Hakeem Nicks Fantasy Football Rank in the New York Giants Offense
The New York Giants 2008 season kicked off with the celebration of their super bowl victory over the New England Patriots the year before. With a NFC best 10 – 1 start in the 2008 campaign, the men in blue looked primed for a championship repeat until the unthinkable happened. In late November top wide receiver Plaxico Burriss accidentally shoot himself in the leg at a night club in New York. This “accident” would effectively end his season. Burriss was never the most respected player in the nfl when it came to his attitude and work ethic. Truth be told he really wasn’t having a very good season in 2008 at all. But the two things Burriss did provide the Giants was a big target to throw too (Especially inside the 20) and a legit wide receiver other teams had to respect on the field. As all top end talents do Plaxico made things easier for his teammates just because he was on the field.
Without a top end receiver opponents would now be able to slow down New York’s top running attack lead by Brandon Jacobs. Also with no big target on the roster with an ability to out jump defenders for the ball, New York proved to be one dimensional inside the red zone. These glaring problems would amount to their record falling to 2 -3 in the last 5 games. Then the final nail in the coffin came with an early exit in the playoffs losing to the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
Soon after the season’s end the Giants released Plaxico Burriss who now would be facing jail time for his gun play in public. Rumors were spread about making a trade to obtain the likes of Anquan Bolden or Braylon Edwards. Those talks ended up being just that and no pass catchers were brought in. Plaxico’s replacement would be left to the NFL draft in April. With the 29th pick overall the Giants selected wide receiver Hakeem Nicks from the North Carolina Tar Heels. Hakeem was the first Tar Heel underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft since defensive end Julius Peppers in 2001.
Hakeem is a very talented young wide receiver. In his short career with the Tar Heels, Nicks left holding the school single-season records in touchdowns, receiving yards and receptions. The Giants will look to Hakeem to fill some of the void left by Plaxico Burriss. With the skills and size that remind many of Anquan Bolden, there is a good chance he can deliver for the Giants fan base. Right now I believe Hakeem will provide instant help in the red zone as a big physical target for Eli Manning.
This makes Nicks a good bet for touchdowns right away. Look to draft Hakim as a solid late round pick for your fantasy team this season. He should make a nice bye week fill in at the least on your squad. If Nicks does play like the man he’s widely compared to his number could sky rocket. Remember Anquan Bolden had a Pro Bowl caliber rookie year in Arizona. He had 101 catches for 1,317 yards and 8 touchdowns. If the man from North Carolina puts those numbers up he would clearly be a steal at such a low price.
Written By: Sean Douglas- fantasy-info.com
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