Previewing the Giant’s Top Fantasy Football Players
The Giants are a team on the rise and fans will be hopeful about the season ahead. Since the Super Bowl victory back in 2011, the team have been struggling but signs of hope were present throughout 2014. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has made some necessary changes since his arrival in New York and the Giants have certainly benefited from his presence.
Youngsters like Odell Beckham Jr. give fans plenty of hope for the future while veterans like Eli Manning and Rashad Jennings provide reliability and solidity on a roster that has struggled for consistency in recent years. The team is gradually improving and fantasy fans will be keeping an eye on certain Giants players this season in a hope to boost their own rosters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top players you’ll want to consider for the upcoming fantasy season.
Corey Washington, WR
Let’s start the list with a few players that might be worth considering and build up to the bigger names. Washington looked decent in preseason training back in 2014 but didn’t quite live up to the hype. There’s a lot of competition for the wide spots at the Giants and Washington will need to do something special to show that he belongs.
Daniel Fells, TE
Larry Donnell is the Giants starting TE and Fells won’t be taking his place anytime soon. Still, Fells is a good catcher and did well in 2014 when given the chance. He has the TE2 position on lockdown and could be promoted if Donnell ever suffered an injury.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB
Ogbonnaya has filled the fourth RB slot after being resigned by the Giants this year. Nevertheless, he represents a poor choice for fantasy owners and won’t really be earning too many points.
Marcus Harris, WR
Definitely one to watch. The coaching staff at the Giants are pretty hopeful about the future of Harris and he could get his chance to shine this season, making him a potential breakout player.
Victor Cruz, WR
Cruz is currently suffering with a tendon injury but coaches are hopeful that he’ll be ready for the opening game. The player himself has gone on the record as saying there are “zero doubts” that he’ll feature in the week 1 game. Whenever Cruz does return, he’ll have a lot of competition for the top wide spots. OBJ, Randle and Donnell are all good players and Cruz struggled last season for fantasy owners. Treat him as a flex option.
Andre Williams, RB
Williams’ rookie season wasn’t exactly a memorable one. He only managed 3.3 yards per carry and, when asked to fill in for Rashad Jennings last season, Williams found things pretty difficult. Craig Johnson (RB coach) still has hope for Williams and believes the young player is working his way up a steep learning curve. Towards the end of 2014, fans had a few glimpses of Williams’ talent and he did finish the season with 7 rushing touchdowns. He’s a good reserve option for Jennings owners.
Rueben Randle, WR
Randle had one of his finest seasons in 2014. In spite of some attitude problems that saw him punished with a couple of suspensions, the 23-year-old WR got 127 targets 71 receptions and 938 yards. He clearly has the talent and the physique to break into the upper echelon of fantasy receivers, but there’s still a lot of competition on the roster and Randle remains a bit of a loose cannon. Could be a good flex option and some owners might want to take a risk on him.
Larry Donnell, TE
Donnell really made a name for himself in 2014. Fantasy players often struggle to find reliable TEs but Donnell could be a solid pick for the upcoming season. Giants’ coaches are hopeful that he can improve even further as time goes by and Donnell is rated as a particularly determined player who is eager to succeed and prove himself. He certainly has the right mentality and could be a great upside player for your roster.
Shane Vereen, RB
Vereen was signed back in March to reinforce the backfield. He’s a dynamic player who can adapt well to a variety of roles and finished 5th RB in terms of both receptions and yards last year. If he can emulate that sort of form in the new season then he’s a great flex or RB2 pick.
Rashad Jennings, RB
The addition of the above-mentioned Vereen might possibly place Jennings’ role in jeopardy for fantasy owners. There is a lot of competition on that Giants’ roster and that just isn’t good news for fantasy players. Jennings is obviously a great player and could still earn himself a spot on your roster as a Flex or RB2, but it’s worth waiting a little while before drafting him in. Wait and see how the early games play out as Jennings is always prone to an injury as well.
Eli Manning, QB
Manning’s contract is allegedly not going to be extended and this is an off-field issue that could cause some concern for fantasy owners. However, Manning has gone on the record to say that he isn’t worried. How could he be, after last season’s remarkable efforts? With 30 touchdown passes and just 14 interceptions, he was one of the best QBs out there. He hopes to reduce the number of interceptions even lower for 2015 and should be a good QB2 pick.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR
Where do we start with the best rookie of 2014? He finished 5th in WR fantasy scoring despite not even playing for the first four games of the season. OBJ recently claimed that he struggled the entire season with hamstring issues. If he can perform that well when injured, fans will be eager to see what he can do when healthy. He’s easily one of the best WRs in the game right now and should be drafted to your roster as soon as possible.