Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham has made an immediate impact since finally getting to play.
Insight: Beckham and Eli Manning have already become a red zone item. Sunday he caught just four balls for 34 yards, but two went for scores. He has three touchdown receptions in three games. Now if he can just start seeing the ball a little more he could become a solid WR2.
Description: New York running back Andre Williams posted mediocre numbers again as the Giants starter and has not taken advantage of his opportunity.
Insight: Williams rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys. That's 35 carries for 110 yards (3.1 ypc) and no touchdowns over the past two games. Rashad Jennings should have no trouble regaining the starting job when healthy.
Description: Giants running back Andre Williams will start again in Week 7 against the Cowboys.
Insight: Williams rushed for 58 yards on 16 carries against the Eagles last week in his first start in Rashard Jennings' absence. That was relatively disappointing, but the Giants fell behind early and were forced to abandon the running game. Williams hopes to be more involved this week, but Dallas has been an underrated defense to start the year.
Description: The Giants officially placed wide receiver Victor Cruz on injured reserve to end his season.
Insight: Cruz tore his right patellar tendon on Sunday night against the Eagles. He should be ready for training camp next year, but there is a high chance that Cruz will never be the same since the injury is going to affect his cutting ability. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. will start in place of Cruz.
Description: Giants tight end Larry Donnell had only one catch in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: He made a miraculous juggling catch for a touchdown, only for it to be called back on an offensive holding call. Donnell totaled only six yards and two targets, and should be considered a low-end TE1 for now.
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle led the Giants in receiving on Sunday night against the Eagles.
Insight: It was nothing to cry home about, as he totaled five catches for 58 yards. Randle did accumulate nine targets, and with Victor Cruz out for the season, he will be an important piece for New York, moving forward.
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning couldn't get anything going Sunday night against Philadelphia.
Insight: Don't blame this one on Eli, his line failed him miserably. Manning was 13-of-23 for 151 yards and was sacked six times. The Eagles sacked Giants quarterbacks a total of eight times on the night. Manning had played well in the previous three games averaging 244.6 ypg with eight touchdown passes against just one interception.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz went down in a heap after attempting to catch a pass from Eli Manning in the end zone and the early indications are that he has a torn patella tendon, per Michelle Tafoya.
Insight: The Giants will need for rookie Odell Beckham Jr. to step up to replace him opposite Rueben Randle.
Description: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants do not trust rookie running back Andre Williams in the passing game.
Insight: Williams has not displayed very good hands catching balls. He has also not shown the ability to pass block. That likely means he will not play much on third down, which makes him a much riskier play against the Eagles this Sunday night.
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings left Sunday's game against Atlanta with a left knee sprain, but will have more tests Monday. UPDATE: Jennings has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is considered week-to-week.
Insight: According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, he could miss a week or two. but we will know more after Monday's tests. Andre Williams would take his place in the starting spot and would be a viable fantasy option.
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) is not expected to make his NFL debut this Thursday, but is aiming for Atlanta in Week 5.
Insight: Beckham has begun to practice, but needs more time to be ready. Beckham could eventually see extensive time in three wide receiver sets, but he still only has fantasy value in dynasty leagues.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz was his old self in Week 3, catching five passes for 107 yards.
Insight: Cruz also did the salsa as he scored his first touchdown of the season. Eli Manning and Cruz failed in the first two games to build any kind of chemistry, but Cruz caught five of his six targets on Sunday.
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings rushed 34 times for 176 yards and a touchdown agains the Texans.
Insight: The 34 carries is exactly the same number Jennings had in the first two games combined. Fantasy owners loved the production and amount of carries, but his continued success greatly depends on Eli Manning's continued development in the west coast offense.
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) is expected to make his NFL debut this Thursday against the Redskins according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Insight: Beckham did not practice all week as the Giants have been extra cautious with their first-round pick. Beckham could eventually see extensive time in three wide receiver sets, but he still only has value in dynasty leagues.
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle will have a tough time breaking out in 2014.
Insight: He was a hot sleeper during drafts, but does not seem to possess game-breaking abilities. Combined with the fact that New York's offensive line is in shambles and Eli is turning the ball over way too much, Randle will be no more than a WR4/5 early on in the season.
Description: New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz had a much better outing during Week 2 against the Cardinals.
Insight: While Cruz was more productive, the entire Giants team is feeling the effects of a lousy offensive line. Cruz should still see a ton of targets, and be valuable in PPR leagues, however, finding the end zone in 2014 could be an issue. Cruz is no more than a WR3 moving forward.
Description: The Giants have seemed to have found their tight end in Larry Donnell.
Insight: He had seven receptions for 81 yards during Week 2, and has totaled 12 catches for 137 yards a touchdown, thus far. Eli Manning seems to trust him, and with the Giants offensive line struggling, Donnell should continue to see a ton of targets on quick, intermediate targets.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin said rookie receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) may still be 2-3 weeks away from playing in a game.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for zero yards in New York's preseason finale on Thursday.
Insight: Manning finishes the preseason 20-of-41 for 188 yards, one touchdown, three fumbles, one fumble lost and five sacks taken. Manning is not a viable quarterback option this season. To say he is confused in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense is an understatement.
Description: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin praised third-year wideout Rueben Randle during his Saturday press conference.
Insight: Randle looked good on Friday against the Jets, running a sharp 15-yard route for a touchdown and displaying great field awareness by catching a 26-yard throw along the sideline. If Eli Manning can ever get a hold of the new offense, Randle could be a great value pickup in a middle round.
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's fourth preseason game against the Jets and beat reporter Jordan Raanan says it is "not looking good" for Week 1.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and he re-injured it during Monday's practice. Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin yet despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Description: Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who left Saturday's preseason game with a groin injury and is probable for the opener against Detroit.
Insight: Amukamura started all 16 games last season and said he planned to be ready for Week 1. Given the Lions passing game, the Giants need him out there to help keep Calvin Johnson & Co. under control.
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) left Monday's practice and did not return after appearing to pull up lame, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: Beckham may have been held out for the rest of the day as a precaution, but its worth watching the next few days. He's missed valuable practice time which could limit his early season productivity.
Description: According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will practice on an individual basis Monday.
Insight: Beckham has been missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin said running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) will be out for a while, according to Jordan Raanan of nj.com. He's dealing with a sprained ankle/foot.
Insight: The Giants looked to have running back depth at the beginning of camp but have lost David Wilson and Hillis. Hillis' absence may lead to the Giants giving even more responsibilities to rookie Andre Williams to see what he can and can't handle.
Description: Giants rookie running back Andre Williams had seven carries for 48 yards in the preseason opener Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills.
Insight: Williams has been getting first-team goal-line reps since the start of camp and the threat he poses to Rashad Jennings' fantasy value was on display Sunday. ESPN.com's Dan Graziano said that the Giants "already love him as a runner -- and not just at the goal line" and thinks the fact Williams was rotated in with the first-team offense Sunday could be a sign that he's going to have a big role early in the season.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson's doctors have advised him to stop playing football.
Insight: Wilson was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday. The 23-year-old suffered a neck stinger on July 29 after undergoing spinal fusion surgery last year. Wilson will finish with just 115 career carries in two years.
Description: Giants rookie running back Andre Williams continued to take goal-line snaps during practice Thursday, according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: With David Wilson (neck) iffy to ever play again Rashad Jennings is going to be the workhorse, but Williams could be a real nuisance for fantasy owners. He's been handling first-team goal-line snaps throughout camp.
Description: According to nj.com, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he'll use a running back by committee this season, even with David Wilson out.
Insight: The Giants signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams and brought back second-year back Michael Cox. However, we tend to think the talk of a committee is training camp coach-speak. Jennings has the power to run between the tackles and the hands and pass-protection skills to play on third downs, so he should get the majority of the work. The one thing to be concerned about is Williams vulturing touchdowns, as the rookie has been getting first-team reps on the goal line.
Description: A person with knowledge of Giants running David Wilson's medical condition said Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his playing career. SOURCE: nj.com
Insight: Wilson left Tuesday's practice with a "neck burner" after undergoing spinal fusion surgery last season. The running back tweeted Wednesday that "everything was fine," but apparently it isn't. He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
Description: Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he passed all physical examinations and "everything turned out to be fine." He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
Insight: Wilson left practice Tuesday with a "neck burner," which was a cause for concern because he sustained a career-threatening neck injury last season. The Giants aren't going to be able to count on him as anything more than a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings, so there's no reason to draft him.
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss at least another week due to his hamstring injury, though an MRI ruled out a tear.
Insight: Beckham is missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Description: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury.
Insight: "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday," Reese said. "Obviously there is a concern." Jerrell Jernigan replaced Beckham in three-receiver sets Wednesday. Rookie receivers usually struggle so Beckham needs all the practice time he can get.
Description: According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com, Daniel Fells has worked as the Giants first-team tight end in the first two days of training camp.
Insight: Fells is competing with Adrien Robinson and Kellen Davis for the starting job. Fells has 92 catches for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns in 71 career games. The Giants are going to play a lot of three-receiver sets and are a team that still often uses a fullback, so whoever starts at tight end won't be a fantasy option. Brandon Myers, last year's starter, had 47 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
Description: According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, rookie Andre Williams worked as the first-team goal-line rusher on the first day of training camp Tuesday. He also handled goal-line duties this spring.
Insight: This could spell doom for the fantasy value of Rashad Jennings because he's already going to be losing some carries to David Wilson on early downs. Jennings' ADP is 44.3 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 21st among running backs.
Description: According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Giants co-owner John Mara said the team expects David Wilson (neck) to be medically cleared to play this season.
Insight: "We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara said. Wilson has burned fantasy owners two years in a row and was terrible in 2013 even before his serious neck injury. He'll be a change-of-pace back and home-run threat behind workhorse Rashad Jennings if he's healthy in 2014.
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning has been a full participant in OTAs and again said he feels 100 percent healthy, according to a New York Daily news report.
Insight: Manning had ankle surgery two months ago. We don't expect the ankle to be an issue, but the Giants have installed a new offense this year under new OC Ben McAdoo which will take a while to learn, so Manning may get off to a slow start.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson (neck) has not yet been medically cleared to participate in training camp after an MRI and exam Wednesday morning. Source: Mike Garafolo, FOX Sports 1.
Insight: Garafolo reported that Wilson will have another checkup before the start of camp, at which point the Giants are hoping he is medically cleared to play. It's a frustrating situation for Wilson and hopeful fantasy owners alike as the once-promising back averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and lost two fumbles in five games before his season-ending injury.
Description: Giants safety Will Hill has been waiver.
Insight: Hill was suspended three times since entering the league in 2012. That includs a six-game suspension for 2014 due to a violation of the substance abuse policy. He has plenty of talent, but the Giants have found him simply too undependable to build around.
Description: The Giants cut QB Josh Freeman on Friday.
Insight: Freeman didn't even make it to training camp with New York. He's experienced a rapid downfall that began in Week 15 of 2012. Including that game, he's completed 48.8 percent of his passes and recorded a 4/13 TD/INT ratio in his last seven NFL games.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson (neck) is participating in OTAs.
Insight: The Giants expect Wilson to have full-contact clearance by training camp. Wilson averaged just 3.3 ypc and lost two fumbles in five games before suffering a season-ending neck injury. New York signed Rashad Jennings away from Oakland as insurance for Wilson.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Giants QB Eli Manning said he feels 100 percent healthy, even though "the trainers tell me I'm not."
Insight: Manning had ankle surgery a month ago. Giants GM Jerry Reese said two weeks ago that Manning is "out for the spring," but Manning said his goal is to be ready for the team's first OTA on May 28.
Description: The Giants have agreed to terms with Josh Freeman on a one-year contract, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.
Insight: Freeman will compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the backup job. Freeman had an abysmal .429 completion percentage, 761 yards, two touchdowns and four picks in four starts last year (0-4). He was released by the Buccaneers and only made one start with the Vikings, a Monday Night disaster against the G-Men in which he went 20-of-53 for 190 yards.
Description: Mario Manningham has returned to the Giants on a one-year deal.
Insight: Injuries limited Manningham to only six games last season. Manningham is probably best known for the sideline catch he made against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. The 27-year-old hasn't been a fantasy option since 2010 when he racked up 944 yards and nine touchdowns for the G-Men.
Description: Cornerback Walter Thurmond has reached a one-year deal with the Giants. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The Legion of Boom has lost another member. In 12 games for Seattle last season, Thurmond racked up 33 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. New York gave up 6.3 yards per passing attempt last season which was actually among the best in the league. Thurmond is likely to start alongside Prince Amukamara in the Giants' secondary.
Description: The Giants have agreed to re-sign backup running back Peyton Hillis. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: It's a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Hillis was mostly a nonfactor last season, producing just 247 yards in seven appearances. At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Hillis does carry some vulture potential. It will be interesting to see who the Giants give the rock to around the goal line next season.
Description: Rashad Jennings is set to join the New York Giants. SOURCE: Dan Graziano, ESPN
Insight: For Jennings, this will be his third team in as many seasons. He took over the starting job in Oakland last season but it's unknown what Jennings' role will be with David Wilson and Peyton Hillis also vying for carries. New York will have a crowded backfield in 2014.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson is scheduled to undergo neck surgery on January 16th. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: The Giants know the operation is serious so they're not banking on him to be healthy for Week 1. Wilson has collected 504 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his first two years in the league.
Description: Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has announced his retirement.
Insight: Jacobs has been slow to recover from a knee injury and has not been a factor since 2011. His best season was in 2008 when he rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Giants are still hoping that David Wilson can play in 2014.
Description: Giants wideout Jerrel Jernigan was the team's go-to receiver again in Week 17.
Insight: He recorded six catches for 90 yards and a score in New York's 20-6 victory over the Redskins. Jerrigan also added 57 yards rushing with 49 coming on a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Jerrigan could play a pivotal role in the Giants' passing attack next season if Hakeem Nicks leaves in free agency as he's expected to.
Description: New York wideout Rueben Randle is active for Sunday's season finale against Washington.
Insight: He had been questionable with a knee injury. With Victor Cruz out for the season, Randle should see plenty of targets in Week 17. He had three catches for 20 yards against the Redskins earlier this month.
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle (knee) practiced Friday, according to Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Randle's knee "flared up" and caused him to miss practice the last two days, but he insisted Thursday that he'll play in Week 17 against the Redskins. The second-year receiver has 41 catches, 611 yards and six scores this season. He saw nine targets in Week 16 with Victor Cruz out but only had four catches for 40 yards. Fantasy owners shouldn't trust any Giants receivers in Week 17.
Description: From the looks of it, injured Giants halfback David Wilson has his work cut out for him if he wants to resume his career in the NFL. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: Wilson is having trouble getting clearance following his latest neck injury and some doctors are recommending that he retire. Injuries and poor play have limited the 2012 first round pick to just 115 rushing attempts in his first two seasons.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Brown took a shot to the head in overtime against Detroit this past week and ended up losing a fumble on the play. He should be the primary ball carrier Sunday with Peyton Hillis as his backup.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Brown took a shot to the head in overtime against Detroit and ended up losing a fumble on the play. The call was upheld even though the replay showed Brown appeared to be down. He was carted to the locker room soon thereafter and his status for Week 17 is now in question. New York may have to sign Tiki Barber out of retirement.
Description: New York receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: He had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. Sunday against Detroit will be the first game Cruz has missed in three NFL seasons. He'll finish the year with 73 catches, four touchdowns and 998 receiving yards.
Description: According to a New York Daily News report, Giants receiver Victor Cruz (concussion, sprained knee) could miss the final two games of the season
Insight: If true, Cruz will finish the season two yards short of his third consecutive 1,000-yard season. The Giants have little to play for and probably won't take any chances with their best offensive weapon.
Description: The Giants are going to again be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Pierre-Paul is battling a shoulder injury. It's the second game Pierre-Paul has missed in four NFL seasons. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks two seasons ago but is only on pace for three in 2013. Still, he's a good pass rusher and his absence should help Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing offense.
Description: The Giants are going to be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Pierre-Paul is battling a shoulder injury. It's the first game Pierre-Paul has missed in four NFL seasons. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks two seasons ago but is only on pace for three in 2013.
Description: Hakeem Nicks' status appears to be in doubt for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Nicks' groin injury makes him a huge question mark. If Nicks does sit out, it should mean more targets for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Keep in mind, Nicks has played all season without scoring a touchdown.
Description: New York halfback Andre Brown got a huge workload Sunday in his first game back from a broken leg.
Insight: Brown produced 115 yards on 30 carries. He even added a touchdown from a yard out late in the third quarter. New York's backfield conundrum may finally be solved. If Brown is still available, be sure to put in a waiver claim for him next week.
Description: Even with Andre Brown returning from a broken leg, Peyton Hillis has been tabbed as the starter for New York's game Sunday against Oakland. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: The distinction of starter doesn't necessarily mean that Hillis will receive more carries. As bad as the Raiders' secondary is, their run defense has been solid. Even in a week with four teams on bye, Hillis and Brown are unlikely to draw much fantasy interest.
Description: New York wideout Victor Cruz is officially active for Sunday's contest against Oakland.
Insight: Cruz's status was in question earlier this week after sitting out Wednesday's practice with a neck injury. He returned to the field for Thursday and Friday's practice sessions, however, and should be a top-ten wideout this week versus a porous Raiders secondary.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz (neck) returned to a full practice Friday, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Insight: Cruz wore a red non-contact jersey at practiceThursday, but not on Friday. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Cruz will be active in Week 10 against the Raiders and is a must-start against a secondary that just allowed seven passing touchdowns to the Eagles.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg and on reserve/designated for return list) is expected to share time with Peyton Hillis in Week 10.
Insight: Brown says he feels "great" and is "ready to go." Meanwhile Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) missed Friday's practice. It will be interesting to see what kind of wokload distribution the team comes up with and which, if any, of the backs can be fantasy worthy assets. Our guess is a pretty even split with Hillis slightly ahead of Brown.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz (neck) returned to a limited practice Thursday, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Insight: Cruz wore a red non-contact jersey at practice but should take contact Friday, coach Tom Coughlin said. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Cruz will be active in Week 10 against the Raiders and is a must-start against a secondary that just allowed seven passing touchdowns to the Eagles.
Description: The Giants placed David Wilson (neck) on injured reserve Thursday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Insight: The Giants released a statement saying that Wilson had made "significant" progress in his recovery from a herniated disc in his neck, but evidently they didn't think the running back would be able to return this season. Wilson is expected to avoid surgery and will enter a make-or-break year in 2014 after disappointing in each of the last two seasons.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin says he will go into Week 10 against the Raiders with a "set plan" at running back, according to NJ.com.
Insight: Andre Brown will return from his fractured leg Sunday, but NJ.com expects Peyton Hillis to be the primary running back option with Brown and Brandon Jacobs mixed in. Coughlin isn't ready to turn Brown loose. "He’s ready to help," Coughlin said. "But there is a big difference between game day and practice." Brown should be owned in all leagues but shouldn't be started Sunday, while Hillis is a desperation flex option.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz won't practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jordan Raanan, NJ.com
Insight: He's still battling a neck injury. It's a little concerning because Cruz is coming off a bye and had all of last week to recover. If he can't go Sunday versus the Raiders, Reuben Randle may have to be in the WR2/flex discussion.
Description: Even though the Giants released a statement Monday regarding David Wilson's excellent progress in his recovery from a neck injury, it doesn't appear that he's close to returning. SOURCE: Giants.com
Insight: The good news is, it doesn't look like Wilson will need surgery. He's week-to-week. Andre Brown should take over as the lead back after the team's bye.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson will have another MRI this week to compare with the one he got right after his neck injury. The results will determine whether he plays again this season. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: With Andre Brown scheduled back and Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs on the roster, the Giants have weathered the injury storm winning their last two games. Things are looking up for the offense.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg and on reserve/designated for return list) says he'll play in Week 10 against the Raiders. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News.
Insight: Brown says he feels "great" and is "ready to go." While Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) also is expected to return in Week 10, Brown should be the workhorse. Peyton Hillis, who is on his last legs, managed to produce 166 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 46 touches the last two games, so Brown will be a definite starting fantasy option in Week 10. New York has a bye in Week 9.
Description: New York wideout Victor Cruz has returned to Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He left earlier with a neck injury but it wasn't serious. The Giants hold a 15-0 advantage in the fourth quarter and will probably be looking to run out the clock. Cruz has five grabs for 64 yards.
Description: New York running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday's game with Philadelphia.
Insight: Peyton Hilliis will be the primary back against the Eagles after posting 81 yards from scrimmage and a TD Monday night versus Minnesota. He's worthy of a start, particularly in a week with six teams on a bye.
Description: New York running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and it appears unlikely that he'll be ready for Week 8 against Philadelphia.
Insight: Peyton Hilliis would be the primary back against the Eagles after posting 81 yards from scrimmage and a TD Monday night versus Minnesota. Even if Jacobs makes it back onto the field, expect him to share time with Hillis and Michael Cox.
Description: Dan Graziano of ESPN.com notices that Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks can't get any separation from defenders this sesaon, likely because his legs are not the same due to multiple injuries the past few years.
Insight: Nicks dropped three passes, including a touchdown, Monday against the Vikings, but his trouble separating is the bigger concern. He's had to out-fight defenders to make most of his catches and has just 27 receptions on 56 targets (48.2%). That includes six catches on 18 targets the last two games. However, Nicks had nine catches for 142 yards on 12 targets in Week 5 against the Eagles, his opponent this Sunday. With six teams on bye, Nicks is a WR3 this week.
Description: Giants running back Peyton Hillis was suddenly pushed into a primary role Monday night just days after signing with the team, when Brandon Jacobs couldn't play.
Insight: Hillis ran the ball 18 times for 36 yards and a score and caught five balls for 45 yards. it would be better for all if he doesn't see that big a workload and the hope is that Jacobs returns to be the primary ball carrier with Hillis the third-down receiving back.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks had a finger x-ray after Monday night's game.
Insight: Nicks dropped a few passes and this could have been the cause. It isn't likely to keep him out of the next game against Philadelphia, but if he keeps dropping passes fantasy owners will have to consider not starting him down the road.
Description: New York halfback Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) won't play Monday night against the Vikings.
Insight: Jacobs will hand over the backfield duties to Michael Cox, who is making his first career start. Veteran Peyton Hillis should also be in the mix for carries. The Giants are second-to-last in the NFL in rushing yards per game this season (67.8).