2020 Fantasy Previews Part 24: New York Giants

The New York Giants were one of the worst teams in the NFL last year. They started the season 2-2, but then went on to lose 9 straight games to drop to 2-11. They finished the season 2-1 and their final record was 4-12. They were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. They had the 25th ranked total defense, 28th ranked pass defense, 20th ranked rush defense, and the 30th ranked scoring defense. There were many changes made to the Giants this offseason. They fired their old coach, Pat Shurmur, and hired Joe Judge from the Patriots. Judge brought Jason Garrett from Dallas to be the offensive coordinator. Garrett should run a similar offensive system to the one he ran in Dallas, where he had a top fantasy quarterback, running back, and receiver. Many people expected the Giants to select Isaiah Simmons, a player that can probably play every defensive position other than defensive tackle. They instead addressed their terrible offensive line and took Andrew Thomas from Georgia. Thomas will be a massive upgrade to a terrible offensive line that should be mediocre this year. Until the Giants figure out their defense, expect them to be mediocre at best heading into 2020.

Projected Depth Chart:

Quarterback: 1. Daniel Jones 2. Colt McCoy

Running back: 1. Saquon Barkley 2. Dion Lewis

Wide receiver: 1. Sterling Shepard 2. Darius Slayton 3. Corey Coleman 4. Cody Core

Slot receiver: 1. Golden Tate 2. Da'Mari Scott

Tight end: 1. Evan Engram 2. Kaden Smith

Quarterbacks - Eli Manning only played in 2 games before he was benched for Daniel Jones. He got to play in two more games when Jones was injured. In the 4 games Manning played, he averaged 260.5 passing yards with a 61.9 completion percentage, 1.5 touchdowns, 1.25 interceptions, and 13.6 fantasy points. Manning went 1-3 as a starter and it was clear the Giants wanted Daniel Jones to start in the future. Because of this, Eli Manning retired at the end of the 2019 season.

Daniel Jones started 12 games for the Giants and put up 3027 passing yards with a 61.9 completion percentage, 24 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 279 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Jones finished as the QB24 with 214.98 fantasy points. If Jones played the whole season and finished every game, he would've finished as the QB8 with 286.64 fantasy points. He was very boom or bust as he had 4 games with over 28 fantasy points and the other 9 were under 15.

Daniel Jones is a huge sleeper heading into 2020. He is in Jason Garrett's quarterback friendly offense and should only get better after a rookie year plagued with fumbles. Jones has been adding muscle over the offseason and is working on protecting the ball. He is going in the 4th tier of quarterbacks on ESPN with Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. I would take him over both of these quarterbacks because he is primed for a big year with a healthy Saquon Barkley and an underrated receiving core.

Running backs - Saquon Barkley was the #2 player in all of fantasy as a rookie in 2018. He had 385.8 fantasy points and only trailed Patrick Mahomes who had 417.08. That year, Barkley had 261 carries for 1307 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Through the air, he had 91 receptions for 721 yards and 4 touchdowns. Barkley was the entire offense that year and only had under 20 fantasy points in 4 games.

In 2019, Saquon Barkley played in 13 games and finished 12 due to a right ankle sprain and he still managed to go over 1000 yards on the season. Barkley had 217 carries for 1003 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground and 52 receptions for 438 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. He finished as the RB10 with 244.1 points. If he finished every game during the season, he would've finished as the RB2 with 315.2 fantasy points.

Saquon Barkley should be a top-two pick in every league this year. You can even make a case for taking him with the first pick. If Christian McCaffrey is off the board and I have the second pick, I will happily take Saquon Barkley. He is the most talented running back in the NFL. If he plays the whole year, he is a lock for 1000+ yards, 10+ touchdowns, 60+ receptions, 450+ receiving yards, and 3+ receiving touchdowns which is at least 283 fantasy points.

Wide receivers - The receivers on the New York Giants were plagued with injuries last year. Golden Tate only played in 11 games and put up 49 receptions on 85 targets for 676 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was a great flex option as he had over 10 points in 9 of those games. Tate finished as the WR52 with 142.2 fantasy points. If he played the whole season, he would've finished as the WR20 with 220.8 fantasy points. Sterling Shepard only played in 10 games and finished 8 of those. He had 57 receptions on 83 targets for 573 yards and 3 touchdowns and finished as the WR48 with 141.8 fantasy points. He received 6 or more targets in every game he played including the ones he left. If he would've played the full season he would've finished with 243.8 points and he would've been the WR12 with 243.8 fantasy points.

Darius Slayton finished as the top receiver on the team. Even he didn't play a full season as he only played in 14 games and finished all of them. He had 48 receptions on 83 targets for 740 yards and 8 touchdowns. This was good for 170 fantasy points and the WR37. Slayton was very boom or bust as he had 17 or more fantasy points in 3 games, but 5 or fewer in 7. If Slayton played the whole year, he would've finished as the WR28 with 194.3 fantasy points.

The wide receiver situation is a bit weird for the Giants heading into 2020. Both Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are better in the slot, but only one can play the slot. Sterling Shepard has the highest ADP as he is going in the 8th round. While I like Shepard, his injury history makes him too risky for me. Golden Tate is going right after Shepard in the early 10th round and I like him a lot more as a sleeper. He is likely going to man the slot and only missed one game because of an injury last year. Darius Slayton is going in the 9th round and I love him as a potential breakout player for 2020. He only missed 2 games and will be playing his best position the whole year.

Tight ends - Evan Engram is a great tight end when he's healthy. For his career, he averages 4.5 receptions, 52 yards, 0.4 touchdowns per game, and 12.3 fantasy points per game. The problem with Engram is that he has not finished a season yet. He has only played in 34 of 48 possible regular-season games. He has only been in the league for 3 years but has had 7 separate injuries.

Engram only played in 8 games in 2019 and finished 7 of them. In those 8 games, he had 44 receptions for 467 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was a very consistent tight end as he had over 9 fantasy points in 7 games. Engram finished as the TE18 with 109.4 fantasy points. If he played in and finished every game this year, he would've been the TE2 with 224.9 fantasy points.

When Engram plays, he's a top 5 tight end. He is going in the third tier of tight ends in the 8th round with Tyler Higbee, Rob Gronkowski, and Hunter Henry. Even though he is fantastic when he plays, I'm avoiding Engram this year due to his lengthy injury history. If Engram slips past his ADP and all of the other tight ends you like are gone, he wouldn't be an awful player to take a chance on because if he finishes the season, he will be a top 5 tight end.

Fantasy analysis:

Breakout: Daniel Jones

Star: Saquon Barkley

Sleepers: Darius Slayton, Golden Tate

Players I'm Avoiding: Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram (Injuries), all other Giants receivers (Not enough touches)

Handcuffs: Colt McCoy, Dion Lewis, Corey Coleman, Kaden Smith

I hope you liked 2020 Fantasy Previews Part 24: New York Giants. Next up is 2020 Fantasy Previews Part 25: New York Jets. Feel free to comment your thoughts on the New York Giants' offense for fantasy 2020.

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