As bad as the Giants were last season, things weren't all bad for anyone who owned their players in fantasy football - or at least a couple of them. The Giants got a career year from Eli Manning, a huge season from Odell Beckham, and finished eighth in yards and sixth in scoring on offense.
Considering they've been in the top 10 in yards in both seasons using Ben McAdoo's offense there's no reason things should change this season. Only now, there are a couple of other fantasy options to consider, too.
Below is a look at some of the Giants' most draftable fantasy players and the impact they should have this year:
WR Odell Beckham - In his first two spectacular seasons Beckham has averaged 94 catches, 1,378 yards and 12 ½ touchdowns even though he played 12 games as a rookie and just 15 last year. And last year's 96-1,450-13 came when he was basically the Giants' only viable offensive option. Don't expect anything to change. Yes, if Victor Cruz is healthy the ball can be spread around a little more. But Beckham is still The Man. And if he doesn't go in the first three picks in your draft, someone has made a mistake.
QB Eli Manning - His career has been revived under the McAdoo system and he's topped 4,400 yards and 30 touchdowns each of the last two seasons. Now he's got more options in the passing game and the running game might be just as bad, which means he'll be throwing the ball all over the field. Don't be fooled by his doubters. Manning is still in his prime. Maybe he's not a Top Tier QB, but he's definitely worthy of Tier 2.
WR Sterling Shepard - So many high hopes for this rookie who has looked so polished in practice. He'll get plenty of opportunities, and should be up in the 60-catch range with hopefully more than the 797 yards (on 57 catches) Rueben Randle got as the Giants' second receiver last year. He might not equal Randle's eight touchdowns, though, because at 5-10 he's not an ideal red zone target. Also, there's a wild card with his value: How much will the Giants get from Victor Cruz.
WR Victor Cruz - He's the great unknown after a strange summer where he suffered a setback (sore groin) then finally hit the field again and didn't do all that much. He says he feels like the old Cruz, but he's looked a little slower and maybe not as quick in his cuts. Of course that's only from practice and very limited preseason action, so who knows? The best guess is Cruz will start slow and be worked in more to the offense as the season progresses. If he gets to 40 catches after a two-year layoff, it will be an incredibly impressive comeback.
RB Rashad Jennings - His value undoubtedly went up when Andre Williams was released, since Williams figured to vulture a few series and some goal-line carries. Now it looks like Jennings will be the workhorse and the goal-line back. Orleans Darkwa could eventually be a factor, but he shouldn't hurt Jennings too much. The only thing that does is that Shane Vereen is the running back in the two-minute drill and on third downs.
RB Shane Vereen - He's got a big role in the offense, but he gained only 754 yards last season 120 total touches. Not all of that was his fault, but the Giants expected him to be way more of a factor, especially in the two-minute offense. He'll have exactly the same role this season so expect just about the same number of catches. His real value is as a receiver but he might not do better than the numbers he put up last year (59-494-4).
TE Larry Donnell/TE Will Tye - A neck injury shortened what was shaping up to be a blah season for Donnell last year (29-223-2 in eight games) and opened the door for the undrafted Tye (42-464-3 in 13 games). Neither of them will remind anyone of Rob Gronkowski or even Jeremy Shockey. As the 1 and 1A at tight end, and probably the fourth or fifth option in the passing game, they'll be lucky to combine for 75 catches and 700 yards. The only upside for fantasy purposes if one of them could emerge as a reliable red-zone threat. Donnell would seem more likely, but it's really anybody's guess.
K Josh Brown - If you can stomach the one-game suspension, he's as reliable and accurate as they come. And given the Giants' likely struggles in the run game, you can expect their offense to stall at times in the red zone, giving Brown plenty of opportunities to pad his field goal numbers.