Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
|WR||NYG||Injured Reserve||6 years||28||6'0||204||@TeamVic|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rob Warner
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.
Victor Cruz continues rehab from his torn patellar tendon. He looks good jogging and according to Giants GM Jerry Reese, he is 'on track' for Week 1. He was careful to add that there are 'still no certainties' though. This was a devastating injury.Fantasy Analysis:
It's hard to tell if the news surrounding Cruz is accurate or optimistic. He is still only lightly jogging and Week 1 seems like a lofty expectation. Unless you can get him very cheap, the reward may not justify the risk in fantasy leagues. Even if he is on the field, it's hard to imagine he'll be 100 percent.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/25 - Giants WR Victor Cruz 'on track for opener' but 'still no certainties'
4/24 - Giants WR Victor Cruz attends workout with teammates at Duke University
4/15 - Report: The Giants are not sure if WR Victor Cruz (knee) will make a full recovery
4/10 - Giants WR Victor Cruz spotted jogging for the first time since knee surgery
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.09||#9 World Ranked Player - Should have a bounce back year with a new OC. Eli trusts him. PPR Machine.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.10||Draft Sharks - Cruz's TD total last year was a fluke. He scored just 4 times after totaling 19 TDs across the previous 2 seasons. I think that jumps back up to 7-9 in 2014. I like Cruz's fit in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.|
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