The New York Giants' Top 5 Fantasy Football Players of 2010

Jeff Shull@Jeff_ShullAnalyst IAugust 21, 2010

The New York Giants' Top 5 Fantasy Football Players of 2010

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    With the start of fantasy football right around the corner, those fantasy leagues who are smart enough to wait until after training camp and most of the preseason (which is most leagues) will be drafting soon.

    The following is a list of players I think will have an impact on your fantasy roster that play for the New York Giants.

    The Giants have an interesting situation at RB with Ahmad Bradshaw getting the bulk of the first team carries at camp, so who should you draft?

    Let's find out.

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5. Ahmad Bradshaw

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    Bradshaw will be of high fantasy value if you're in a league with three running backs, but I would try to secure better options earlier if you can, especially if you only have two spots. Although he is getting the first string reps in camp, I believe Jacobs is still the man in New York.

    That being said, it is still a two-back system and Bradshaw will be used frequently. He is a home run threat on any play and is effective in the passing game.

4. Eli Manning

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    If you can solidify great players at the WR and RB positions in the first five or six rounds, then having Eli as a consolation prize won't be so bad considering his ranking in most leagues would allow you to get him in round 6 or 7.

    Some people like to take elite QBs early to get the best, but if you get the All Star wide outs and backs, then you should be able to win your league with Eli at the helm.

    That's not to say Eli won't be a fine option himself, he had over 4000 yards and 27 TDs last season.

3. Steve Smith

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    You may be a bit surprised here since Steve Smith was without a doubt the most productive Giants player last season, especially if you were in a league with receptions as a category. He had 107 catches and 1220 yards and seven touchdowns, but he may be reduced in his role this season with the emergence of some younger receivers.

    He should still get his 1000 yards and 90+ catches, but the touchdowns will not be as plentiful as Eli will now be looking for Ramses Barden and Travis Beckum in the end zone as well as Hakeem Nicks and Kevin Boss.

    I'd stay away from Smith unless he is around for your third wide receiver position.

2. Brandon Jacobs

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    Brandon Jacobs is looking to rebound from a shaky 2009 season where he had less than 1000 yards for the first time since he became the starter. He played with injuries and had surgery in the offseason to fix those problems, so he should be back to his old self.

    Kickin a** and taking names. Welcome back bruiser.

1. Hakeem Nicks

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    Looking for that breakout player that's going to propel you to the championship? Hakeem Nicks is going to be one of those players. He has the deep play threat and Eli is going to trust him more this season after he did his thing his rookie year.

    Nicks won the starting job towards the middle of last season and hasn't given it back, so a full year as a starter is going to do wonders to his yards and touchdowns. At one point last year he had a touchdown in four straight games.

    With his ability to make plays in traffic, go deep, and catch the fade routes in the end zone, Nicks is going to be a top 10 fantasy producer at wide receiver, mark my words.


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