Preseason Week 1: New York Giants at Pittsburgh

New York Giants

WR Victor Cruz had the highlight in this one with his 57 yard TD from Eli.  From a real life perspective I’ve always maintained a bunch of WR’s could do what Victor does in this offense.  I get a lot of flack for that…but I stand by it, he’s a good WR – but it’s more about him being in the right place with the right QB and gameplan to get him open.  In fantasy however, he is the player to own from this team – ranking higher for fantasy purposes at his position than even QB Eli Manning.  Re-drafters shouldn’t pay a 2nd round pick for him, but anything below that might give you fantastic return on value.

WR Rebuen Randle and RB David Wilson who are both thought to be the “next man up” at their positions and possible fantasy sleepers did nothing in this one to impress.  While you may get value on Randle in a league or two – the David Wilson hype train is in full swing right now.  But I’m not hopping on the “fantasy sleeper” bus for this guy.  1st because his ADP is around the 5th or 6th rd in redraft leagues and that would seem to be about right for his situation (not a sleeper if the adp value isn’t there). And 2ndly I’m not sure Wilson gets many redzone looks (he got 1 redzone carry from the 5 in this one and got stoned for no gain).

RB Andre Brown is actually the guy I like here, especially as a value play.  If he can take the redzone looks from Wilson in any kind of split backfield he will be well worth spending a fantasy roster spot on. The two things we have to learn about him though are 1.) how much will the Giants commit to the running game this year?  It’s not the old Big Blue – they are a passing team these days.  I think Brown’s bigger body style and potentially punishing style is a strange fit for them.   2.) He did fumble in this game, and that normally gets you sent down the depth chart with Head Coach Tom Coughlin.  Fortunately for Brown he has the rest of the preseason to make up for it, and his competition Mr Wilson has been known to cough up more than a few fumbles himself.

Pittsburgh

Here’s how you know it’s preseason: RB  LaRod Stephens Howling worked with the 1st team and led the team in rushing with 7 carries for 40 yards.  He’s not seriously in the Steelers plans at a full time RB, but with rookie RB Le’von Bell shelved due to a minor injury, LaRod made the best of it.

RB Jonathan Dwyer and RB Issac Redman did not make the best of it – they looked old and slow – which is surprising given they’re both under 30.  Only one of these guys will be worth owning in ffl for 2013 and that will be as a handcuff or deep bench player.

Rookie WR Marcus Wheaton saw limited work  (1 rush for 10 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards), but he already looks like the next Steelers WR to come out of nowhere.  For re-drafters he’s not worth much-maybe a very late round flier, but keep your eyes on him during the season for waivers.  For dynasty players if you haven’t drafted yet grab him….if you have drafted see if you can pry him away from an owner on the cheap.

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