1. Victor Cruz (Wide Receiver)
Cruz was probably the lone bright spot for the Giants in 2013 – especially when it came to fantasy football. However, he still battled through statistical regression, catching just 73 passes for 998 receiving yards and only four touchdowns. A lot of that had to do with Manning’s poor play and New York’s overall struggles, so the outlook for Cruz in 2014 should once again be bright. In fact, with a down year, fantasy owners should be able to get Cruz a little later in fantasy drafts this time around, giving him a little extra value in terms of ADP (Average Draft Position) and potential production.
2. Eli Manning (Quarterback)
Manning might be ranked #1 in New York by some, but in terms of position value and what he did on the field in 2013, that really isn’t the case. He threw an insane 27 interceptions a season ago. Even worse, Manning accumulated his lowest yardage and touchdown totals since 2008 and made bad decisions left and right. In his defense, his pass protection was pretty spotty and his running game didn’t do him any favors. He’ll also lose drop-prone Hakeem Nicks this off-season, and will hopefully develop a stronger rapport with his younger targets. Overall, it’s hard to bet against Manning for 2014 and long-term. He’s still a guy who won two Super Bowls and put up at least 26 touchdowns in each of the last four seasons leading into 2013. The exit of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride could be a positive move as well, as Gilbride’s play-calling had become stale and predictable.
It’s entirely possible Manning has begun to regress, and at 33 years old… could start to decline. But it’s not all that likely. Look for a decent rebound season in 2014 and a return to borderline QB1 value.