We weren't able to run this column the first two weeks of the season because the Giants offense was, well . . .you know. Here's the Giants fantasy roundup after their 30-17 win over the Houston Texans Sunday courtesy of our friends at Rotoworld...
RB Rashad Jennings rushed for 176 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. It was a career day for Jennings, who set a career-high in rushing yards, 68 yards more than his previous mark. He has 381 yards and two scores through three games as the Giants' clear-cut every-down workhorse. Jennings plays in every situation and gets the goal-line looks, as he pounded his score in from 1 yard out in this one.
QB Eli Manning completed 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Manning has posted back-to-back strong starts after the preseason and Week 1 debacles. Eli hit Victor Cruz for a 61-yard gain on a quick slant early in the first half, before again finding Cruz on a post for a 26-yard score. His best throw of the game, though, went to Daniel Fells for a 9-yard touchdown. Eli placed the ball over the top of the safety and to the right of a linebacker, only where Fells could catch it. The offense is starting to wake up for Giants, but Eli is still just a low-end QB2.
WR Victor Cruz caught five passes for 107 yards and one touchdown Sunday. After a drop-filled first two weeks, Cruz reeled in 5 of 6 targets. He worked mostly against CB Kareem Jackson. Cruz took a quick slant upfield for a 61-yard gain in the first half, but was caught from behind around the 15-yard line. He later found the end zone on a post pattern from 26 yards out. Cruz stopped on a dime, changed direction, and exploded toward the end zone for the score. The Giants' passing game has found a bit of a rhythm the past two weeks. They'll look to continue it Thursday against the Redskins. Cruz is a solid WR2/3.
WR Rueben Randle caught five passes for 27 yards Sunday. Randle was targeted a team-high 10 times, and the chemistry between he and Manning appears to be growing. But Randle is seeing mostly short passes. He did see one end-zone look, but got tangled up with the Houston cornerback and couldn't make the one-handed catch. Randle gets the DeAngelo Hall-less Redskins on Thursday night. He's a boom-or-bust WR3/4.
TE Larry Donnell caught six passes for 45 yards Sunday. Donnell caught all six passes that came his way, and hasbeen targeted 22 times this season. Donnell was on his way to the end zone in the first half, but ended up losing a fumble at the 4-yard line. He's put himself in the TE1/2 mix as a favorite of Eli Manning.
RB Andre Williams rushed for 18 yards on six carries Sunday. Williams got one series to himself, but didn't do much with the carries and was way out-touched by Rashad Jennings, 34-6. Jennings also gets all the goal-line looks, and cashed one in for a 1-yard score Sunday. Williams has no fantasy value in re-draft leagues. He won't have any unless Jennings gets hurt.
Quick disclosure: I do not have any Giants on my fantasy rosters.
Eli appears to be turning the corner in this offense, and you should pick him up if he is available. You'll have to do it quick, because the next game is Thursday night. I'm sure Cruz and Jennings are already on rosters in most leagues. Donnell, too. A lot of FF owners jumped on him after the first two weeks. Still not sold on Randle or Williams...yet. PK Josh Brown is also worth a look down the road. He just kicked his first FG of the season Sunday, but the Giants could become an offense that creates opportunities for him going forward.