Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/24/16 10:45am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz caught three passes during team drills and a touchdown pass during a red-zone drill during practice Wednesday, Aug. 23. He is on pace to play against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: It's another step in the right direction for Cruz, but he's still nothing more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues. How he holds up in game action should be more telling. Continue to temper your expectations for now.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/23/16 5:20pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not show any signs of a lingering groin injury at practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, and he displayed quickness off the line of scrimmage. Cruz was a full participant in practice for the first time since Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: A step in the right direction, but we need to see a lot more than one practice to jump on the bandwagon. Think of him as a shaky WR5 at this point.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/20/16 11:41am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) will not play Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Buffalo Bills. He will continue working with a trainer Sunday, Aug. 21, and plans to practice Monday, Aug. 22 in hopes of playing against the New York Jets next week.
Huddle Up: Cruz's struggle with good health has been well documented as he hasn't taken the field since 2014. Caution should be used, and drafting Sterling Shepard in an earlier round is probably the better way to go incase Cruz's issues continue to persist. Don't completely rule him out of your draft strategy, though.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/18/16 10:33am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Cruz probably will miss at least one of the preseason games remaining and it is not known when he will be back on the field. He has dealt with injuries over the past several seasons, which makes him a risky option for owners. Cruz could be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is healthy.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 8/17/16 11:03am ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been uncoverable in practice, and teammates believe he could have an even better season in 2016 because he was suspended one game and hurt for parts of two others last season.
Huddle Up: OBJ had a 96-1,450-13 masterpiece last year, and he's one of the most explosive players in the league. He still has a ways to go to prove his durability. Beckham is an elite WR1, and it's certainly possible there is more in the tank. However, with his robust rewards comes a fragment of risk.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/17/16 3:59pm ET
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, but was able to do more work on the sidelines, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
Huddle Up: Small steps for Cruz, who is closing in on two full calendar seasons since his last game action (Week 6 of the 2014 campaign).
Sterling Shepard - WRPosted 8/15/16 8:45am ET
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (groin) participated in individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Shepard was dealing with a sore groin after the first preseason game, so the team will be cautious with him. He has been performing well during training camp and could be one of the starting receivers this season. Owners should consider him as a No. 4 receiver in most leagues.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/15/16 7:33pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) may return to practice in some capacity Wednesday, Aug. 17, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
Huddle Up: We'll believe it when we see it. Cruz tried to practice on Sunday and lasted four reps. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much out of Cruz this season.
Sterling Shepard - WRPosted 8/15/16 8:42pm ET
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (groin) was limited in practice Monday, Aug. 15, because of a groin injury.
Huddle Up: Shepard suffered a groin injury in the Giants first preseason game. The injury isnít believed to be serious. Expect Shepard to be limited for a few days. The Giants canít afford to lose him with so many question marks surrounding Victor Cruz. Shepard will start opposite Odell Beckham and offers plenty of fantasy upside this season. He has an ADP of Round 7.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/13/16 10:53am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) has a chance to participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 14, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. Cruz missed the first preseason game because of a groin injury.
Huddle Up: Cruz missed the preseason opener with a tight groin. Obviously any injury with Cruz is a concern because he hasn't been on a football field since October of 2014. Cruz is expected to be ready for the Giants second preseason game. He's a risky fantasy pick because of his recent injury history.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 8/12/16 12:18pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz (groin) won't play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Nothing is wrong with Manning as it was a coach's decision for him to sit. Cruz is still trying to make it back from a torn patella and calf muscle that have kept him out the last season and a half. He has WR5 value, but the leg injuries are starting to mount.
Andre Williams - RBPosted 8/11/16 8:58am ET
New York Giants RB Andre Williams saw first-team reps in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10. Beat writer Jordan Raanan said Williams is in the lead for the No. 2 job behind RB Rashad Jennings.
Huddle Up: Williams has been a bit of a disappointment since coming out of Boston College, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. He is a short-yardage and goal line type back who is not draftable, regardless of what the depth chart might say. His touchdown total dipped from seven to one from 2014 to 2015, so it's debatable if Williams will even pop in scoring-only leagues.
Jerrell Adams - TEPosted 8/11/16 8:58am ET
New York Giants TE Jerrell Adams continues to work with the third-team offense and he committed an illegal block penalty during special teams drills Wednesday, Aug. 10. He might have a difficult time earning a roster spot, according to beat writer Jordan Raanan.
Huddle Up: Adams is a fringe fantasy consideration, but he does get drafted on speculation with Will Tye and Larry Donnell in the mix for the starting gig. Avoid Adams in all setups.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/11/16 8:58am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) might not have a spot on the 53-man roster if it comes down to merit, according to beat writer Jordan Raanan. WRs Tavarres King, Roger Lewis, WR Darius Powe and WR Myles White have all made more plays.
Huddle Up: Cruz is two years removed from a major injury, and he is yet to bounce back to his pre-injury form. He is an extremely risky fantasy selection at this point, and it's probably best to let him become another owner's headache at this point while you focus on safer options.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/10/16 12:01pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (groin) is out of practice again Wednesday, Aug. 10. The team hasn't expressed concern yet.
Huddle Up: Cruz still holds WR5 upside, but the leg injuries are beginning to pile up. Torn patella tendons are serious injuries that rob athletes of their burst, and he has yet to make it all the way back from that.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/9/16 3:30pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, with a tight groin, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. His status for Friday, Aug. 12, against the Miami Dolphins is uncertain.
Huddle Up: It's been a long time away for Cruz, whose body obviously is still in football-adjustment mode. Are these a few minor early complications or will this be something that lingers? Stay tuned ...
Sterling Shepard - WRPosted 8/8/16 8:42pm ET
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is listed as one of the starting wide receivers on the team's first depth chart.
Huddle Up: This was the plan all along. Shepard will start opposite Odell Beckham with Victor Cruz playing in the slot. Fantasy owners are well aware that Shepard is the No. 2 option in the Giants passing game. He currently has an ADP of Round 7.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 8/6/16 11:59am ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (leg) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: Beckham missed a few days of practice after he took a cleat to the leg. The Giants were just being cautious with their star receiver. OBJ will be fine going forward.
Sterling Shepard - WRPosted 8/5/16 8:46am ET
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard continues to make "play after play," and doing so while playing with the first team. It's clear he's going to be a big part of the club's offense with his ability to make tough, contested catches.
Huddle Up: Shepard is a very intriguing sleeper candidate, as Victor Cruz still isn't 100%, while the club has also moved on from Rueben Randle. Thus, Shepard should get plenty of opportunities to succeed in his rookie season and is worth a midround selection. Don't be overzealous, though, and reach for him earlier than his seventh-round ADP in casual leagues.
Geremy Davis - WRPosted 8/5/16 3:34pm ET
New York Giants WR Geremy Davis has been getting some repetitions with the first-team unit, as the club brings WR Victor Cruz (knee) along slowly. In the process, he's looked improved from last year.
Huddle Up: Davis is a second-year player who should settle into the back end of the Giants' WR rotation, but his fantasy value is nil in most leagues, barring a rash of injuries in N.Y.
Sterling Shepard - WRPosted 8/3/16 8:30am ET
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard stood out in practice Tuesday, Aug. 2, working with the first-team offense. He did well on offense, but didn't fare so well in the kickoff return drill. "I didn't like his kickoff return drill," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "As a receiver, I think that he played strong (Tuesday)."
Huddle Up: Shepard appears to be destined for the No. 2 receiver job opposite Odell Beckham Jr., and he could be a fantastic WR3 or flex play in most fantasy leagues. Since he's a rookie, expect some growing pains along the way.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/3/16 8:33am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is coming along slowly in his return from a serious knee injury. He caught his first pass of the summer in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, Aug. 2. He is slowly making progress.
Huddle Up: Cruz is likely to work as the No. 3 receiver if he can stay healthy and does not suffer any setbacks or additional injuries, but he will have to hold off the likes of Geremy Davis, Myles White and Roger Lewis. Cruz is worth a late-round fantasy pick if he can regain any of his pre-injury form.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 8/2/16 3:16pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (leg) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 2, due to soreness from cuts on his left leg. The soreness is in his ankle area, and he could miss more time this week.
Huddle Up: No real worries with no structural leg damage as it simply sounds like the elite wideout needs time for the cuts to heal and the soreness to dissipate.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 8/2/16 3:39pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is the No. 1 running back this year, according to running backs coach Craig Johnson. Johnson dispelled any notion that the Giants would implement a four-running back committee again this season.
Huddle Up: If this turns out to be truthful, Jennings will turn to be a steal with his current ADP of 42 (125 overall) among RBs, but more evidence is needed.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 8/1/16 11:12am ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has impressed as being 'big and fast and explosive,' according to general manager Jerry Reese. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he has to tone down Pierre-Paul because he is 'going so hard out there,' according to Reese. The Giants general manager added, 'He looks like the old JPP.'
Huddle Up: The once-dominant defensive end may never truly be himself from a fantasy perspective, but his elite raw talent allows him to resemble a strong starting contributor most weeks. He's a second defensive linemen in most setups.
Will Tye - TEPosted 7/26/16 1:00pm ET
New York Giants TE Will Tye is the favorite to start at tight end over TE Larry Donnell, in the opinion of NJ.com's Dan Duggan. TE Matt LaCosse is also expected to compete for the starting job.
Huddle Up: Tye emerged in Donnell's injury absence in the second half of last season, but the best guess right now is that a full-blown TEBC develops and no one N.Y. TE becomes fantasy useful in the majority of leagues.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 7/24/16 1:29pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has made good progress in his recovery, and there is optimism he can return to his pre-injury form. He expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Cruz only has played in six games (all in 2014) over the last seasons, but a return close to previous form would be bad fantasy news for rookie Sterling Shepard in particular. Keep a close eye on Cruz in camp.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 7/14/16 4:41pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings said at 31 he thinks he's just now entering his prime. 'There's a difference between being an NFL player and being a pro,' Jennings said. 'Being an NFL player is a guy that comes into the league, has some talent, plays a little bit. But a pro really understands how to take care of his body, how to play the X's and O's, play the game before it happens. I've just been allowing my maturity to catch up with my age at the same time. I'm excited. As I get into my latter years, I'm getting into my prime.'
Huddle Up: Jennings posted career highs last season with 195 carries and 863 rushing yards last season, and still remains the best fantasy option in an even-more crowded N.Y. backfield. Still don't draft him any higher than a low-end RB3 or flex option in standard-size leagues.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 7/10/16 2:10am ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings could see around 15 to 18 carries per game in 2016, according to John Schmeelk of giants.com. Jennings will still be the Giants' primary running back, with RB Shane Vereen serving as the third-down back.
Huddle Up: Jennings remains atop the Giants' backfield committee. Vereen is more of a third-down back, Andre Williams has done little in his tenure in New York, and rookie Paul Perkins is unproven. You won't have to overpay to acquire Jennings' fantasy services, but if he does push the 20 carry mark on a weekly basis he should more than deliver a solid return on that investment.
Will Tye - TEPosted 7/10/16 2:10am ET
New York Giants TE Will Tye 'caught everything' that came in his direction and 'showed remarkable consistency for a second-year player' during organized training activities and minicamps, according to Giants.com's John Schmeelk.
Huddle Up: The Giants have received consistently solid fantasy production from their tight ends despite not having devoted much in the way of resources to the position. Tye will have to hold off Larry Donnell for playing time, but he flashed skills last season and has plenty of advantages working in his favor--namely that defenses will be focused on Odell Beckham Jr., and the Giants lack a solid red zone running presence so will throw plenty in that area of the field.
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