Top 5 Fantasy Players: New York Giants

The Giants Beat's Josh Fyffe takes a look at the top 5 fantasy players on the New York Giants and where you should draft them.

As the 2015 regular season approaches, the fantasy football regular season will also be underway. Leagues have already began drafting their ideal squads, and here are the top five Giants players that should go off the board, as well as their optimal selling point.

*The following is done under the assumption of a 10 person league.

Odell Beckham Jr. – 2nd round, picks 15 to 20

No surprise to see OBJ at the top of the Giants fantasy league players, as he was one of the top wide receivers a season ago despite only playing in 12 games. In sophomore season he can improve further on his budding chemistry with Eli Manning as well as playing in an offense that will feature Victor Cruz and newly added swiss-army knife running back Shane Vereen. Beckham Jr. is a top five fantasy wide receiver and should be off the board in most leagues by the conclusion of the third round.

Rashad Jennings – 6th/7th round, picks 65 to 79

While there is quite a gap between the top two players on this list, Jennings still employs good value as an RB2 or a flex in 6th or 7th round. As a starting running back receiving a majority of the handoffs, he is valuable in any deep league as running backs are fantasy footballs fast-selling position. Jennings has added value this season as the Giants have rebuilt and improved their offensive line to a very credible level.

Victor Cruz – 8th round, picks 80 to 90

Cruz would be higher on this list given his previous success, but the risk of coming off his patella tendon injury diminishes his value. Cruz is currently valued as a flex player but has WR2 upside if he returns to his previous form. Odell Beckham Jr. and Vereen will also snag some of his targets, but inversely will create more open looks when he is healthy and back on the field.

Shane Vereen – 8th/9th, picks 85 to 99 (6th/7th round in a PPR league)

Vereen’s value exponentially increases in a points-per-reception league as that adds four or five points to his per game average every week. Vereen is good for around seven points every week and has games were he can pile up over 150 cumulative yards and a touchdown. Vereen is a valuable flex option and could wind up a potential RB2 option pending on how many times he gets to tote the rock per game.

Eli Manning – 10th round, picks 100 – End of the draft

Manning definitely isn’t the model of consistency when it comes to fantasy quarterbacks but is certainly worth the risk for a QB2 with QB1 upside. Playing in a retooled and complete offense, Manning has as many weapons to succeed as he did during arguably his best season in 2011. With Odell Beckham Jr, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and new high-potential pieces in his offensive line, Manning could be one of the better fantasy Quarterbacks this season and is worth the risk if you have other positions already filled.


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