It’s time for fans to start following their favorite players in the hopes of avoiding injury so the they can add them on their fantasy rosters. Preseason is bittersweet as it brings the sense that summer is coming to a close, but football can help ease that pain. While you might be doing a few mock drafts or listing some of the players you think are certain to blow up this year, I figured I can help put a few Giants on your radar that are definitely worth a second look.
Saquon Barkley, RB:
If you aren’t at the number one or two spot in your fantasy draft, I hate to break it to you, but you’re not getting this guy. Coming off of an incredible rookie year with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, he is being considered the player most likely to break the yards from scrimmage record set by Chris Johnson at 2,509 yards. If that still isn’t enough to convince you that the second year all pro RB should go first pick, then think about this; those numbers were put up in his Rookie year, with a significantly worse offensive line. With the additions of Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, and the growth of the unspoken rookie standout Will Hernandez, Saquon has the potential to go for way beyond Chris Johnson’s record. Saquon is a staple for going arguably in the top 2, and if the Giants offensive line comes together as they are projected to, you better be happy if you’ve secured that #1 pick.
Golden Tate, WR:
Hear me out. Despite Tate’s 4 game suspension, he’ll be staying on the draft boards much later than projected. If you can manage to steal Tate as a WR4 or even get him and another solid WR3 in the later rounds, this won’t be a bad take at all. Once he’s back in the lineup, he will be a great compliment to Shepard and Engram’s style of play and will allow the offense to totally open up for whichever QB is under center for Week 5. If you decide to go with Sterling Shepard as a WR3, that isn’t a bad option either as he is already practicing and his thumb seems as if it is healing quickly and wasn’t as significant as people thought initially. I do think that as far as Giants receivers go, it’s best to wait for Tate in the late rounds than to risk taking Shepard and relying on him because of how the Giants seem to be getting ready to distribute the ball to lots of different receivers and tight ends when not using the run to catch defenses sleeping.
Evan Engram, TE:
Whether Eli Manning or Daniel Jones are throwing the ball, Evan Engram is set to see an increased amount of targets with the departure of Odell. Whether it was his game clinching 54 yard catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year or taking an end around to the goal line, Engram showed that he is an absolute weapon and the term ‘Tight End’ fits him very loosely (no pun intended). It will be interesting to see if he gets a significant amount of time split out wide, but either way I expect him to be over 70 touches this year and he will be the second hand man to Saquon when it comes to the Giants offense.
I would target the Giants in moderation this year for fantasy. There are a lot of “what if’s” surrounding the young talent that still has to grow and prove that they all fit in the offense. I would hold off on drafting the defense and maybe take them as a one week signing during your starting D’s bye week, but a lot could change by then. These are the 3 players that make the most sense to me, but let me know in the comments if you could make a better case for anyone else on the roster.