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Kenny Golladay
NYG

WR NYG

#29 Wide Receiver

138 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 28
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 218
40 Time: 4.50

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Golladay caught 2 balls for 15 yards in the blowout loss to the Chargers last week. He had a game-high 8 targets, but QB Mike Glennon just couldn’t get the ball out to his big target. Golladay tied his single-game target high but remains TD-less for the year.
Week 13
Golladay caught 3 of his 5 targets for 27 yards in the frustrating loss to Miami over the weekend. The Giants offense struggled all game long finding any continuity, and when you are a WR that relies on timing and fluid QB play like Golladay does, it will be a recipe for a bad game. He always seems to make catches that look good, but they are too far and few between at this point to be worthy of fantasy lineups.
This has been a complete bust of a season for the $40M man. Albeit it started slow with all the injuries he dealt with, but the Giants offense has been awful every game this year—still the only team in the league not to score at least 30 points in a game. Golladay is more a victim of the circumstance and we are willing to give some of the blame to others, but he needs to step up next year for the G-Men in order for him to be mildly worth anything close to what they paid for him. That being said, he has failed to score this year and his scoreless streak extends to Week 4 of the 2020 season (12 games).
Week 12
Golladay caught 3 balls for 50 yards in the Week 12 win over the Eagles. He drew a team-high 7 targets and made nice catches on back-to-back plays amid a 3rd-quarter FG drive. Interestingly, all 3 of his catches came on crossing routes.

Golladay has been frustrated this season while fighting through several injuries and learning a new scheme. The Giants reportedly said ahead of Sunday’s game that they were set on trying to get Golladay going, and QB Daniel Jones made sure to get his big target the ball often (23.3% target share).

Golladay still hasn’t reached the end zone this year and might have a tough time doing so in Week 13. Jones looks iffy with a neck strain. Miami has been a positive matchup for WR scoring on the season, though -- the best remaining matchup (by far) on the Giants’ schedule, as a matter of fact (according to our adjusted fantasy points allowed).
Week 11
Golladay was targeted twice and made one reception for 12 yards in the humiliating loss to the Buccaneers on Monday. The highly priced target was blanketed all night by CB Jamel Dean, who clearly won the showdown.
Golladay hasn’t been worth half the price tag the Giants paid for him in the offseason. He looks slow and has yet to make a major impact—aside from Week 4’s 6-116-0 line—all season. Kenny G still has not scored this year, a streak that has run 10 games dating back to 2020. A new play caller on the sidelines could help Golladay get fired up for the back half of the season. But at this point, it’s hard to justify having this guy on your team even in deeper leagues.
Week 9
Golladay caught both targets for 28 yards in the Week 9 win at home against the Raiders. It was the first time since Week 4 which KG made a catch after missing significant time with leg injuries. While his 2 receptions is less than ideal, it was more based on the flow of the game that dictated production. The struggling year of 2021 continues to get worse for Golladay with the only saving grace being that he is at least on the field. His nagging hip has made the first half of the season forgettable, but with a well-timed bye, hopefully he can get closer to 100% and begin being the impact the Giants brought him in to be. The next time he suits up will be against the beatable Buccaneers secondary on Monday night in Week 11.
Week 5
A glance at New York’s list of inactive players Sunday at Dallas brought an understandable question: Are there any veteran WRs active for the Giants? Oh, there he is: Golladay. With WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton out, we could have expected a big day for Golladay. Not so. Before halftime, he too was sidelined, by a hyperextended knee. He left with 3 targets and no catches.
The Giants are saying Golladay will be out at least 1 week, based on results from an MRI scan. He went to Dallas coming off his best game of the season, with 116 receiving yards. He was establishing a rapport with QB Daniel Jones, who also left Sunday's game with an injury. Keep an eye on injury reports. Consider picking up Golladay, as long as Jones too comes back.
Week 4
Golladay totaled 116 yards on 6 receptions in the thrilling OT win in New Orleans last week. He was 2nd on the team in targets behind rookie WR Kadarius Toney, and it was his big catch in OT that set up the game-winner.

Golladay still hasn’t scored this season, but he leads the team in targets through 4 games -- thanks in large part to Sterling Shepard’s injury. Missing Shepard and Darius Slayton as long as they’re out for hamstring injuries can obviously only help Golladay’s volume. Golladay also played a season-high 92% of the snaps at New Orleans. That’s especially noteworthy because his position coach said last week the WR’s conditioning still needed to improve after his August injury.

Golladay gets an attractive matchup in Week 5 with a soft Dallas secondary that has allowed some big games already.
Week 3
Golladay tallied 64 yards on 4 receptions (5 targets) in the Week 3 loss to Atlanta. He led the Giants in receiving yards, but he didn’t have much competition as WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton left the game early with injuries. If there ever was a time for Golladay to step up and earn that big contract he signed in the off-season, it is now. There are not many reliable receiving options for QB Daniel Jones at the moment, and this could be what KG needed to get into rhythm. Expect him to get a little boost in the weekly rankings, but we remain cautious about starting him until we see a breakout.
Week 2
Golladay played a bigger role in the Giants offense in the Week 2 loss, although he finished with just 38 yards on 3 receptions. He was targeted 8 times, good enough for 2nd on the team behind WR Sterling Shepard. Golladay was visibly upset on the Giants sidelines late, as it shows there is obvious frustration in the offense. It might be a good thing to see Golladay upset, because this is the first sign of life from him since signing the big contract over the off-season. QB Daniel Jones said he feels confident they can get on the same page and work through it, which bodes well for this week’s matchup against a young Falcons secondary that was chewed up by QB Tom Brady. Consider Golladay a spot-start WR3 at this point.
Week 1
Golladay’s Giants debut was a decent one — 4 receptions for 64 yards — but it was rather uneventful for the hype leading into training camp. He made a couple really nice grabs across the middle of the field that pushed some of the Giants drives into Denver territory but was otherwise a non-factor in the grand scheme.
Some of it isn’t Golladay’s fault as QB Daniel Jones struggled to get the offense going. It will likely be a common trend this year for the Giants with the likelihood that Golladay’s fantasy owners will be often frustrated. We are holding out hope he can produce on a short week against a Washington defense that allowed over 275 receiving yards to Chargers wideouts last week.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Golladay got a 4-year deal in free agency averaging $18 million per year. That was the biggest contract for a wideout and the 2nd-largest annual average for any position.
  • Golladay’s career average depth of target (14.6, according to Pro Football Focus) exceeds the career marks of Dez Bryant (12.7) and Amari Cooper (10.8), OC Jason Garrett’s past two #1 wideouts.
  • Like Cooper and Bryant, Golladay arrives having played more than 80% of his snaps split wide each of the past 2 years.
  • Golladay has increased his yards per route run every season so far, from 1.66 to 1.87, 2.03 and then 2.47 last year. That 2020 mark ranked 7th among 115 WRs with 30+ targets. The 6 ahead of Golladay: Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, Corey Davis and Stefon Diggs.
  • Golladay has also improved his catch rate each year: from 42.9% as a rookie to 56.7%, 63.4% and then 76.9%. He ranked 2nd among WRs in that category in 2020.
  • The Giants ranked middle of the league in run-pass split last year, despite going 4-12 and losing star RB Saquon Barkley in Week 2. Over 14 seasons as an OC or HC, Jason Garrett has had just 2 offenses each 60% passing.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

There’s nothing wrong with the talent in Golladay, who should instantly become the Giants’ lead wideout. His frame and skill set plus QB Daniel Jones’ improved deep passing should allow Golladay to continue posting good yards-per-catch averages. His contested-catch ability should also make Golladay a prime end-zone candidate. The biggest problem with his outlook is the size of the Giants’ target pie. This just doesn’t look like a team that wants to pass a ton. And even though we like Golladay to lead the Giants in looks, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and others will still command their shares.

Golladay’s ADP -- WR27, late Round 6 in FFPC best-ball drafting -- isn’t outlandish. But it still sits ahead of our projection for him. That keeps us from being excited about the Giants’ new #1.

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay (rib) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. We're expecting him to play vs. the Chargers this weekend, but he's not a recommended fantasy starter.

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay (rib) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through this issue last week, so we're expecting him to play vs. the Chargers this weekend. But the struggling Golladay shouldn't be in fantasy lineups with Jake Fromm likely under center.

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay suffered a rib injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game vs. Miami and is "doubtful" to return, per Fox's Jen Hale. The Giants, of course, are already without WRs Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney today.

Update: Golladay returned for the start of the 2nd half.

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Raiders. He’s a risky fantasy play in his first action since Week 5. WR John Ross (quad) is also active and figures to be the #4 WR behind Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton.

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay (knee) is expected to play vs. the Raiders on Sunday, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan. Golladay has been out since Week 5 and got in just 2 limited practices this week, so he'd be a risky fantasy play.

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