Giants fans would be forgiven for thinking that at the beginning of last season they had quite possibly the best RB/WR duo in the NFL, after drafting Saquon Barkley to be paired with Odell Beckham Jr. Well that didn’t last long, as OBJ was shipped to the Browns, for a 1st round selection that was spent on Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. Not saying Lawrence won’t be a good player, but an OBJ doesn’t come along very often. Most would say they reached for Daniel Jones, but only time will tell. Apart from Saquon they look very average in pretty much every area, so it could be a very long season for those die-hard Giants fans.
I won’t even mention Eli Manning as a potential touchdown scorer, given his whopping 7 scores in 232 career starts. You would need to see odds exceeding 45/1 to even consider him.
Saquon Barkley was even better than advertised in his rookie season, with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, and 15 touchdowns. Despite facing stacked boxes I don’t see Barkley having a sophomore slump, so any odds floating around evens have to be jumped on. Any other running-back will be lucky to get a look in as long as Barkley is healthy, so we’ll bypass them for now.
With OBJ now plying his trade in Ohio, that leaves Sterling Shepherd as the main man, especially whilst Golden Tate serves a suspension in the early part of the season. Shepherd has scored 14 times in 43 games, and with Beckham game you have to think that rate will only increase. Tate has scored 38 times in 137 starts, so I would like to see odds over 4/1 for both guys, which would be very unlikely. There are a few other guys that may push for playing time, but no offer any value until they can establish themselves in the offence.
Evan Engram was well on his way to a very nice statistical season before getting injured in week 12, so if he can return fully fit that should ease some of the pressure from the wide-outs. Having scored 9 times in 26 starts he could explode in 2019/20 as I’m in no doubt the Giants will be playing catch-up most weeks.