2013 Fantasy Outlook: Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz | New York Giants | WR
2013 Experience: 4th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: We will have to wait and see if Cruz misses games because of his contract holdout, but I have a feeling we will see him by the third week of the preseason. That should be enough time for Cruz to get ready for week one, and play out his RFA tag.
Cruz has clearly earned a big pay raise but the bottom line for fantasy owners is that he’s ready to produce and at a WR2 level. I think that’s about the area you can snag him as he’s going as the 13th receiver off the board in June mock drafts.
If you draft early to mid August that number will probably go down a little but I figure he will still be a WR2 throughout the first two to three weeks of the preseason. If he fails to sign by the third game we may have some concern about him being ready to go for week one, so this will be a wait and see situation.
When playing at his best Cruz can deliver WR1 numbers so consider him a solid WR2 target on draft day.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Victor Cruz here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projection
What a breakout year it was for Victor Cruz as his success has likely changed the way teams view the slot position. Cruz will be transitioning to playing on the outside this year, and that’s a significant point to keep in mind because 75% of his receptions for 77% of his yardage came from the slot last season.
However, that doesn’t mean the Giants won’t use Cruz in the slot, as GM Jerry Reese has noted Cruz will lineup inside in three and four receiver sets. Translation for fantasy owners; Cruz will just be on the field more this year, because most of his snaps last year (when Mario Manningham was healthy) came when the team was in three and four receiver sets.
Sure, we should assume Cruz’s production will fall off, but don’t be surprised if it’s not by much. I like rookie Rueben Randle as a future outside player, and he will make some plays as Cruz and Hakeem Nicks will draw top coverage.
For his dynasty prospects, Cruz should benefit from this in the long run because teams will be forced to give Randle respect, and Cruz will have miss-match chances in the slot.
Let’s also not forget that many teams around the league, don’t have a slot defensive back that can hang with Cruz inside so he’s going to beat coverage.
Going as a top ten receiver in most ADP trends this summer, Cruz is a respectable low end WR1 and a terrific WR2 going forward.
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