Hakeem Nicks: Trading Giants WR Is Huge Mistake by Fantasy Football Owners

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 1:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown as Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during a game at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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With Hakeem Nicks out of action for Week 5, some fantasy football owners may be ready to push the panic button and trade him away.

That my friends, would be a mistake.

Nicks' injury is not of the serious variety, as he is recovering from soreness in his right foot and swelling in his left knee.

When he returns, Nicks will again be the No. 1 option for Eli Manning to throw to and prove why he was a top ten receiver in most fantasy drafts.

In just two games of action this season, the New York Giants top wideout has still managed to have 237 receiving yards and a touchdown.

He has caught for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and nabbed 18 touchdowns in that time.

But you know this.

You are just worried that Nicks' injuries are piling up, and the Giants have a plethora of other receivers that can easily be interchanged for him on a whim.

Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon have all seen plenty of action, and Manning has no problem throwing to any of them.

However, Nicks is the most consistent player on the Giants.

Remember Barden's breakout game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3? When he caught for 138 yards on nine catches?

Well, he followed that up with just two catches for 36 yards in Week 4 and is battling concussion issues of his own.

Hixon has admirably filled in for Nicks, but he is just that, a fill in.

Without Nicks opposite him, Cruz has been targeted more than any other WR in the league.

New York needs Nicks in the lineup to balance out the offense and get the team back to its winning ways.

Fantasy owners need to realize that Nicks' value upon return is far greater than his current value on the trade market.

There is no need to rush a move so early in the season and risk losing one of the most productive wideouts in football.

Also, keep in mind that Nicks has missed time in each of his three NFL seasons, but never more than three games.

He is going to return to form, and with the lack of a running game in New York, Nicks is almost guaranteed to be successful when he re-enters the lineup.