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The New York Giants are expected to release TE Kelvin Benjamin today, ending the team's attempt to convert the former WR to a new position, per Zack Blatt of NJ Advance Media. (Source: Zack Blatt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Star-Ledger reporter Steve Politi says that Benjamin had a heated conversation with HC Joe Judge and GM Dave Gettleman before leaving the field. Benjamin has been trying to save his career by converting from WR to TE, but this will likely end his time as an NFL player.

Kadarius Toney was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This is a great sign for Toney heading into training camp where each rep will be extremely valuable for him as part of a crowded New York Giants wide receiver core. Toney's role as a rookie remains very uncertain, but he'll be utilized in a role where we could see flashes from him throughout the season.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports that the Giants plan to take a “long term” approach with Saquon Barkley, though there is still a chance he’s ready for Week 1. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “Long term” approach is not what anyone wants to hear with redraft draft season underway. “Chance he’s ready for Week 1” comes in a close second. With this information, fantasy managers have to accept he may not be available immediately. The talent is undeniable, but it makes sense for the Giants to err on the side of caution. He is the face of their franchise. When healthy, Barkley is one of the most explosive backs in the league. We will continue to monitor his status throughout camp.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Rudolph placed on PUP list

Thu, Jul 22nd 5:20pm EDT
By Elvin Ryan

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Giants have placed TE Kyle Rudolph on the PUP list. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't really anything unexpected. A standard physical examination by Giants doctors revealed a previously undiscovered foot injury that required surgery. He is still rehabbing, but should be good to go for the season. Rudolph found himself a new home this off-season, as the Giants added plenty of pass catchers to the roster. Unfortunately, last season, he averaged just 5.5 points per game. He is best left on waivers, with the exception of deeper tight end premium leagues.

Category: Injury Updates

Former Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead was waived by the New York Giants on Thursday, per Dan Salomone on Twitter. (Source: Dan Salomone on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Armstead missed the entire 2020 season in Jacksonville on the league's IR/COVID-19 list but was decent as a receiver during his rookie season, catching 14 of 24 targets for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants acquired Armstead off waivers last month but opted to drop him back to waivers after just four weeks in New York. Armstead will likely get another opportunity to provide depth for a team, while Devontae Booker remains the obvious RB2 in the Giants offense behind All-Pro RB Saquon Barkley.

Category: Transactions

Former New York Giants S Adrian Colbert is reportedly signing a deal with the New England Patriots, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Colbert suffered an injury in Week 5 and wasn't able to return with the Giants until the closing weeks of the 2020 season. The 27-year old safety will join a Patriots defense led by its secondary in Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty. Colbert will compete for a starting strong safety position but could end up being used as added depth in the Patriots' secondary, as well as landing a role on the special teams' units in New England for 2021.

Category: Transactions

The 49ers signed former Giants RB Wayne Gallman to a one-year contract on Wednesday. (Source: San Francisco 49ers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gallman visited San Francisco on Tuesday and ultimately reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the 49ers on Wednesday. He rushed for 682 yards on 147 carries and six touchdowns while hauling in 21 receptions for 114 yards across 15 games for the Giants in 2020. Gallman will join a crowded backfield that includes Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. The 26-year-old is currently 73rd among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings and is mainly an option in deep-league formats.

Category: Transactions

New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman called Devontae Booker a “three-down” running back. (Source: Zack Rosenblatt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Giants prioritized Booker in free agency and believe he's a legitimate “three-down” back. “You can never have too many good players,” said Gettleman. Booker signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Giants during the offseason. He rushed for 423 yards on 93 carries while hauling in 17 receptions for 84 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders in 2020. Booker is expected to back up star RB Saquon Barkley and provide the Giants a pass-catching threat out of the backfield in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Colt McCoy is signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCoy will back up Kyler Murray. He appeared in four games with the Giants last season, including two starts. McCoy was 1-1 as a starter - totaling a 60.6% completion percentage, 375 passing yards, a 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and a 75 quarterback rating on the season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

The Giants and star defensive lineman Leonard Williams have agreed to a massive three-year extension worth $63 million. The deal includes $45 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams was issued a second straight franchise tag in early March, but this extension will void that deal and keep him in New York through 2023. Over six seasons, the former first-round pick has a whopping 323 tackles and 29 sacks, including 11.5 in 2020 alone. He is a key member of the Giants' defense and will help the unit remain dominant for at least three more years.

Category: Transactions

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, The Vikings have signed DT Dalvin Tomlinson to a two-year, $22M deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tomlinson was expected to be a hot free agent name along the defensive line if the Giants failed to retain him and that's exactly what happened. The Vikings gave Tomlinson, 27-years old, a two-year, $22M deal with $16M fully guaranteed. This was a move that the Vikings almost had to make given their defensive struggles last year and the recent rumors that Danielle Hunter is unhappy with his contract.

Category: Transactions

New York Giants LT Nate Solder has agreed in principle to a reworked deal to stay with the organization in 2021, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Solder will reportedly stay in New York for 2021, continuing to play at left tackle on a restructured contract barring any last-minute changes with negotiations. The Giants released Pro-Bowl guard Kevin Zeitler earlier in the week, a move done to stay under the league's reduced salary cap for the upcoming season. Solder was willing to restructure his contract to ensure a return to his starting role at left tackle, giving the Giants money back to help with further development of the offense in 2021.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Kevin Zeitler released by Giants

Wed, Mar 10th 3:25pm EST
By Lee Wehry

The New York Giants have announced that they are releasing veteran G Kevin Zeitler. (Source: New York Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zeitler was one of the main pieces in the dual trades that sent Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon packing in 2018. He started all but one game in his two seasons with the Giants, but age and salary made him a cap casualty. Zeitler has been a consistent and reliable contributor throughout his career and will likely have no issues finding a new home. The Giants clear $12M from their cap with $2.5M in dead money.

Category: Transactions

New York Giants TE Evan Engram will, "keep being featured in the offense" heading into the 2021 season, as stated by Giants head coach Joe Judge on Tuesday. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Engram saw 10 targets in four separate games during the 2020 season but finished with 63 receptions for 654 yards and just one receiving touchdown. The fourth-year tight end dealt with drops frequently last season and the subpar play of quarterback Daniel Jones certainly didn't help Engram's confidence. With a fresh start and the opportunity to improve the offensive line, the Giants welcome the return of superstar running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley's presence will likely generate a spark in the offense that was lacking for most of 2020. Engram is a freak athlete and should be in line for another 100+ targets for the Giants in 2021 if we are to take Joe Judge at his word. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues can likely hold off until the eighth or ninth rounds before considering Engram a good value pick.

Category: Rumors

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New York Giants are bringing back veteran TE Levine Toilolo on a restructured contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: With the veteran TE set to make $2.95 million in 2021, the Giants and Toilolo have agreed on principles to restructure his deal. Last season, the 29-year old caught just five receptions for 46 yards.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New York Giants are releasing WR Golden Tate. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the release of Tate on Wednesday, the move will save the Giants $6.2 million in cap space. The veteran WR spent two seasons with the franchise recording 84 receptions for 1,064 yards and eight touchdowns. Tate will likely garner heavy interest from teams in free agency.

Category: Transactions

The Giants released RB Devonta Freeman from injured reserve. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman signed with the Giants following Saquon Barkley's torn ACL. The 28-year-old wound up playing in just five games, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and scoring one touchdown. It might be tough for him to remain in the NFL next year.

Category: Transactions

Giants kicker Graham Gano made a long field goal attempt on Sunday but missed one of his three extra point tries in Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact: Gano had an excellent first season with the Giants and only missed one field goal attempt all year, way back in Week 2. He finishes the season 31-for-32 on field goal attempts and 21-for-23 on extra point tries.

Category: Game Recaps

The New York Giants D/ST held the Dallas Cowboys to 19 points on 307 total yards while recording six sacks and intercepting one pass in Sunday's win.

Fantasy Impact: The New York Giants D/ST was much improved behind new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham in 2020, and they very nearly carried the Giants to the playoffs after a slow start to the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Giants wide receiver Dante Pettis caught both of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact: Pettis was claimed by the Giants in late November but didn't make his Giants debut until Week 16. In two games for New York, he caught four of his five targets for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Category: Game Recaps