The Giants have confirmed that Victor Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee in the 3rd quarter of their Week 6 game against the Eagles. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cruz's season is likely over following the devastating injury and he can be dropped in all redraft leagues. Preston Parker will likely become the Giants 3rd WR, with Randle and Beckham stepping up into the first and second WR roles, respectively.
The Eagles managed to keep Cruz contained in two games last season, but Cruz has five touchdowns in six career games against the Eagles. He also has three games with over 100 receiving yards (Kevin McGuire). (Source: CBS Philly)
Fantasy Impact: Victor Cruz's coming out party was when he recorded 3 catches for 110 yards and two scores at Lincoln Financial Field late in September 2011. Cruz has not skipped a beat against the Eagles since. In the last 5 games against the Eagles, Cruz has managed 31 receptions for 423 yards and three scores. With Cruz's past success against the Eagles and with the Giants offense starting to click, Cruz is a must start this week.
Victor Cruz had another strong week in Week 4 against the Redskins with 108 receiving yards on 6 receptions, despite not catching a TD pass.
Fantasy Impact: Eli Manning did target Cruz twice in the end zone, and Cruz fought his way down to the Washington-1 after a reception, but he was unable to score. Nevertheless, it was still a solid performance by Cruz who remains an excellent WR2 play. With the porous Atlanta defense coming into MetLife Stadium and the potential debut of another WR weapon in Odell Beckham in Week 5, Victor Cruz may be in line for another huge game.
The Giants' resurgence on offense continued its upward trend into Week 3 against Houston. Victor Cruz caught 5 of 6 targets, for 107 yards and a TD, including a 61-yard first quarter play.
Fantasy Impact: Cruz's numbers may have even been better had he not been caught on the 61-yard play which took the Giants down to Houston's 15 yard line. As the offense and OL continue to come together, Cruz should continue to post solid numbers as the Giants' primary WR. In Week 4, Cruz and the Giants face the Redskins who just gave up 325 passing yards to Nick Foles and the Eagles. Cruz should be considered a solid WR2 option for Week 4.
Victor Cruz was held to only 60 yards on 5 receptions (10 targets) in Week 2 against Arizona.
Fantasy Impact: It was presumed Cruz would have a big game in Week 2, considering he was under utilized Week 1 against Detroit. That was not the case. Cruz was held to only 60 yards, had three critical drops and also stumbled into coverage which led to an Eli Manning interception. Cruz now has 5 drops on the young season and should be considered a WR3 at this point for fantasy purposes.
New York Giants' beat writer Jordan Raanan indicated earlier today that he expects Victor Cruz will have a "big game" and will get the ball "early and more often" this Sunday at home against the Cardinals. (Source: Newark Star-Ledger/nj.com)
Fantasy Impact: Obviously, in order for the Giants to succeed against Arizona, Cruz needs to be more involved in the offense than he was in Week 1 at Detroit. It appears the Giants are well aware of this (we can only hope). Despite the Giants' woes on offense, Cruz should be a solid WR2/Flex play, particularly in PPR leagues, in Week 2.
Victor Cruz finished Monday night with only 24 yards on 2 catches against Detroit, including a couple of drops.
Fantasy Impact: With a WR ADP of 15 according to FantasyPros, this was not the type of production fantasy owners were hoping to get from Cruz. Cruz projects as middle WR2 right now, due to the Giants' continuing problems on offense that have clearly carried over from pre-season. Cruz will face the tough Arizona "No Fly Zone" secondary in Week 2 in New Jersey.
Cruz had two catches for 24 yards as the Giants were blown out by the Lions. He was third on the team in targets with 6. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Cruz didn't kick off the season on the right foot, much like the rest of the Giants. If Eli Manning's poor play continues, it will be tough for Cruz to put up big numbers like he did in 2011 or even 2012. After today's performance, it might be more difficult for fantasy owners to trust Cruz going forward unless the Giants fix their issues on offense, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz for 4 receptions and 61 yards on Friday night's win over the Jets. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Cruz looked pretty good in a half of play, and the Giants offense finally moved the ball on the last possession of the first half. "We were able to get into a little rhythm and showed what we could do," wide receiver Victor Cruz said. "It's something to build on, no question." Cruz should be good value in the 5th round.
Victor Cruz started watching film of Jerry Rice when he heard about Ben McAdoo being hired as offensive coordinator to install the west coast offense.
"It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past, (Source: New York Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: Speaking of the new offense Cruz said, "It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past. Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it’s beneficial." Cruz is primed for a bounce back year. His goals are lofty ones (100 catches, 1500 yards, 10 tds), but in McAdoo's offense 100 catches is attainable. As a slot guy, Cruz is shaping up to be a nice value pick in the 5th round of drafts.