Rueben Randle: New York Giants' WR a No-Brainer Pickup for Fantasy Owners

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle before the game against the Chicago Bears  at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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New York Giants' rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle will make fantasy football owners unwilling to move on him feel foolish at the end of the 2012 season.

The second-round draft pick had just one reception for four yards through the first quarter of the season, but with Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden out with injuries, Randle has no choice but to grow up and become a consistent target downfield for Eli Manning.

Randle was targeted seven times and recorded five catches for 78 yards in the first half alone in New York's Week 5 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, proving that he's more than capable of picking up the slack. 

New York's second-ranked passing attack doesn't have time to stop and wait for Nicks and Barden to return. When one player goes down, another has to step up. That's life in the NFL, and that's the culture that will make Randle a reliable fantasy producer week in and week out.

At 6'2", 208 pounds, Randle boasts a great set of hands and tremendous speed in the open field. The 21-year-old averaged 17.3 yards per catch with LSU in 2011, and used his size to make a difference in the Tigers' passing game.

There's no reason to believe that he won't continue to change the game at the next level in New York.

Randle has no physical limitations and will only get more comfortable and become more effective with experience. That's why the time is now for fantasy owners to add him to their rosters. 

Regardless of how quickly Nicks and Barden can return to 100 percent for the Giants, New York will continue to utilize Randle. As one of the NFL's most dominant aerial assaults in 2012, the Giants won't stop chucking the ball anytime soon. 

This pass-heavy attack is not a phase the Giants are going through, but instead the blue print for offensive success in New York. Manning has become an elite quarterback and he's looking to develop a core of elite wide receivers; Randle is the future of that receiving corps. 

Similar to Barden, a coming out party is all Randle needs to earn significant snaps the rest of the way in 2012.


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