New York Giants

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 11-5 9-6-1 4-12 4,018 1,417 60.90% 39.10% 36%
2015-16 6-10 8-7-1 11-5 4,347 1,609 61.73% 38.27% 38%
2014-15 6-10 7-9 10-6 4,272 1,603 58.66% 41.34% 43%
2013-14 7-9 7-9 6-10 3,588 1,332 61.44% 38.56% 32%
2012-13 9-7 7-9 5-11 3,825 1,862 57.75% 42.25% 41%

Season Outlook

It's going to be extremely difficult to slowdown the Giants offense in 2016. Opposing defense coordinators stacked the box against the Giants offense often last season and expose the Giants offensive line and Rashad Jennings. Jennings is no longer with the team and sophomore RB Paul Perkins has been named starter, Perkins has the opportunity to become a reliable fantasy option in 2016. In just 112 carries, Perkins averaged 4.1 yards per game and a total of 456 rushing yards. Jennings led the team with 181 attempts for 593 yards, Perkins will be available in the later rounds and is worth drafting as a sleeper pick. The receiving core of Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard is expected to terrorize opposing secondary's this upcoming season. Even if Shepard is lost for the beginning of the season due to an injury sustained in training camp, Marshall and Beckham Jr. are more than capable of splitting his workload. Beckham Jr. is a first-round fantasy draft choice and an elite WR1. He ranked 3rd in receiving yards (1,367) and 5th in touchdowns (10). Marshall is a top-tier WR2 in fantasy and has value working the left side of the field for the Giants. He's a consistent option healthy and supplies Manning another deadly threat in the passing game. The Giants selected TE Evan Engram with their first-round pick this offseason and his fantasy draft stock will rise once pre-season games begin. Engram has been working off the line, in the slot of Ben McAdoo's up-tempo West Coast offense as well as number one receiver and lead run-blocker. He will become an integral part of the Giants pass game and comes into the season as a high-risk high reward draft pick. The Giants have the players to be a top-5 fantasy offense and I believe they can produce.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning Daily League Sleepers Sleepers

After a dismal 2016 campaign it appears the Giants offseason strategy was to get Eli Manning more toys, as the G-Men now have one of the best pass catching units in the league. With a year under his belt running back Paul Perkins is slated to be the starter and is a pass catching upgrade over predecessor Rashad Jennings, while Shane Vereen fills the passing downs back role. They added Brandon Marshall to keep teams from overloading on Odell Beckham, and second year receiver Sterling Shepard will now almost exclusively run out of the slot. Then, just for good measure, they used a first round pick on tight end Evan Engram, an elite athlete who can lineup all over the formation to create mismatches with his unique combination of size and speed. With this group Manning should be in line for a bounceback in his age 36 season. If not, the Giants may start hedging next offseason so that all of this young offensive talent doesn't go to waste.

Geno Smith

Smith is recovering from a torn ACL, and there's some question about his availability in time for camp. Even with that in mind, he's at best the backup to Eli Manning, who is only 36 years old and was just gifted a number of new offensive weapons. Smith will also need to compete with Davis Webb, who the Giants thought highly enough of to burn a third round pick, and last year's third stringer, Josh Johnson. Smith probably represents a slight upgrade over Johnson for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations and needs more than a rookie as insurance behind Manning.

Davis Webb

Webb has no 2017 fantasy value barring something crazy happening, but Eli Manning is entering his age 36 season and management made comments ahead of the draft that it might be time to start planning for the future. Using a third round selection on Davis Webb is certainly a step in that direction. Webb took over the starting job at Cal after Jared Goff left for the NFL last season so his resume is limited. Given his size and athleticism, more than a few saw him as one of the better options in this year's quarterback class. Still, he needs a lot of work to be NFL ready and deserves roster consideration in only the deepest of dynasty leagues.

Running Backs

Wayne Gallman

With Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen all but locked into the top of the Giants depth chart, Gallman will be fighting it out with Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn for a roster spot. Not blessed with elite athleticism, Gallman doesn't have a high ceiling. But he's a better runner than Draughn and a better receiver than Darkwa so he's at least intriguing in that he has the potential to challenge Perkins for touches.

Shane Vereen

Vereen is relegated to the passing downs and change of pace "light" role in this offense (he won't top 60-65 carries). While the Giants could make better use of him, the addition of Brandon Marshall and Evan Ingram suggests that won't be the case. He's never really seemed to fit in this offense and has played in just 63 games over six NFL seasons so it's probably only a matter of time before he goes down again.

Paul Perkins Injury Update Breakout Candidate

Perkins enters the season as the favorite to lead the Giants backfield in touches, but it's unclear exactly what that means at this stage. Shane Vereen is still on the roster, as is Orleans Darkwa, and the Giants added Shaun Draughn this offseason as well. Perkins' upside is that of a three down back, who looked like he could handle an every down role last season, but isn't a special or elite talent. And while the upside is there from a workload perspective, we'd be remiss not to point out that he'll be running behind one of the poorer offensive lines in the league when the season opens. With the inside track to start, Perkins could certainly run away with this job. But if history is any indication then we should expect the Giants backfield to devolve into a timeshare by midseason, with Perkins leading the team in touches most weeks.

Wide Receivers

Sterling Shepard

A talented receiver, Shepard could see a short-term downtick in targets from last season now that Brandon Marshall is in town. And he'll almost certainly come up well short of last year's eight touchdowns unless either one or both of Beckham and Marshall miss extended time. In just his second year, Shepard has a strong rookie season to build upon and should have a productive career ahead. Taking a back seat to the 33 year old Marshall in the pecking order is only a temporary setback on a team that is built to compete for a championship sooner rather than later. Eli Manning's longevity also figures into his dynasty value, but assuming the Giants can adequately replace him the impact to Shepard's long term value shouldn't be significant.

Brandon Marshall Injury Update

While Marshall is heading into his age 33 season and coming off a disappointing 2016, it's important to remember that he was playing for a Jets team that was essentially dead in the water by mid-October and was already starting to come to grips with need for a total roster teardown. After all, he's just one year removed from a 109 catch, 1,502 yards, and 14 touchdown season. His best years may be behind him, but he's going to benefit significantly from playing opposite Odell Beckham, and Eli Manning hasn't had a big bodied receiver with ball skills like Marshall's since Plaxico Burress retired. Marshall should still have a few solid years of fantasy production left, and no one should be surprised if he finishes 2017 as a top twenty fantasy wideout.

Odell Beckham Jr. Injury Update

Through his first three NFL seasons Beckham has exceeded 90 catches for 1300 yards, and posted double digit touchdowns in each campaign. That includes last season, when he topped 100 receptions for the first time in his career. Heading into his age 25 season the former LSU wideout has already produced at an elite level since arriving in the league and there s no reason to think that won t continue. While there has been some chatter that the presence of newly signed Brandon Marshall could cut into Beckham s production, it s far more likely that all Marshall does is make it harder to double and triple team the All-Pro wideout. Even with Eli Manning playing poorly last season, Beckham still posted top tier wide receiver numbers for fantasy purposes. He s a fantasy stud for the foreseeable future.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram

Engram is one of the most intriguing sleeper picks entering the 2017 fantasy football season. He was a first round draft pick of the New York Giants in May and will add speed and athleticism to an already stacked Giants offense. Engram is expected to start Week 1 and has an opportunity to become QB Eli Manning's coveted security blanket. The Ole Miss Rebels product helped lead the team to three straight bowl appearances and racked up 2,320 yards on 162 receptions. He's a promising tight end talent with an extremely high ceiling and a player the Giants have craved since Martellus Bennett left the team as a free agent in 2013. The Giants coaching staff is very impressed by Engrams work ethic and is quickly learning the Giants playbook. Given the Giants are predicted to be a top-5 fantasy offense and boasts one of the most feared wide receiver trios in Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and 2015 second-round pick Sterling Shepard, Engram could be overlooked by weary defensive coordinators, immediately increasing his draft value.

Defenses

NY Giants Defense

During the 2015 offseason, the Giants bolstered their defense by adding two all-pro defenders in DE Olivier Vernon and CB Janoris Jenkins, who were huge contributors to the Giants jumping from one of the worst defenses in 2015 to one of the best last season. They locked down teams to just 88.6 rushing yards per game with LBs Jonathan Casillas and Keenan Robinson finally finding a home in the NFL. The unit allowed just 284 points last season, trailing only the Patriots for least amount of points scored against. The emergence of Landon Collins at safety recording five interceptions and leading the team in tackles certainly helped the team become a top-10 fantasy defense, but it also allowed cornerbacks Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins and 21-year-old slot corner Eli Apple to take a more aggressive approach, which paid off in a big way as the trio combined for 10 interceptions. There's no reason to believe the Giants can't repeat one of their best defensive seasons in recent memory

Player Updates

Player Update Eli Manning, QB - Eli Manning to start Week 14
5 Dec 2017 - 4:20pm

Eli Manning will be the Giants' starting quarterback for Week 14 against the Cowboys. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Geno Smith, QB - Geno Smith named Giants' starter for Week 13
28 Nov 2017 - 6:18pm

Geno Smith has been named the Giants' starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Raiders. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Sterling Shepard, WR - Sterling Shepard unlikely to play Wk 11
19 Nov 2017 - 12:28am

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sterling Shepard (illness) is unlikely to play against the Chiefs after being added to the injury report on Saturday, but will go through pre-game warmups before reaching a final determination. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Sterling Shepard, WR - Sterling Shepard expects to return after bye
24 Oct 2017 - 3:03pm

Sterling Shepard (ankle) expects to return following the Giants' Week 8 bye. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Paul Perkins, RB - Paul Perkins (ribs) officially out for Week 7
20 Oct 2017 - 12:39pm

Paul Perkins (ribs) is out for Week 7 against the Seahawks. - From Rotoworld.

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