5 Reasons to Draft Hakeem Nicks in Your Fantasy Football League

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystJuly 30, 2012

5 Reasons to Draft Hakeem Nicks in Your Fantasy Football League

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    New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks may have been overshadowed a bit by the breakout season turned in by fellow New York wideout Victor Cruz last year.

    However, Nicks was no slouch himself, with the fourth-year pro reeling in 76 catches for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns—good for an 11th-place finish among fantasy wide receivers in leagues that award a point for receptions.

    Here's a look at a handful of reasons why fantasy owners should give serious consideration to making Nicks a part of their run at fantasy glory in 2012.

1. Consistency

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    2012 marked the second straight season that Hakeem Nicks posted WR1 numbers in a 12-team league, as the 24-year-old was fantasy football's seventh-ranked wideout in 2011 after catching 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 scores.

    That makes two straight seasons over 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

    That sort of consistency is highly desirable in fantasy circles.

2. Solid Weekly Production

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    There are generally two types of fantasy wide receivers. Those that explode one week and then completely disappear the next, and those that can usually be counted to post a weekly score that won't leave fantasy owners tearing their hair out five times a year.

    Nicks falls into that second camp as a fairly dependable weekly starter, as there were only three weeks last season in which Nicks failed to record at least six fantasy points in PPR formats, including the week nine game against New England that he missed altogether.

3. Eli Manning

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    For a wide receiver to be successful in the NFL or in fantasy football, it generally helps if the quarterback throwing him the ball is, you know, good.

    Hakeem Nicks has just such a quarterback at his disposal in ninth-year pro Eli Manning.

    Manning came within 100 yards of hitting the 5,000 yards passing mark in 2011 and has topped 4,000 passing yards each of the past three seasons, tossing 87 touchdown passes over that stretch.

4. A Potent Corps of Wide Receivers

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    This one is sort of a double-edged sword, but bear with me.

    Yes, the presence of Victor Cruz and talented rookie Rueben Randle gives Eli Manning an excellent cadre of wide receivers to choose from—which could translate into fewer targets for Hakeem Nicks this season.

    With that said, having such a solid group of pass-catchers also makes it much more difficult for opposing defenses to double-team Nicks—which should allow him to maximize the impact of the targets he does get.

5. The Foot Doesn't Appear to Be a Concern

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    Fantasy owners across the land gasped in horror earlier this spring when Hakeem Nicks suffered a broken foot in May.

    Rehab from the injury hasn't progressed as quickly as Nicks had hoped; but as The New York Daily News recently reported Nicks' recovery is going well, and he expects to "pick up right where he left off" last season.  Nicks said:

    I think we can go out there, do the same thing, if not better than last season. Guys are focused. Guys are determined.