For anyone who thought that Victor Cruz's production was solely based off the fact that defenses paid more attention to Hakeem Nicks, well, you need to think again.
With or without Nicks in the New York Giants lineup, it is clear that Cruz is Eli Manning's favorite target. Cruz leads all receivers with 32 receptions and has the fifth most receiving yards with 388.
Without Nicks playing last week, Cruz had nine receptions for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. This week, it looks like Nicks will not be playing again (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News). Not only will Cruz be targeted even more, but the Giants are playing against the Cleveland Browns, which have the 28th-ranked pass defense.
Anyone who has Cruz on their fantasy football team will be extremely happy with his production this week.