Two-a-days take us to the Big Apple with Adam Filadelfo's reviews of the Giants and Jets. Follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.
There's a lot of hype coming from New York this season, including the fact that the Superbowl
will be played at MetLife Stadium in February. Before that game can be
played, there's the matter of the regular season. Can any players from
the GMen be fantasy relevant during the regular season? There are quite a
few players that could help your team make it to the fantasy Superbowl.
Eli Manning - Peyton's younger brother is coming off a less than
impressive season. Does Eli have what it takes to turn it around? He's
got plenty of weapons to do so but should still be considered a backup
fantasy quarterback going into drafts. With a healthy receiving corp, it
is possible for Eli to throw for over 4,000 yards and 30+ scores. A big
problem with Eli is he's very erratic. He can't be counted on every
week as your starter but could be useful if you take him as your second
Hakeem Nicks - Nicks has all the potential to be a top fantasy receiver.
He's a deep threat that can leave secondaries scratching their heads.
His only deterrent is his health. Nicks can't be counted on as your
receiver one because he's almost sure to miss time. When he's on the
field, there's not too many receivers that are better. What can hurt you
with Nicks is you'll have to spend an early draft pick to get him
hoping he won't miss many games but when he does, it could end up
leaving you in a hole with receiver depth. I just can't trust him enough
to stay healthy long enough to warrant such an early pick.
Victor Cruz - Cruz had a bit of a let down last year. He dropped a lot of
passes that the year before would have had no problems catching. He
will look to make up for that this year. He's great in PPR leagues and
can take a quick slant and turn it into a long touchdown. He's
especially great in leagues where you get a bonus for long touchdowns. I
wouldn't be too concerned with his subpar season in 2012. He will
bounce back and give fantasy owners receiver one numbers in 2013.
Rueben Randle - Randle has a great chance to bust out as a fantasy stud
much like his teammate Victor Cruz did a few years ago. He's a big
receiver who has no problems being physical when it comes to fighting
for the ball.
He will see plenty of snaps in three receiver sets and could be even more useful if/when Hakeem Nicks misses games.
David Wilson - There's been a lot of talk about the second year tailback
going into this season. He's being drafted as a second running back but
I'm not sold on him yet. The fact that he has problems pass blocking
will lead to only first and second down snaps. While that issue is
easily correctable, it's hard to spend an early pick on a player that
may not see the field on third downs. He's got all the talent in the
world but right now his ADP is a little to risky for me.
Andre Brown - Before the broken leg I liked Brown better than Wilson. For one, you don't
have to spend an early pick on him and two, he's going to see the field
on third downs. He's been an injury risk and now we are seeing that as a reality again. He may be back this year, but even if he returns around week nine or so you probably aren't going to feel comfortable playing him.
Brandon Myers - All fantasy players know by now that Eli relies on his
tight end a lot. And Myers is a good tight end to rely on. He was a PPR
dream last year for the Raiders and will be a good option for your
starting tight end this year in New York. While his receptions will most
likely dip, he should see plenty of targets and even a good amount of
red zone targets as well. He's a capable fantasy tight end who could be
counted on every week.
D/ST - While the Giants defense has been Jekyll and Hyde at best the past
couple of seasons, they are still a decent option for fantasy owners.
They have an aging defensive line and a less than stellar secondary but
there are still playmakers here. If you wait too long on taking your
defense, the Giants may end up being a top option for you. But there is a
silver lining. These guys tend to play better the second half of the
season so be prepared for the first half to be a little rocky.