| Andre Brown to return in Week 10 -- Mon Nov 4 4:30 pm --|
Distribution of carries among Giants RBs to be determined
|Andre Brown was given a package of plays in practice today but how the carries will be split among the teamís four running backs on Sunday against the Raiders has yet to be decided.
Brown, who suffered a second fracture of his left fibula in the final preseason game, and veteran Brandon Jacobs practiced today, as did Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox. Running back David Wilsonís injured neck was re-examined today, coach Tom Coughlin said. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FF Today's Take: First things first: the Giants issued a statement on Monday saying Wilson's neck has made "significant improvement". However, he has not been cleared for football activities and there is no guarantee he will be anytime soon. As for Brown, it is possible that he'll be featured as soon as Week 11 if he shows well with his package of plays this week. Either way, Brown has a very good shot at being a very good flex play in fantasy for owners down the stretch if he can remain healthy.
| Jacobs misses practice Fri, Doubtful -- Fri Oct 25 12:55 pm --|
Peyton Hillis expected to start
|Running back Brandon Jacobs sat out his third straight practice with a nagging groin injury and it appears highly unlikely he'll play on Sunday against the Eagles.
If not, newcomer Peyton Hillis is expected to get his second straight start and be the Giants primary ballcarrier. Rookie Michael Cox is also available but he's still raw and the team doesn't quite trust him. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jacobs is listed as Doubtful on the injury report. Hillis will be on the Flex radar based on volume alone but looked very slow against the Vikings in Week 7. He's got a neutral matchup against the Eagles run defense.
| Michael Cox expected to start on MNF -- Mon Oct 21 6:40 pm --|
Brandon Jacobs not expected to play
|As the video board inside Met Life Stadium revealed earlier: Rookie RB Michael Cox expected to start for the Giants tonight. (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Given that Cox's only competition for Brandon Jacobs' spot was recently-signed Peyton Hillis, it is hardly a surprise. Hillis is somewhat familiar with New York's offense since he spent some time this summer with Tampa Bay and Bucs OC Mike Sullivan (an ex-Giants QB coach). Cox is raw yet explosive, so if he can start fast against a weak Vikings defense tonight, he could have himself a fine game. Cox will likely give way to Hillis on passing downs, however.
| Jacobs unlikely to play on MNF -- Mon Oct 21 2:10 pm --|
|Don't expect Brandon Jacobs to suit up Monday night vs. the Vikings. He's listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but word is he's more doubtful. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Word broke Saturday that Jacobs did not practice and was reportedly trending in the wrong direction. Given how long another aging back (Steven Jackson) has been on the shelf with his own hamstring injury, the Giants will be forced to turn to rookie Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis, who just signed with the team this week. Both would be desperate plays at best for a Giants' team that will almost certainly air it out on Monday night anyway.
| Jacobs Questionable, hamstring injury -- Sat Oct 19 5:00 pm --|
Peyton Hillis could have a greater role
|The Giants have officially listed running back Brandon Jacobs, who is nursing a hamstring injury, as questionable for Monday nightís game against the Vikings. With Jacobs slowed, it could mean a larger role for newcomer Peyton Hillis, who played in the same offense in Tampa before being released on September 24. Rookie Michael Cox remains a work in progress and the Giants still appear reluctant to play him. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jacobs did not practice Saturday. The Giants and Vikings don't play until Monday night so fantasy owners counting on Jacobs may need to have another plan in place.
| Andre Brown returns to practice -- Thu Oct 17 3:45 pm --|
Appears on track for Week 10 return
|Andre Brown, who has been on short-term injured reserve for the entire season with a fractured left leg , practiced with the Giants for the first time on Thursday. He could be back in time for the Week 10 game against the Oakland Raiders.
Brown didn't seem to be practicing with any limitations on Thursday, which is a good sign. When the season began, he was supposed to team with David Wilson, but Brown was injured in the preseason finale in New England and Wilson is currently battling a neck injury. Wilson, by the way, did not practice again on Thursday, although that was to be expected. (New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: By all accounts, Wilson (neck) will miss the next 3-4 weeks before he is re-evaluated. There's no guarantee he will even return this season, which makes Brown a bit of a high-upside stash. Brandon Jacobs showed he had some life left in his legs in Week 6 and has another soft matchup this week against Minnesota, but will return to a complementary role once Brown is ready. Owners also need to keep an eye out for explosive rookie Michael Cox.
|Giants to expand Jacobs' role -- Thu Oct 3 3:05 pm --|
Following release of third-down RB Da'Rel Scott
|Brandon Jacobs has rushed for just 11 yards on 11 carries since he rejoined the Giants in early September. But the grizzled running back ó the lone experienced runner the Giants have left ó is going to get plenty of chances over the next few weeks.
The Giantsí decision to release third-down back DaíRel Scott on Tuesday elevates Jacobs into a familiar role. As recently as 2011, he was the Giantsí power back, working with Ahmad Bradshaw to give them a solid rushing tandem. And now he will play a similar role behind second-year runner David Wilson. (New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: Jacobs has shown little as a runner, doesn't exactly fit the profile of a third-down back and isn't exactly a threat as a receiver, so any increase in his role is likely to be short-lived. Therefore, either Wilson is going to move into more of a feature-back role or the Giants are paving the way for
rookie Michael Cox to become a more important part of the team until Andre Brown returns.
|Giants release RB Da'Rel Scott -- Tue Oct 1 5:30 pm --|
Jacobs and rookie Michael Cox will pick up the slack
|The Giants cut their second-leading rusher, Da'Rel Scott, who was the team's third-down back as of Sunday. The role will be filled by Brandon Jacobs and rookie Michael Cox. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: The release of Scott should give David Wilson more opportunities. Jacobs and Cox hold minimal fantasy value. The Giants rank 30th in rushing after four weeks.