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New York Giants look to sign Victor Cruz before camp


There were a few rumors that Victor Cruz might have gone elsewhere since the Giants did not meet to the Pro-Bowler’s demands when contract talks first started. Now it seems that Cruz will be doing the salsa dance for the Giants for some time.

NFL.com and other sources are saying that Cruz is working with the Giants’ front office to get a long term deal done before he reports to training camp at the end of this month.

The Giants and Cruz did come to terms with his first-round restricted free-agent tender that is worth $2.879 million. Now other sources are telling ESPN that both sides are coming to terms on a contract that could make a Giant for the rest of his career.

Last night, Cruz tweeted: “Good things come to those who wait.” That could mean that his contract could mean big bucks for the long term.

Earlier this year the Giants looked to sign Cruz on a multi-year deal worth around $8 million per year. Cruz wanted more money and felt that he was worth it. That was one reason why people thought Cruz might have been looking elsewhere.


Back in February Giants owner John Mara wanted Cruz back, but not willing to overpay for the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Mara said back in February, “We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go. He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit.”

It seems that the two sides are able to meet in the middle. For Cruz he is fortunate to have a great quarterback in Eli Manning to help keep up his Pro Bowl numbers. That is probably one reason why Cruz is looking to stay in New York.




The Giants Want Nicks & Cruz Back, But At Right Price

In a perfect world the New York Giants will be able to sign wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to long term contracts. Unfortunately for Giants’ fans we don’t live in a perfect world and one of them might not be playing football for the Giants. According to sources it team owner John Mara feels Cruz is looking for too much money for a long term deal. The Giants are a team that don’t overpay for players and it looks like both the team and Cruz will have to meet in the middle if they want to get a deal done.

On Friday when reporters asked Mara about Cruz, Mara told them, “We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go. He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit.”

The Giants are looking to secure Hakeem Nicks over Victor Cruz to a long term deal. John Mara and the Giants front office feel Nicks is a number one receiver. Hakeem, who is 25 years old, missed a few games this season due to injuries. In 2012 Nicks had 53 receptions, 692 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns. Victor Cruz, who is 26 years old, had 86 receptions, 1,092 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns this season.

During Super Bowl weekend Cruz shared his thoughts on the situation. He said, “I think I have definitely proven myself to be one of the highest compensated receivers in the league. That’s kind of the way that I feel and my team feels, not only on the field, but as well as what I bring to the Giants as a brand and as an activist and person in the community. I think all of that taken into account, I’m definitely not asking for much as far as what’s on the table.”

Fantasy Football Week 3 Start Em’ Sit Em’

Start Em’ QB – Matt Cassel KC, Eli Manning NYG, & Andrew Luck IND

Cassel will get the passing game going against the New Orleans Saints, who haven’t been able to stop anybody. The Saints and the Chiefs should put up some points so any player on either team should be a good play. Eli Manning may have lost two of his primary weapons but he still has Victor Cruz and will still have to throw it a lot to keep up with the Panthers. Luck’s consistent performance thus far should have owners salivating over his week three opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have struggled against the pass and I wouldn’t expect that to change this week.

Sit Em’ QB – Alex Smith SF, Sam Bradford STL, & Peyton Manning DEN

Call it a gut play, but I expect Alex Smith’s main job this weekend to be handing the ball off to different 49ers rushers. That could make it difficult for him to score points. The Bears won’t give Bradford the same luxury he has been given in the first two games of the season. Expect Bradford to be picked off a couple times this week. If Manning struggled against the Atlanta defense, he should be in a world of trouble against Houston. I would have serious concerns about his 0-line stacking up against the Texans’ strong attack. Also don’t forget that his time on the field may be limited as Houston dominates the time of possession with their solid rushing attack.

Start Em’ RB – Michael Bush CHI, Frank Gore SF, & Alfred Morris WAS

Owners who banked on Matt Forte getting injured will be rewarded this week with a nice meaty matchup against St. Louis. Michael Bush should have a big week this week. Harbaugh will give the keys to the 49ers bus to Frank Gore this week and I would expect him to barrell his way to a couple of scores. It’s time to jump on the Alfred Morris bandwagon as he continues to be Shanahan’s go to back. With all other rushers seeing little to no action on the field, expect him to tear through a injured Bengals defense.

Sit Em’ RB – Steven Jackson STL, Michael Turner ATL, & Shonn Greene NYJ

Steven Jackson has injuries concerns and a backup running back that performed well in his place last week. I wouldn’t trust him to give you much coming off of that. Michael Turner’s run of bad luck continues with news of a DUI. I wouldn’t expect him to be the feature back this week. The Miami Dolphins have done a great job of making teams one dimensional. I would expect Shonn Greene to have tough sledding this week.

Start Em’ WR – Marques Colston NO, Victor Cruz NYG, & Brandon Lafell CAR

Marques Colston’s injury concerns seem to have him off a slow start. If he’s going to get it going, it’s going to be this week against the worst defense in football. With Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw going down, Cruz should see even more looks in the New York Giants offense. With injury concerns around Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell has stepped up to the number one wide receiver role in Carolina. A pretty good spot to be in a Cam Newton led offense.

Sit Em’ WR – Vincent Jackson TB, Oakland Raiders Wide Receivers, & Kenny Britt TEN

I would temper expectations on Vincent Jackson this week. Instead, expect a similar performance to what he did week one. Thus far, Carson Palmer’s most consistent receiver has been Darren McFadden. Until things change, it looks like Oakland’s main passing attack is going to be Palmer checking down to Mcfadden. It looks like Kenny Britt is still working his way through being in shape. You can’t bet on a guy who only garnered one reception last week.

Start Em’ TE – Brent Celek PHI & Martellus Bennett NYG

If there has been one weakness thus far for the Arizona defense, it has been the fact that tight ends have been able to tear up their interior. Celek is already one of Vick’s favorite targets, so you should see them utilize him well this week. With all of the injuries you are left wondering who is left in the Giants’ offense. Enter Martellus Bennett, who should be a productive member for his fantasy owners due to the simple fact that Eli Manning has no other target to throw to.

Sit Em’ TE – Fred Davis WAS & Jacob Tamme DEN

With Fred Davis picking up a concussion and having only a minor part thus far in the Redskins passing attack I would recommend looking another way this week. Last week Tamme seemed to be on the field about the same as backup tight end Joel Dreesen. Until this position is more defined, it looks like Tamme is a fringe fantasy tight end at best.

Start EM’ DEF – Detroit Lions & Pittsburgh Steelers

The Lions should have a field day this week as they get the benefit of playing a barely healthy Jake Locker and a terribly unproductive Chris Johnson. The Steelers face a Raiders offense that can’t seem to find any momentum. There should be plenty of sacks and possibly a couple of turnovers for the Steel Curtain this Sunday.

Lock of the Week – Drew Brees New Orleans Saints

I find it hard to believe this will be the week that the Chiefs defense finally shows up. Expect a vintage Drew Brees performance with 300+ yards and two touchdowns.

Intriguing play of the week – Wes Welker NE

With Aaron Hernandez going down, someone is going to have to step up to take his place. Wes Welker should see his way out of the dog house simply out of necessity.

Top 10 Fantasy Football Breakout Players

Here’s the top 10 players who skyrocketed from free agents to the cream of the crop.

#1. Cam Newton QB CAR 4051 Passing yard 35 TD 17 INT 706 Rushing yards

The guy who went from being un-drafted to a top 3 quarterback. He announced his arrival early on by being the first quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in his first two career starts. His ability to make plays with his legs should make him a top 10 pick next season.

#2. Rob Gronkowski TE  NE  1327 Receiving yards 18 TD

Gronkowki somehow finds his way into the end zone every single week. I don’t think Gronkowski was anyone’s preseason pick to lead the league in touchdown receptions.

#3. Victor Cruz NYG WR 1536 Receiving yards 9 TD

The guy goes from being almost cut from his team to setting a receptions record for the Giants. His ability to stay on the field  turned him into Manning’s favorite target.

#4. Darren Sproles RB NO 1313 Total Yards 10 TD

The do everything back managed to produce points whether or not he got carries. And if you were in a PPR league, he was a complete beast.  86 receptions for a running back is insane.

#5. Jimmy Graham TE NO 1310 Receiving yards 11 TD

In any other season Graham would almost be guaranteed to be the best tight out there. Not this year.

#6. Jordy Nelson  WR GB 1263 Receiving yards 15 TD

Nelson’s big play ability allowed him to go from just a cog in Green Bay’s receiving attack to Rodger’s favorite deep threat.

#7. Fred Jackson RB BUF 1376 Total yards 6 TD

Jackson burst on to the scene and was well on his way to being a top five fantasy back. His untimely injury pushes him down this list.

#8. Willis McGahee  RB DEN 1250 Total yards 5 TD

When grabbing this guy owners probably expected at most maybe one or two starts and minimal production the rest of the time. Instead he became a key focal point in one of the NFL’s most lethal running attacks. Not too shabby.

#9. Tim Tebow DEN QB 1729 Passing yards 18 TD 6 INT 660 Rushing yards

The other half of the lethal Denver rushing attack. Tebow went from 3rd string quarterback to savior, both for Denver and fantasy owners. Picking up this quarterback mid-seaon had to save countless fantasy football owners in desperate search of a quarterback.

#10. Seattle DEF 33 Sacks 1 Safety 22 INT 9 Fumbles recovered 6 Block Kicks 5 TD

This may surprise some fantasy owners seeing as if they were still available in over half the leagues, but Seattle’s defense was a solid 5th overall in points. Owners should take note of this squad as it is a relatively young defense. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them jump all the way to one next season.

Week 16 Fantasy Football Start Em’ Sit Em’

Start Em’ QB Matthew Stafford (DET) Projected 250 Passing yards 2 TD 0 INT

Good quarterbacks have managed to shred San Diego’s defense and with Stafford having Calvin Johnson as a target you couldn’t ask for a safer play.

Sit Em’ QB  Alex Smith (SF) Projected 200 Passing yards 0 TD 1 INT

Alex Smith has struggled to get it in the end zone and throw for over 200 yards. He faces a reborn Seahawks defense that recently has been making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. Not the strongest play for fantasy owners.

Start Em’ RB Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) 110 Total yards 1 TD

With Roethlisberger far from 100 percent, the Steelers should make it a strong priority to run the ball a lot next week. Mendehall and possibly even Isaac Redman should be solid plays.

Sit Em’ RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG) 30 Total yards 0 TD

Jacobs faces the worse possible defense to play against this week. The Jets’ strong interior d-line and fast linebackers should make his life miserable and your fantasy points tough to come by.

Start Em’ WR Steve Smith (CAR) 120 receiving yards 1 TD

The past couple of weeks the Buccaneers have appeared to completely give up on defense. Expect big things from both Steve Smith and Cam Newton.

Sit Em’ WR Stevie Johnson (BUF) 35 Receiving yards 0 TD

The Broncos pretty much shut down Wes Welker last week. I can’t expect Stevie Johnson to have success against a tough Denver defense.

Start Em’ TE Scott Chandler (BUF) 60 Receiving yards 2 TD

As shown by Aaron Herandez and Rob Gronkowski, Denver’s defense has trouble stopping tight ends, specifically in the red zone. All solid signs pointing to Chandler being a great option this week.

Sit Em’ TE Jared Cook (TEN) 35 Receiving yards 0 TD

Don’t get sucked into the hype of Cook’s production last week. Remember that he was A). facing a terrible Colt’s defense and B). didn’t manage to punch one into the end zone. This season he has only managed to gain over 50 yards five times and has just two touchdowns. Expect his production to drop off this week.

Start Em’ DEF Green Bay 10 Points Allowed 3 Sacks 3 TO

Even with the error prone Hanie getting pushed to the wayside you have to love the Packers defense this week. Facing a quarterback starting for the first time in 3 weeks and a team relying on a 3rd String running back should lead to a fair amount of points.

Sit Em’ DEF Dallas 30 Points Allowed 1 Sack 1 TO

Earlier this season the Eagles tattooed the Cowboys defense, giving them everything they could handle and then some. There has to be a better option available on the waiver wire then to take a gamble on this squad.

Wildcard of the Week: Eli Manning and the Giants Receiving Corp

As shown time and time again this season, you never know which Giants team will show up. Looking purely at the matchup, it looks like a clear no brainer sit. That being said, it seems like in those situations that the Giants offense has truly shined. All in all, I plan on throwing out the guys I have. But, at this point they are just as likely to put up 20 points as they are  two.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Start Em’ Sit Em’

Start Em’ QB Josh Freeman (TB) – 250 Passing Yards 2 TD 0 INT

Freeman seems to always manage to perform extremely well against the Saints and has been on a roll as of late. Expect his good play to continue.

Sit Em’ QB Joe Flacco (BAL) – 200 Passing Yards 0 TD 2 INT

After a strong start Flacco’s play has seriously dropped off. This week he plays a Steelers defense that held Tom Brady and Wes Welker in check. Not a good week to play Flacco.

Start Em’ RB Michael Turner (ATL) – 125 total yards 2 TD

Turner gets his shot against the woeful Colts. The Faclons should continue their strategy of pounding the ball and in turn provide Burner Turner owners with a huge week.

Sit Em’ RB Ryan Torain (WAS) – 30 Total Yards 0 TD

Without a viable quarterback, Torain has virtually no shot of being anywhere close to a productive back. Keep him on your bench.

Start Em’  WR Victor Cruz (NYG) – 110 Receiving Yards  1 TD

Hakeem Nicks has about a 50-percent chance of suiting up and Cruz is turning into one of Manning’s favorite targets. He should be poised for another big week.

Sit Em’ WR Nate Washington (TEN) – 30 Receiving Yards 0 TD

Washington has managed to do his best work against mediocre defenses. He faces a solid defense this week and should suffer because of it.

Start Em’ TE Fred Davis (WAS) – 95 Receiving Yards 1 TD

Davis seems to be the only person thriving with John Beck under center.

Sit Em’ TE Brent Celek (PHI) – 30 Receiving Yards 0 TD

Celek faces a tough linebacking crew that should keep him bottled up all day.

Start Em’ DEF Oakland – 10 PTS  Allowed 4 Sacks 2 TO

Any defense that faces Denver and Tim Tebow is a must start. You are guaranteed a bunch of sacks and at least one interception.

Sit Em’  New England DEF – 30 PTS Allowed 1 Sack 1 TO

Eli and his strong receiving corp should continue to expose New England’s pass defense. This game has all of the makings of a good old fashioned shootout.

Sleeper of the Week – Michael Bush 120 total yards 2 TD

With McFadden still dealing with a lingering ankle problem, Michael Bush will get to carry the load for Oakland. They should give him ample opportunities as they slowly transition Palmer into their starting lineup.