The New York Giants are coming off of an all-around disaster season in 2019. As a result, they fired Head Coach Pat Shurmur and hired 1st-time head Coach Joe Judge. Coming from the Belichick coaching tree, Judge before worked as a Special Teams Coordinator?WR coach in New England. They also hired Jason Garrett to be the new OC, which adds an interesting element to their offense. The Eli Manning era is officially over after 20 years. The team belongs to second-year Quarterback Daniel Jones, the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, who brings new excitement to New York post-Manning. The Giants have an over/under win total at just 6.5 going into 2020. They are more than likely headed to yet another top 8 NFL draft selection. That said, they do have some very intriguing dynasty assets on their roster. Let’s take a look at what they got!
Stud in the Making?
Daniel Jones– Daniel “Dimes” Jones was better than we all expected in his rookie season. The kid can play. The question is, can he produce at a consistent level? The Duke product flashed massive upside in his first season with his big-play ability and rushing upside. Jones showed that he belongs and has an elite fantasy QB upside. Now that Eli Manning is retired, Dimes doesn’t have to worry about being in his shadow. He admitted playing behind the two-time Super Bowl MVP was “awkward” at times. Now, it’s his team, and the Giants are bought in.
The primary concern here is ball security, Jones fumbled 18 times and threw 12 picks in just 12 starts!!! Obviously, this needs to improve for Jones to stick around in the league and be an elite contributor for your dynasty team. DJ has been spending the offseason building chemistry with his wideouts. He never had his full weapons group healthy at the same time last season and still had some huge games.
Another key to Jones’s success is the offensive line play. The Giants offensive line was horrendous last season. They should be much improved in 2020 with the addition of Andrew Thomas out of Georgia, who they picked 4th in the draft. With a healthy Saquon, Shepherd, Engram, and a new OC, Jones’s upside is sky-high. I expect him to build on his rookie season and improve in year two at just 23 years old. It’s safe to call him a top 12 dynasty QB with a great chance to be much higher a year from now. You have to love the f and it that he runs and isn’t afraid to throw it deep. He is a great buy in dynasty and should be a staple on your dynasty roster for years.
Saquon Barkley– Barkley is the best RB in football and is entering his third season in the NFL. The former 2nd overall pick is coming off of a somewhat disappointing season for his fantasy managers. He dealt with a high-ankle sprain that kept him out 3-games, he didn’t look like himself, and you could tell the ankle was still bothering him. Despite the injury, he still finished with 1003 rushing yards, 6 TDs while catching 52 passes for 438 yards and another 2 TDs in just 13 games.
He showed his immense upside at the end of 2019, giving some reassurance to his dynasty owners. Saquon enters 2020 healthy and a fantasy stud. He is a true cornerstone for your dynasty squad. Saquon and McCaffrey are in a true class of their own at the running back position in dynasty. The difference they make in your lineup is unmatched. As long as Saquon stays healthy, he will remain a top 3 player in all of dynasty for a long time.
The Giants lack a true number WR1 in their offense but have some intriguing options in dynasty. Let’s get into who will be catching the ball from Dan Jones in the Giants offense!
Sterling Shepard– Shepard has been one of my favorite buys of the entire offseason. Still just 27 years old, Shepard battled concussions last season that caused him to miss six games. I get the concussions are scary, but when he was on the field, he produced. In games where Daniel Jones started, Shephard averaged eight targets per game, which is a great number. The Giants rewarded him with a 4/41 Million dollar extension in 2019, he’s here to stay and should be the WR1 for big blue. I expect a big season from Shephard as long as he can stay healthy. I think he can be a low-end WR2, and he’s currently priced as WR3/4. He showed chemistry with Jones in 2019, and that should only grow going into 2020, where Shepard looks to notch the first 1k yard season of his career.
Golden Tate– Tate will be 32 by the start of the season and isn’t a sexy name, but he has some value and will see his fair share of targets. He missed five games last season but still posted a stat line of 49/676/6 in 11 games. At this point, he lacks some explosiveness and doesn’t get separation as well as he once did. There is value to be had with him being the main slot guy in the Giants offense. Tate will have weekly flex appeal as a WR3 with WR2 upside and a solid floor in PPR. If you’re a contender, he’s a solid trade target if you need a guy to plugin a flex spot.
One year wonder or the real deal?
Darius Slayton- Slayton came out of nowhere in his rookie season and was very impressive. Slayton was a 5th round draft pick out of Auburn in 2019 and looked like a great late-round find for GM Dave Gettleman. He’s been a hot topic in the dynasty community lately, with many people thinking he can be the next dynasty star. The former SEC WR showed that he is an elite downfield weapon, something the Giants lack with their other wideouts in Tate and Shepard.
Where Slayton impressed the most in his rookie season was in the Touchdown department. He brought in 8 TDs on just 48 receptions, that number is exceptionally high and is likely to go down, but he should see an increase in playing time in his second year. Giants GM Dave Gettleman showed confidence in the former 5th round pick by not adding any pass-catchers in the NFL draft. New York has a lot of mouths to feed in their offense, but out of all their receivers, Slayton has the most upside.
I love him in dynasty at his current price though I’m not sure the big breakout happens in 2020, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has taken over as the WR1 on the Giants come 2021. Dimes to Slayton is a connection to look forward to for many years to come in the Meadowlands.
The Giants TE room is a very interesting one. They have Evan Engram who, when he is on the field, is one of the five best tight ends in all of football. He has elite speed and is pretty much a wide receiver playing the tight end position. Engram has been an elite fantasy producer when healthy. The issue is being healthy. Engram has missed 13 games over his last two seasons. He only played in 8 games last season but saw 68 targets, which is an absurd number of targets for a tight end. We know he has the talent and a new offensive coordinator that loves to target the TE, but I just can’t trust him in dynasty.
The Giants did pick up his 5th-year option so that he will be with the team through 2021. Engram is still just 25 and can prove that he isn’t injury prone, but I find it unlikely. I do expect the Giants to try and keep him healthy by not having him block as much and toning down his snaps. If the tight end can stay on the field, he would provide a great boost for the entire offense.
Break Glass in Case of Emergency
A Giants TE I am excited about is second-year player Kaden Smith. Claimed off of waivers last year, Smith showed he has talent. When Engram and Rhett Ellison went down, the Stanford product got a shot to play. In weeks 12-17, Kaden Smith was TE9 in PPR. Smith caught 31 passes for 268 yards and 3 TDs in just six starts. With Rhett Ellison retired and Engram often injured, Kaden Smith is a must-own player in dynasty. I’m stashing him everywhere, whether I am an Engram owner or not. He can be had for next to nothing in trades and is even out there on some waiver wires. I expect him to get some run with Engram on the field in two TE sets. If Engram continues to miss time, Kaden Smith could be the lead TE for the New York Giants sooner than you think.
The Giants have struggled immensely on defense over the last few years. They do, however, have some young and exciting players on their defense. The Giants added middle linebacker Blake Martinez in free agency. Martinez is an IDP stud and ranks as the consensus 9th best linebacker and 16th best overall IDP by Dynasty Nerds. He is a tackle machine and should remain at the top of the league in total tackles in 2020.
The Giants desperately needed a playmaker on defense, and they got exactly that in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft with stud Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. McKinney will step right into a starting role with the loss of Antonie Bethea and will be a top IDP option as a rookie. The former Bama safety ranks as the consensus 11th best dynasty DB by Dynasty Nerds. Alabama safeties have a great track record of success in the NFL with recent studs like Landon Collins and Minkah Fitzpatrick. McKinney is a very versatile player with a bright future for the Giants and his dynasty owners.
The Giants have another young and exciting DB, and that’s Jabril Peppers. Peppers was having a huge breakout season in 2019 before an injury slowed him down, he was on pace for over 100 tackles, and that’s an elite number for a safety. He is Dynasty Nerds consensus 6th ranked DB. Peppers and McKinney should be an exciting young safety tandem to keep an eye out for in the coming years.
The Giants selected Ximines in the third round of the 2019 draft. The “X-Man” was very productive on limited snaps as a rookie. Ximines should see an increase in playing time going into year two and should be on your radar in IDP leagues. The Old Dominion product impressed the Giants with 4.5 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss in just two starts. A breakout season may be on the horizon in 2020.
The New York Giants have been one of the worst football teams for the last five years, but with some of their young and ascending talent on both sides of the ball, they are primed to take a leap in the next couple of years. With guys like Saquon, Dan Jones, Slayton, and Shepard, they will help make your dynasty team a juggernaut for the coming years.
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