NFL Season Preview – New York Giants

Key Fantasy Additions


  • Saquon Barkley – This one goes under the “duh” category, he was far and away the most talented player in the NFL Draft this year.  There can be debate over whether or not running backs should be drafted this high, but Barkley is in the same breed as Adrian Peterson, Zeke Elliot, etc.  He can live up to the expectation here.  Realistically I think he might struggle behind the Giants offensive line a little bit, despite the solid addition of Nate Solder.  The group still leaves alot to desire, and may limit Barkley’s fantasy upside a tad bit.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, and is a full time 3 down back.  Plenty of points to be had, especially in a PPR league.


Key Fantasy Loses

None to speak of really. This team oddly walks into this season very similar to last season.


Fantasy Top 3

  • Odell Beckham Jr. – Lot’s of talk he’ll be used in the slot this year, which is terrifying for opponents.  Outside corners struggle to keep him under wraps, slot corners will stand no chance.  I can only assume he’ll be back and fully healthy from his injury last year.  He’s one of the most exciting players in the game and can definitely boost your fantasy teams production.
  • Saquon Barkley – see snip above.
  • Evan Engram – I had a tough time with this one.  I think Eli Manning can still be a fairly useful fantasy QB and should see a great boost with his new QB oriented coaching staff.  Eli will have plenty of fun throwing the ball to Beckham and Sterling Sheppard this year, but I think Engram could be the beneficiary of the huge matchup problems everyone else on this offense creates.  If the coaching and scheme work, this team has the chance to be absolutely deadly on offense.  All of this of course pending that the offensive line holds up, Erik Flowers in particular has been a pain spot.

Possible Fantasy Sleeper

Sterling Sheppard – I actually really like Sheppard to have a breakout season, possibly over 1000 yards this year with 5 TD’s.  Similar to what I said about Engram above, the attention on this offense will be on Beckham and Barkley.  He had 731 yards last year in just 11 games, and had 8 TD’s in his rookie season.  If he puts it all together, 1000 yards and 8 TD’s doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility here.

Season Outlook

This team really quit on its coach last year, and for good reason, the guy was a tool.  However, Pat Shurmur is a very respected coach in this league, and should be able to regain this locker room.  He’s been an underrated coach in the league, and is an offensive mastermind.  He’s going to have plenty of toys at his disposal this year on offense.  What scares me about this team, the defense and the offensive line.  The O-Line honestly could be bad enough to cripple this entire offense.  The defense has some superb talent, and finally got rid of the contract of JPP.  However they’re transitioning to a 3-4 look for the first time, and usually those shifts have some mismatched personnel problems.  Damon Harrison will be a monster at nose tackle, that much we’re sure of.  How does Vernon transition to an OLB?  He seems talented enough to do it, but who knows.  The secondary is very strong with Collins, Jenkins, and Apple leading the way.  Free Safety is still a weakness spot, so they could get burned deep.

Best Case Scenario

Best case scenario is that this team gets back to the playoffs.  No, I’m not joking.  They have the talent to do it, just a matter if they get it all back together this year.  10-6 seems possible.  They’re usually a pain in the ass to other NFC East teams, and that won’t change this year.

Worst Case Scenario

I don’t think this is a 3-13 team this year.  My honest worst case for them would be a 6 win season, and I even struggle to see that honestly.  I think they’ll be in the mix for the NFC East title into the final weeks of the season (especially if Carson Wentz shows rust due to his injury).



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