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When it was announced Hakeem Nicks was not going to be able to play, no one knew which New York Giants wide receiver was going to step up and replace him.
Ramses Barden made the most of his opportunity and after his impressive performance against the Carolina Panthers, he will remain an important part of the Giants offense. Barden finished the game with nine catches for over 130 receiving yards.
The Giants have always used their No. 3 wide receiver, whether it has been Mario Manningham or Steve Smith. Domenik Hixon was supposed to fill in that position this season but he has not been able to stay healthy and even when he is, he has very little impact.
When Nicks returns, Barden's role in the Giants offense will decrease, but he will still see a fair amount of targets that will make him a No. 4 or 5 fantasy football wide receiver.