The Giants offense features one of the best players in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. but at times struggled to move the ball. Injuries in the backfield and on the offensive line made the Giants offense one dimensional. Eli Manning saw his production slide slightly but the Giants were led by their defense to the playoffs. Beckham was asked to do too much at times, saving the offense by taking slant routes to the house for clutch touchdowns.
The major issue for the Giants offense starts up front. The offensive line dealt with injuries and poor play that killed their rushing attack. First round pick Ereck Flowers struggled mightily at left tackle, while left guard Justin Pugh missed five games due to injury. The Giants have invested multiple early round picks in their offensive line. Justin Pugh and Ereck Flowers were first rounders while center Weston Richburg was a second round pick in 2014.
Pugh and Richburg seem like two members of the Giants future but the rest of the line are question marks. Veteran John Jerry will be playing right guard, and the Giants signed former first round pick D.J. Fluker in the offseason. Fluker could win a starting guard job with a strong camp and Pugh could potentially move back out to right tackle.
The running back position was no help to the offense either. Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen both missed time with injury while rookie Paul Perkins showed flashes of potential but struggled. Jennings was released during the offseason and the Giants didn’t sign any free agent running backs.
Paul Perkins had 127 touches and ZERO touchdowns last year. Are we overvaluing him right now? pic.twitter.com/B8jyd3Aag8
— Billy Harrell (@billsnake23) June 19, 2017
Perkins is projected to be the lead back in the offense and handle the goal-line work. Perkins is currently being drafted as RB33 in drafts, putting him between veterans LeGarrette Blount and Frank Gore. This is a good value for Perkins, as a backup running back for your team with potential as the Giants goal-line back. The wide receiver position is loaded for the Giants. Odell Beckham is obviously an elite fantasy player and is either WR2 or WR3 after Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Victor Cruz was cut as a cap casualty this offseason and Brandon Marshall was signed.
YAC on REC TD since 2014:
Odell Beckham: 571 YD | 35 TD
Julio Jones: 180 YD | 20 TD
Antonio Brown: 158 YD | 35 TD
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) June 29, 2017
Marshall struggled mightily with the Jets’ poor quarterback play. Marshall will take some heat off Beckham while getting mostly single coverage himself. He offers a redzone target for Eli Manning, which he sorely needs. Marshall is being drafted as WR25, which is great value for him. Remember, he is just two years removed from a top 5 fantasy season.
Preview of my upcoming article on Brandon Marshall. DLF ADP has Sterling as WR 40 off the board and BMarsh as WR55. BM will be a Top 24 WR. pic.twitter.com/84vAQQ2Ewb
— DynastyGuruFF (@DynastyGuruFF) June 29, 2017
Bust: Sterling Shepard
On the other hand, second year receiver Sterling Shepard‘s value is hurt by Marshall’s presence. Shepard caught eight touchdowns during his rookie season and seemed to be primed to build off that with Victor Cruz’s departure. With Marshall on the Giants, he will be the third receiver and will not be able to replicate last season’s performance. He’s currently being drafted as WR54 which is a bench role but before guys like Breshad Perriman, Quincy Enunwa and Zay Jones who offer way more upside.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) June 30, 2017
Sleeper: Evan Engram
A player to watch for the Giants is first round pick, Evan Engram. Their first round pick out of Ole Miss fills a massive hole in the offense. The Giants have been struggling to find production from the tight end spot in previous years. Engram will have to fight for targets with the Giants strong receiving corps, but he’s someone to take a shot on late in drafts.
The Giants defense should be able to recreate their strong play from last season. They aren’t worth a mid round pick like the Denver Broncos defense may be, but the Giants are a definitely worth grabbing instead of a sixth receiver you’ll never play.