2018 Fantasy Football New York Giants Preview

by Mike Lott
2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview

Between injuries and drama surrounding the team, the New York Giants 2017 season was one to forget.

After going 11-5 in 2016, the Giants won just 3 games in 2017, their fewest win total since 1983.

Expect a bounce-back season for the Giants, as they have rebuilt their offensive line, have a potential star at running back after drafting Saquon Barkley and a healthy, young core of pass catchers for Eli Manning.

2018 Fantasy Football New York Giants Preview

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For the first time since taking over as the Giants starting quarterback in 2004, Eli Manning missed a game. The benching of Eli led to the firing of head coach Bob McAdoo.

We all know Eli is only as good as his offensive line and run game, ala 2007 & 2011. Last season the Giants offensive line was dreadful, as they allowed Eli to be sacked a career-high 31 times and 10 fumbles, while the run game was nonexistent.

The Giants have a much improved offensive line, signing former Patriot Nate Solder and drafting Will Hernandez out of UTEP in the second round. They also drafted stud rookie running back Saquon Barkley who will take a ton of pressure off Eli. Not to mention he will have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram who looks to improve on an impressive rookie season.

With all things considered, Eli should be back over 4,000 yards and around 25 touchdowns this season.

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley will be the focus of the Giants offense heading into the 2018 season. He is one of the most hyped running backs coming out of college in a long time. The Giants were desperate for a play maker like Barkley, and you can expect him to get a ton of touches each and every week. He is expected to be a top 5 running back in fantasy.

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Jonathan Stewart will see minimal touches, mostly short yardage situations and could possibly steal some goal line touches from Barkley which will frustrate fantasy owners.

Wide Receivers

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Odell Beckham Jr. is back, healthy and will be a top 5 wide receiver once again. In his first three seasons, he caught 91+ balls with at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's entering free agency and wants to be the highest paid player at the position, so expect him to put up some monster numbers this season.

Alongside Beckham is Sterling Shepard who is entering his third season with the Giants. This guy is extremely talented and had 731 receiving yards in 11 games last season, and things will only get easier with Beckham requiring the majority of the attention from the opposing defenses.

Roger Lewis and Cody Latimer will compete for targets as well but neither should be considered a fantasy option.

Tight Ends

Last season Evan Engram was one of the most impressive rookies in the entire league, catching 64 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns. Engram led rookie wide receivers and tight ends in receptions and was second in touchdowns. He's a tight end in a wide receivers body, as he's very athletic and has good speed. Engram had 11 receptions last year of 20+ yards, so the big play ability is certainly there. Engram should be considered a top 5 tight end with a chance to outplay the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce.

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