NFC East Fantasy Focus: New York Giants

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 0

With the 2014 NFL regular season set to debut next Thursday, September 4, 2014, TSM Plug wraps up our NFC East Fantasy Focus today (August 28, 2014) when we tackle the last team in the division, the New York Giants.

The unpredictable franchise had a down year in 2014, failing to mount any sort of significant offense while lacking much of the defensive pass rush that they’re known for.

They’ll be faced with an uphill battle heading into 2014, as divisional rivals Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and Dallas Cowboys are all set to put up a ton of points in 2014. That means the Giants will have to be prepared to do the same.

While they’re not quite as stacked as the other teams in the East, they do have some potentially promising prospects for fantasy. Let’s take a look at how they stack up.


Veteran quarterback Eli Manning sits at the front of the Giants’ movement. He embodies the up-and-down gunslinger style of quarterback play, as he’s mixed in Super Bowl MVP seasons with head-scratching stinkers.

At his best, he’s a high volume passer who can rack up a ton of yards and touchdowns. At his worst, he’s a turnover machine who makes plays that would struggle to be deemed anything but atrocious.

He’ll likely be around late into your fantasy draft, but that doesn’t mean you should take him. With the position as deep as ever in 2014, steer clear of Manning unless you’re in a super deep league and have no other choice.


The Giants have a decent enough receiving corps, with slot man Victor Cruz at the forefront. Cruz was set to explode in 2013, but nagging injuries severely limited his potential. At an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 34, Cruz could be a steal, but he could also be a bust. Exercise caution with the Salsa dancer, and don’t overpay.

Second wideout Rueben Randle should be in for a big season. He’ll be the Giants’ main red zone threat in 2014, as Cruz is usually seen scoring from far out and rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is still on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The Giants don’t really have a tight end worth drafting after Brandon Myers left in the offseason.


When the G-Men run the ball, they’ll hopefully benefit from an all-new backfield. They were one of the worst in the league running the ball last year, so they brought in veteran Rashad Jennings from Oakland and drafted Andre Williams out of Boston College.

Jennings is an effective runner who also catches passes, making him a potential breakout candidate at his ADP of 58. But he’s also injury prone, and is nearing the age 30 season where most running backs typically drop off.

He’ll also cede carries to bruising rookie Williams, especially in the all-important goal line area. The bruising Williams in an effective runner who could quickly become a force in the pro game, a development that would be sped up if Jennings gets injured (as he’s been known to do). At a low ADP of 124, Williams in an excellent late round choice that could potentially break out if given a chance.

As for the Gants’ defense and special teams, just stay away from them. With all the shootouts set to grace the NFC East this season, you don’t want to depend on them to stop the high scoring teams they’ll be playing. Draft a better defense in the second to last round and keep an eye on the Giants if they somehow turn it around.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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