New York Giants Late August Scouting Report
Here is the second August update for the Giants after their 3rd preseason game with the Jets which resulted in a narrow 32-31 victory for the G-Men in Snoopy Bowl VII. I will also include a fantasy draft perspective.
QB Eli Manning showed some positive signs as his tempo seemed to improve in spite of several of his weapons on the shelf. Given the considerable weapons at his disposal, he should be considered a low end #1 quarterback with some upside. QB Josh Johnson and QB Geno Smith fight for the backup spot. Rookie QB Davis Webb will be the understudy.
RB Paul Perkins is the defacto starter. Unfortunately, the run blocking has been poor and he has not had the opportunity to shine. Since he is the starter and can catch the ball, he is a passable flex play in 12 team PPR leagues. He also is the likely goal line back which is valuable, in spite of the inferior running game. RB Shane Vereen is the 3rd down back and should attract flex play attention in 12 team PPR leagues. RB Orleans Darkwa and RB Wayne Gallman are not worthy of fantasy consideration.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be an early 1st round pick in spite of his ankle injury. He will likely not miss the primetime opener at Dallas but is shut down for the remainder of the preseason. WR Brandon Marshall’s shoulder injury is a non-issue and will be fine. Due to the numerous options in this offense, he is a touchdown dependent #2 wide receiver. WR Sterling Shepard will be the slot receiver and is an interesting flex play in PPR leagues. He showed flashes against the Jets which is promising. No other receivers are worthy of drafting.
The tight end position is extremely deep but a fantasy conundrum. Rookie TE Evan Engram is an exciting playmaker whose role in the offense is evolving. He warrants drafting as a backup tight end in deeper PPR leagues. TE Rhett Ellison and the rest of the crew are not worthy of drafting.
The defense is stellar with the likes of DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison, and S Landon Collins. They are a top 10 fantasy defense as they will accrue numerous sacks and turnovers. I had the good fortune of drafting them in my league of record.
PK Aldrick Rosas and PK Mike Nugent are in a fight for the job. Neither kicker is worthy of fantasy consideration.
That’s it for now, good luck in your drafts!
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