The Giants have signed RB Shaun Draughn. The 29-year-old has bandied about the league for the past 6 seasons, never making a fantasy impact. His most extensive action came in San Francisco over the last 2 years. He handled 150 total carries but mustered just 459 yards -- an ugly 3.06 yards per carry. Draughn does have some pass-catching ability -- 54 grabs over the past 2 seasons -- but Shane Vereen figures to get the 1st crack at those duties. Draughn is unlikely to emerge as a fantasy option in 2017.
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.
The Giants have signed QB Geno Smith, per the New York Post's Brian Costello. Not surprisingly, Smith didn't garner much (any?) interest as a starter. So he'll settle for a backup gig behind 36-year-old Eli Manning. If Smith makes a good impression with his new club, perhaps he'll be considered as Manning's eventual successor. That seems like a long shot, though.
WR Brandon Marshall signed a 2-year deal with the Giants worth $12 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Marshall, who turns 33 later in March, is coming off a disappointing 59-788-3 line. But he certainly dealt with awful QB play. Per Pro Football Focus, just 55% of his targets were deemed "catchable." Compare that to his mark of 72% in 2015. Moving to the Giants provides a clear upgrade at QB, despite a down 2016 from Eli Manning. Still, with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard already in the mix -- plus a potential impact signing or draft pick at TE -- Marshall might struggle to surpass low-end WR2/WR3 range.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall confirmed reports that the team will release him by sharing a farewell message on social media late Thursday night. Marshall spent 2 years with the Jets but will now seek his 5th franchise at age 33. He's coming off a highly disappointing fantasy football season in which his team struggled to find a QB, but that followed a terrific 109-catch, 1,502-yard 2015 that also included a career-high 14 TDs. Marshall should remain productive in the right 2017 situation. We'll see where he lands before figuring out his draft value. The Jets, meanwhile, will sport Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson at the front of a WR corps that could use Devin Smith stepping up in his 3rd year -- and perhaps another quality option via free agency or the draft.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo pinned the team's offensive struggles this past year on QB Eli Manning, specifically pointing out his 20 turnovers (16 INTs, 4 fumbles). McAdoo also wants to see his QB get the ball out of his hands quicker. "He's got to play with fast feet, he's got to sit on his back foot and be ready to hitch into a throw," McAdoo said. "Things aren't always clean in this league." This follows GM Jerry Reese conceding earlier this offseason that Manning is "probably on the back nine of his career." Manning's starting job isn't in danger. But it's tough to feel good about his 2017 fantasy prospects when his own team is seemingly cooling on him.
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
ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects RB Paul Perkins to start Sunday's Wild Card game against the Packers. The rookie came on down the stretch, carrying 62 times for 271 yards (4.4 YPC) over the final 4 games. That includes career highs in carries (21) and yards (102) in the finale. “We went back and looked at the film [from Sunday]," HC Ben McAdoo said. "I thought Paul did some good things on tape. Found some runs nicely." RB Rashad Jennings will remain involved, but Perkins is definitely the Giants RB to target in your playoff leagues and DFS.
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.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) is active and will start alongside Quincy Enunwa.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills. He could be held out of the meaningless finale. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.
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 RB Shane Vereen re-tore his tricep in Sunday's win over the Lions. It's been a rough season for the 27-year-old. He 1st tore the tricep in Week 3, suffered a concussion in his return in Week 14 and then tore the tricep again yesterday. Vereen is done for the season, leaving Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey in New York's backfield.
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.
Giants RB Shane Vereen (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups but puts a dent in RB Rashad Jennings’ receiving projection.
Giants RB Shane Vereen has cleared the concussion protocol and will play against the Lions on Sunday. He lasted just 3 snaps in his return last weekend but was targeted twice. Vereen could be stepping back into a significant pass-catching role, but he can't be trusted in Week 15 fantasy lineups.
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