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Giants WR Rueben Randle (knee) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Redskins.  He was able to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days but will likely be a game-time decision.  We'll find out his status by noon ET on Sunday.  If Randle is active, he'll be a risk/reward WR3.

A swollen knee has kept Giants WR Rueben Randle off the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday. “It just flared up on me,” Randle said Thursday. “It’s just one of those things that I just woke up (on Tuesday morning) and it happened. I don’t remember getting hit or landing on it funny or making any contact with anybody (vs. Detroit.)."  Randle expects to play against the Redskins this weekend, but the knee issue certainly adds risk to his fantasy profile.  He disappointed in his Week 16 start, managing just 4 catches for 40 yards.

The Giants have officially ruled out WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) for Sunday's game against the Lions.  We're still awaiting an on update on that knee injury.  Note that WR Jerrel Jernigan will actually take over Cruz's slot role.  But it'll be WR Rueben Randle who benefits in the target department.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  All indications are that he'll miss this weekend's game against the Lions -- and likely Week 17, too.  That'll move the talented Rueben Randle into the starting lineup, making him an intriguing WR3 in fantasy.

Giants insider Ebenezer Samuel believes WR Victor Cruz (concussion) might be placed on IR this week.  The team called up WR Julian Talley from the practice squad on Tuesday, which could signal that Cruz's season is over.  Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on having him this week or next. Cruz's absence will move WR Rueben Randle into an every-down role.  The 2nd-year wideout has averaged 15.4 yards per catch and scored on 6 of his 37 catches this season.  He'll be an intriguing WR3 for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Giants WR Victor Cruz suffered a neck injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game.  He was able to jog off the field but then headed back to the locker room for x-rays.  We'll update Cruz's status when we learn more.  #3 WR Rueben Randle would move up a peg if Cruz misses time.  He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Update: Cruz returned for New York's next possession.

Giants WR Victor Cruz admits that he's still dealing with swelling in his foot when he wakes up in the morning. It's concerning news just 11 days away from the season opener.  The Giants haven't revealed a whole lot about Cruz's injury.  He suffered it on a non-contact play in the team's 2nd preseason game.  We know that he was originally on crutches and in a walking boot after suffering the injury, but he's now boot-less.  Cruz is hoping to return to practice on Monday and says he'll "absolutely" be ready for Week 1.  We still haven't moved Cruz down our WR rankings, but keep the foot injury in mind when deciding between him and similarly ranked players.  WR Rueben Randle is worth adding as a handcuff for Cruz (or Hakeem Nicks) owners.

Giants QB Eli Manning believes WR Rueben Randle can be a "great playmaker" this year.  The 2nd-year wideout was a standout performer this spring.  “He looked like a guy that has been here for five or six years,” OC Kevin Gilbride said. “His whole demeanor, his whole professionalism, was outstanding ... He certainly stepped into a leadership role. That was not what we saw last year — not by a long shot.”  Randle is the heavy favorite to win New York's #3 WR job.  That'd make him an intriguing bye-week option for your fantasy squad.  And an injury to Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz would turn Randle into a weekly starter.  He's one of our favorite late-round WR picks in fantasy drafts.

Giants WR Rueben Randle has been a standout performer this offseason.  "Rueben you saw emerge from a guy that showed flashes at times and always caught the ball well, but maybe didn't always run the routes as precisely, as crisply as you wanted, didn't have quite the understanding you wanted," OC Kevin Gilbride said. "[Over the past month] he looked like a guy that's been here for five or six years. He really benefited from the opportunity."  Gilbride added that Randle is "gonna play a lot" this season.  "He'll play first, second down, he'll be an outside receiver for us -- whether he's at the X or the Z, he's gonna play. He's looking like he deserves to be out there for significant time."  Randle would need an injury to Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz to move into a top-2 WR spot.  But he could post some useful fantasy numbers as the Giants' #3.  Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon both topped 38 catches and 520 yards as the #3 the past 2 years.  

Giants QB Eli Manning believes WR Rueben Randle is ready to make a big leap in his 2nd NFL season.  "A lot of times that 2nd year you have a better feel for what’s going on, what his assignments are and the ins and outs of the offense," Manning said. "He’s confident out there. He’s got a great skill set. I think he’s had a great spring. I think he’s done a lot of good things, made a lot of plays for us and I think he can be a great playmaker for us this year."  Randle finished his rookie campaign with just 298 yards and 3 TDs.  But 2 of those scores came in the season finale.  And Randle averaged a juicy 15.7 yards per catch.  We're high on the former 2nd-round pick's skill set.  As New York's #3 WR this year, Randle could serve as a bye-week fill-in for your fantasy squad.  And with Victor Cruz's contract situation and Hakeem Nicks' injury history, there's a good chance Randle sees times in the starting lineup at some point.  That'd make him an intriguing WR3.

Giants HC Tom Coughlin continues to be annoyed at WR Hakeem Nicks' absence from OTAs. But he acknowledged Thursday that the situation increases WR Rueben Randle's opportunity to break out. "He's moving in that direction," Coughlin told ESPN New York. "He's certainly had many opportunities, and if there's a guy who really has a chance to step his game up and really show what he can do, it's happening right now to Rueben." Randle said he feels more confident in his understanding of the offense, rapport with Eli Manning and the trust he gets from coaches. He caught just 19 passes as a rookie last year for 298 yards and 3 TDs after arriving at the end of Round 2.  Set to enter 2013 as New York's #3 WR, Randle will be worth stashing on fantasy benches in case of a Nicks or Victor Cruz injury.

Michael Eisen of Giants.com confirms that Rueben Randle is the "heavy favorite" to be the team's #3 WR this coming season.  Domenik Hixon handled that role for most of 2012, but he's a free-agent this offseason.  Randle should be an upgrade anyways.  The 2nd-round pick drew rave reviews last offseason but finished with just 298 yards and 3 TDs.  He averaged 18.6 yards per catch, though, and finished with a 4-58-2 line against the Eagles in Week 17.  Randle is worth monitoring closely this offseason -- and a guy to roster in dynasty and keeper leagues.  He has the size and skill-set to be an NFL starter.  And the Giants might not have the cap space to retain both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz long term.

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Giants HC Tom Coughlin called WR Rueben Randle "pro-ready."  Added scouting director Marc Ross: “I think his game will transfer well up here because of the way he plays. He plays like an NFL receiver – big, strong, physical, catch the ball – as opposed to a raw guy who needs a lot of development on routes and techniques or drops a lot of balls – needs to work on his hands. This guy pretty much has a skill set that fits in, will transfer pretty quickly.”  Ross also revealed that the team considered nabbing Randle with their 1st-round pick.  It sounds like the LSU product is a good bet to step right into 3-WR sets in the Big Apple.  With 6'3, 212-pound size and 4.5 speed, Randle is capable of making an immediate fantasy impact.  He'll be worth a bench stash.

The Giants scooped up LSU WR Rueben Randle with the 63rd pick of the draft. Considered a potential 1st-round pick, Randle boasts a tasty combination of size (6’3, 212 pounds) and speed (4.5). He’s also given high marks for his acceleration and route-running. In New York, Randle could be an immediate replacement for WR Mario Manningham. That’d allow WR Victor Cruz to stick in the slot.

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