New York Giants

NFC East

The New York Giants have informed 34-year-old veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall that he will be released. Marshall, who has racked up 959 catches, 12,215 receiving yards, and scored 82 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Broncos, Dolphins, Bears, Jets, and Giants, will become a free agent and the Giants will free up over $5 million in cap space. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: A dependable source of receptions and yards, Marshall had a disastrous 2017 season with the Giants, catching only 18 passes in five games before being placed on I.R. with an ankle injury. The days of Marshall racking up 100+ receptions season are likely over, but he can still produce solid PPR value if he lands in the right situation. Meanwhile, speculation is rampant that the Giants released Marshall in anticipation of signing Dez Bryant, who has openly stated his desire to play in New York, as their WR2.

Art Stapleton of is reporting that Giants safety Landon Collins will require on his surgically repaired forearm. (Source: Art Stapleton)

Fantasy Impact: Collins suffered the injury in late December and his first surgery apparently didn't go as well as planned. The second surgery will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time, so he's still expected to be ready by the time training camp rolls around. Heading into his fourth season, Collins was one of the lone bright spots in the Giants secondary last year and they'll need him back to full strength if they want to turn things around. While the surgery isn't ideal, this should have no effect on his impact in 2018.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that teams around the league "no longer believe" that the New York Giants will trade WR Odell Beckham Jr leading up to or during the 2018 NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schefter is reporting that teams around the NFL, that once thought there was a legitimate chance that the Giants would deal Beckham, have changed their mind from their original though-process. They "no longer" think a deal will come to fruition. However, while Beckham reported on the first day of offseason workouts on Monday, he wasn't there for long as he had a flight scheduled out of the NY/ NJ area later that night. But I wouldn't read too much into it at this point. He is still recovering from his ankle injury and wasn't going to do much anyway. Beckham remains with the Giants for now, but if he is ultimately dealt, it wouldn't surprise me.

Category: Rumors

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Buccaneers, in exchange for a third- and fourth-round pick in 2018. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wow. This seems like little compensation for Pierre-Paul who was once considered one of the best defensive ends in the game. He's still one of the premier players at the position, so he'll be a welcome addition for the Bucs. The underlining fallout that may take place because of this pick, though, is that the Giants may wind up drafting Bradley Chubb at No. 2 in the draft. They've been saying that Eli Manning is their quarterback and it's always seemed unlikely they'd draft one of the offensive lineman that high. Chubb to the Giants is likely to gain some steam here in the coming weeks.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that former Giants offensive lineman Weston Richburg will sign a five-year deal with the 49ers when free agency officially opens. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While there are a lot of big-name signings going on, this one has slipped under the radar. Richburg started every game for the Giants from 2014-2016, but suffered a concussion in Week 4 last season that forced him onto Injured Reserve. It's notable, as offensive lineman take the brunt of the hits that aren't felt through the public, but they have it worse than anyone. Taking on Richburg with a five-year commitment is taking a lot of risk, but one that could present tons of upside. He was one of the bright spots on the Giants offensive line over the last four years and should give Jimmy Garoppolo some added protection.

Category: Transactions

Roger Lewis sits out Week 17

Tue, Jan 2nd 9:46am EST
By Mark Leipold

Roger Lewis did not participate in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins. He will have surgery to repair a bone spur injury that has been nagging him late in the season.

Fantasy Impact: Lewis will likely fade back into irrelevance anyway, as the Giants should open 2018 with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram as the focal points in the passing game. There won't likely be room for a fourth option to be fantasy-relevant. Expect Lewis to be a role player that is not usable in fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Rhett Ellison caught five passes for 63 yards in a 18-10 win over the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact: Rhett Ellison finished the season with 24 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns. This was his best game of the season and if the Giants keep him he would be the back up tight end behind Evan Engram next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Eli Manning completed 10 out of 28 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran three times for negative four yards and was sacked two times in a 18-10 win over the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact: Eli Manning finished the season with 3,468 yards passing and 19 touchdowns. Manning averaged a paltry 4.7 yards per attempt and completed just 36 percent of his passes, but opportunistic touchdowns on the first two drives were enough to earn a win in the finale. The veteran certainly didn't benefit from numerous injuries to the skill positions and poor offensive line play this season, but he finished with his lowest yardage total since 2008 and his lowest touchdown output in any full season in his NFL career. Manning has two years left on his current contract, but the organization's actions earlier this season and comments from the player himself have led to speculation that he could soon be on the way out. Even if a mid-season regime change could keep him around next year, it is clear that Manning's time as the Giants' option under center is nearly up.

Category: Game Recaps

The New York Giants D/ST scored 13 fantasy points, their third highest of the season, in their 18-10 victory over Washington. In addition to holding Washington to just 10 points, the stingy Giants' defense grabbed three INTs from QB Kirk Cousin and sacked him three times.

Fantasy Impact: The Giants' defense had an uneven season to say the least, looking stout and dominate like 2016's squad at times and downright pitiful in other moments. Going into 2018, it will be interesting to see whether a new GM and head coach can get this unit back to its high standards.

Category: Game Recaps

Shane Vereen saw a limited role this week after not having any touches last week against Arizona. Vereen carried the ball three times and gained 14 yards, being held without a reception.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen may have played his last game as a Giant, as his impact all year was minimal and didn't add any jolt to a Giants' offense that sputtered all season. Vereen still can be a solid third down back somewhere but the peak of his effectiveness may have passed.

Category: Game Recaps

Orleans Darkwa ended the year on a high note in the Giants' 18-10 victory over Washington. The Tulane product ran the ball 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: A great deal of Darkwa's fantasy points came on a huge 75-yard TD run on the second play from scrimmage, which saw the starting back find a crease, break through arm tackles and outpace the Washington defense on the way to the end zone. Darkwa finishes a breakout 2017 with five touchdowns and over 700 yards. A free agent this offseason and probably the most consistent back on the Giants' roster, Darkwa is capable of being a starter wherever he winds up. But injury concerns over the past few seasons could hold him back. He should be a mid-round selection in 2018 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Wayne Gallman finished out the year strong for New York, as the rookie runner ran with more consistency than starter Orleans Darkwa. Gallman carried the ball 15 times and gained 89 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Gallman looked decisive, elusive and powerful on Sunday, which could point to him getting the starting role in 2018 with Orleans Darkwa a free agent. Despite one 75 yard run, Darkwa was unable to find much else on the ground, as opposed to the quicker and faster Gallman. Gallman's athleticism and vision should be enough to get him a crack at the RB1 position next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Sterling Shepard caught five of eight targets for 45 yards on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Shepard also apparently injured his neck in the game, though there is no word on the severity just yet. If the injury is significant in any way, he's likely to miss next week's game against the Redskins. If he does play, he should make a decent start, as usual.

Category: Game Recaps

Jerell Adams caught four passes for 31 yards in a 23-0 loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Jerell Adams on the season has eight catches for 92 yards. This was his best game of the season and could see targets next week if Evan Engram doesn't play in the season finale against the Redskins.

Category: Game Recaps

Evan Engram caught one pass for 12 yards in a 23-0 loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Evan Engram on the season has 64 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns. Initially, Engram was deemed questionable to return with an abdominal issue, but the Giants changed course when declaring him out, instead calling it a rib concern. With his departure, the offense is down to three tight ends in Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams and Shane Smith. Looking ahead, Engram's status will be one to monitor closely for the regular-season finale against the Redskins.

Category: Game Recaps

Tavarres King with a concussion has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Tavarres King on the season has 18 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns. With the Giants thin at wide out look for Eli Manning to target Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis more.

Category: Injury Updates

In what turned out to be a pitiful day for the Giants' special teams unit, Aldrick Rosas managed just one FG (for 28-yards) on two attempts in the Giants' Week 15 loss to the Eagles 34-29. Rosas also missed an extra point on the afternoon, managing to convert only two of three PAT attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Rosas remains irrelevant for fantasy purposes as we head into Week 16 and should be ignored in all formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Paul Perkins did not see a single snap or touch of the football in New York's loss against Dallas on Sunday. After getting a few snaps for the first time in weeks last Sunday against Oakland, Perkins moved back to special team duties.

Fantasy Impact: Even with starter Orleans Darkwa limited, Perkins did not see any snaps on offense. Clearly the UCLA product, once thought of as the Giants' primary back, has fallen out of favor with the team for the time being.

Category: Game Recaps

Geno Smith completed 21 out of 34 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 13 yards on three carries, was sacked three times, and lost two fumbles in a 24-17 loss to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Geno Smith will mostly likely start next week at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

Category: Game Recaps

Travis Rudolph hauled in 32-yards on three receptions (targeted six times) in the Giants' sleep-inducing 24-7 loss to Seattle in Week 7. Rudolph, sadly, led Giants' WRs with this 32-yard output.

Fantasy Impact: Lets face it folks, this offense is an absolute disaster of epic proportions. While some will say it is due to Odell Beckham's and Brandon Marshall's season-ending injuries (combined with Sterling Shepard's current injury), this offense was a disaster before any of them were hurt. It's a lost season for the Giants in 2017. Owners should look to Shepard and Evan Engram as the lone fantasy contributors from the Giants for the remainder of the 2017 season. Mercifully, the Giants are bye in Week 8, so we won't be subjected to having to witness this zombie-like offense until November 5th at the hands of the LA Rams, at which time fans will be treated to a plethora of 3rd and long 2-yard screen passes and inside handoffs that go for negative yardage.

Category: Game Recaps