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By Steve Painter, Giants Correspondent, Thu, Jun 18th 4:44pm EDT

Cruz says he'll be 100% around late July/early August so this bodes well for him and the team. With Eli Manning getting more comfortable under a new offense, a healthy Cruz is essential for any hope of a playoff run. (Source: Paul Schwartz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: All of this is great news for owners and drafters alike. It appears we have a green light on Victor Cruz.


By Steve Painter, Giants Correspondent, Wed, May 27th 10:00pm EDT

His entire rehab has been free of setbacks and he is currently running routes. He believes he will be ready for training camp. That said, he could be placed on the Active PUP list to start the season. (Source: ESPN New York)

Fantasy Impact: For Cruz fans, you'll just have to watch as this develops and determine when he will be ready for consistently good production.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Thu, Mar 26th 8:38am EDT

In an article by Giants' beat writer Jordan Raanan on today, he reports that much uncertainty surrounds Victor Cruz and his return from a patellar tendon injury. Although all signs indicate that rehab is going as planned, and Tom Coughlin believes Cruz will be his old self, nobody knows for sure how effective Cruz will be. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It remains uncertain whether Cruz will be ready for the start of the 2015 season; and how effective he will be once he does return. Obviously, if Cruz can return to form, the Giants offense will be that much more explosive, enhancing the fantasy value of Odell Beckham, Eli Manning and Shane Vereen, among others. At this point we can only monitor the Cruz rehab reports to determine how much of an impact WR he will be in 2015 and, even with the reports, we won't know for sure until he is back in game action. He will be a high risk, high reward fantasy draft pick next season.


By Mike Ryan, Giants Correspondent, Wed, Mar 25th 8:17pm EDT

Tom Coughlin in a press conference says he does not know when Cruz will be back but hopes to have him by training camp. Coughlin also added, “Victor looks really good, he’s starting to run, I was in the field house watching him rehab, he’s coming along well.” (Source:

Fantasy Impact: All indications point to Cruz being available by the start of training camp. If Cruz can manage to fully participate in camp with no set backs, he could be a strong sleeper in fantasy drafts. The fear of the unknown will push Cruz into the later rounds, but he can provide high value and upside if healthy.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 10:41pm EDT

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.


By Mike Ryan, Giants Correspondent, Thu, Oct 9th 11:11am EDT

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.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 7:02pm EDT

Victor Cruz was targeted 6 times, second only to Rueben Randle who had 10, but was limited to 22 yards on three catches in Week 5 against Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Despite having had an inconsistent start to the season, Cruz remains a solid WR2 headed into Week 6 against the Eagles, especially with the Giants offense performing well.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 12:45am EDT

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.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 8:08am EDT

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.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 9:11pm EDT

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.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 11:59am EDT

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/

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.


By Nicky Tapas, Giants Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:55pm EDT

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.


By Ilya Keygen, Giants Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:46pm EDT

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.


By Tim Pilleri, Giants Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 4:07pm EDT

Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz for 4 receptions and 61 yards on Friday night's win over the Jets. (Source:

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.


By Tim Pilleri, Giants Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 2:03pm EDT

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.

The NY Times | Jul 30th
Torn patellar tendon injury absolutely brutal to come back from. Avoiding him in all formats.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
I really like Cruz's situation in the Giants offense, but I'm not a fan of his recent decline and injury. He should have more value in PPR leagues out of the slot, but also look for Shane Vereen to take some targets away from him.
Breaking Football | Jul 29th
Is he even guaranteed a spot? With a patellar injury, will it matter?
RotoBaller | Jul 28th
Cruz has been at his best when in the slot, and with OBJ and Randle on the outside, Cruz can return to the high producing WR he use to be.
EDSFootball | Jun 18th
Since tearing his patellar tendon last October, there has been plenty of uncertainty about the early-season status of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in 2015. In addition, there has been concern about how effective he'll be once he returns given the nature of the injury. When asked yesterday by the NY Daily News about his degree of confidence that he'll return to the player he was prior ...