Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Eli Manning has quietly been an outstanding fantasy football value over the past few years. After his latest campaign in 2011 the young passer will no longer be flying under the radar. When you pass for nearly 5,000 yards and 29 touchdowns people will start to notice. We would like to see Eli Manning have that huge breakout touchdown season a la Aaron Rodgers and 2012 could be the year. Manning is surrounded by dynamic play-makers and clearly has the green light to air it out week after week. Manning has been prone to a few lackluster outings (usually 4-5 per season) but his upside and value far outweigh his shortcomings and lapses from grace. The best part about Eli is his fantasy draft day value. The top fantasy quarterback tier this year would consist of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and in my opinion Eli Manning (Michael Vick just misses due to his injury prone tag) If you want one of the first 5 names you will have to spend a first or second round draft pick. Eli can be had in the 4th or 5th round - big difference!
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
Ahmad Bradshaw is the starting running back coming into 2012. That said, I would not be surprised if the rookie David Wilson inherits the gig for one reason or another by the close of the 2012 season. There is a reason the Giants brass went and drafted a guy who very much resembles Bradshaw. Ahmad’s injury woes may fully take hold this season giving Wilson the opportunity to steal the starting gig. It is not a matter of if but rather when Bradshaw gets hurt. Do not get me wrong, when Bradshaw plays he can be great. This is a guy who scored 11 touchdowns last season while missing 4 games. Even still, I do not intend to own Bradshaw in any leagues this year simply because I feel he is a lock to miss time with an injury. If he must be owned he absolutely must be handcuffed with David Wilson.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
The dynamic duo of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz should once again light up score boards in 2012. The Giants have a dynamic, explosive offense and there is no reason we should expect anything less this season. I see both wide outs as number one fantasy football wide receivers but would rank Nicks above Cruz. We have all seen the highlight reels and we all know Victor Cruz can dance. If we watch the tape a it closer we might find that Cruz is a little lucky. His value is based on the big play. I for one would always prefer a steady performing, prototypical wide receiver like Nicks over a home run hitter like Cruz. I am not saying Cruz lacks talent nor am I saying you should pass him up, but if you had to pick one my money is on Hakeem Nicks. If one of these fantasy football studs goes down race to pick up the rookie Rueben Randle. The young wide receiver is built like Nicks but with more speed. If Randle is still open late in your fantasy football draft feel free to take a flyer. You want a piece of this passing attack one way or another.
Fantasy Football Tight ends to Own -
Martellus Bennett is finally out of Jason Witten’s shadow in Dallas and finds himself the lone tight end worth mentioning on the Giant’s Roster. All other tight ends should be deemed useless from a fantasy football stand point. He has size and speed and we all know Eli likes to look for the tight end in the red zone. I would not draft Bennett to be your starter in week one but as a back up with upside you certainly could do worse. If you wait on your tight end in this season’s fantasy draft keep Bennett on your radar. His draft day price tag will be nice and low, if he is drafted at all.
Fantasy Football Defense / Special Teams -
This defense has the talent to perform at a higher level that is did in 2011. The front line suffered numerous injuries and the secondary was often torched. Were it not for a potent offensive attack their second super bowl run may have never happened. I feel they have the talent to turn it around this season but keep them on the waiver wire until they prove they can put it together as a unit. For IDP purposes there is a lot of fantasy value; Jason Pierre-Paul is a stud at Defensive end and is projected by many as the top player at his position in 2012. If you are looking for a cheap source of tackles look no further than Michael Boley who racked up a career high 93 tackles in 2011. Even the aging Antrel Rolle proved valuable with 96 tackles. You could do better at both positions but you certainly could do worse.
Fantasy Football Kicker to Own -
Lawrence Tynes is a good kicker, just not a good fantasy kicker. When given the opportunity he certainly shines but that is the down fall, he simply does not get enough chances. He is attached to a high octane offense so he should remain on the radar, but there is no need to draft him. Keep him on the waiver wire until he starts getting more chances. With your final selection of your fantasy draft, you can do much better
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