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Now then, let’s discuss the wide receiver situation with the New York
football Giants. Hakeem Nicks had a great performance in week 2 but
his foot is injured enough that he is out for tonight’s game in
This has an impact beyond just the wide receiver position, because
there are a lot of people in the market for a free agent tight end this
week. The absence of Nicks should mean more targets for Martellus
Bennett. If you were crushed by Antonio Gates last week and you aren’t
willing to start trusting him again, you may want to think about
Bennett. And, if you have Aaron Hernandez you may want to think about
Bennett. This news probably elevates Bennett up above some of this
week’s trendy tight end pickups like Kyle Rudolph, Brandon Myers, Dennis
Pitta, Owen Daniels, and Scott Chandler.
On the wide receiver side, you are likely to see Reuben Randle
getting the start opposite Victor Cruz. Reuben is still a rookie, so
please handle with care… but this is additional opportunity for him
which is always good news.
Nevertheless, I don’t think that Randle is going to be your best
replacement if you are a Nicks owner. Of the options that are likely
(>50% owned on ESPN) to be available to you right now, I would go
with one of these guys (in order):
1. Greg Little (18% owned)
2. Brian Hartline (14%)
3. Donnie Avery (9%)
4. Brandon LaFell (45%)
If none of those guys are available then your best bet may be rolling
the dice with Randle. It is a roll of the dice though, since you have
no real idea of what you might get out of him.
Going forward, this rest should help Nicks to return to the field
earlier than he otherwise would. They didn’t even send him on the trip
to Charlotte, so tonight and this weekend he’ll be at home with his foot
up on a pillow. Additional good news is that they didn’t push him this
week since it was a short week, which means that he didn’t even try to
get on the field. Now has a long week to get ready for week 4.
Additional rest. I feel very good about using him in week 4 at this
point, so your plug-in for week 3 will likely just be a one week thing
that you can fire and forget without much consideration for long-term
Best of luck in those matchups this week!
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