2014 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: WR Jerrell Jernigan
The New York Giants offense was terrible in the 2013 season. David Wilson kept fumbling the ball, Andre Brown was out for multiple weeks and Brandon Jacobs was the most productive back. Hakeem Nicks did not catch a single touchdown throughout the whole season. As a whole, the team finished 28th in points and total yards per game, 18.4 and 307.5 respectively.
With Nicks leaving for the Indianapolis Colts, there is a spot open in the starting lineup. Rueben Randle will most likely step up as the No. 2 guy and the Mario Manningham is nothing but depth-chart filler. With the No. 3 wide receiver in question, the right guy for the job is Jerrel Jernigan.
In his first two seasons, Jernigan caught only three passes. Jernigan played in 15 games and started three of them this season. He had 29 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns. In the final three games, he had 19 receptions for 237 yards and two scores.
There will be competition for that No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Manningham has chemistry with Eli Manning, but Jernigan came on strong in the final weeks of the season. Manningham played in just six games last season, hauling in nine passes for 85 yards.
Until training camp and preseason rolls around, no one will know who the No. 3 guy will be. However, with Jernigan garnering high praise from management for his play down the stretch, he could see a bigger role. New Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo likely to install several three wide receiver sets, giving Jernigan’s value a huge increase.
As of right now, Jernigan is nothing but bench fodder in standard leagues. In deeper leagues, he would be a good flex or WR4 option. He has great speed and is worth stashing in dynasty leagues.
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