New York Giants Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

New York Giants Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

49ers WR Dante Pettis injured his left knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Chargers and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

UPDATE: Pettis has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Vernon has yet to play this season. Apple will miss his 2nd straight contest. The absences can only add upside to a Saints pass offense that didin’t need the help.

Giants TE Evan Engram is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with his sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. New York's bye doesn't come until Week 9, and it sounds like Engram will be back before that. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley figure to dominate targets while Engram is out.

Giants TE Evan Engram has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is considered "week to week," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll look for a more concrete timetable, but Engram owners obviously need to be lining up a replacement. Giants backup TE Rhett Ellison isn't a viable fantasy option. Engram's absence should push more targets to Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley.

Giants TE Evan Engram injured his knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along another update when we get one.

UPDATE: Engram has been ruled out.

Giants TE Evan Engram (ankle) is not listed on the final injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. Engram is locked in as a solid TE1 play against a Texans defense that Football Outsiders ranks 30th in TE coverage.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon out for the 3rd straight game because of his ankle injury. They've also ruled CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday's visit to Houston. The absences can only help the outlook for a Texans offense that already looked like 1 to target for fantasy starters this weekend.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. The rookie missed a big chunk of August but said earlier this week that he's "definitely ready for a full workload." The matchup is rough against Jacksonville, but Barkley's talent and volume projection make him a must-start in season-long leagues.

Giants TE Evan Engram has cleared the concussion protocol, HC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. So Engram is good to go for this weekend's opener against the Jaguars. As good as Jacksonville's defense was last season, they finished just 20th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) said Monday that he's "definitely ready for a full workload." He's been practicing for over a week now after injuring his hamstring on August 13. "I feel like I’m still in really good football shape," Barkley said. He has a stiff Week 1 challenge against the Jaguars, but volume will have Barkley sitting in RB1 territory when our Week 1 Rankings are posted on Tuesday afternoon.

Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) is expected to be ready for the team's opener next weekend, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Engram will be 16 days removed from his head injury when the G-Men kick off against the Jaguars. We'll have more updates on his progress this coming week.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) "performed in practice [Sunday] like a player without any limitations," insider Art Stapleton tweeted. Teams don't release practice participation reports until the week before the season starts, so we won't get an official status on Barkley. But it sure sounds like he's just about back to 100%. Barring a setback, the rookie will be full-go for Week 1.

Giants TE Evan Engram left Friday night's game against the Jets with a concussion. That's his 2nd in the pros, after Engram suffered one in Week 2 of his rookie season. Engram didn't miss any games for that one and should have plenty of time to move through the protocol before Week 1. We'll keep an eye on his progress.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) has been cleared for individual drills, HC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. Barkley pulled his hammy 9 days ago and had been sidelined since. We're not expecting to see the rookie again this preseason, but he's on track to be ready for Week 1.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley "tweaked" his left hamstring in Monday's practice, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. The rookie spent the rest of practice with the left leg wrapped. "Source says he is fine. Giants do not seem too worried," Russini added. This sounds minor, but anytime we hear "hamstring" associated with a 1st-round fantasy RB, we're paying attention. We'll keep a close eye on Barkley.

Update: Barkley has a "mild strain" of his hamstring, HC Pat Shurmur said after practice. "We’ll be smart with him as we move along here," Shurmur said. Don't expect to see the rookie in New York's 2nd preseason game. We'll see if he can make it back for the 3rd.

The Broncos' initial -- "unofficial" -- depth chart lists RB Devontae Booker as the starter, with rookie Royce Freeman 2nd, followed by De'Angelo Henderson, Dave Williams and Phillip Lindsay. That's not a surprising development but at least a reminder that Freeman hasn't taken over the gig yet. Playing time will be interesting to watch as Denver gets into preseason action. We're still betting Freeman will wind up leading the team in carries, but there's certainly value potential on Booker at his RB49 ADP -- as well as the chance he remains the Broncos' lead back.

ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that Giants RB Saquon Barkley has been splitting out wide in training camp. "Barkley a stud in pass game," Raanan adds. None of this should come as a surprise. Barkley is 1 of the best pass-catching RBs to enter the league in a long time, averaging 11.7 yards per catch on 102 receptions across 3 seasons at Penn State. Still, it's nice to hear that the Giants are planning to take full advantage of that skill set. Getting snaps out wide is part of what's made guys like Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson such fantasy monsters. Barkley has a similar ceiling.

The Browns activated S Jabrill Peppers off the PUP list Monday after he passed his physical, according to Cleveland.com. Peppers missed the 1st 4 days of practice while dealing with a groin injury but should have plenty of time to settle back in as a starter. We'll see if Cleveland's usage of Peppers improves and helps him turn into a fantasy factor in his 2nd season.

Browns S Jabrill Peppers opened training camp on the PUP list because of a groin strain. it doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but Peppers might have to fend off Derrick Kindred for the strong safety spot. Missed time won't help that pursuit. We'll see how long he remains out.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay flashed with 17.0 yards per catch as a rookie, including 5 grabs of 40+ yards. He rolled that momentum into spring workouts, earning praise from the media, coaching staff and teammates. "I saw freakish catches, man," WR Golden Tate said of Golladay's spring. "Some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I'm telling you, this guy can be dominant. He's a WR1 kind of guy." Golladay will open the season as Detroit's #3 WR but could siphon targets from both Tate and Marvin Jones. This is also a Lions offense that's ranked top 12 in passing yards in 8 straight seasons, including a 6th-place finish last year. So there's plenty of production to go around. Highlight Golladay as an upside target in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

 
 
 

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