While one New York football team looks like they are playing for the future, the New York Giants are hoping to win another Super Bowl with the additions they have made to their team. While I’m not going to be drafting the majority of the team because I’m not sure who will end up being the studs among them all, the Giants are going to be putting up some serious Fantasy Football points this year!
Must Draft Players
- Odell Beckham Jr. – Wide Receiver
- Brandon Marshall – Wide Receiver
Odell Beckham Jr. is a once in a generation player. If he were a little less emotional and didn’t have so many antics with the field goal net he could likely be ranked as my number one receiver in Fantasy Football. It’s a no brainer to take someone who has averaged 96 receptions for 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns in 3 years of being in the league. And what’s nice about OBJ is that his numbers aren’t skewed by one dominant season, he is right around those numbers all 3 seasons. I think Beckham could have a career given who is going to be playing opposite of him this season.
The player opposite of Beckham is Brandon Marshall. Marshall was released by the Jets this offseason, and he took a discount to stay in New York and play for a potential Super Bowl team. What is nice for Marshall as well is that he no longer has the pressure of carrying the passing game on his shoulders. OBJ is the number one for the Giants and there is nothing that will happen to change that. Marshall has the capability to be a 100 reception, over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns receiver, and I don’t think that has to change with him being the number two. What I also like is that the last two times he switched teams he had over 100 receptions, over 1,500 yards and over 10 touchdowns. I don’t think the yards will be that high, but 100 for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns is very realistic for him.
Players You Should Probably Be Drafting
- Eli Manning – Quarterback
- Paul Perkins – Running Back
- Sterling Shepard – Wide Receiver
Eli Manning has never had better offensive weapons as he has this year in my opinion. He has two amazing wide receivers, what could be a great running game, and two tight ends that will increase Manning’s touchdown numbers. Surprising when I looked at his stats, he has never thrown for more than 35 touchdowns (2015) and 4,933 yards (2011) in his career. I honestly believe that he can have career years in both categories. He could break 40 touchdowns and 5,000 yards this season, and if I can get him in the middle of the 11th round, I’ll take that all day!
People had a lot of unreasonable expectations for Paul Perkins heading into his rookie season. No one believed that Rashad Jennings would doing anything and that Paul Perkins was taking over. Well, no one realized how terrible the offensive line was for the Giants and both running backs were pretty ineffective. Perkins did average 4.1 yards per carry and the Giants did make improvements to the offensive line. He was also moderately productive in the passing game, catching 15 of his 24 targets for 162 yards. He is the starting running back for a team that will run the ball more this year, so he’s worth drafting.
Sterling Shepard reminded everyone that a slot receiver catching passes from Eli Manning can be very Fantasy Football relevant. For a rookie, having 65 receptions for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns is a great starting point for his career. Eli Manning used to love passing the ball to Victor Cruz, and now it’s Shepard’s turn!
Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep
- Shane Vereen – Running Back
- Orleans Darkwa – Running Back
- Evan Engram – Tight End
- Will Tye – Tight End
Shane Vereen will have a role in the passing game as he is a very effective pass catching back. In two full years with Manning his averages 56 receptions for 471 yards and about 4 touchdowns. He is someone to pick up on bye weeks, or if you have a lot of bench spots.
Orleans Darkwa is the handcuff to Perkins and should only be drafted as such.
Eli Manning LOVES throwing to tight ends, and he now has two great options. Will Tye is the third-year tight end and Evan Engram is the rookie with a lot of promise. One of the two will be relevant in Fantasy Football and I’ll hope I have a high waiver priority when it’s figured out!
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