Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo says he has been pleased with MLB B.J. Goodson's play in coverage, according to NJ.com's James Kratch. "Very good. He runs real well," Spagnuolo said when asked about Goodson's coverage. "He’s embraced the whole thing, being a linebacker and taking command. I love the look in his eye." The DC further indicated that Goodson will stay on the field in sub packages, which he has been doing this summer. That's a big help to Goodson's IDP outlook, which looks strongest among Giants LBs -- and stronger than Giants LBs have looked for at least several years. He's an upside target late in fantasy football drafts who has taken a giant leap up our IDP rankings with more role certainty.
The Giants have agreed to a 4-year contract with DE Jason Pierre-Paul, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. That should lock in the 28-year-old with the team into his 30s -- and perhaps for the length of his career. Pierre-Paul was scoring like a top-5 fantasy D-lineman once again last year before hitting IR with a sports hernia in December. Adam Schefter reports that his new deal includes $54 million and averages $17 million annually. That would make it very similar to the contract DE Olivier Vernon signed with the Giants last offseason -- though with $1.5 million more guaranteed over 1 fewer season. The team obviously believes that JPP will continue to produce, and we see no reason to dislike him heading into 2017 fantasy football drafts.
ESPN reports that the Giants will use their franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul. It's not a surprising move given JPP's continued studly performance before injury ended his 2016 prematurely. Durability has long been his primary issue, but Pierre-Paul returned to dominance last season even with his fireworks-altered hand. He also just turned 28 in January. JPP has reportedly said he won't play on a 1-year deal. The tag gives the 2 sides until July 15 to reach a longer-term agreement. Barring a summer holdout, you should expect Pierre-Paul to rank among our top 5 IDP linemen come preseason
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (back) is active for today's game against Washington. He returns after missing last week's loss to Philly, but we'd be surprised if he plays the whole way in a game the Giants don't need.
ESPN's Jordan Ranaan reports that signals point to the Giants playing their starters in Sunday's regular-season finale that can't change their playoff position either way. Ranaan pointed to HC Ben McAdoo not addressing the playoffs until the end of practice, when he conveyed the message, "Be ascending going into the playoffs." Several players also said they expected the 1st-stringers to be in there. It's worth noting that the offense has yet to get on a roll and could look to build momentum before the Wild Card round. Of course, none of us will know for sure what the team will do with its top guys until we see it play out Sunday. That risk is what makes Week 17 so unsavory for many fantasy football leagues.
Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. He's a low-level IDP, though
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (back) will be inactive for tonight's game against the Eagles. He's not a big loss for IDP owners. He does take some big-play upside away from the team D but doesn't kill the unit's fantasy outlook against a bad Philly offense.
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (back) and LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) are questionable for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. Jenkins told the Star-Ledger Wednesday that he doesn't know if he'll be able to play, though he's hopeful. Both players have been limited practice participants the past couple of days. Neither should be in your fantasy plans even if available -- unless you play in a pretty deep IDP league. Jenkins' presence would help the team defense's turnover upside.
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins left Sunday's win over the Lions early after taking a knee to the back. "I'm good. I'm fine," he told ESPN's Josina Anderson after the game, but Jenkins will have further testing to see if he'll miss further time. The Giants face a quick turnaround before Thursday night's trip to Philly.
Giants LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Lions.
The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.
ESPN's Jordan Ranaan reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is having surgery for a sports hernia and will miss the rest of the season. There's a chance he could return during the playoffs if the Giants make the postseason, but IDP owners lose a top-shelf lineman at fantasy football playoff time. Rookie Romeo Okwara has been operating as the 3rd DE in recent weeks, while Kerry Wynn saw his playing time jump after Pierre-Paul left Sunday's game at Pittsburgh early. The Giants will likely need to piece together a solution here, though, rather than relying on 1 particular player. Don't bother with any of the replacement DEs on your IDP roster, and don't plan to use the Giants D against Dallas -- already a bad matchup -- this weekend. A visit by a solid Lions offense in Week 15 makes it easier to drop the Giants D for a replacement, though the group could still be in the fantasy-starting mix for Week 16 at Philly.
Update: ESPN reports that the Giants have confirmed Kerry Wynn will start in JPP's place.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul visited sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Pierre-Paul reportedly spoke optimistically after Sunday's game about the groin injury that ended his day early, so he might just be seeking confirmation that the issue is OK to play through. We'll certainly be watching for updates. Losing JPP for any more time would deal a big blow to IDP lineups and the Giants' team D.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul left Sunday's game at Pittsburgh early with a groin injury. We'll see about his status this week. Kerry Wynn would likely see the biggest playing-time boost if JPP sits.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is active for today's game against the Browns. He missed most of the practice week but said all along he would play, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. JPP has played on little practice before and should be used as you normally would in IDP lineups.
Winds of 20-22 mph are expected for today's Bears-Giants game. That definitely hurts both Ks and is just enough to impact the passing games. We've adjusted our projections for this game a tad. Click here for updated rankings.
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