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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Team Talk: New York Giants

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to head over to the Big Apple and check out another NFC East team, the New York Giants. The GMen were an utter disappointment last season and the offense couldn't seem to get on the same page at any point during the 2013 campaign. While the Giants have some fantasy players that fantasy owners know well, none of them were able to deliver in 2013. With the addition of a few new faces, it's possible the Giants contribute to fantasy owners in 2014.

Eli Manning- Eli had one of his worst fantasy seasons since coming into the league in 2013 throwing more picks than touchdowns and averaging under 17 fantasy points per game after averaging 19 in 2012 and 23 in 2011. His numbers seem to be trending in the wrong direction over the past couple of seasons. Fantasy owners have given up on Eli as a starting fantasy quarterback and it will be hard for him to prove owners wrong in 2014.

Victor Cruz- There wasn't much reason to Salsa dance last year for Victor Cruz or the GMen. Cruz finished with 73 catches for under 1,000 yards and four scores. He averaged six fantasy points per game in the process and will look to rebound in 2014. Unfortunately, Cruz can only be as good as Eli lets him and Eli looks like a lost quarterback right now. With the loss of Hakeem Nicks, it may be easier for defenses to key in on Cruz unless Odell Beckham Jr. can garner some attention early on.

Rueben Randle- Randle's time to shine is now. Victor Cruz will need help and Randle has been with the Giants long enough now to understand the playbook. 2013 saw Randle catch 41 balls for over 600 yards with six touchdowns. There is reason to think Randle can improve on those numbers seeing how his targets went from 32 in 2012 to 80 last year. The Giants will need to get the ball to Randle more in 2014 and that could lead to a productive fantasy season for the third year wideout.

Odell Beckham Jr.
- The rookie receiver out of LSU was drafted 12th overall in 2014 finishing his three year college career with 141 receptions for over 2,300 yards and double digit touchdowns. The Giants are hoping Beckham Jr will contribute right away and fantasy owners may have themselves a gem if Beckham takes off this year. He's probably more of a keeper/dynasty pick since it's difficult for rookie wideouts to contribute immediately.

Rashad Jennings- With Oakland last season, Jennings was a highly productive back rushing for 733 yards and adding another 292 through the air with six touchdowns. He's been a PPR gem the last couple of seasons and should have no problem contributing to fantasy rosters again in 2014 as 2013 saw him average over nine fantasy points per game.

David Wilson
- It's safe to say that David Wilson has not lived up to fantasy expectations so far. Now coming off of a serious neck injury, David Wilson will get another shot to prove to fantasy owners he's worth being in the conversation of top fantasy backs. Fantasy owners won't give him the benefit of the doubt right now but they may be willing to give him one more shot. Wilson barely averaged four fantasy points per game last season in the five games he started. 2014 could be his last chance to prove to fantasy owners and the Giants he's worth anything.

Peyton Hillis- To say Peyton Hillis is a fantasy afterthought is an understatement. The only reason Hillis may have any fantasy relevance whatsoever is due to the fact that Jennings is an injury waiting to happen and David Wilson has been completely ineffective up until this point. It isn't like Hillis is a spring chicken himself. At this point, Peyton Hillis should only be owned in a deeper league where owners need depth at the running back position.