The 2013 season was one of absolute terror for the New York Giants. The team started off by losing six straight games and the offense looked absolute putrid. As a result of the team’s inability to put points on the board, the entire team lost fantasy football value.
One of the most disappointing performances came from WR Victor Cruz. The wideout was drafted within the top-10 wideouts in nearly every format, but he was unfortunately well outside of the top-20 by the end of the year.
New York’s offense can’t possibly be any worse in 2014. QB Eli Manning was a shell of himself in 2013 and the quarterback’s numbers (18 TD/27 INTs) were among the worst at the position. Manning will work hard this offseason to regain his composure and the duo should once again be a dangerous one-two punch this fantasy season.
Even better, New York finally cut ties with oft-injured wideout, Hakeem Nicks. Granted Nicks hasn’t played much in recent seasons, but he still finished last year with a respectable 896 receiving yards. Cruz will now be the number one and will no longer have to compete with Nicks for targets.
Cruz is also just 27 years old, so his career is far from over. The wideout can easily rebound from his down season and become a reliable fantasy wideout for another couple seasons.
After hauling in 19 touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Giants, Cruz caught just four touchdowns last season. It was a major step back for the Salsa Dancing wideout and the lack of sixes will have many owners passing on him this summer.
Cruz also missed two games due to injury for the first time in his career. He has notoriously been a rock for fantasy owners, but the fact that he was hampered by injuries for most of the year is somewhat concerning heading into the 2014 season.
Don’t forget about the old Victor Cruz, because he is still in there somewhere. Cruz could potentially be a steal as a WR2 this season and will be a strong candidate to bounce back in 2014. Look for him to have another 1,000-yard campaign and finish with at least seven touchdowns.
Bye Week: 8
Projected Round: 5
Auction Value: $18