Top 5 Giants fantasy football players, targets for 2017 - Metro US

Top 5 Giants fantasy football players, targets for 2017

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks into the end zone during a 2016 game. (Photo: Getty Images)
Sterling Shepard was carted off the field on Wednesday with an apparent right leg injury. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Giants’ offense has been reloaded in 2017 with familiar faces like Odell Beckham Jr., and Eli Manning joining forces newly acquired Brandon Marshall and rookie tight end Evan Engram. Package that with second-year running back Paul Perkins, expected to carry the load on the ground and there are some potentially explosive fantasy points to be had.

As we’ve done with the Jets and Eagles, here’s a look at the five players worth taking in your NFL fantasy draft next month:

1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR

Beckham will be off the board in the first half of the first round, and with good reason. He’s been among the most reliable fantasy football wideouts over the last few seasons and has been able to stay healthy and on the field. In 2016 he caught over 100 passes for 1,369 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s worth taking somewhere between No. 4 and No. 7 overall. 

2. Sterling Shepard, WR

Shepard had an above average rookie year, thanks of course to having Manning tossing bullets to him, and scored eight touchdowns as the Giants’ third option on offense. His stock could be hurt by the acquisition of Marshall, but his youth and the fact that Manning can spread the ball around makes him worth an early-to-mid round pick up.

3. Eli Manning, QB

Manning threw for 26 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards last year — a feat that has become routine among even average NFL quarterbacks. If you miss out on the top-tier guys, Manning could prove to be a steal in a later round but dont be surprised if he throws for 16 or more interceptions again in 2017.

4. Paul Perkins, RB

Perkins didn’t get a lot of work last season behind Rashad Jennings and Shaun Draughn as a rookie, but he appears to be the budding No. 1 running back and in a fantasy landscape that demands at least three or four potent backs on each squad, Perkins should be off the board in a mid-to-late round.

5. Brandon Marshall, WR

Marshall should be drafted by most if not all leagues due to his track record and his pairing with Manning on the New York passing offense, but he’s dropped off in recent years catching just three touchdowns last year. That was, however, with the Jets. Will he rebound in the other locker room at MetLife Stadium?

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