Welcome to our inaugural fantasy blog entry -- named after my favorite R&B group Guy -- for Week 1. Here is a fantasy primer on the Giants in case you have any Giants on your roster.
I will try to give you a weekly fantasy update on what is going on with the Giants and my recommendations on who to start and sit. Also, feel free to leave questions below in the comment section and I will try to answer them. And you guys and gals can ask one another for advice as well since we are a big family. Also, you can always hit me up on the weekly chats. The time changes every week but keep any eye on the website for my chats and follow me at @NotoriousOHM on Twitter.
For those who don’t know already, I am a huge music fan, especially of old school and 80’s. So I categorize my Start, Watch and Sit sections after songs by certain artists. This week’s selection will be based on old school slow jams from the 80’s and early 90’s in honor of our man Perry Fewell, who uses Anita Baker and other music and movies from that era to help teach his defense.
Here’s this week’s picks:
“My, My, My” (START)
Hopefully these guys will have you singing “My, My, My, My, My, My, My, sure look good tonight!” like Johnny Gill.
QB Eli Manning –- You might have drafted him as a QB2. But if he is your QB1, go ahead and start him. He looked sharp in final preseason game against New England and hope for 1-2 touchdowns.
WR Steve Smith –- We are going to say this like a broken record all season: if you are in a point-per-reception league, start the dude. Even if not, start him. He not only had a great camp but he worked on long balls with Manning and he beat Corey Webster deep on multiple occasions. He’s motivated for a new contract and to show last season was no fluke.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw –- He’s the starter and will get the most touches and catches out of the backfield. The thinking should be with more touches, more chances to break off a huge run. Bradshaw says he feels “10 times better” than last season after surgery repaired both his feet and an ankle.
WR Hakeem Nicks –- The Giants went out of their way to target Nicks in the final preseason game against New England. Still a big-play threat. We like Smith’s consistency more but Nicks should make for a decent WR3 if you don’t have any better options.
TE Kevin Boss –- When the Giants use him, he produces. Against the Patriots, he had a long catch and another for a touchdown. He provides Manning with a big target in the red zone.
“TIME WILL REVEAL” (WATCH)
Listen to DeBarge and wait and see.
Giants DEF –- Fewell says his defense has shown only 10 to 20-percent of his total packages. We’d normally like this matchup with QB Matt Moore and there’s the revenge factor from last season. But Carolina’s running game has shredded the Giants defense in the past and DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are a handful. By the way, if you have Williams and Stewart, start Williams as a RB1 or RB2. Stewart is a nice flex option. Carolina’s Steve Smith is also a flex option or WR3 option.
Like SWV says, these guys might make you weak but for the wrong reasons.
RB Brandon Jacobs –- The big guy isn’t thrilled with his new role. Hopefully that makes him run angry. He could get the goal line carries and score a touchdown even with 10 or fewer carries. But let’s wait and see how this timeshare works first.
WR Mario Manningham –- Manningham is still fast and a threat. But we want to see how the Giants will use him and how often he will be targeted with Smith and Nicks ahead of him.
WR Ramses Barden –- I know you guys all love him. But he’s still coming off a back injury and fourth WR at best. Let’s see if the Giants use him in red zone before we commit at all.
TE Travis Beckum –- Don’t even think about it. The tight end with the great hands is coming off neck injury. Like Barden, let’s see how he’s used.
WR Victor Cruz –- He was a stud in the preseason but the regular season is upon us. I don’t even know if you even have him on your roster but for those that do, keep him on the bench for now.