Fantasy Football Fanatics; New York Football Giants 2012 Offseason Breakdown

Fantasy Football Fanatics

New York Football Giants; 2012 Offseason Breakdown

By; Eric Hartvigson


Stadium: Met Life Stadium (outside)

Schedule Strength: 13th (@ Bal Week 16)

Postseason Weather issues: Week 14 vs. NO, Week 16 @ Bal

Offensive Line Ranking: 14th


Head Coach – Tom Coughlin (Disciple of: Bill Parcells);    Tom Coughlin’s rise in the coaching ranks began as the Offensive Coordinator at Boston College, mentoring a young quarterback by the name of Doug Flutie. Coughlin later entered the NFL as a wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, but returned to Boston College as the head coach in 1991.  Coughlin’s was eventually appointed the head coach for the NFL expansion’s Jacksonville Jaguars whereby Coughlin utilized a strong passing system with Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith.  Hired as the New York Giants head coach in 2004, Coughlin has led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories, and now mentioned amongst the games great head coaches (ironic considering he was on the “hot-seat” just 4 years ago).  The offensive system in NY is pretty well established relying a balanced run-and-shoot system.  No real major surprises.

Offensive Coordinator – Kevin Gilbride;    Coach Gilbride has predominantly been an Offensive Coordinator for much of his NFL career, making a name for himself implementing the Warren Moon led run-and-shoot offense with the Houston Oilers (as well as his altercation with Buddy Ryan in which Ryan took a swing at Gilbride on the sidelines).  He’s proven time and again that he is not afraid to throw the football on any given play, but also stays within the confines of a balanced running attack when called upon.  This system hasn’t changed much over the years, and 2012 won’t be any different.

QB – Eli Manning;    Did you know Eli is the younger brother of future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning?  Entering the 2011 season Eli declared himself “elite”, and proved it averaging 20.3 fantasy points per game finishing 6th in fantasy scoring (he also won his 2nd Super Bowl passing big bro in the family hierarchy).  Coming into his 9th season as a starting quarterback in the NFL we know exactly what we’ll get out of Eli; solid mid-to-upper level QB1 type numbers.  Player Rating = 8.8

RB1 – Ahmad Bradshaw;   In the 2007 NFL Draft, Bradshaw was selected in the 7th round with the 250th overall pick, nearly became “Mr. Irrelevant”.  Despite his draft status, Bradshaw is one of the league’s most talented players showing the ability to be a 3-down-RB while running with surprising power for man under 200 pounds (maybe that big number 44 on his jersey helps).  Bradshaw has built a reputation over the years of significant foot injuries, but still manages to finish the season.  The primary problem we always encounter selecting a Giants tailback is the constant RBBC implemented in New York.  Despite the release of Brandon Jacobs, the Giants went out and spent a 1st round selection of Virginia Tech RB David Wilson.  The incoming rookie will limit Bradshaw’s carries, however being the incumbent starter should indicate a 65-35 split giving Bradshaw a Player Rating of 8.3.

RB2 – David Wilson;     As mentioned above, Wilson became the Giants #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (although rumors surfaced the G-Men really wanted Boise State RB Doug Martin).  The problem with rookie RBs today is their inability to understand defensive schemes / blitz pickup, putting their quarterback at risk, in this case Eli Manning.  Although the Giants have become infamous for utilizing an RBBC approach, Wilson will be eased into the role garnering roughly 35% of the team’s total touches.  His upside is playing behind Yellow Flag Injury Prone starter Ahmad Bradshaw, giving Wilson handcuff / deep sleeper value with a Rating of 7.2, which would skyrocket should Bradshaw succumb to injury.


WR1 – Hakeem Knicks;    Easily amongst the NFL’s most gifted WRs Nicks has the size, hands and downfield speed to be a prolific fantasy contributor. However, Nicks is currently recovering from foot surgery and there is speculation he may not return for the beginning of Regular Season (although Nicks claims he’ll be ready).  Also, Nicks has proven to be a Red Flag Injury Prone player suffering multiple injuries during his short time in the NFL including; hamstring, calf and now foot issues.  No doubt he has tremendous upside, but the risk may not be worth the reward.  Player Rating = 8.5.

WR2 – Victor Cruz;    In 2011 Cruz set the NFL on fire averaging 11.7 fantasy points per game (Cam Newton was the only undrafted player having a greater impact on fantasy football).  I kick myself for not seeing his emergence after witnessing his skill set during the 2010 Preseason, just before injuring himself and landing on IR.  Now entering his 3rd season we find no reason to believe Cruz success will not continue.  In fact, a common fantasy football trend is the increased performance from a WR during his 3rd season.  We must also factor that Cruz is playing on a contract year as  Deon Sanders put it best; “guys just seem to run faster with empty pockets”.  Let us not forget he has Eli-te Manning throwing him the ball. Finally, Cruz could exit the season as the Giants #1 WR should Nicks recovery linger.  Player Rating = 9.4

TE – Martellus Bennett;   Here is a real intriguing player.  Bennett plays in a solid Passing Offense, has an “elite” quarterback, while possessing the qualities to be a blocker and solid receiving TE (meaning he’ll stay in most of the game).  Bennett also has the size to be a Red Zone threat, equating to higher percentage touchdown opportunities.  Furthermore, Eli has proven to favor Tight End’s dating back to Jeremy Shockey, but also producing with a lesser talented Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard, who has subsequently been released. Bennett is on my sleeper board with a Player Rating of 8.1, and could climb dependent upon his Preseason performance.

Def – New York Giants;   Plagued by multiple injuries, the G-Men Defense had a down year in 2011 finishing the season ranked 23rd in fantasy scoring.  Getting back starting CB Terrell Thomas and fully healthy Osi Umenyora will improve this team.  I’m also a big believer in Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewel.  The one strike against this unit is playing opposite a solid offense, which always forces their competitor to throw the ball more in order to keep pace.  I see the Giants as a low end D1 with a Rating of 8.1.

K – Lawrence Tynes;   Unimpressive statistics in 2011 have me concerned.  Playing outside in the Northeast is also a negative.  Find better options. Player Rating = 7.6

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