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Fantasy Football Projections: New York Giants

How do you solve a puzzle like Eli Manning? Following up on three straight studly fantasy campaigns from 2014-2016, Eli went out and dropped a hot steamy dud on us in 2017 throwing for only 19 TD and 13 INT. The good news here is that Manning rarely has back to back stinkers in terms of fantasy seasons. The even better news is that his skill players got a lot better this off-season with the addition of rookie feature back Saquon Barkley and hopefully a full season of temperamental all-star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. The QB for the G-Men has some real weapons at his disposal and while it will be popular to mock the “Derp Face” for a laugh, a bigger laugh will be had by you if you draft him at his current 25th overall QB value and watch Top 10 fantasy stats roll in.

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Ezekiel Elliot, Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette – these are the most recent 1st round running backs taken in the past five years and each of them served up stout fantasy production for their owners. Barkley may be better than all of them and he walks into a situation with basically no competition for carries or targets out of the backfield. Jonathan Stewart signed as a free agent but looks like a tractor moving five miles an hour through a muddy field when he runs. Wayne Gallman is a solid talent who can contribute in all phases of the game but has never flashed game breaker upside and is likely best suited as a capable backup. This backfield belongs to Barkley and the sky is the limit, he is an RB1 out of the gate.

Helping provide some air cover for the rookie running back will be Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram. When Beckham is on the field he is as good as anyone, the problem is keeping him on the field and keeping him from getting into boxing matches with the equipment around the field. Prior to 2017, Beckham had never seen fewer than 90+ catches for 1300+ yards and 10+ in his first three seasons. Those are laughable Maddon baselines. Shepard did his best to step up and shoulder the load when Beckham went out hauling in 59 catches for 731 yards before getting sidelined himself after 11 games. It was rookie sensation Evan Engram who gobbled up 114 targets ripping off 64 catches for 722 yards and 6 TD in his first season in only 11 starts. Newcomer Cody Latimer will try to carve out a role as the slot man on this team and may have some deeper league appeal on a crowded offense, but the big three in this passing game are Beckham, Engram, and Shepard. Beckham is the #1 WR in the game, Shepard is a WR2 and Engram is a Top 10, potentially Top 5 TE.

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2018 Projections

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Eli Manning QB 375 600 4200 28 15 20

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Saquon Barkley RB 270 1200 10 45 500 3 1
Jonathan Stewart RB 75 310 1
Wayne Gallman RB 50 215 30 265 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Odell Beckham, Jr WR 100 1410 10
Sterling Sheppard WR 75 800 5
Cody Latimer WR 35 405 2
Roger Lewis WR 20 260
Evan Engram TE 75 815 7

 

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