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2013 Fantasy Outlook: Hakeem Nicks

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Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | WR

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Fantasy Football Outlook: I held off on this post until mandatory OTA’s to see if Nicks would report. If not, it would officially (even though the media would’ve wanted you to think it happened back in May) mark the beginning of Nicks holdout for a new contact leaving the Giants without both of their top targets.

Thankfully that didn’t happen as Nicks reported and noted a holdout is not in the works and he will play out the final year of his rookie deal. That’s big news for his dynasty owners (I happen to be one) and for his redraft value as we probably won’t see him slip on draft boards as long as he’s healthy.

Health has been a problem for Nicks, but like I advised last summer, it wasn’t wise to buy in on Nicks as a WR2 because he had a foot injury in the spring and was unable to train through most of the summer. A foot injury boiled into a knee problem during a monster performance against the Buccaneers and Nicks season was just about lost after that.

Don’t be surprised if Nicks has a bounce back season and gives us a big year as he has a lot on the line to play for. It’s likely the Giants would re-sign Nicks over Cruz because he can play on the outside, but another injury filled season would likely change that thought process.

At the end of the day, you either believe in Nicks ability and situation to buy in and grab him as a WR2 or you won’t and pass on him. I will buy in if I can get him around the 5th round in 10-team leagues. Currently, Nicks ADP ranking has him going in the 5th round in 12-team leagues so consider his odds of availability likely in the 5th round of your draft.

Receptions Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 74 1,089 8
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Year Age Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2009 21 NYG 14 6 47 790 16.8 6 68 3.4 56.4
2010 22 NYG 13 12 79 1052 13.3 11 46 6.1 80.9
2011 23 NYG 15 15 76 1192 15.7 7 68 5.1 79.5
2012 24 NYG 13 11 53 692 13.1 3 50 4.1 53.2
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Hakeem Nicks here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.

Welcome to Hakeem Nicks fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Nicks player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

August, 2012: Nicks Looks Ready To Go For Season

While Nicks failed to play in the Giants week two preseason contest against the Jets, it appears he’s avoid a set back after activation from the PUP list last week. Would like to see Nicks get some preseason action, but all he really needs to do to be a top fifteen receiver is just continue to work his way back from his foot injury.

Nicks is on track to start for the Giants week one. Look to Cruz as the top receiver to select from this team, but Nicks will be the true No.1 receiver in this offense.
Receptions Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 71 1,045 7

June, 2012: Nicks Goes Down With Foot Injury

One of the top young receivers in the game, Hakeem Nicks has had his problems staying on the field. With this recent break of the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot, it’s likely he will miss most of training camp, if not regular-season games.As Jene Bramel points out in his recent article, even when Nicks gets back on the field, he could have other injuries because the body may still be compensating for the foot.

Hamstrings, Achilles, even knee problems can all result from one injury like this, even after your “healthy” enough for game action.

If I were a betting man, I would put my money down that Nicks will miss some games at some point, and likely give fantasy owners production no higher than a low WR2 this season.

Should you decide to draft Nicks, make sure you target rookie Rueben Randle as a backup. Randle was considered one of the better route runners in the 2012 class, and has impressed the coaching staff in OTAs.

May, 2012: Fantasy Projections

While Hakeem Nicks battled nagging injuriesthroughout the season, he was still a dependable starter.

Maybe he didn’t have the monster stats, his talent suggests he can produce, but I have no problem ranking him in the top ten this year.We saw what Nicks can do in the post season, and he’s clearly used as the true number-one in the Giants offense. While Victor Cruz will out produce him at times, I still like Nicks over Cruz for dynasty leagues, as I’m a little concerned that success will get to Cruz’s head, at some point.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

The Giants clearly got the best receiver in the 2009 draft as Darrius Heyward-Bey can’t play, Michael Crabtree is a diva that won’t work with this teammates and Kenny Brittis constantly in trouble with the law. In Hakeem Nicks, the Giants have one of the games top receivers already as he has all the tools you could want from a present and future star in the game.To top it all off, this young man’s personality isn’t a big pain in the rear as we’ve seen with so many receivers in the NFL game today. Truly, one of the top four fantasy receivers to take in any league, this third year man is only going to get better as I anticipate his numbers to climb in receptions, yards and even touchdowns. Quarterback Eli Manning loves to lock onto a big target like Nicks and find him time after time.

With Steve Smith expected to start the season on the PUP list, more work will be added to Nicks and Mario Manningham’s plate in the passing game. Heading into the summer, Nicks ADP value on Mock Draft Central lists him as the 4th best receiver going in both standard and PPR leagues. If you fail to acquire Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or Roddy White at your draft, make sure Nicks is the next receiver on your list.

Receptions Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 93 1,311 12

2010 Preview

Hakeem Nicks came on in the second half of the season and flashed his top end talent. Expect Nicks to take another step forward this season as he has the talent to be a true No.1 receiver and a top twenty fantasy receiving talent in the future.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Like many wide receivers that come into the NFL it took Hakeem Nicks a little while to figure things out in his rookie season. By mid year, he took over a starting role from Mario Manningham and showed fantasy owners why he set so many records at North Carolina and was a first round pick.

Audio: WR Hakeem Nicks | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

For the season Nicks posted just under 800 yards receiving on only 47 receptions (16.8 avg) with six touchdowns. Nicks is by far the most talented player in the Giants’ offense, and he is going to be a key player if Eli Manning and New York hope to make another Super Bowl run in the future.

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Early in our 2010 player rankings we had Nicks as a top thirty option for your fantasy squad but now as his toe injury looks to be ok in June, we have him up to No. 21 overall.

It’s clear to see by the talent and ability Nicks has that he is a fast up and coming receiver in the fantasy world. His game isn’t complete but it doesn’t have to be for this guy to reach around 1,000 yards and even ten touchdowns in 2010.

I’m usually skeptical about young second year receivers but the 2009 class had a few talents at this position. Oddly enough it is the first one in Darrius Heyward-Bey, I hold the least hope for of all the first rounders that year.

Nicks has a great foundation with a quarterback in Manning that has clearly found his stride and a well balanced overall group. It’s going to be hard for defenses to lock down on Nicks when he’s not the top name in the offense yet. Don’t be surprised if Nicks gets man coverage throughout his second season as defenses will probably make him continue to show he can beat them deep. This should prove to be an asset for Nicks as he’s fully capable of beating that coverage.

Look for Nicks as a low end No.2 receiver for your fantasy squad and a great No.3 to land on draft day.


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