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The Giants placed DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and DE Robert Ayers (torn pec) on injured reserve Tuesday. Neither has been much of an IDP factor so far, but their departures from the rotation leave a lot of snaps available to 2nd-year DE Damontre Moore. He has yet to give fantasy football owners reason to believe he'll be starter-worthy the rest of the way, but we'll be quite curious to see how Moore handles the opportunity. Tennessee, Washington and St. Louis over the next 3 weeks all present positive pass-rushing matchups.

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The Giants have hired Ben McAdoo to replace retired OC Kevin Gilbride.  McAdoo has spent the past 10 years as a positional coach under Mike McCarthy.  He's never run an NFL offense but did recently get a recommendation from QB Aaron Rodgers.  McAdoo is expected to install a West Coast offense in New York.  His play-calling will be a bit of a wild card when evaluating the 2014 fantasy prospects of Giants skill-position players. 

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The Giants will be without RG Chris Snee (hip) and C David Baas (knee) for Week 4.  It's horrible timing with a matchup against the Chiefs and their league-leading 15 sacks on tap.  It's going to be a tough day for QB Eli Manning and the Giants' skill-position players.  The Chiefs defense is an excellent fantasy play.

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Giants DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore took part in full-team drills Tuesday.  It was a big step for JPP, who has missed nearly all of training camp following back surgery.  Moore has dealt with a shoulder injury since showing out early in the preseason.  Pierre-Paul won't play in the exhibition finale but appears on track to return for the opener.  We just nudged him up the DL rankings.  Moore, meanwhile, carries some deep sleeper potential into his rookie season -- especially if DE Justin Tuck disappoints for the 3rd year in a row.  At the least, Moore makes for a very attractive dynasty target.  The presence of JPP and Moore would undoubtedly boost the team D as a whole.

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The Giants released their "unofficial" depth chart on Thursday, which included Mark Herzlich at MLB, Spencer Paysinger at weak-side LB and Keith Rivers at strong-side LB.  That makes WLB Jacquian Williams, MLB Dan Connor and SLB Aaron Curry notable backups.  The competition likely remains far from over at each spot.  Williams, in particular, has drawn some attention lately in his quest for a starting job and a leadership role.  Nobody here looks like a worthwhile IDP target.  If you really want 1, though, start with Herzlich.  He looked like a quality prospect at Boston College before cancer wiped out a year.

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The Giants will have DE Jason Pierre-Paul and S Kenny Phillips active tonight against Washington. JPP was questionable with a back injury that kept him out of Friday and Saturday practices. Phillips was doubtful, but his aggravated knee is apparently ready for action after all. It's not yet clear whether Phillips will start. Stevie Brown remains a decent upside IDP. JPP can be started as usual.

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Giants S Kenny Phillips said his aggravated knee injury would be good to go. Apparently his knee has said otherwise. The starting safety is doubtful for Sunday's rematch with Washington. That puts high-upside Stevie Brown back into the starting lineup and into our Week 13 DB rankings. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, meanwhile, missed a 2nd straight day of practice Saturday with a back injury. Word after Friday's missed workout had him likely to play, but JPP is officially questionable. IDP owners should use him if he's active, but we'll have to see.

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The Giants will host the Cowboys in the 2012 season-opener on Wednesday, September 5th.  It figures to be a high-scoring affair.  The two teams combined for 116 points and 1,691 total yards of offense in 2 meetings last year.

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The Giants will host the 2012 season opener on Wednesday, September 5th.  The NFL has traditionally kicked off on Thursday, but they pushed it up a day this year because President Obama is speaking at the Democratic National Convention on the 6th.  The Giants' opponent has yet to be announced.  The opener usually isn't a divisional game, so it'll likely be the Packers, Saints, Steelers, Bucs, or Browns.  Any of those first 3 opponents would make for a tasty opener.

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The Giants left behind WR Hakeem Nicks, RB Ahmad Bradshaw and C David Baas when they traveled Saturday. That officially means the team will be without all 3 "doubtful" players for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. As we've said before, that boosts Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz, Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware for the game. The WRs look good for fantasy purposes. The RBs don't.

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