Brandon Myers got his New York Giants career off to a promising start. The tight end made a major impact in the fourth quarter en route to seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in his debut. It provides an instant boost to his fantasy value.
There were questions entering the season about how quickly he would make the transition. The unheralded veteran was a key cog in the Oakland Raiders offense, but he moved to a unit with far more talent at wide receiver.
Those concerns were alleviated in his debut. He led the team with nine targets and seven catches, often serving as Eli Manning's safety-valve option. That's the type of role that lends itself to high-catch games and red-zone looks.
While some may argue Myers was only having a mundane showing until the final quarter, that can easily be turned into a positive point. It shows Manning already has enough confidence in him to target him in key moments, when quarterbacks usually rely more heavily on their favorite options.
The solid debut comes on the heels of his breakout season in Oakland. After catching just 32 passes in his first three seasons, the Iowa product reeled in 79 passes for over 800 yards and four touchdowns before heading to the Giants during the offseason.
Where will Myers rank among fantasy TEs in 2013?
In other words, Myers is not simply a one-game wonder. He has developed into a solid fantasy tight end and should continue to produce at a high enough level to keep fantasy football owners happy.
The only downside is the fact that he's not the No. 1 option and the Giants do have receiving depth.
In fantasy terms, that means there's very likely going to be a couple clunkers, games where he's limited to only a couple grabs for minimal yardage. But that's not a surprise playing in an offense alongside Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Co.
To get a tight end without those hurdles, an owner would have had to invest a much higher selection than he or she would on Myers. So the overall value is still high, despite the occasional off game he'll have in the coming months.
Moving forward, look for Myers to replicate his role in the opener. He'll serve as the player Manning will look to when his main target is covered, and those looks should only grow as the pair starts to develop more chemistry over time.
It all adds up to a top-10 fantasy season among tight ends, with a realistic chance for Myers to push toward the top five. His owners should be pleased with that type of production.
Updated 2013 Projection
80 catches for 820 yards and seven touchdowns