Eli Manning struggled through much of the second half of last season and it tanked the New York Giants‘ fantasy value mostly across the board. One player who still wowed down the stretch is David Wilson but his ceiling is capped a bit with the goal-line handcuff. If Manning can avoid a long, major swoon, then any starter with hands could be a very viable fantasy option in 2013.
(The following analysis is based on FantasyPros.com aggregate average draft position drawn from major websites. The first number in parenthesis is ADP overall in a non-PPR format; the second is ADP by position. I am not saying these players will be terrible or amazing, just that I see them significantly outperforming or underperforming their fantasy value at the current ADP.)
Underrated: Hakeem Nicks (50, 19), Rueben Randle (149, 52)
Nicks torpedoed two of my fantasy teams last year and I’m sure countless of yours, but that season was an anomaly. The uber-talented Giants No. 1 WR typically misses 2-3 games but still brings his sublime talent and explosiveness when declared active, and 2012 instead should be chalked up to nagging mix of injuries that impacted his on-filed play. This is clear No. 1 potential who is proven in the past and is now going as a low WR2. Even if Nicks and Victor Cruz stay healthy, I expect Big Blue to require shootouts to win often this season and that should yield opportunity for savvy second-year pass-catcher Randle
Overrated: Andre Brown (90, 34), Brandon Myers (114, 12)
Brown can both run decisively at the goal-line and bounce outside effectively between the 20s, which is rather impressive for a man his size. I’m still not drafting him within the first 10 rounds due to the threat of injury. Brown hit injured reserve midway through last season, which featured the biggest contribution of his career ahead of three game appearances in 2010. Hopefully Brown stays healthy but I’m not ready to bet on it till I see it. Myers feasted on garbage time last year with Carson Palmer but probably won’t spend as much time playing from behind with Big Blue.