Giants 2018 new york giants Fantasy Preview

The season started badly enough for the Giants with Odell Beckham, Jr.'s sprained ankle keeping him out of the team's season-opening loss to the Cowboys. Then it got worse. In Week 5, Beckham's season ended when he broke his ankle in a defeat to the Chargers – a loss that dropped Big Blue to 0-5. Beckham's injury was just the big headline on a day that also saw the Giants lose Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Dwayne Harris to injuries. That put added pressure on Eli Manning to make plays despite apparent declining arm strength and a poor offensive line. That led to the baffling one-week benching of Manning in favor of Geno Smith, ending the veteran's consecutive starts streak while not taking a chance to evaluate rookie quarterback Davis Webb. For another year, the Giants failed to muster anything close to a competent running game with no back more than 11 carries per game. Overall, there aren't a lot of ways to shine up a miserable 3-13 season that saw head coach Ben McAdoo fired after 12 games, but Evan Engram is certainly one. In the absence of any consistent pass-catchers, the rookie tight end took on a bigger role in the offense. Engram's 64/722/6 line was remarkable in an otherwise forgettable offense. That offense likely took its toll on a defense that went from fourth-best in 2016 to No. 26 in 2017.

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Saquon
Barkley

RB - Giants

FACT: The Giants spent the No. 2 overall pick on Saquon Barkley, hoping that he is the answer to the running back woes that have plagued them for years. Expect the rookie to see a very heavy workload in Year One.
Offseason Moves

Saquon. Saquon. Saquon. Yes, the Giants did other things this offseason, but all the attention went to the newest piece in Big Blue's offensive arsenal. Draft analysts decried taking a running back – even one as potentially explosive as Barkley – so early in a draft. General manager Dave Gettleman doesn't care. Barkley should see a massive amount of touches this season. The Giants focused most of their free agent energies on the defensive side of the ball, though they did add veteran running back Jonathan Stewart (who played for Gettleman in Carolina) and wide receiver Cody Latimer. The latter is looking to new pastures after an unremarkable tenure in Denver.

Sleepers & Busts

Sterling Shepard isn't exactly a sleeper, but the third-year receiver could take an even bigger step forward with a larger role in the offense. If you believe in the power of an upgraded offensive line and the return of a healthy OBJ, we can paint a picture in which Eli Manning rebounds to be a solid streaming option at quarterback.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Eli Manning Davis Webb Kyle Lauletta
RB Saquon Barkley Jonathan Stewart Wayne Gallman
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Sterling Shepard Russell Shepard Roger Lewis
TE Evan Engram Rhett Ellison Jerell Adams
K Aldrick Rosas Marshall Koehn