The Giants selected Auburn WR Darius Slayton in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Slayton totaled just 79 grabs over the past 3 seasons but averaged a big 20.3 yards per catch. He confirmed that big-play ability at the Combine by running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at 6'1 and 190 pounds. We'll see if Slayton can develop into more than just a deep-ball receiver, but that speed will translate to the NFL level. There's opportunity in New York behind WRs Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard.
The Giants used the 6th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Duke QB Daniel Jones. Jones made 36 college starts but leaves school with underwhelming numbers. He completed just 59.9% of his career passes, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt and tossed 52 TDs vs. 29 INTs. He ranked just 11th in this draft class in adjusted completion rate, according to Pro Football Focus. It’s worth noting, though, that Jones played behind a shaky offensive line and saw his receivers drop 9.2% of his passes last year. He has prototypical size (6’5, 231 lbs.), is lauded for his football IQ and boasts nice athleticism. Jones ran for 1,323 yards across the past 3 seasons and registered a 79th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. That makes him a more exciting prospect in fantasy football than real life. Jones figures to open his NFL career behind Eli Manning. But with Manning running on fumes, Jones stands a good shot to see the field at some point this year.
OLB Markus Golden has reached a 1-year deal to join the Giants. He reunites with DC James Bettcher, who spent 3 seasons piloting the Arizona defense. Golden tallied 16.5 sacks over his 1st 2 seasons with the Cardinals -- including 12.5, plus 4 forced fumbles, in 2016 -- before tearing his right ACL early in 2017. He endured a sluggish return season while dealing with further knee trouble. This looks like a "prove it" deal, and Golden should get a chance at winning a starting job or at least a prominent spot in the Giants' EDGE rotation. The team traded away OLB Olivier Vernon, leaving 2018 rookie Lorenzo Carter and Kareem Martin as the top returnees at the position. The whole team totaled just 30 sacks last season, led by Vernon's 7. Golden as a chance to deliver spot-start value in pressure-friendly IDP leagues in 2019.
WR Golden Tate has inked a 4-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Tate will get $23 million fully guaranteed. He hung around on the open market a bit longer than expected but ends up making more per year than John Brown, Adam Humphries and Cole Beasley. Tate's raw numbers were down last season between Detroit and Philadelphia, but he still ranked 2nd among WRs with 50+ targets in missed tackles forced per catch and 4th in yards-after-catch average. He'll need to deal with a washed-up Eli Manning, but Tate shouldn't hurt for targets in a WR corps with very little besides Sterling Shepard.
The Giants have reached a 2-year deal with S Antoine Bethea, according to multiple reports. Bethea will replace Landon Collins at SS and stands a solid chance of returning worthwhile IDP value. Just set your expectations below what he scored for the Cards last year.
Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He put in full practices on both Thursday and Friday. Engram is sitting just 19th among TEs in PPR points per game and returns as a low-end TE1 option.
Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play against the Redskins this weekend, but we'll continue to track his status over the next few days. Engram will be a low-end TE1 if he suits up on Sunday.
Redskins QB Colt McCoy injured his lower right leg in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Eagles. He headed back to the locker room for x-rays and is questionable to return. QB Mark Sanchez, signed just 2 weeks ago, has replaced McCoy.
Update: McCoy has a fractured right fibula and will miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Lisa Salters.
Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Bears. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to return for Week 14. Rhett Ellison will serve as New York's lead TE this weekend but would be a desperation fantasy play.
Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) will miss his 2nd straight practice on Thursday, HC Pat Shurmur said. He's a long shot to play against the Bears this weekend. That'll leave Rhett Ellison as New York's lead TE, but he'd be a desperation fantasy play.
As expected, Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks. Martinez played his full snap allotment last week despite the issue and put in limited practices the past 2 days. We’ll check his status pre-game, but expect to have Martinez available for IDP lineups
Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He belongs in IDP lineups if you waited for him.
Packers LB Blake Martinez (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He managed limited practices all week after an ankle injury that looked potentially serious. We'll check Martinez's status Sunday afternoon. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff is problematic, but he seems on track to play. Look to Chargers LBs Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman, Seahawks LB K.J. Wright and Eagles LB Nigel Bradham as potential insurance options.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez put in a limited practice Wednesday. That's noteworthy because it followed a Sunday night ankle injury that earned Martinez a cart ride to the locker room. He said earlier this week that he still hoped to play in Week 10. The fact that he took part at all Wednesday is encouraging.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez hurt his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Patriots. He landed on Tom Brady's foot and rolled the ankle while blitzing the New England QB. Martinez hobbled off under his own power but went to the locker room on a cart after being checked out on the sideline. We'll see how this situation unfolds.
The Eagles have acquired WR Golden Tate from the Lions in exchange for a 3rd-round pick. Tate figures to keep his slot role in Philly, pushing Nelson Agholor to the outside. He's unlikely to match the 9.9 targets per game he's averaged in Detroit so far this season, though, with Agholor, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz to contend with. Tate looks like more of a WR3 with big-game potential the rest of the way. His arrival is a nice boost for QB Carson Wentz. Meanwhile in Detroit, both Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are in for big volume boosts. T.J. Jones is the favorite to step into the #3 WR role but is a long shot to be a fantasy factor.
The Giants have activated WR Corey Coleman from their practice squad. The 2016 first-rounder has bounced around to 4 different teams already this season and has yet to make an appearance. We'll see if he gets on the field for the rebuilding/tanking Giants. There's opportunity behind Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.
The Giants have traded DT Damon Harrison to the Lions a day after trading CB Eli Apple to the Saints. Harrison should improve the Detroit run defense and could see a tackle increase back with a defense that works from a 4-3 base. We’ll see how quickly he can claim a starting role. Apple should soon make his way into New Orleans’ top 3 at CB but doesn’t alter the outlook for the team D.
Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for what should be a high-scoring affair against the Falcons on Monday night. Engram sits inside TE1 territory in the Week 7 Rankings.
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