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Wide Receiver, New York Giants

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College: Massachusetts
DOB: 1986-11-11 Age: 28

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2010 NYG 3 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0.0
2011 NYG 16 7 131 82 1,536 18.7 9 207.9 13.0
2012 NYG 16 1 143 86 1,092 12.7 10 169.2 10.6
2012 (Projected) NYG       84 1,299 15.5 10 189.9  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
Expected to be given his first extensive playing time and be utilized primarily as a slot receiver in 2011, Cruz burst onto the scene during a Week 3 road game against Philadelphia catching three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. By season’s end, Cruz had supplanted Mario Manningham in the starting lineup and had amassed 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, finishing the year as the 4th ranked fantasy wide receiver. Those are lofty heights for a former undrafted free agent who had failed to catch a single pass during his first two years in the league. So, the question is whether Cruz can replicate his 2011 success in 2012? With no realistic threats to his playing time, Cruz has an opportunity to match his touchdown production from last season but the odds of him topping 1,500 yards again are remote. Cruz was a big play machine last year, using his speed and elusive to register several long touchdown passes including receptions of 99, 74, 74, 72 and 68 yards. Think that’s happening again? Dream on. While Cruz is unlikely to match his 2011 production, he should be in for another big year with the Giants continuing to be a pass first offense and with fellow starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks unlikely to be 100% healthy by opening day after breaking his right foot in May. That should mean plenty of targets for Cruz and plenty of fantasy production in 2012. Add it all up and Cruz shapes up as a potential top five fantasy wide receiver but comes with more risk than any other player listed in the top 10 at his position.

Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2WR2 Rueben Randle
WR3WR3 Victor Cruz
WR4WR4 Preston Parker
WR5WR5 Corey Washington
WR6WR6 Dwayne Harris
WR7WR7 Geremy Davis
Giants Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Cruz expected to be limited at the start of camp     -- Thu Jun 18 6:20 pm --

Believes he'll be "around 100 percent" in late July/early August
Victor Cruz (patellar tear) agrees with Giants HC Tom Coughlin; he expects to be cleared for limited practice at start of training camp. (Paul Schwartz on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: If ever there was a report that should draw an eyebrow raise or eye-roll, this is that one. Patellar tears are arguably the most difficult injuries for a football player to come back from, so the notion that Cruz is going to be "around 100 percent" (as he told the New York Daily News earlier Thursday) less than a year after the injury is highly improbable. It is unlikely Cruz is going to be anything better than a fantasy WR4 in 2015.
Rueben Randle poised for big year?     -- Thu Jun 11 4:30 pm --

Eli believes WR can be a "dominant" player
A year ago, before (Rueben Randle) finished with a flourish, he was benched for the first quarter of two games. “It was a personal issue,” Randle said. “It just caused me to be late here a couple of times. It’s over with now. I’m past it. At one time in the season people thought me and Coach [Coughlin] had a beef going on, which is not the case.” “I think Rueben’ll have a big year,” Eli Manning said. “I think Rueben can be a great receiver, a dominant receiver. I think he has it in him. You’ve definitely seen him from Day 1 to Day Now, just the maturity level is definitely improved, he’s all in, he’s been here working, he’s been here off days, and so I've been impressed with his commitment.” (New York Post)

FF Today's Take: This has the makings of a preseason fluff piece, but it would be a mistake to discount a player that went for 6-132-1 and 6-158 over the final two games of last season. With Odell Beckham Jr. likely to command double teams this year and Victor Cruz no sure thing to be what he once was, Randle could be ready to fulfill the promise that many owners believed he was going to deliver on a year or two ago.
Injury Victor Cruz: "I’m about 80 percent there"     -- Thu May 28 10:30 am --

Giants wideout has been running routes for two weeks
Victor Cruz is getting close. “I’m about 80 percent there. I think it’s just a matter of continuing to build the strength for the last leg of it,” Cruz told The Post on Wednesday after the Giants’ first OTA practice. “I’ve been running some routes for about two weeks now, and there’s been no pain, no swelling or anything like that, which are all good signs.” (New York Post)

FF Today's Take: Cruz suffered a patellar knee injury last October which is difficult to recover from. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on Cruz making a significant contribution until mid-season. Training camp and his will give us a better idea of how close he is to contributing on the field.

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