New York Giants Wide Receiver and Tight End Outlook

What is the WR and TE outlook for New York?

The Giants wide receivers were nothing short of underwhelming this year. The top 4 options on the depth chart all missed games with various ailments, and even when on the field were often invisible. Pricey free agent signing Kenny Golladay was often ignored and barely cracked 500 receiving yards. Sterling Shepard could not stay on the field and eventually tore his Achilles, knocking him out for the season. Darius Slayton suffered from the drops and missed five games with various ailments. Rookie Kadarius Toney certainly flashed a tantalizing skillset but missed seven games with several different injuries. Shepard is likely to be a cut, with a high salary and bad injury history. Slayton certainly took a big step, making this a position of more need than it appears.

Options in the Draft

This is a solid draft for wide receivers, with plenty of talent stretching through the middle rounds. Some names to watch include David Bell, John Metchie, Jahan Dotson, and Jalen Tolbert. Metchie is a true speedster, with the ability to stretch the field and keep defenses honest, a similar profile to Jaylen Waddle. Bell and Tolbert are excellent route runners, and can use double moves to fake out defenders. Dotson can do a little bit of everything, and has really good hands, something the Giants could use, as their receiving corps has been dealing with drops for a couple years now

Free Agent Options/Trade Market

This is an avenue I can almost guarantee the Giants will not take unless it is a flyer. They have no cap space to spend big money on another wide receiver after forking over $18M a year for Golladay. A shame, as this year’s free-agent class, is deep, with names like Mike Williams, Chris Godwin, Davante Adams, and Allen Robinson. The same goes for the trade market. The Giants need every single one of their many drafts picks to plug holes in more important spots on the team.

Concluding Thoughts

Outside of a mid to late draft pick, do not expect the Giants to invest any resources in the wide receiver position. The offseason goal will be to make sure Golladay, Toney, and Slayton return healthy and in shape for next season. The hope is that a new head coach and offensive coordinator will push the offense in the right direction.

This is a position that is going to be very interesting to watch heading into the offseason. Evan Engram, former first-round draft pick in 2017, is going to be a free agent. Kyle Rudolph is likely going to be cut, as he has a high salary with minimal usage. The Giants will have to decide if they want to bring Engram back, or look elsewhere for a solution.

New York Giants tight end outlook

Options in the Draft

There will be a few options in the draft if the Giants choose to invest a draft pick at the tight end position. The best of the bunch is Jalen Wydermyer out of Texas A&M. Wydermyer has been a consistent producer for three straight seasons despite having a different quarterback each year. A huge physical player, Wydermyer stands at 6’5″, and weighs in at 265 pounds. As you can see from the clip above, he possesses an amazing catch radius, and his size makes him a premier red-zone threat. This would make him a reliable target for Daniel Jones, or whichever QB is at the helm for New York. Other options that could be drafted include Isaiah Likely, Trey McBride, and Cade Otton.

Trade/Free Agency Options

This is an avenue unlikely to be explored, simply because the Giants have no cap space to work with. However, if they find ways to free up some room, David Njoku is a player to keep an eye on. Drafted in the same class as Evan Engram, he possesses a blend of speed and power that is tough to beat. His opportunities were limited in a run-first offense in Cleveland, but a new team could give him a better opportunity. Other free-agent tight ends include Zach Ertz, Gerald Everett, and Dalton Schultz.

Concluding Thoughts

If I had to guess, I would think the Giants will attempt to bring back Engram on a cheap one or two-year deal. If that is unsuccessful, they will shop in the bargain bin, and draft a tight end in the middle rounds of the draft. Daniel Jones will need a reliable 3rd down/red-zone target with good hands, and there are some quality choices if the Giants know where to look.


How the dynasty tight end landscape is about to change

Dynasty TEs are evolving

Marcel Boudreau (@Marcel_BFF)

There has been growing importance among the fantasy football community about having one of the top 3 fantasy tight ends, and how it gives you an extreme positional advantage. Many dynasty leagues are now tight end (TE) premiums (where tight end receive more points for production), which if you are in one of these leagues, prepare for the shift. In redraft, we’re seeing Travis Kelce picked in the first round when not too long ago, picking a tight end in the first three rounds would have been frowned upon. But now, we really need to be aware of how the tight end landscape is about to get set on fire, and how it could affect dynasty rosters. 

There are more relevant fantasy tight ends whose contracts expire after the 2021-2022 season than has ever been in an off-season. Who are they, their TE finish last season in PPR scoring, and how it affects the landscape:

Mark Andrews (TE #6): Finishing as a top 6 TE in back-to-back season, Mark Andrews is entering his fourth and final season with Baltimore. It appears we will see a better passing attack from the Ravens in 2021, which could bode really well for this touchdown machine. If the Raven’s fail to extend him, and Andrews tests the free-agent market, he could find a team willing to out-pay the Ravens, which leaves a big hole in Raven’s offense for someone to fill, but also would likely dethrone the tight end in Andrew’s new destination.

Dallas Goedert (TE #20 in 11 games; paced to be TE #9): in a year with the horrific quarterback play, they’re did shine a glimmer of hope to what Goedert could become as the lead TE in the Philadelphia offense. Goedert quickly became Jalen Hurts’ favorite target, but that could be irrelevant if Zach Ertz remains in Philly. If the Eagles fail to trade Ertz, it may leave a sour taste in Goedert’s mouth, as it would show the team really does have full confidence in him. Not only would Ertz ruin Goedert’s dynasty managers’ expectations for the upcoming season, but it would lead to Goedert and Ertz being out of Philly after 2021, especially if Goedert wants to go to an even paying team, who will use him more. 

Mike Gesicki (TE #7): The Dolphins just spent a third-round draft pick on promising TE-talent Hunter Long and extended TE Adam Shaheen in the middle of last season, which both appear like preparation moves to be without Gesicki in 2022. Gesicki would be another extremely talented TE on the market, who has shown nothing but constant improvement and has set himself up nicely to earn a big cheque. 

Evan Engram (TE #15): What was a disappointing result on 109 targets (4th among TEs in 2020), the Giants did show they want to continue to use the TE or was it only a product of no other quality receiving options. They paid a lot of money for Golladay, have endless faith in RB star Saquon Barkley, and just picked wide receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round. But that’s not all, they also signed veteran TE Kyle Rudolph to significant money ($6,000,000/year,) and with the investment in receivers, it’s increasingly seeming that Evan Engram will be faded from this offense. It would be very surprising to see Engram be of any consistent relevance this season, but he is worth holding onto regardless of his 2021 production. Engram is a former first round pick, a freak athlete, and has Daniel Jones to blame for his recent lack in production. It would be shocking to not see another team willing to take a chance on him and give him a fresh start.

Gerald Everett (TE 24): If you’re invested in the fantasy community, you’re aware of the recent surge for Gerald Everett as a sleeper/breakout TE in 2021. Russell Wilson has been well known for producing relevant TEs, but in recent years, the Seahawks have failed to find one that can stay healthy for 16 games. Gerald Everett put up 7 catches for 135 yards against the Seahawks a few years ago, and Pete Carrol was quick to mention how amazed he was by Everett’s play that game. Everett was snagged by the Seahawks on a one-year deal (likely Everett playing the money side of things with the low cap space) and now has the offense and the quarterback to put up massive numbers, in a scheme that has been friendly to the tight end in the past. It would be fun to see Everett be either extended by the Seahawks or re-challenge the free-agent market if he does end up producing top-10 tight end numbers.

Robert Tonyan Jr. (TE #4) and Logan Thomas (TE #3) are both coming off breakout seasons. Neither of these names was on draft radars a season ago and became league-winning waiver wire adds. Both TEs are coming off seasons where they were a top-3 receiving option for their teams. Green Bay and Washington both added receiving options and have other receivers coming back from injury. These TEs have lost some steam over the off-season, and it would not be all that surprising to see them leave their current teams in 2022. 

David Njoku (TE #47) and O.J Howard (TE #58 paced to be TE #14: 4 game splayed): Both drafted in the first round showing lots of promise with their athletic profiles, and both producing top-15 TE value in their second years in the league have also both fizzled out recently and have experienced significant injuries. In 2021, these two guys will face solid competition for snaps and targets at TE in their respective offenses. It be interesting to see how many teams are willing to give them a second chance based on their athleticism and flashes of promise.

Anthony Firkser, Maxx Williams, Rob Gronkowski, C.J Uzomah, all appear to be in “filler” roles at TE. This is not taking anything away from Gronk’s 2019 performance, as he outproduced most expectations, but these four TEs are all part of explosive or efficient offenses and it would not be surprising to see their respective teams replace them with younger, promising talents to add even more weapons to their offenses, especially with some of the talented free agents hitting the market. 

Mo Alie-Cox, Eric Ebron, Jared Cook, Jordan Akins are other TE names to think about, as in all their cases, their respective teams have spent draft capital on rookie TEs, all with the potential to succeed and take over the TE role for these teams. Ian Thomas, Zach Ertz, Jimmy Graham, Chris Herndon, Dalton Shultz, are also on the list of 2022 free agent TE and deserved a mention.

To summarize this cluster of information on how to apply it to the dynasty managing world, latch on to a high-end prospect ready to hit the open market and bank that their talent will earn them a hot landing spot. Another angle to take is to acquire one of the already established TEs, whose roles, volume, and production are not in question for the next couple of years (Kelce, Kittle, Waller, Hockenson…?). After acquiring one of these studs, you can sit back, relax, and watch your league go crazy about the TEs in free agency next off-season. 

Top Fantasy TEs to Buy/Sell

Buy Broncos TE Noah Fant

By: Sukhwant Singh

Intro

Every year we as fantasy owners cringe when comes to drafting tight ends. Be it PPR or standard leagues there are just not enough premium TEs available. Once the heavy hitters, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, George Kittle, and Mark Andrews are off the board the rest of the crop is pretty average to below average.

In this article, we’ll focus on that next tier which can make or break your fantasy squad. I’ll be doing this article based on PPR league rankings/points. With that said let’s get started!

Top three Tight Ends to buy:

T.J. Hockenson

I’m on the hype train for T.J. Hockenson this season. I know the QB position has taken a bit of a hit with Jared Goff now at the helm instead of Matthew Stafford but this shouldn’t affect Hockenson’s value much. The team lost its top WRs in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu.

This now opens opportunities for plenty for Hockenson especially working those underneath routes. Hockenson finished last season as a TE5 with 175.3 total points in PPR formats. I fully expect him to exceed those numbers easily this season! Look for Hockenson/Goff to hit it off early and often this season. Acquiring Hockenson, given the right price is a trade worth assessing and committing to.

Noah Fant

It’s almost unfair the amount of QB uncertainty and bad QB play that Noah Fant has been dealing with. Even with that said Fant finished with 149.3 fantasy points which were good for TE9. Fant’s current ADP has him going in round 7 and later. That to me is an absolute steal!

Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgwater will bring the best in each other (at least we all hope they do) and that should have a direct result in better QB play overall. In addition, top receiving weapon Cortland Sutton will be back and fully healthy, so most of the defensive focus will shift towards him. This leaves Fant to win one on one coverage with slower linebackers and/or smaller safeties. Fant can be had for a tremendous value.

Tyler Higbee

I cant wait to see the chemistry/connection that Stafford develops with Tyler Higbee during this summer and into the season. Higbee finished as the TE8 in 2019 with 160.4 fantasy points. Although last year was a bit of a down year for him I expect him to bounce back in a big way.

Firstly, Stafford is now his QB. A big upgrade over Goff! Secondly, his target stealer (Gerald Everett) is now in Seattle. This leaves Higbee as the best TE option on the team. In 2020 Higbee out-snapped Everett by over 200 snaps! Higbee is set for a big role this season and fully expect him to break out and have a huge fantasy year.

Top three Tight Ends to sell:

Mike Gesicki

I’m just not a believer in the Dolphins QB situation. Mike Gesicki finished as a TE7 with 159.3 fantasy points in 2020. Now with the addition of Will Fuller and rookie Jaylen Waddle to an already crowded receiving core room. There are plenty of weapons on the Dolphins offense and I’m not sure that Tua Tagovailoa will be able to spread the ball around as needed.

This is where Gesicki’s fantasy outlook takes a hit. He might be the odd man out in terms of weekly sustained fantasy production on that team and this is where you as fantasy owners can get solid value for Gesicki. There will be plenty of TE-hungry fantasy managers will take the name and past fantasy production without looking at the complete picture/context. Take advantage of it and sell Gesicki high!

Evan Engram

In a similar boat as Gesicki, Evan Engram is the odd man out. The Giants added Kenny Golladay, drafted Kadarius Toney and will have Saquan Barkley back from injury. Just like with the Dolphins and Tua, I’m not sure if Jones will be able to keep all these mouths happy and fed often enough.

Engram finished as TE15 last season with 141 fantasy points. This is without the above names being on the team last season. Daniel Jones is in a make-or-break season and thus far I haven’t seen enough to convince me that he can be in that top 15 QB tier. Sell Engram as he another big name out there but little fantasy value.

Kyle Pitts

Now before everybody goes crazy as to why I’m mentioning Kyle Pitts, let me explain. This sell on Pitts is for redraft leagues ONLY! Second, I’m only saying sell because of his current ADP value of 4.04. This is insane for a player who has yet to take an NFL snap.

Pitts would have to have one of the greatest rookie TE seasons in NFL history for him to be worth that high of pick. We all have seen how rookies tend to struggle to get adjusted to the NFL level. Pitts will be no different. I’m not saying he will be a bust. What I am saying is that to draft Pitts with your third or fourth pick and say he goes 65/600/5 as his stat line, that would be good for about TE10!

Last season Hunter Henry posted a 60/613/4 line in 14 games with the Chargers good for TE12! You see it’s all about value. You can find other TEs that can give similar production that can be had in a later round. Now if Pitts falls down the ladder to you in rounds eight or later then by all means scoop him up. However, to make him one of your first top five picks isn’t worth it. Sell high and get back a huge haul!

Why the Giants could have a Top 10 passing offense

Giants passing offense a Top 10 unit?

By: Daniel Racz

Introduction

The New York Giants’ offense fell short of all expectations in 2020. After losing star running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants had to adapt. The front office signed Devonta Freeman and Alfred Morris to pair with Wayne Gallman. To the surprise of many, the Giants’ running game was more successful than their air attack. However, there are many reasons to expect the Giants passing game to take a step forward. A healthy Daniel Jones will be the key, but there are a few other pieces that will be crucial if the Giants want a top-ten passing offense. Ensuring that the Giants use weapons besides Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley may be the determining factor for Big Blue in 2021.

Schemed Up Touches For Kadarius Toney

The Giants’ questionably spent a first-round pick on Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Despite remaining at Florida for four years, Toney is a raw route runner. If the Giants want to add a new element to their offense, they will have to play to Toney’s strengths. Toney is a menace in the open field. His ability to break tackles and evade defenders in college was reminiscent of Alvin Kamara. If that skill translates to the NFL, the Giants can utilize Toney like the dynamic weapon that he is.

The best way to maximize the skill of open field specialists like Toney is through touches at or behind the line of scrimmage. Giving Toney touches like screens, drag routes and even pitches could give the Giants a weapon that few other teams in the league possess. 

A Stable Offensive Line

The least talked about aspect of an offense when discussing their passing attack is their offensive line. The New York Giants’ were unable to run lots of successful deep passing plays in large part due to their inability to give Daniel Jones time to throw. Their offensive line ranked in the bottom five in almost every statistic. Jones did not have time to throw, and he got frazzled under pressure.

If the Giants can piece together a top twenty offensive line, it will open up new avenues for their passing attack. Deep targets to Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton can only be consistently successful if they are attempted from a clean pocket. The Giants hired Rob Sale to be their new offensive line coach, and he may be an X-Factor for the team in 2021. 

A Healthy, Dynamic Evan Engram 

Did Evan Engram make the pro bowl last year? Yes. Did that endear him to Giants fans? Not at all. 

In 2020, Engram’s drop issues cost the Giants turnovers and an early-season matchup against the Eagles. It is worth noting that Evan Engram played the 2020 season with a lisfranc injury. Engram’s injury is similar to the injury that Marquise “Hollywood” Brown of the Ravens played through during his rookie year in 2019. In 2020, Brown returned more explosive. If Engram can come into the 2021 season and play as he did earlier in his career, the Giants will have another weapon on their hands. When at his best, Engram is a premier tight end with elite athleticism. If the Giants use Engram properly, they can have an above-average passing attack. 

3 Potential Trade Destinations For Evan Engram

Where Could The Giants TE Land?

By: Caleb Holfoth (@cmhfilm)

Evan Engram has had an up and down four years with the New York Giants in his career. Drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, Engram has never quite met the expectations that the Giants and the rest of the league had for him. The Giants triggered his fifth-year option last summer and Engram will get paid $6 million this season.

Evan Engram Career Stats

  • 2017 🡪 15 Games: 115 Targets, 64 Receptions, 772 Yards, 6 Touchdowns, 48.1 YPG
  • 2018 🡪 11 Games: 64 Targets, 45 Receptions, 577 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 52.5 YPG
  • 2019 🡪 8 Games: 68 Targets, 44 Receptions, 467 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 58.4 YPG
  • 2020 🡪16 Games: 109 Targets, 63 Receptions, 654 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 40.9 YPG

Evan Engram’s career has been plagued by his drops. Most notably, Engram had a major drop in the 4th quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles that ultimately cost the Giants the game.

Evan Engram still ended up making the Pro Bowl despite the publics’ confusion about how he was selected. Engram’s trade value has never been higher due to making the Pro Bowl and having somewhat of a bounce-back season. Many teams could make strong runs at Engram if he becomes available. 

Although Engram has had consistency issues with his hands and missed 11 games in his career there are still strong reasons to consider Engram. Engram is one of the most athletic tight ends in all of football. He has also endured nothing better than mediocre quarterback plays his whole career. If Engram is paired with a top quarterback, he has the potential to have a breakout season with a new team. 

Honorable Mentions:

Los Angeles Rams 🡪 Evan Engram is a great fit in Sean McVays offense; however, the Rams currently have no trade assets after acquiring Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions.

Seattle Seahawks 🡪 Seahawks have only four picks in 2021 draft making a trade unlikely. Evan Engram would give Russell Wilson his best tight end since Jimmy Graham. 

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are in a tough situation with only $1 Million in cap space. The Titans starting Tight End Jonnu Smith is up for free agency and likely to get paid by one of the many teams with tons of cap space. With Smith likely not to return the Titans will have to look elsewhere. Engram could be the best option for this offense considering how hard it is to find elite tight ends in the draft. The Titans had over 850 yards from the tight end position in 2020 showing how important the position is to their offense.

Tennessee does have some in-house options but none of them compare to the athleticism that Jonnu Smith brought to the table. Engram is just as athletic and would join an already strong and fast receiving core as options for Ryan Tannehill. Engram would be an upgrade over Jonnu Smith and potentially give the Titan’s offense the push they need after a first-round exit in the playoffs this season.

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have an explosive offense. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins led the way in Kliff Kingsbury’s explosive offense. Dan Arnold is the starting tight end for Arizona, and he is a free agent. The Cardinal’s offense sputtered at the end of the season and ultimately was one of the reasons that they could not reach the playoffs. Engram could help bolster the Cardinal’s offense by giving them a player who can line up with his hand in the dirt or as a mismatch on smaller defensive backs in the slot. DeAndre Hopkins requires maximum attention from the defense. By acquiring Engram, the Cardinals get another bigger athletic receiving option who can open things up for Kyler Murray. 

Murray and Arizona would bolster one of the strongest receiving corps in the league with Hopkins, Engram, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, and potentially Larry Fitzgerald (retirement). Kingsbury is an offensive coach and should live and die by his offense. Kyler Murray enters his third year as the starting and Kingsbury cannot afford to miss the playoffs again. Kingsbury should live and die by his offensive knowledge and load up his skills positions by acquiring Engram for a 2021 playoff run.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville is about to draft a generational talent at quarterback when it selected Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Jacksonville has one of the weakest rosters in the NFL and to give Lawrence the best weapons for his success they will have to surround him with more talent. The running back position is set with James Robinson. The wide receiver position has several players who have tons of potential as well as a plethora of cap space to spend in a good wide receiver market in free agency. One area where the free agency or the draft may not offer the best solution is the tight end position. 

Evan Engram would be a good pickup for Jacksonville. They have more than enough cap space to pick up Engram’s $6 Million salaries this season. Engram would give Lawrence an athletic tight end who can lineup all over the field for the Jaguars and head coach Urban Meyer. Jacksonville could also value Engram as a player that can earn a long-term deal based on his production in the 2021 season. With a lot of cap space and trade/draft assets, this is a low-risk high-reward trade for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Final Thoughts

Evan Engram is a high-value trade target for many teams. If the New York Giants do not see a future with Engram beyond this season it would be smart to offload him while his value is at its highest. Engram could demand anywhere from a 2nd round pick to a later pick trade that involves a player in return.

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑