Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) lines up for a play against the Denver Broncos during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Vs. New York Giants Fantasy Preview


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Much like the Carolina Panthers, my fantasy football team is under performing. The Blkcats, as I call my team, is a mediocre 1-1. As much information is out there about the disappointing start to the Panthers season and the upcoming game against the Giants I thought I would look at some of the fantasy players from this matchup.

Despite their 0-2 record, the Giants are leading the league in passing offense. This is undoubtedly due to the fact their running game is ranked dead last in the NFL. With the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw,  the Giants looked to the explosive, dynamic, but fumble prone David Wilson as the “next man up.” He in combination with Andre Brown were to be the New York version of Double Trouble. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans. Wilson has not worked out to this point in the season and Brown suffered a broken leg in the preseason finale. Regardless of the problems facing the Giants on the football field, they have players who can contribute to a fantasy team.

The Giants have a few players who could have a big day versus the Panthers. Victor Cruz is capable of hurting the Panthers on the field as well your opponent if you’re fortunate enough to have him on your roster. Cruz put up an impressive 26 points in standard leagues in Week 1. His numbers were more pedestrian in Week 2 coming in at 12 points. According to NFL.com, one should look for 12 points from Cruz on Sunday. Opposite Cruz we have Hakeem Nicks. Nicks has a steady 25 points combined for both weeks. NFL.com seems to think he’ll produce around the same type of numbers this week against the M.A.S.H unit that will be impersonating the Carolina defensive backfield.

As bad as Carolina’s secondary is, the defensive front seven is as formidable as any in the league. This group will stop the Giants running game. As mentioned above, this aspect of the Giants offense has been nonexistent. In fact it has been so bad New York went and signed former Giant and 49er, Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs is expected to contribute eight points for fantasy owners, even though Carolina has only given up 219 yards in two games against two very good running teams. Through two games the Giants have only been able to muster 73 yards rushing.  Wilson is projected to contribute six points but that would be a significant increase in production from Wilson, who has a whopping 36 yards on the ground to this point in the season.

Looking at the Giants defense they are projected to put up 10 points. This does not seem like much of a reach knowing how predictable and vanilla the Panthers offense has been. Jason Pierre Paul or JPP, as he is commonly known, has been out for the first two games of the season, but he is supposed to be available against Carolina. This will certainly add to pressuring Cam and generally being a disruptive force against the abysmal Panthers offensive line.

The Giants defense is ranked 26th in the NFL with a paltry two sacks, so that number is likely to increase this week. The passing defense is ranked 14th in the league giving up 275 yards passing. This secondary is almost as bad as Carolina’s. The Giants have only a single interception thus far in the 2013 season, and that number could change unless Cam starts looking off defenders, going to other receivers besides Steve Smith or Greg Olsen and quits holding on to the ball too long.

New York is a desperate team. Last season they came in and dismantled the Panthers. Coming to Charlotte with the feeling of playing a must-win game versus Carolina, coupled with the confidence of having owned the Panthers in their own house last season could allow for Giants players to contribute some significant points to fantasy owners. Let’s hope coach Rivera and staff have the Panthers ready for this game. The season will be won or lost for both teams this week.

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