Alliteration aside, welcome back you filthy animals!! We are getting close to training camp, which means it’s time to start the mock drafts and planning our fantasy football draft parties. Our beloved New York Giants made quite a few intriguing additions this offseason, some of which may have big fantasy football implications. Let’s take a look at the potential impact of the new G men.
Brandon Marshall, WR
BMarsh was our biggest (pun intended) free agent addition to the offense. Not since Plaxico Burress has Eli Manning had such an imposing red zone target, and I think Marshall has another few productive years ahead, as his main motivation now is winning a ring. I think the role of red zone TD magnet and third-down specialist is a perfect fit on the current roster, as ODB and Sterling Shepard will still see the lion share of the targets. Eli has had some shaky red zone statistics in recent years, and I think BMarsh is the cure.
Stat forecast: 65/875/8
Evan Engram, TE
Jerry Reese made yet another bold pick in Round 1 of this year’s draft. For all our sake, let’s hope Engram turns out more like Odell Beckham Jr. and less like Ereck Flowers. While the pick seemed surprising at the time, you can’t help but love Engram when you watch his tape. A "tight end" in name only, Engram looks and moves more like a muscled-up WR. Blazing a 4.4 40 at the Combine, Engram validated everything you saw in his Ole Miss game highlight reel. Too big for DBs, too fast for LBs, Engram is the epitome of the new NFL. His two main hurdles for fantasy relevance are; too much competition for targets with an already stacked receiving corp, and the abysmal track record of rookie TEs in the league. Experts call it the hardest positional transition from college to the pros, so we need to keep our expectations at bay.
Stat forecast: 48/680/5