Sep 6, 2012
Fantasy football owners have been trying to determine who the Giants true top receiver is, and the Cowboys provided a big hint as to what NFL coaches think. Dallas matched up star corner back Brandon Carr (signed for $50 million this off season) with Victor Cruz while rookie Morris Claiborne was lined up across of Hakeem Nicks.
The Cowboys know the Giants personal as good as any team in the league, leading me to believe that the focus on Cruz is not a fluke. While Rob Ryan identified Cruz as the top pass catching threat for the Giants, fantasy football owners need to acknowledge this and target Nicks as the more productive target.
Eli Manning trusts both options, which fits both inside the top 10 wide receivers and gives them very little downside. But not many teams roster a second corner who can cover the 6’1 210 pound Nicks, giving him more upside as long as teams continue to identify Cruz as the teams best receiver.
Quick quiz: how many receiving yards did Nicks have last season?
You probably didn’t say 1,192 yards. He had a productive season, despite the breakout season from Cruz and being matched up with the opponents best cover corner. His yardage and touchdown totals (7) from last year are the floor for Nicks (assuming he plays at least 15 games), making him not only the safest Giants receiver, but also the player with the most room to improve on his 2011-2012 totals.