Shark Bites

Monday morning testing confirmed the Giants' fears. RB Saquon Barkley will have surgery soon to repair his torn right ACL. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman climb the pecking order with Barkley down. The Giants will reportedly have RB Devonta Freeman in for a visit as well -- and figure to sign someone even if Freeman doesn't fit.

The Giants fear RB Saquon Barkley tore his right ACL against the Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There will reportedly be further testing Monday to "make a full and complete determination." RB Dion Lewis scored a 1-yard rushing TD after Barkley's departure and should be the next guy up. But RB Wayne Gallman would likely be significantly involved as well.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard suffered a toe injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. He hobbled off to the locker room and is officially questionable to return.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. He immediately grasped at the knee in pain and had to be carried off. This obviously doesn't look good. We'll update Barkley's status when we learn more. Barkley's absence leaves the G-Men with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman.

Update: Barkley has been ruled out.

11:09am EDT 9/20/20

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bears. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Tate “should be at full strength” — although the fact that he remained limited in practice all week has us shying away from using Tate in fantasy lineups today.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is expected to play against the Bears today. He was limited in practice all week but "should be at full strength," Rapoport adds. That has us feeling a bit better about Tate's Week 2 prospects, although you should still treat him as just a WR4.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. It sounds like he has a good chance to be active for that one, but try to avoid him in fantasy lineups until he’s back to 100%.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice. We'll see if he gets back to full participation Friday. Tate spent all last week limited and then missed the Pittsburgh loss, so he'd be tough to trust coming off another week of just limited workouts.

The Giants held just a walkthrough practice Wednesday, 2 days after losing to the Steelers at home to open their season. They still listed WR Golden Tate as a limited participant with his hamstring injury. Tate put in limited practices all last week as well before missing the opener. We'll see about his status for Sunday's trip to Chicago.

5:09pm EDT 9/14/20

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. He was limited in practice all week, so he seemingly has a good chance to play Week 2. His absence tonight leaves more targets for Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Between the hamstring, the late kickoff and the tough matchup, Tate belongs on fantasy benches this week.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) remained limited in Friday's practice. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow, but hopefully you can keep him on fantasy benches for Week 1.

Giants WR Golden Tate (hamstring) was limited in Thursday's practice. "Doesn’t seem 100%," ESPN's Jordan Raanan tweeted. We'll continue to track Tate's status, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for Week 1. Tate already had a tough matchup vs. the Steelers.

Giants WR Golden Tate didn't practice on Monday. He's believed to be dealing with a hamstring injury, putting his availability for next Monday night's opener against the Steelers in question. We'll continue to monitor his status. The Giants notoriously didn't have Tate, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley all healthy at the same time for a single game last year.

The Giants on Monday agreed to a 1-year deal with free-agent DB Logan Ryan. It's not yet clear where they'll play the former Titans CB, though the New York Post reports a source said, "Everywhere. He's a Swiss Army knife." Ryan has experience with HC Joe Judge and DC Patrick Graham from working with both in New England. And the Giants certainly have room -- and a need -- for Ryan throughout the secondary. He might not practice with the team until next week, but a significant Week 1 role seems likely. Ryan is worth a late shot in IDP drafts of at least moderate depth.

Giants rookie S Xavier McKinney broke his left foot and will have surgery Wednesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Field Yates. There's no word yet on his recovery timeline, but we should expect McKinney to miss at least the beginning of the regular season. Julian Love and Nate Ebner look like candidates to replace McKinney in the lineup. Fellow starter Jabrill Peppers also gains tackle upside from the injury. He's the only 1 among those 3 we'd target in IDP drafts right now.

7:08pm EDT 8/16/20

The Giants signed K Graham Gano. The 33-year-old missed the entire 2019 campaign with a knee injury but sports a career 82.1% FG conversion rate across 10 seasons. Gano will compete with Chandler Catanzaro for the starting job in New York. Avoid the situation in fantasy drafts until we get a winner.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He spent the offseason rehabbing from December Lisfranc surgery but was running and cutting by the end of June. Durability has been a major problem for Engram, who's missed 14 games over 3 NFL seasons. But he's also consistently produced as a top 7 fantasy TE when he's been on the field. He's a risk/reward pick at his 7th-round ADP.

The Panthers have released K Graham Gano. That leaves the starting job for now to K Joey Slye, who connected on 78% of FG attempts and 87% of XPs last year. Carolina might still bring in competition if Slye struggles in August.

The Giants spent the 4th pick of Round 2 in the NFL Draft on S Xavier McKinney. The Alabama alum brings a versatile skill set to a secondary that let FS Antoine Bethea walk after the season. McKinney tallied 169 tackles, 11.5 for losses, 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 5 INTs over 2 seasons starting for the Tide. He'll be worth a look later in your dynasty rookie drafts and on the 2020 redraft radar.

 
 
 

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