2022 Fantasy Football New York Giants Team Preview

by Tyler Mulligan
2022 Fantasy Football New York Giants Team Preview

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football New York Giants Team Preview!

After a 4-13 season filled with injury, heartbreak and second-rate football, the Giants have ample room for improvement.

As ugly as last year was for the storied franchise, the silver lining remains in the fact that it is extremely hard to regress.

From a fantasy football perspective, down years often lead to lowered perceived valuation and an opportunity to cash in for pennies on the dollar. After multiple Giants put up duds last year fantasy owners shouldn’t be so quick to put everyone out to pasture.

At least not yet.

With the 2022 Fantasy Football New York Giants Team Preview, we’ll peruse the depth chart and look for ways you can cash in, turning duds to dubs.

2022 Fantasy Football New York Giants Team Preview

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The big question coming into the 2022 season for the Giants is what they’re going to do about their quarterback situation.

Daniel Jones blew people away in his rookie season, scoring 26 total touchdowns while throwing 12 picks through 13 games. While the 12 interceptions were high, it was easy to forgive since he was dynamic as both a rusher (279 yards) and as a passer (3,027 yards).

In 2021, however, Jones had the least passing yards and touchdowns in his career, on the heels of the Giants signing a Pro Bowl-calibre receiver in Kenny Golladay.

On the positive end, Jones had only three games out of 11 with a passer rating under 90.7. While this shouldn’t blow you away, it’s remiss to not mention that he did this behind a cardboard offensive line in a brutal offensive system.

To Jones’ defense, Saquon Barkley’s propensity to get injured coupled with an inability to muster productivity from the backfield hurt Jones’ effectiveness as a passer over the past two seasons. With a healthy Barkley firing at all cylinders, Jones showed he could ball out.

New York made much-needed upgrades to their O-Line in the past offseason, signing Jon Feliciano, Evan Neal, Joshua Ezeudu and Mark Glowinski. This can only help both Barkley and Jones.

The Giants also signed Tyrod Taylor, who has been the epitome of a bridge QB for most of his career. The two-year $11 million deal shows that the Giants brass is nearly ready to move on from Jones.

With that being said, Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be looking to prove that he’s ready to step up for Big Blue. While Giants fans and fantasy owners shouldn’t expect Jones to be an elite QB going forward, the only direction to go from here is up.

With an ADP of 173 according to Fantasy Pros, taking a late-round flier on Jones could pay dividends.

Running Backs

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One of the biggest conundrums going into this season is where to draft Saquon Barkley.

A few years ago, Barkley was considered an elite fantasy running back. His transition from Penn State to the professional level was as smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy. As a rookie, Barkley became the third running back in NFL history to gain 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining hall of famers Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James.

Since the 2020 season, however, Barkley has fallen off a cliff. In 15 games over two seasons, Barkley has averaged just 3.46 yards per carry.

Injuries are Barkey’s biggest downfall, but a poor offensive line has certainly hampered his performance. Now healthy (fingers crossed), with a new-look O-Line, one should expect Barkley to bounce back.

Fantasy Pros currently has Barkley listed as an RB13 in PPR leagues and RB17 in Standard leagues. The lowered valuation leaves room for gamblers to make hay.

As a degenerate gambler and an eternal optimist, I’m bullish on Barkley. Nevertheless, Matt Breida is an attractive handcuff with a real shot of playing ample game time.

Place your bets.

Wide Receivers

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Heading into last season, I had confidence in New York’s receiving corps. The signing of Kenny Golladay, the drafting of Kadarius Toney and a healthy Sterling Shepard had me thinking the Giants would be a force through the air.

Obviously, that never came into fruition - Golladay couldn’t find a rhythm with Jones, Shepard’s injury reputation continued to be nowhere close to sterling and while Toney showed potential in his rookie season, he still wasn’t fantasy relevant on a week-to-week basis.

Golladay didn’t score a single touchdown after being the Giants’ prized offseason acquisition a year ago. In 2019, the towering receiver led the NFL with 11 receiving scores. While he might not be at the level that he was in 2019, it’s asinine to believe Golladay won’t be able to muster roster-worthy numbers for a second straight season.

Shepard has been a volume option when healthy in the past. Over the past three seasons, the former second-round pick has averaged 7.8 targets per game. With an increasingly crowded receiver room, this volume is likely to drop.

Toney, who is coming off minor knee surgery, is another question mark among many in New York. The 23-year-old has the potential to be a fantasy asset while on the field. As a rookie, he led the Giants with 2.64 yards per route run. With Wan’Dale Robinson being selected early in Round 2 at this year’s draft, it’s a bit of a red flag for those who expected an immensely bigger role from Toney.

Tight Ends

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With the departure of Evan Engram, Ricky Seals-Jones becomes the de facto starter at tight end for the Giants.

With that being said, through five seasons in the league, his numbers haven’t jumped off the paper. In his career, the Texas A&M product has accumulated just 1,044 on 90 receptions and ten touchdowns.

Although he’ll be the starter in the Meadowlands, Seals-Jones' injury history and a deep receiver pool don’t bode well for his fantasy upside.

Final Verdict

Giants fans should be excited. Not because they’ll be a contender in the NFC East, but because the only way they can go is up.

I’ve been let down by Danny Dimes in the past. Under new head coach Brian Daboll and an improved O-Line, however, I expect big things from the fourth-year QB. His athleticism makes him a bonafide run threat, while a long list of serviceable receivers should pay dividends down the stretch.

Everyone knows Barkley has immense talent. The question is whether or not the tread on his tires has been worn by injuries. Those willing to gamble and pick him up ahead of his ADP could come out looking like a genius. They could also be in for yet another year of disappointment. Proceed with caution.

In terms of the receiving group, Golladay and Toney are the most intriguing options. Golladay simply had an off-year and his valuation is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, with Toney, there isn’t a lot of tape to go on. I see Toney as a prime boom-or-bust candidate heading into the 2022 season.

Nobody on this squad is a lock to start in Week 1, but in the business of fantasy football, fortune favors the bold.

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