Week one of the NFL season was not kind to Giants' fans and it was even worse for Giants' fan that happen to be fantasy football owners of their favorite players. I went out on Tuesday with my Giants gear on and I was receiving condolences from random people as I went about my day. If they only knew that I lost games because of Victor Cruz's poor outing.
The one saving grace for fantasy owners was Rashad Jennings, who totaled 96 yards from scrimmage and added a touchdown. We also had the nice surprise of Larry Donnell's big day, but the disappointments were almost too many to count. Rueben Randle's non-existence, Victor Cruz's frustrations, and Eli Manning's continued decline were enough to have fantasy owners and Giants' fans pulling their hair out.
This week the Giants get to face a very solid defensive team in the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals lost some big time talent on the defensive side of the ball to injuries and suspensions, but they seemed to have plugged the holes pretty well. This past week they were able to get pressure on Phillip Rivers and bottle up Ryan Matthews. They ended up losing John Abraham to a concussion and are really getting thin on the defensive line. The situation on their defensive line has led the Cardinals to blitz more than they did last year and the Giants will need to make them pay when they send more than four.
numberFire projections- 26th overall QB for Week 2- 199.85 Passing Yards, 1.26 TDs, .80 INTs
Manning isn't even startable in deep 2-QB leagues at this point. His mechanics are so off, and the offensive line isn't helping with his confidence in the pocket. If Eli can get on the same page as his receivers and get his mechanics under control he could be useful down the road, but this week he should be sitting on the waiver wire.
numberFire projections- 24th overall RB for Week 2- 43.60 yards, .024 TDs, 3.64 receptions, 27.78 yards
Jennings had a nice showing last week, but this week he faces a team that controlled the line of scrimmage against a good running team in the San Diego Chargers. I pushed Jennings down my rankings this week because of the tough match up, but still consider him a start in a flex role.
numberFire projections- 15th overall WR for Week 2- 5.79 receptions, 76.26 Yards, and .44 TDs
Cruz had a rough Monday night. He was targeted six times, but only caught two passes for 24 yards. He also dropped two passes that probably would have helped some poor fantasy owner win their week one match up. Cruz is a bottom end wide receiver two for me this week. He will not have to line up against all-world corner Patrick Paterson as Peterson doesn't usually lineup over the slot receiver, but Cruz is still dependent on Eli getting him the ball.
numberFire projections- 2.98 receptions, and 47.17 Yards, and .18 TDs
Randle was completely ignored on Monday night and it will take a big outing this week to get him back on the startable map in most fantasy football formats. If Peterson is covering Randle on Sunday it may be another rough week for Randle owners. I am stashing Randle at the end of my bench and not jumping ship just yet. I think he's going to turn it around when Odell Beckham Jr. gets back to full health.
numberFire projections- 24th overall TE for Week 2- 3.11 receptions, 25.52 yards, and .24 TDs
Donnell was a big surprise on Monday night. He was in my weekly rankings, but was way at the bottom. He will be in the top 25 of tight ends for the foreseeable future as he has a role in the Redzone and looks to have a nice connection with Eli over the middle. (Not withstanding that mis-communication interception.) In tight end premium scoring leagues he could be useful as a second flex.
**On a side note, I want to wish all the best to John Abraham and hope that he recovers quickly from his latest concussion. He has struggled with memory issues and alcohol issues from self medicating the last few years and another head injury was the last thing he needed. He has left a lot on the field and I hope he didn't hang on too long.**
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