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FANTASY FOOTBALL: BREAKOUT PLAYERS AND SLEEPERS TO TARGET
It’s time to start thinking about fantasy football again, and while you’re brainstorming a team name, NFL.com put together an early draft kit, which included a few Giants among breakout players and sleepers.
Breakout Players to Target:
WR Hakeem Nicks
“This might be the biggest risk-reward breakout candidate on the list, but there’s a lot to like about Nicks heading into this season. For one, he’s back at 100 percent health. The North Carolina product is also in a contract year, which means he’ll be even more motivated to produce at a high level in an effort to cash in at the end of the 2013 campaign. Being that he’ll be taken as a No. 2 fantasy wideout, Nicks could turn into a major steal in drafts.” — Michael Fabiano
RB David Wilson
“With Ahmad Bradshaw gone, expect the 2012 first-rounder to build on those flashes we saw last season. His ability to catch the ball means he doesn’t have to leave the field on third down, which makes his value to you all the greater.” — Dave Dameshek
TE Brandon Myers
“How am I able to call someone who finished in the top-10 in fantasy points at his position last year a ‘breakout candidate’ for 2013? When you’re a tight end, being ranked 10th isn’t all that great, but when you’re going to make the jump to a top-three player in your category in just one year? Yeah, that’s a breakout. The Giants have shown no matter who their tight end is, Eli Manning is going to get the ball to him – whether it’s Jeremy Shockey, Jake Ballard, Kevin Boss or Martellus Bennett. Myers has more talent than most of the players I’ve just mentioned. He’s a perfect fit in New York’s offense, who, unlike Oakland, actually has threats on the outside that will open things up for Myers underneath. He caught 79 balls with the Raiders last year, he’ll approach 100 with the G-Men.” — Jason Smith
RB Andre Brown
“David Wilson is going to get the headlines, but Brown is going to get the touchdowns. The Giants love to pound the ball when they get inside the 10-yard line, and Brown will get repeated chances to score every time they do so. He plays with a mean streak that’s part desperation, part desire. He wants the football, and he wants to get in the end zone. He can be a solid flex player for you this season, and he’ll be available in the eighth round or later.” — Jason Smith
TWEET OF THE DAY
“There is no such thing as ‘maintain.’ You have to get better all of the time or you are going the wrong way. And you have heard it as a cliché, said many times, what I firmly believe and I think that good players all know it, as you physically get older, you have to compensate for that with continued growth with technique, continued growth in the deepening of understanding of what is taking place out there, so that you can compensate for whatever that loss of skill level is. So as a receiver, as a running back, as a lineman, if you are not doing that, then pretty soon you are going to be on the bench.” — Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on Eli Manning (WATCH PREVIEW REPORT)
Tags: Andre Brown, David Wilson, Fantasy Football, Hakeem Nicks
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