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NEWS: Rashad Jennings expected to start Week 11?

SMITTY: He was limited during practice on Wednesday, though, but assuming he suffers no setbacks, he should grab ahold of the majority of carries in Week 11 against the 49ers. This makes Andre Williams a RB3-type play at best. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rashad Jennings explodes for a 73-yard TD in preseason contest against Steelers.

Rashad Jennings ran the ball five times for 85 yards and 1TD in his team’s second preseason game against the Steelers.

SMITTY: Rashad Jennings as an absolute beast in this one, ripping off a 73-yard touchdown in the first quarter. While his current ADP is considered somewhat high at a glance, as it’s in the middle of the 4th-round, he could still outperform that kind of draft slot by quite a bit. I admit, despite Andre Williams likely stealing most of the goal line work this upcoming season, I’m really starting to buy into Jennings more and more as we near Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Rashad Jennings Power Rankings?

NEWS: David Wilson placed on injured reserve, ending his season/career.

According to reports, the Giants have placed RB David Wilson (neck) on injured reserve, ending his season. His career is over.

SMITTY: David Wilson, like Jahvid Best, was a serious NFL talent that had monster fantasy football upside. It’s a shame we never got to see him at his best. We wish him all the best. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams both have the ability to be strong fantasy contributors in 2014, but they could also diminish each other’s values. It’s possible they co-exist, and Jennings could be a 50-reception back this season given that Williams flat-out can’t catch. As of now, goal-line and short-yardage work is expect to go to Williams, making him flex-worthy in deep leagues this upcoming fantasy season. And, Jennings will get a grip of rushing yards, maybe less touchdowns than his owners would like, but 50+ receptions, thus making him a sneaky RB2 in 2014 (if you don’t have to overpay by the time you draft, at which point we’d take a pass). Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings both look sharp in preseason opener.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings ran the ball seven times for 23 yards and pulled in 20 yards on seven catches during Sunday night’s preseason opener against the Bills. Andre Williams ran the ball seven times for 48 yards and scored a three-yard touchdown.

SMITTY: Both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams looked solid in their limited play. Jennings could be a PPR force given his 5th-round ADP, but he could lose goal line work to Andre Williams, a player I called back in January one of the toughest runners I’ve ever seen. If only Williams could catch, he’d be an elite fantasy prospect. Let’s hope he learns to pull in passes! As for how to value these two guys heading into 2014, Jennings, if he can stay healthy, should be a good bet for 1,000+ rushing yards and 40+ receptions. At roughly 11th-round ADP, Williams has some good upside for any team’s fantasy RB3/4 slot. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: David Wilson suffers a setback in practice; Jennings the uncontested starter.

According to reports, Giants RB David Wilson left practice today with a “neck burner” – He will undergo tests.

SMITTY: David Wilson is a tough player to even roster in 2014, despite his insane athletic ability. Rashad Jennings, althouh his ADP is higher than I’d like it, doesn’t have much standing in his way of a decent season in 2014. Andre Williams could steal goal line work, and he is a beast-of-a-runner, but he can’t catch an oversized basketball. He could work on that deficiency, and if he does I’ll be a long-term supporter of his. For now, though, Jennings looks like the Giants’ uncontested workhorse heading into August – See where we have him ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Victor Cruz could catch 100 passes in 2014?

According to nj.com, Giants WR Victor Cruz is “playing the role of Green Bay’s Randall Cobb and being moved all over the field, 100 receptions is a possibility.”

SMITTY: Eli Manning, who threw 27 interceptions last season, was the problem in 2013, the problem wasn’t Victor Cruz. Cruz went from pulling in 86/1092/10TDs in 2012 to producting 73/998/4TDs in 2013; I think Cruz can easily replicate his 2012 stats if Manning gets back to playing just ‘decent’ football. Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle will play well enough in 2014 to provide Cruz with some space to play that Randall Cobb-type role, which equals tons of receptions! Checkout where Victor Cruz ranks on our Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Andre Williams the Giants goal-line back in 2014; David Wilson looks explosive?

According to nj.com, Giants RB Andre Williams could kickoff the 2014 season as the team’s goal-line runner. The report also states that RB David Wilson looks explosive right now.

SMITTY: While any one of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and David Wilson could be an effective fantasy football rusher if getting starter-type carries, this could shape up to be a three-back rotation in 2014. Honestly, who you invest in, if you even touch this situation in 2014, depends on draft value. ADPs for all three: Jennings =4.08, Williams = 10.9, and Wilson = double-digit rounds; I’m not sure about you, but 4.08 is way to expensive for Jennings. Checkout where Rashad Jennings ranks on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Rashad Jennings the RB1 despite David Wilson being cleared?

According to Ebenezer Samuel on Twitter, Giants RB Rashad Jennings remains the Giants RB1 despite David Wilson’s recent medical clearance.

SMITTY: While David Wilson shouldn’t be written off just yet as a potential fantasy threat, he certainly has an uphill battle ahead of him in terms of grabbing anything but change-of-pace type work heading into 2014. Should Rashad Jennings get hurt, though, things could quickly change. Andre Williams doesn’t pull in passes, but he too would command first- and second-down consideration should Jennings ever get banged up. Check out where we have Rashad Jennings ranked for Week 1!

NEWS: Victor Cruz continues to want to improve.

According to ESPN, Giants WR Victor Cruz “continued his quest for self-improvement, even after signing a big contract.” The article also talks about how after signing his big extension last year, Cruz reported to training camp and told his coaching staff that he “wanted to work to improve his blocking.”

SMITTY: Victor Cruz has all kinds of bounce-back upside this coming season, to the tune of a potential low-end fantasy WR1. Now, don’t even think about drafting him that high, or trading for him at that value… use ADP data to your advantage, data that indicates Cruz’s average draft slot is right around the middle of the 4th-round, which could be steal-type material at season’s end. While Cruz only pulled in 4TDs and 998 receiving yards last year, that’s on Eli Manning, who threw 27 INTs in 2013. Sure, there is a chance Manning struggles again in 2014, but my guess is we will see much improvement in Eli’s stat lines, which gets Cruz back into his 80/1000+/9-10TD stat lines. Improvement in the passing game is good news for both up-and-coming receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Ruben Randle. For full projections on all these guys, especially Victor Cruz, check out our Draft Analyzer projections for fantasy football 2014!

NEWS: Rueben Randle more focused receiver in 2014.

According to ESPN, Giants WR Rueben Randle is more focused heading into 2014.

SMITTY: Ruben Randall is entering his third NFL season, which is typically a breakout year for receivers. While I feel Randle does have sleeper appeal, there are a lot of mouths to feed in New York this year. Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. are likely the team’s top two receivers heading into 2014, or at least we expect Beckham Jr. to be locked into the that WR2 spot soon enough. And, with Eli Manning being the definition of inconsistency (18TDs and 27INTs last season), it’s tough to know what to expect out of the Giants’ third receiving option. Last year, Randle pulled in 41 receptions for 611 yards and 6TDs. Check out his 2014 projections right here.