2014 Team Outlook: New York Giants
WR Odell Beckham, NYG - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
The Giants found their Hakeem Nicks replacement with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 draft. Beckham (5-foot-11 and 198 pounds) dominated at the combine, posting an unofficial forty time of 4.31 and a 10-yard split of 1.50 seconds. The receiver has strong hands and is explosive after the catch. His pro-ready route-running and separation skills should help him hit the ground running in his rookie season. The LSU alum hauled in 143 passes during his three collegiate seasons, gaining 2,340 yards (16.4 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. He also has special teams value as evidenced by his two punt return scores. His ADP has him selected around WR53 (126.54). Beckham has the most value in dynasty formats, but could potentially have an excellent rookie campaign if the Giants give him starter snaps.
UPDATE: A hamstring injury has kept him out of the first three preseason games. He's reportedly close to 100% and should debut for the 4th preseason game against the Jets.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
WR Victor Cruz, --- - Solid/Safe Pick
Last season, the UMass alum (famous for his end zone tango) saw a dip in production as he only reached the end zone four times in 2013 after compiling 19 scores over the previous two seasons. The 27-year-old receiver is entering the second year of a $46 million contract that runs through 2018. Cruz missed two games last season with a knee injury, but has declared himself 100-percent for OTAs. He is expected to fill a similar role as Randall Cobb in Ben McAdoo's offense (formerly with Packers since 2006), which should make him an elite fantasy performer (especially in PPR leagues). Over the past three seasons, Cruz is averaging 80 catches for 1,208 yards (78 YPG) and 15 YPC. He sits on the fringe of WR1 status based on ADP data (WR14, 38.37). Cruz finished last season as the 29th-best fantasy WR (fourth in 2011 & 13th in 2012). Some improvements from his quarterback and the team's offensive line would give him more time to get downfield and make plays. He should have no problems meeting WR2 expectations.
Editor's note: Cruz hasn't been himself in a long time. His draft position is still very kind considering his poor stats, but that speaks to his immense talent and potential. He is a very risky WR2 with an offense that has done him no favors as of late.
WR Jerrel Jernigan, --- - Dynasty Only
The very slight WR (5-foot-8, 190 pounds) from the University of Troy played just 221 snaps during his third season with Big Blue, but had three productive games in the final three weeks of the 2013 season (totaled 19 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns). He finished the year with 29 catches for 329 yards (forced six missed tackles on his 29 receptions). His fantasy stock remains in limbo, considering he has been running with the second team in OTAs. He is the Giants' No. 2 "X" receiver behind rookie Odell Beckham). The 25-year-old remains more of a dynasty league target in a very crowded receiving corps.
WR Rueben Randle, --- - Quality Backup
The G-Men are showing an infatuation with LSU wideouts as they selected Odell Beckham this year after nabbing fellow LSU alum Reuben Randle in the second round of the 2012 draft. Randle's second season in New York was a bit of a roller coaster ride: he showed flashes of his upside by posting four games of double digit fantasy points, but was a non-factor late in the season (failed to reach the end zone after Week 11 and didn't crack 40 yards over the final five weeks of the season). He did nearly double his production from his rookie season (19 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns) by hauling in 41 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. That improvement is promising, but this offense wasn't productive enough to make him a dependable fantasy option. This season is where he may get over the hump. Randle has ideal size (6-foot-2, 208 lbs.) with a skill set to approach double digit touchdowns in the near future (had all six of his TDs last season between Weeks 5 and 11). The addition of Beckham Jr. is concerning, but Randle enters his third season with breakout potential. His upside makes him a solid value based on his current ADP of 105.86 or WR43.
TE Kellen Davis, --- - Not Draft Worthy
The six-year vet signed a one-year deal with the Giants after spending last season in Seattle. Over his career (mostly with Chicago), Davis never topped 250 yards in any one season. Known more for his blocking, the 28-year-old played 172 offensive snaps last season and caught just three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown for Seattle. He has no fantasy value.
TE Adrien Robinson, NYJ - Deep-league Only
The Giants haven't received any return on their 2012 fourth-round investment, not yet anway. The Cincinnati alum has appeared in just three games over two seasons and has yet to record a catch. Last season's starting tight end (Brandon Myers) signed with Tampa, meaning Robinson will compete with Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells in training camp for the starting gig. In 2012, Robinson was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.51 (second-best among tight ends at that year's combine). His freakish skills were on display in other events, as he recorded a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a 11-foot-3 broad jump. College production was minimal, as he had just 29 catches for 434 yards and five touchdowns over his career (just 12 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns as a senior). Robinson is a flier at best and should be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
UPDATE: He's been running mostly with the second and third team offenses this preseason. Second year tight end Larry Donnell (Grambling) is running with the first team making the Giants TE spot one to avoid on draft day.