WR Rueben Randle, Free agent

HT: 6-3, WT: 210, Born: 5-7-1991, College: LSU, Drafted: Round 2

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2014 Projections

David Dodds16.
Bob Henry16.
Jason Wood16.
Maurile Tremblay16.

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Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: J Hunter (121), M Ingram (122), Rueben Randle (123), C Shorts (124),
Position: T Austin (120-WR43), J Hunter (121-WR44), Rueben Randle (123 - WR45), C Shorts (124-WR46), H Nicks (128-WR47)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: R Cooper (109), J Hunter (110), Rueben Randle (111), M Bennett (112), A Dalton (113)
Position: R Cooper (109-WR41), J Hunter (110-WR42), Rueben Randle (111 - WR43), T Austin (114-WR44), D Hopkins (116-WR45)
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Rueben Randle has a lot to prove entering 2014, but the offensive scheme change argues for optimism. Last year Randle and QB Eli Manning were often on different pages, as Kevin Gilbride's offense asked Randle to run option routes and correctly read the defense. New OC Ben McAdoo runs a West Coast offense that will take the guess work out of Randle's hands. That's essential to Randle's fantasy outlook particularly with the Giants addition of Odell Beckham with the 12th pick in the NFL draft. At 6'3", 210 lbs. Randle gives Eli Manning a big target; something that neither Beckham nor Victor Cruz offer. And last year's six touchdowns (best on the team) are a testament to his ability in the red zone. Yet, his catch rate (41 catches in 80 targets) must improve and that's not solely to blame on last year's option routes. Randle has top 20 fantasy upside, but the risks are too high to pay that price on draft day.

2014 Schedule


2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Rueben Randle quietly put together a very solid performance on Sunday night that will keep his coaches happy with his progress and increase Eli Manning's confidence in the young receiver. Randle worked the middle of the field exceptionally well for a young player and exploited big gaps in the Cowboys defense. Randle showed excellent hands, catching the ball very cleanly which helped him gain as many yards as possible after the catch. Randle caught mostly slants and in breaking patterns, taking advantage of his speed and size in one on one situations. On numerous occasions, Randle looked wide open as the Dallas defensive backs played conservatively off the receiver. Randle took advantage of this and Eli Manning looked his way often at the snap. Randle is developing very well for the Giants and will be needed as an option to take pressure away from Nicks/Cruz. He is very quick with the ball in his hands and showed great utility as a deep threat last season.

Week 2 - Randle was overmatched and neutralized by Denver's talented secondary, finishing with just 14 yards on a whopping nine pass targets. The highlight of the game for Randle came when he drew a pass interference penalty against Denver's Tony Carter on New York's final drive. Unfortunately, two plays later, Tony Carter atoned with an interception on a target to Randle, ending New York's last gasp.

Week 3 - Rueben Randle had a somewhat disappointing day on the field for the Giants but he wasn't the only player to underperform against the Panthers. Due to an inability to protect Eli Manning, Randle had few opportunities in the passing game to produce for his team. Randle is a big play threat down the field for the Giants but can also catch short quick routes over the middle of the field when asked to. Randle was mostly targeted on shorter routes as the Giants did not have enough pass protection for deeper routes. Randle caught a curl route early but had little room to pick up any extra yards. Randle almost got a touchdown late in the game on a streak pattern but the ball inexplicably fell right through his hands in the endzone. This play was in garbage time as the Giants were playing catch up but was still disheartening to not see him make the play. Randle somewhat made up for his blunder however, on a terrific grab on a fade route down the sideline. Randle hauled in the pass between two defenders, took a big hit but managed to retain control of the pass. Randle displayed toughness and concentration on the play but had to leave temporarily afterwards as he got shaken up. Randle is the #3 receiver for the Giants and had the most receiving yards on the day but the entire Giants offense was thrown into complete chaos early.

Week 4 - Reuben Randle registered only one catch on Sunday and was rarely targeted in the passing game by Eli Manning. Randle had one nice grab in tight coverage, taking a big hit as he held onto the football. Apart from this, the few passes that went his way fell incomplete. Randle had a few chances at some deep pass plays but the connection just couldn't be made. Randle almost hauled in a prayer pass from Manning in the first half as a pass was heaved in Randle's direction into double coverage to avoid pressure. Randle managed to get his hands on the football but the pass was broken up as he went to the ground. Randle had one big mistake however. Randle cut off his route short as there was mis-communication with Manning and the pass was picked off in a bizarre looking play. Manning tried to fit another long pass into Randle on the sideline but there was zero separation between Randle and the defender. Randle's production has not been high or consistent this year, mostly in part to the Giants inconsistencies on offense. He is a big play receiver that is also tough on short routes but he should be nowhere near fantasy line-ups unless the Giant passing unit improves dramatically going forward.

Week 5 - Reuben Randle had a very productive game for the Giants that started off rather poorly. Randle had a very good shot at a deep pass from Manning early on but was outfought by the defender for the ball and the pass fell incomplete. Randle had another chance at a deep pass but there was insufficient separation and the pass was well broken up by the Eagle defender. Randle began to connect with Manning after this however. Randle caught a lot of slant plays over the middle of the defense and Manning was able to hit him perfectly in stride to allow as many yards after the catch as was possible. Randle scored on a very impressive touchdown in the second half. Randle secured the catch on a dig route inside over the middle of the field and simply turned up the field untouched in the redzone for the score, using his speed to obtain the necessary separation. Randle continued to haul in short grabs and showed off his impressive hands as he caught the ball well in traffic. The excellent rapport in the short passing game was evident with Manning but he did struggle in the deep passing game and was given some opportunities to make plays.

Week 6 - Rueben Randle had a big game for his standards and made a lot of big plays for his team. Randle looked wide open on a dig route early in the game, and hauled in a big first down on the outside for the Giants. Randle did have a few mental errors and mistakes in this game however. It appeared that Randle ran an incorrect route as Manning threw a curl route to him early but the pass fell into the Bears DBís hands for the easy pick. Randle made up for this blunder however as he was able to score a touchdown. Randle blew by his defender on the sideline and got big separation deep as Manning gave his receiver a perfect pass. Randle made the catch and showed determination by fighting his way over the goal line to finish the play for the score. Randle had another nice gain on a dig route late in the game but almost threw it all away in frustration as he lost the ball after the play. Lucky for him, the play was not ruled a fumble. Randle showed his dangerous nature as a deep threat in this game but he made a couple of poor mental mistakes. Randle will be called upon as a #3 wide receiver in this offense but will rely on big plays down the field for consistent production.

Week 7 - Randle easily had the most impressive and important catch on Monday night. Randle scored on an electrifying fade route down the sideline. Aided by a well thrown passes from Manning, Randle made a great adjustment with his body in the air and hauled in the grab for the touchdown. Randle also looked very quick and athletic as he caught a short pass over the middle but was able to run around for extra yards to convert the down into a first down. Randle's final catch was a checkdown pass from Manning short over the middle which Randle caught well. The Giants held the lead for most of the game and could afford to run the football more than usual which somewhat hurt the overall passing numbers for this offense. Randle did look very talented as a deep threat and is always a dangerous weapon that Manning tries to utilize. Manning tends to spread the ball somewhat evenly between Randle, Nicks and Cruz which can dampen the production for Randle as it did on Monday night. Randle's talent is undeniable however and he gets very good production as a number 3 wide receiver in this offense.

Week 8 - Reuben Randle did not register a single catch against the Eagles on Sunday and there is no immediate answer why except Eli Manning did not look his direction often. Randle was targeted on a crossing pattern early in the redzone but dropped the pass. Randle was then used consistently on special teams as a punt returner which probably ate into his playing time on offense. Randle is also a big play receiver and the Giants struggled throughout the day to make big plays. This was likely a once off performance and Randle should feature again in the offense moving forward.

Week 10 - Rueben Randle deserved to be the most productive fantasy receiver for the Giants on Sunday. Randle looked very quick with the ball in his hands and was able to get separation from the defense which helped him. Though he only registered three catches, he displayed speed and excellent feet. Randle hauled in a nice slant pattern early in the game and showed good burst to pick up the first down while running away from his defender. Randle then displayed excellent concentration on a terrific touchdown pass from Manning on a fade route in the back of the endzone. Randle got enough separation, hauled in the pass and ensured both feet touched the endzone before being pushed out. Randle then had an explosive catch and run on a drag route from Manning. Randle caught an off-target pass from Manning and accelerated around the field to pick up a big gain for his team. The Giants passing game was not heavily relied upon in this game to ensure the victory and the production of guys like Randle inevitably suffered as a result. Randle continues to be an excellent number three receiver in this offense and often out performs that tag.

Week 11 - Randle looked to be involved in this offense early in the game but somewhat faded as the game progressed. Randle started his day off well by scoring a touchdown on a post route in Packer territory. Randle was able to gain huge separation over the middle and Eli Manning threw a perfect ball in stride to Randle which helped him score while not getting touched from defenders. Randle showed his speed and agility again as he got wide open on a simple in breaking pattern over the middle of the field. Randle showed good acceleration and burst as he ran away from defenders for the first down. Randle did not do much else in this game however. The Giants held the lead for most of this game and ran the ball effectively against the Packers. Eli Manning also spread the ball very evenly amongst his teammates and guys like Randle couldn't get the volume of targets needed for a big game.

Week 12 - Randle led the offense in every receiving category, including seven targets and a long of 22 yards. Randle did most of his damage on the Giants first scoring drive, with his first catch picking up 21 yards down the middle of the field. Three plays later Randle ran a shallow crosser and Manning delivered a nice ball that allowed the WR to make the catch in stride and ultimately turn upfield for 22 yards on his longest play of the day. Randle wouldnít post another catch until the 2nd half, but again picked up a hefty chunk of yardage on the play. Running a dig, Randle created some nice separation that made for an easy 21-yard completion for his QB. On a day when the passing offense didnít produce much, Randle certainly squeezed as much out the limited numbers as he could. Not entirely sure where the blame lands, but Randle was again part of a miscommunication with his QB that could have been devastating. Missing some sort of check or audible (at least it appeared that way), Randle went into blocking mode on the snap as Manning opened and threw immediately to a WR whose back was to the QB. The pass fell incomplete, but that hasnít always been the case and certainly could have ended differently on Sunday.

Week 13 - Randle was restricted to short catches and few targets on Sunday against the Redskins. Randle is a big play threat with his speed but the Giants took very few shots downfield on Sunday night and played a more conservative approach. Randle got his hands on 3 catches, all slant patterns that fell short of the first down and were merely check down options in third and long situations. Randle almost lost the ball on one play but managed to recoup it just in time to prevent the turnover. Randle got little to no redzone targets and was somewhat of an afterthought for Manning, who focused his attention on Cruz and Myers over the middle of the field. The Giants also kept the running game heavily involved which lowered the passing numbers for the entire offense.

Week 14 - Randle accomplished very little on Sunday as the Giants struggled mightily on offense. The Giants were not able to keep many drives alive for long and Randle was invisible for most of the game. Randle got his hands on a well thrown slant pattern from Manning and broke it for a decent gain up the field. Randle otherwise got few passes thrown his direction. Manning looked heavily to Cruz and Nicks for the most part and the Giants tried to feature the running game as much as was possible. Randle is a big play receiver for New York but the Giants did not pass protect well enough for many deep attempts against a porous Charger defense.

Week 15 - Randle had no catches on Sunday and was very rarely targeted by Manning. The Giants struggled heavily to move the ball in any way and Randle was an afterthought as Manning was turning the ball over at a ferocious rate. Randle was ignored in the passing game for the most part but not all of this was his fault. The Giants possessed the ball less than Seattle and could not get near the redzone except when the game was out of hand. Randle has shown good athletic ability and has made several big plays down the field in his career but the Seattle secondary was far too effective at shutting down the Giants passing attack. He also has many teammates to share targets with and should not be relied upon as a fantasy option.

Week 16 - Randle had a somewhat quiet day on Sunday against the Lions as teammate Jernigan receiver got the majority of the catches. Randle beat his man deep on a go route in the first half but Manning overthrew the pass intended for him. Randle did manage to beat man coverage a few times with curl/comeback routes with good route running. Randle used his quickness and ability to gain separation as defenders feared his deep threat. Randle almost caught a big pass play from Manning in the second half but Randle only got one hand on the football and it bounced off incomplete. Randle's final catch came on a deep in breaking play, creating enough separation before providing Manning a big window to throw into. Randle played well for the most part but left one play in particular on the field and could have had a better day. The Giants spread the ball consistently also and suffered from few redzone opportunities which is another reason for Randle's mediocre production.

Week 17 - Reuben Randle did not register a single catch against the Redskins due to an injury he sustained early in the game. The Giants were cautious with the receiver and held him out as a result. Randle has shown inconsistent talent at times this season and may be asked to help replace Nicks next year if Nicks is not retained. Randle has not proven himself as a top receiver but will likely get an opportunity next season, though at a minimum he will have Jernigan and Cruz to complete with.