drives alive. The touchdown to Randle was a terrific play from his quarterback, evading the pressure and finding Randle alone in the back of the endzone for the simple throw&catch. Randle did manage to get open vs off coverage early in the game but got very few targeted in the second half as Manning looked to Beckham jr. a lot more often. He is a low end number 3 receiver in fantasy PPR leagues that usually needs a touchdown to be worth the start.

2015 Week 8 vs NO (9 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

Rueben Randle had a solid but slightly underwhelming performance on Sunday as there were a few plays left on the field. Randle started off strong as he got wide open on an in breaking route after play action but was unfortunate not to score as he was taken down just 2 yards shy of the goal line. Randle got his hands on a nice comeback route from Manning and ran a big slant inside for a crucial first down. Randle was also targeted on a fade stop pattern on the sideline that fell incomplete but he did draw defensive pass interference. Randle was open at the very end of the game on a streak pattern but the pass was slightly overthrown for Randle who was a step ahead of his man. Randle was targeted more than his catches may indicate but struggled to connect with Manning at times. His presence was felt but how things would look much different if that play at the end of the game was executed better.

2015 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 68 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle had a nice game on Sunday but made one critical error which prevented a big performance from the receiver. Randle was sharp over the middle of the field on slant patterns from Manning and picked up numerous first downs, including one off an obvious pass interference play from the Dallas secondary. Randle and Manning were in sync and Randle caught passes in traffic well. Randle made a terrific one handed catch which got the Giants out of terrible field position. Manning heaved a pass towards the sideline deep on a streak pattern and Randle was ahead of his man just enough to haul in the pass for a very impressive catch. Unfortunately, Randle had a terrible drop later in the game which most likely would have resulted in a touchdown. Randle got wide open on a post route and Manning dropped the ball in perfectly for Randle but he seemed to lose concentration at the worst possible time and it fell complete through his hands. His role as strong possession receiver with deep threat potential at times has not diminished evidently and Randle can take advantage of defenses as they pay most of their attention to Beckham jr.

2015 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Randle got his hands on balls early in the game but proceeded to somewhat disappear from the game as the Giants struggled to string together first downs. Randle has failed to replicate his production from the Redskins game but has remained as a possession receiver in this offense. Randle caught slants and in routes over the middle well. Randle also was targeted on passes outside the numbers via comeback routes and back shoulder fade patterns but these had very little success. The Giants struggled to pass the ball well throughout the game due to the poor pass protection which hurt the fantasy potential of Randle. Manning was also heavily focussed on getting the ball to Beckham jr. whenever possible. Randle is most productive when the Giants are not forcing passes downfield and his ability as a possession receiver was simply rarely called upon in this game as the Giants were far behind for most of it.

2015 Week 5 vs SF (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle gave solid effort and contributed well at times against the 49ers but he ultimately had to sit out the end of the game due to a leg injury. Randle was mainly used over the middle of the field as the 49ers struggled to defend this area of the field in man to man coverage. Randle ran good post and in breaking patterns over the middle while getting good separation and securing important first downs for his team. Randle did miss significant time towards the end and didn't get much redzone action which hurt his production. Manning also focused a lot of his attention on Beckham jr. and Vereen, despite also spreading the remaining pass relatively evenly amongst his team. Randle showed an ability to get open and a reliable pair of hands which will keep him relevant in this offense, however production will be hit or miss due to the strong presence of Beckham jr.

2015 Week 4 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)

Randle only had 3 catches on Sunday but he made them count and got in the endzone. Randle first got wide open on a fade stop (back shoulder) pattern as he stopped and caught the defender unaware for a big first down. Randle made his touchdown look very easy as he beat his man in one to one coverage off the line of scrimmage. Randle took advantage of off coverage and got inside of his man for the touchdown. Manning tried to hit Randle deep on a go route but the pass was overthrown and Randle had not achieved much separation anyway. Randle has shown a lot of improvement since the season started and the Giants are targeting him more. Randle is known for big plays despite not possessing elite size or speed but can be started as a number 3 receiver for fantasy owners.

2015 Week 3 vs WAS (7 / 7 / 116 / 1 rec)

Randle bounced back as a fantasy relevant wide receiver with a surprisingly strong performance against the Redskins. Randle had poor showings in the Giants first two games but showed he still has what it takes to show up when needed. Randle had a short pattern in the redzone over the middle and was unlucky to be taken down short of the goal line. Randle got open deep on a corner route, getting good separation and hauling in a perfect ball from Manning. Randle was also very useful to his QB in scramble situations as Manning looked to Randle on numerous occasions on the sideline when escaping the pocket. Manning showed trust in Randle as he threw his direction on 4th and 2 situation on a short out pattern for the first down. Randle showed excellent concentration and was somewhat lucky on his touchdown in the second half. Manning fired a deep pattern down the sideline and Randle caught the pass after a short tip drill before running into the endzone untouched. This performance was more what we were expecting from Randle and we can expect similar games like this, at least until Victor Cruz returns.

2015 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle was almost completely invisible in this game and has failed to make any impact thus far in the season. Randle was simply rarely targeted by Eli Manning and Randle has a lot of catching up to do if he is to remain a threat in this offense. Manning's attention was placed on Beckham jr, Vereen and spreading the ball evenly elsewhere. Randle has not been the primary receiver on many plays this season and the Giants seem to have lost confidence in his ability as a number 2 receiver. He should not be started as a fantasy option until decent production is seen and he will have even more competition when Cruz returns. Randle got his hands on a curl route very late in the game but was irrelevant for the rest of the game.

2015 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Randle was very quiet on Sunday night as the passing game struggled to get into gear. Randle got targeted on short patterns only and picked up a few first downs when he caught the ball but did little else. The Giants struggled to pass the well due to inadequate pass protection and Randle did not get many targets down the field. The Giants were also not in the redzone often and scored only one offensive touchdown. It's disappointing that Randle wasn't targeted more considering that Cruz is still out and Beckham was doubled by the Dallas defense. Randle has shown production as a deep threat and was big for the Giants last year but he has definitely got off to a slow start and needs to improve his production to stay fantasy relevant. It will be even harder for him when Cruz returns but Manning and the Giants like to spread the ball.


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