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Fantasy: Sleepers, Breakout Stars and More

Fantasy season is almost upon us. In fact, the GridIron Gab Fantasy draft is Sunday. I pick 16th and still have no idea who to target. Aaron Rodgers? DeSean Jackson? Shonn Greene? I’m lost. Really.

But, I’m not lost on identifying which Giants to target. This is, after all, a Giants blog. We’re going to highlight sleepers, breakout stars and more. You ready? Let’s do this.


Andre Brown

Andre Brown is lightly penciled in as the 3rd running back. He missed all of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon. But Brown has the potential to have an Ahmad Bradshaw type impact. He’s quick, shifty and can catch out of the backfield. He can easily get 500+ yards with multiple TDs. He has to beat out Danny Ware for this spot. Ware is a friend of the site, but I think Brown has the edge. He’s not a fantasy starter, but he could be an effective backup and occasional fill-in.

Travis Beckum

Travis Beckum was barely used last year, due to injury and getting him used to the offense. A Dustin Keller type H-Back, Beckum will have opportunities underneath to gain some yardage. In a two tight end league, he’s a perfect 2nd option. Beckum will be used in the red zone more, and could get you a few TDs. Like Brown, he’s not a fantasy starter, but he has the goods to be a nice backup.

Jason Pierre-Paul

If you’re playing in a league where you can pick defensive players, consider JPP. He’s only going to be a situational pass rusher, but in the four defensive end front that Giants will employ from time to time, Pierre-Paul has the chance to get you some sacks. He’s not a double digit candidate, but I can easily see 7 or 8. Which is nice to have in your back pocker.


Hakeem Nicks

This is an easy one. Hakeem Nicks is one of the breakout star candidates in the entire league. Playing in only 14 games, Nicks had 790 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. With a full season (provided he stays healthy) I’m predicting a huge campaign: Somewhere along the lines of 1500 yards and 10 TDs. He’s a bargain as a number one receiver, a steal as a 2nd receiver. He’ll be available in the middle rounds and is a great pickup.

Mario Manningham

The 3rd receiver will get a lot of touches in the slot. He’s quick, he’s elusive. He has 822 yards receiving last year and with teams focusing on Steve Smith and Nicks, that number is only going to go up. He drops passes a lot, but he gets open and is going to get looks. A nice guy for the flex spot or a third receiver.

Terrell Thomas

If you can pick defensive players, pick Thomas. He could be the number one corner and showed tremendous ball skills last year. He’s going to get you a bunch of interceptions and pass deflections. He’s a star in the making.

Clint Sintim

Again, in a league where you can pick defensive players, give Sintim a long look. He has the potential to be a star, and it could happen this year. A natural pass rusher, he’ll rack up sacks starting at strongside linebacker. I can easily see him with 10 sacks. He’ll be available late in the draft, and has the chance to be special.

Those are your sleepers and breakout stars on the Giants. These guys will be available in the middle to late rounds and will give great value. Of course, you can rely on a guy like Eli as a solid 2nd tier QB. Steve Smith is going to go early. Brandon Jacobs could be a nice rebound candidate. Instead of a first round pick, he’s a third or fourth round pick. The Giants defense, as a whole, has a lot of potential. Are they worth an early pick? No. But as a 2nd tier defense with the potential to be much more, they could be a great pick.

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9 Responses to “Fantasy: Sleepers, Breakout Stars and More”

  1. Is it safe to say that Bradshaw going over 1,000 yards this year is breakout worthy? Because I think he’s due.

    It’s optimistic after surgery and all, but with a larger role and more carries – i think he goes for a G this year and more TDs

  2. michael @ka gorilla4realla says:

    1st i don’t think the giants trust beckum enough as a route runner to warrant playing time, most giants websites are just wishful thinking fan boys on this issue. don’t hold your breath because he wont surpass last years numbers by much, plus he is not a good blocker and they already have enough pass catchers.
    2nd Mario Manningham wont be the slot receiver on 3 wide sets, he’s too fast on the outside to play in the slot on 3 wide, most likely steve smiths kicks into the slot on 3 wide formations. with nicks and Mario Manningham on the outside. expect to see manningham numbers decline in terms of catches and yardage, he may post more Td’s due to less coverage being dictated towards him.
    3rd these writers are some very high expectation fan boys, jason pieere paul wont have 7 or 8 sacks in any situational role, if he has that many it will be due to the fact that he is starting, osi had that many all of last year starting and Mathais Kiwanuka has never put up that many in any season, are you telling me JPP is better that much more ahead of Mathais Kiwanuka that he will outshine him, temper your enthusiasm and lets be grounded, the main players will be the one to fill up the stat sheets, the role players just need to play well when called upon and not make many mistakes, period.

    • Jason C. says:

      JPP can get to 7 sacks as long as he gets the PT, but like you said, he probably won’t get the time, but I can see him making an impact and possibly getting on the field more as the season progresses. We might even see something this year that we haven’t seen in a while, a coverage sack!!
      I do disagree on the Beckum front though, I think the Giants organization finally is seeing what I’ve seen for years, that Boss is NOT athletic enough to make a difference in the passing game, Beckum will be working on his blocking and come out much better and will put up better numbers, Jeremy was saying he’s a sleeper for a 2 TE league, which is obviously a DEEP DEEP league, so I can’t see you going wrong there.

      • andrew says:

        I dont see JPP getting that much time. Seeing what they did with Sintim, who was self-admittedly not as focused as perhaps he should have been… and assuming he gets the typical rookie treatment we may not see much of him until mid season. That is UNLESS he really lights it up in preseason. Of course an injury to a DE would help too.

        And I think Joseph is kinda in the same boat there, lots of capable veterans to go around for these positions.

        And about Boss — I just disagree. I think he’s asked to block and chip way too often and rarely if ever gets out into a clean route. When he does he has great hands, and he’s a huge guy so those lanky strides get downfield in a hurry so even though he looks slow, he moves just fine. I think he’s made some critical and athletic catches in the past — diving catches, fingertip catches while getting blasted in the head from behind… he’s done a great job. I’d like to see more if anything.

        Beckum may be able to come in and be the guy that gets right into a route, but Boss could really slip under the radar and be a red zone threat each and every down inside the 20 if Gilbride designed some plays for him more often.

  3. Jesse Cassel says:

    I think Boss, if utilized better, can make a huge difference in the passing game. If they could get him off from scrimmage cleanly or play him wide or from the slot at times he could tremendously help the passing game not only for Eli but for the other receivers. I agree on the Hakeem Nicks, I really believe in him and I think hes gonna show that he should have been the first receiver drafted in 2009 draft. He has so much talent and I think you’ll start to see the double coverage shift from Smith to him during this season. I’m expecting big things from Hakeem The Dream

    • Jason C. says:

      Has it ever occurred to everyone that maybe it’s HIM not getting off the line of scrimmage cleanly or fast enough?
      I know it comes off like I’m attacking him, which I’m not, I like the guy, I want him to achieve greatness, he just doesn’t stack up with the types of tight ends that run the league these days. He doesn’t get the separation, he doesn’t get out of zone coverage fast enough, and he doesn’t show himself to the QB in dire situations nearly enough. I have no problems with the guy, just prefer to see him as a #2.

  4. Jesse Cassel says:

    not to beat a dead horse but Boss can be a great tight end if utilized better

  5. Jesse Cassel says:

    Nicks stats if he keeps up the 16.8 average yards per reception and catches 90 balls

    16 90 1512 16.8 94.5 11

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