Giants Fantasy Report: Nicks still on the schneid

The 24-17 win over Washington was not a banner one fantasy-wise for the Giants. They had just 16 first downs and 286 net yards on offense (206 passing, 80 rushing). They were, however, opportunistic and won the ballgame by tightening the screws on defense during the final three quarters.

Player snapshots courtesy of Rotoworld:

Eli Manning completed 22-of-28 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday night’s Week 13 win over the Redskins.
Manning started off slow, but was able to find success in the short passing game and had only one turnover. He hit Brandon Myers on a 22-yard pass to tie the game at the end of the first half and led the Giants to a comeback win with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Through 12 games, Manning has 2,995 yards, 15 touchdowns, and is behind only Geno Smith with 18 interceptions. He’ll be just a QB2 option in Week 14 against the Chargers.

RB Andre Brown rushed 14 times for 35 yards and two touchdowns.
He added three catches for 23 yards. Brown struggled to get anything going in the running game and averaged just 2.5 yards per attempt, but was highly effective in the red-zone. He got to the second level and exploded for a 23-yard run down the right sideline for his first touchdown and later converted on a goal-line carry from one-yard out in the fourth quarter. Brown is averaging 83.3 rushing yards and has three touchdowns in four games since returning from a broken leg. He’ll remain locked in as a high-end RB2 going forward.


RB Peyton Hillis had six carries for 45 yards.
With Brandon Jacobs (knee) inactive, Hillis was the No. 2 back behind Andre Brown. He saw seven touches in a short-yardage and change-of-pace role, with 35 of his total yards coming on back-to-back runs in the second quarter. Hillis surprisingly played in the two-minute offense over Brown at the end of the first half. He isn’t worth owning in fantasy leagues and will likely struggle for playing time when Jacobs returns.

WR Victor Cruz caught six passes for 80 yards.
Cruz was able to bounce back after being limited to just two catches in Week 12. He was held out of the end-zone again this week, but was marked just short of the goal-line on a 19-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Cruz finished with a team-high seven targets and is now on pace for 88 catches, 1,241 yards, and five touchdowns through 12 games. He’ll have a plus-matchup against San Diego’s No. 28 ranked pass defense in Week 14.

WR Rueben Randle caught three passes for 20 yards.
It’s the second straight week Randle has been held to just three catches. He was targeted four times in the passing game, behind only Victor Cruz and Brandon Myers. Even with Hakeem Nicks back in the lineup, Randle remains a WR3 option in fantasy leagues. He’s on pace for 47 catches, 725 yards, and eight touchdowns this season.

WR Hakeem Nicks had two catches for 34 yards.
Nicks started and played the entire game after sitting out Week 12 with an abdominal injury. He didn’t make his first catch until late in the second quarter and secured both of his targets from Eli Manning. Nicks has still yet to score a touchdown this season. He’s averaging just four catches and 59.5 yards per game.

TE Brandon Myers caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Myers scored on a wide open pass over the middle of the field at the end of the first half and finished behind only Victor Cruz with six targets. He’s now managed touchdowns in back-to-back games and will be on the TE2 radar for Week 14 against the Chargers.