Fantasy Football: WR Hakeem Nicks Ready to Deliver

By Charles Chan

Through 11 games, WR Hakeem Nicks has been an utter fantasy football disappointment, topping 100 yards in just one of those games and seeing the end zone only twice all season.

At 24 years young, Nicks has shown minor symptoms of the Greg Oden Syndrome, also known as injury proneness. First there was the off-season foot surgery that carried into the New York Giants season opener and had Nicks playing at less than 100 percent (but playing nonetheless).

Week 2 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Nicks exploded for a 10/199/1 stat line, his previously broken right foot faced further complications after a player reportedly stepped on it in the fourth quarter of the Giants’ win. To make matters worse, Nicks also experienced swelling in his left knee later in the week after suffering separate injury in the same game.

Nicks would go on to miss the next three games (Weeks 3-5), as the Giants flipped the channel to the Victor Cruz show. Nicks would eventually return in Week 6, but appeared more like a decoy than a playmaker, as he failed to record more than five catches and 50 yards in his first four games back from injury.

Despite his early season struggles, Nicks’ arrow is finally pointing up.

After it appeared as if Cruz had emerged as the favorite among the Giants’ receiving group in Nicks’ absence, Nicks has finally reclaimed the No. 1 role in the passing game. In New York’s last five games, Nicks leads the team in targets (48) with Cruz not far behind (40).

In addition to the uptick in targets, Nicks also claims that his health is close to 100 percent, telling reporters, as the Giants came out of their Week 11 bye, that his knee and foot feel “as good as they have all season.”

The Giants prepare to face off against the division rival Washington Redskins and their 28th-ranked defense. The Redskins’ secondary have given up the most receptions and receiving touchdowns in the NFL this season, so expect Nicks and the Giants to continue their hot streak in Week 13.

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