Hakeem Nicks may be recovering from a foot injury this offseason, but all signs indicate the New York Giants wide receiver will be ready to go for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys–which is great news for all fantasy owners out there.
As long as he can manage to stay healthy, there’s no reason why Nicks shouldn’t be considered one of the top wide receivers once again heading into the fantasy football 2012 season. Not only did Nicks play a key role in helping the Giants earn their second Super Bowl title in five seasons, but he’s recorded 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Depending on what his status is during training camp from an injury perspective, fantasy owners may be hesitant to take Nicks too early in drafts–which is why he’ll most likely be selected in the third round at the earliest. Nicks will make a great No. 1 option if healthy, but the last thing owners want to see happen is see one of their top draft picks get wasted because Nicks misses time on the field at the beginning of the season.
On a positive note, Nicks could benefit like some of the other players on this list by playing alongside another dominant wide receiver. Victor Cruz was arguably the biggest breakout star from the 2011 season and Nicks could see more balls thrown his way from Eli Manning because of this–which fantasy owners would absolutely love.
Of course, the main factor behind all this is whether or not Nicks stays healthy–so owners will unfortunately just have to wait and find out.
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