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The Giants selected Miami OL Ereck Flowers with the 9th overall pick.  The 6'6, 329-pounder spent the past 2 seasons at LT but could end up at either OT or G spot in the pros.  The G-Men could stick him at RT and kick Justin Pugh back inside.  Flowers is considered 1 of the safer prospects among this year's OL class.

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The Giants on Thursday hired Steve Spagnuolo to run their defense. Spags previously served as Giants DC in 2007 and 2008. His 2007 group ranked 7th in the league in yards allowed and 1st in sacks en route to knocking off the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. The 2008 unit finished 5th in the league in both scoring and yardage defense. Spagnuolo then spent 3 years as the Rams' HC before filling the Saints' DC role for a year and spending the past 2 on the Ravens' staff. Spags inherits a Giants D that stunk the past 2 years. The team will have big questions to answer on defense in free agency, led by whether to re-sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

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The Giants on Wednesday fired DC Perry Fewell and DBs coach Peter Giunta. Don't expect the Giants to suddenly turn 3-4 in their base defense, given that the 4-3 has always been a staple of Tom Coughlin teams. But a new coordinator could opt for a little more variety in his fronts and perhaps an increase in blitzing. We'll be curious to see who the Giants select, how they approach free agency -- re: Jason Pierre-Paul -- and whether they make significant changes to the LB corps and/or secondary.

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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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