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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: Eric Decker could be among league leaders in targets in 2014?

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets WR Eric Decker “will be among the league leaders in targets” in 2014.

SMITTY: Well, that’s one man’s prediction. Eric Decker might have a decent season, but he has Geno Smith throwing him the ball, not Peyton Manning. Personally, I think Decker can’t live up to that kind of hype in New York. His ADP is only in the 8th- to 9th-round, though, and that’s not a bad price to pay. So, will he be a fantasy WR2 in 2014? I say no, but good thing you don’t have to pay that kind of value for him. Chris Johnson is the high-ceiling/high risk player on that Jets roster entering 2014. He could earn his 5th-round ADP, and that’s not a crazy price tag either given his potential. Looking for Chris Johnson Projections for the 2014 fantasy football season?

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.

NEWS: Rashad Jennings the bell cow; David Wilson “all systems are go”?

According to CBS New York, Giants RB David Wilson will be ready for 2014. Giants general manager Jerry Reese had this to say about his running backs: “We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it. David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we’re concerned about his health. We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp.”

SMITTY: If you’re examining this rushing attack from a fantasy perspective, don’t write off rookie Andre Williams. He may not pull in passes, but he is one of the hardest running rushers I’ve seen in quite some time. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he got a few starts this year. As for Jennings, he does have some low-end RB2-type upside, but I’d only buy/draft him at flex-like value myself (and hope for that low-end RB2-type output). David Wilson is a player you grab near the end of a draft and just hope for the best, but it can’t be assumed, at least at this point, that he can help you in 2014.

NEWS: Chris Johnson to get as many yards as he wants in 2014?

According to nydailynews.com, Titans’ running backs coach Anthony Lynn had this to say on Chris Johnson’s potential workload in 2014: “That’s up to him,” Lynn said. “He’s definitely going to get the ball. So, it’s what he does with the ball… He can have as many yards as he wants.”

SMITTY: Anthony Lynn then went on to say this, though: “We’ve always played the hot guy.” He also added, “It doesn’t matter who it is. If you go in there and produce, you usually stay in.” So, the opportunity is there for CJ2K entering 2014, the guy will just need to stay healthy. Check out our projections for both Johnson’s and Chris Ivory right here:
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