WR Darius Slayton - New York Giants
|6-1, 190||Born: 1-12-1997||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2019|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Dec 10): It doesn't really matter the quarterback, Slayton is going to get open deep and have a chance to win your week for you. He should be in lineups against Miami.
Week 15: vs Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Good matchup. While rookie Daniel Jones missed the team's game last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles due to an ankle injury, he reportedly will step back into his starting role immediately when his health permits. Whether it be Jones or Eli Manning under center, New York's passing attack has been a high-volume unit lacking efficiency, ranking 8th in the league in total pass attempts, but just 28th in net yards per attempt. While the team's receiving corps is banged up, rookie Darius Slayton's recent emergence has been encouraging. Over the last month, Slayton leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Slayton is an impressive downfield threat, making his significant volume through the air especially valuable for fantasy purposes. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are finally both healthy, but even with all three receivers available, Slayton has been the unexpected number-one option through the air recently. The Miami Dolphins defend limited volume through the air, as their opponents rarely need to air it out to gain the upper hand, but when they do, Miami offers little resistance. The Dolphins rarely apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks, with just a 7.0-percent hurry rate this season, the second-lowest of any team in the NFL. Overall, they have allowed a stunning 31-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio, one of the worst in the league. On the season, the Dolphins have only faced one passing attack (the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago) that surpassed 40 pass attempts, yet they've allowed multi-touchdown performances through the air in 11 out of 13 games. The pass-defending personnel on Miami's roster resembles that of a bottom-feeding defense. With Xavien Howard, the team's number-one cornerback, out with an injury, Miami's patchwork secondary featuring Nik Needham, Jomal Wiltz, Eric Rowe, and Adrian Colbert is one of the weakest in the league. The Dolphins' secondary has allowed a 100-yard receiver in 4 consecutive games, and 7 overall on the season. The New York Giants' struggling passing attack is primed for one of their strongest performances of the season here in Week 15 in an elite matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Darius Slayton's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 154 / 2 rec)
Darius Slayton had a massive performance against the Eagles on Monday and most of it came from just two plays. Slayton demonstrated again that he is a threat all over the field and a danger in the deep passing attack. His first touchdown came on a slant play inside. Slayton managed to cut back outside and outran his defender easily to the endzone for the score. He broke free along the sideline shortly afterwards and Manning hit him just in bounds for a big first down down the field. Slayton got behind the secondary again later in the game and easily hauled in a long ball before running into the endzone untouched again. He has very good speed and hands to catch balls downfield. The Giants know he is a factor all over the field and they will continue to throw him the ball. Slayton is tied to his mediocre passing attack unfortunately, which will lead to quiet weeks every now and again. Worth a start, especially against a porous pass defense no matter which Giants QB is under center.
2019 Week 13 vs GB (9 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton made a terrific catch on the sideline and did well to keep his feet in bounds as he displayed excellent body control. The play was even challenged but upheld. Slayton got a key conversion on 4th down as he read the defense, saw the soft spot in zone coverage and showed his numbers to the quarterback. Slayton made another clutch conversion on deep in pattern over the middle, showing consistency and very dependable hands. He made the first tackle attempt miss later in the game and managed to secure extra yards. Slayton hauled in an excellent pass from Jones along the sideline later in the game but this play was negated by offsetting penalties from both teams, which clearly hurt his production somewhat as it was a big play. Slayton couldn't quite get the big play and didn't sniff the redzone as the Giants were hardly near the redzone throughout the game. He is a staple in this offense and has excellent chemistry with Jones but the struggles of the young quarterback are obvious and will make any Giants play very inconsistent.
2019 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton was the leading receiver on Sunday but this was almost by default as the Giants were very unproductive from a fantasy perspective. Slayton made himself wide open on roll-out plays and where the play was extended or broke down, which plays to his strength and chemistry with Jones. He looked explosive as he snagged a ball to the outside and got a lot of yards after catch, running along the sideline. He converted on a deep out pattern, the passing duo showing good timing. Slayton made some clutch catches and got some first downs when he was thrown the ball but the volume of targets simply wasn't there on Sunday. He remains a top target for Jones but a risky play in fantasy, only play if you have little in terms of options.
2019 Week 10 vs NYJ (14 / 10 / 121 / 2 rec)
Darius Slayton had another big game for the Giants and he is turning into a legitimate weapon in this offense for defenses to consider. Slayton demonstrated an excellent rapport with Jones and the two were connecting throughout the entire game for first downs. He moved the chains on many occasions and really was a useful tool for Jones. Slayton kept the play alive the Giants were in the redzone and eventually hauled in a short ball in traffic just over the goal line for the score. Slayton had another impressive touchdown on a post route where the defender lost his footing at the break of the route. Slayton secured the ball and outran the defense to the pylon to secure the score. Slayton looked fast and has very impressive hands that catch everything. His chemistry with Jones cannot be denied and the rookie duo should be producing for the rest of the season. Slayton can move the chains on curl routes and comeback patterns on the outside but also double up as a deep threat. He has the speed to make plays after the catch, a very versatile receiver that the Giants need in this offense.
2019 Week 9 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton had a very quiet game on Monday night as the Giants struggled to move the ball and could not get into the endzone for the most part. Slayton was largely ignored by Jones, who felt the Dallas pass rush for most of the evening. He did have a drop on a short route outside but this wouldn't have gone for many yards anyway. Slayton is a big play receiver who is heavily reliant on the performance of Daniel Jones. There were very few passes thrown downfield and therefore the passing game was kept short. This isn't ideal for Slayton who has proven to be a threat downfield. He is a risky play as Jones struggles in most games, especially against good defenses.
2019 Week 8 vs DET (5 / 2 / 50 / 2 rec)
Darius Slayton had only two grabs against the Lions but he made the count. The chemistry with Jones was clearly evident on these plays and he is becoming known as a big play receiver down the field. Jones floated a high ball deep for Slayton early in the game. Slayton fought hard and won the ball by having better positioning than the cornerback and timing his jump to secure the score. He scored again on another big play on a go route. Jones led his target by just enough and Slayton did an excellent job to haul in the ball in traffic and secure it for another impressive score. Both of his scores were made with tight coverage, though he does possess the speed to burn defenders deep on his own. Worth owning in most fantasy leagues as a big play threat. He rarely gets a lot of targets however, so there is boom/bust risk potential with this play.
2019 Week 7 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton always has big play potential but playing him will result in a lot of quiet games, like the game on Sunday against the Cardinals. Jones struggled to connect with anyone down the field and Slayton was invisible for most of this game. He will not get the targets or looks to be fantasy relevant and belongs on the bench, especially as Jones is struggling with turnovers.
2019 Week 6 vs NE (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton looked dangerous at times but was never able to make the big play on Thursday night. Slayton caught short balls on curls and in patterns. Jones targeted him several times down the field but the two could not connect. Slayton was open down the sideline on a go route but the pass was way off target. Jones hit Slayton with another deep ball down the sideline later in the game but the defender broke it up quickly. Slayton has excellent speed and poses a danger to secondaries but the connection with Jones isn't always there. As his production is heavily tied to a rookie quarterback, he is unreliable but always has the potential for a big touchdown catch due to his talent.
2019 Week 5 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)
Darius Slayton was the leading receiver for the Giants but most of it came on one play, though it was spectacular. Slayton beat two men deep down the field on a go pattern and hauled in a perfectly placed ball in the back of the endzone. He worked well with Jones at times, working back to his rookie quarterback and showing his numbers when he was under pressure. Slayton will find it tough to compete with guys like Engram/Shepard. He does have play making potential however as a deep threat, as we saw on Sunday. Predicting these plays and games would prove very difficult however.
2019 Week 4 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Slayton wasn't a frequent target and didn't get any play in the deep passing game.
2019 Week 3 vs TB (5 / 3 / 82 / 0 rec)
Darius Slayton managed only three grabs on Sunday but he made them count. He got great separation deep down the field on a corner route and hooked up with Jones for a big play that setup the Giants near the goal line. Slayton then made a terrific grab on a comeback, leaping at the right moment to secure the ball in bounds for a big first down before taking a hit. Jones targeted other players for most of the game which kept Slayton's production from becoming great but you saw a lot of potential as a deep threat play maker with speed against Tampa Bay. With Tate still out for one more week, Slayton could figure to build on his rapport with Jones. The duo may be able to connect down the field throughout the season.
Latest NewsGiants | Darius Slayton takes step back (Sun Dec 15, 07:55 PM) - New York Giants WR Darius Slayton posted two grabs for 31 yards and a touchdown on three targets in Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins. link to story Giants | Darius Slayton rolls for 154 yards, two TDs (Mon Dec 9, 11:59 PM) - New York Giants WR Darius Slayton registered five receptions for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Dec. 9. link to story Giants | Darius Slayton to remain involved (Sat Dec 7, 09:04 PM) - New York Giants WR Darius Slayton will be 'the same factor he's always been' even with WR Sterling Shepard and WR Golden Tate now healthy, according to wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert. link to story
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