2022 New York Giants Preview

The 2022 NFL Season is nearly upon us. As part of the run up to the season, we’re preview all the teams, culminating with our picks for who makes the playoffs and who wins the awards this season. Check back each day through September 5. Let’s get ready for some football!

The New York Giants didn’t have much success in 2021. After struggling but nearly winning the NFC East in 2020, the Giants got off to an 0-3 start in 2021. After struggling and alternating wins and losses through the heart of the season, the Giants lost six straight to close 2021. That was enough for ownership to make big changes, finding a new General Manager and a new Head Coach in Brian Daboll. Will it matter?

Off-Season Changes

As you’d expect with a regime change, the Giants spent much of the off-season working on turning over the roster. Both of the team’s top two tight ends—Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph—departed in free agency. So, too, did cornerbacks James Bradberry and Logan Ryan along with safety Jabril Peppers. The Giants did a smattering of veterans on offense, bringing in journeyman quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back Matt Breida and tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins.

In the draft, the Giants used a pair of First Round picks to improve the lines. With the first, the Giants snagged pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. With the second, they snagged Offensive Lineman Evan Neal. The Giants also added a couple skill position players in tight end Daniel Bellinger and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson. Robinson in particular was an intriguing pick, having caught 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns at Kentucky in 2021.

Fantasy Prospects

It starts with Daniel Jones. Now entering his fourth year, the quarterback faces a lot of pressure to step up and prove he’s the future of the franchise. Absent that, he could be gone after the season. He’s got QB2 potential, but I see him as a QB3. In the backfield, Saquon Barkley seems healthy and ready to roll. He finished as RB30 in 2021 but I think he can do better this year. I like him as a high-end RB2.

The passing game is a mess. The team returns veterans Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd, along with second-year receiver Kadarius Toney. Into that group comes Robinson. It’s hard to be confident in any. Toney and Robinson would seem to have the most upside appeal, and both should be rostered in Dynasty Leagues. Golladay is the one I think will finish the highest, likely in WR4 range, though I’d love to see more. I’m staying away from the tight end group as well.

Prediction

I like Daboll and I think it was a good hiring. I also think it will take time for this team to get on track. I suspect they’ll look more competitive in 2022 but will be a few steps back from a winning season. I also think we’ll see even more roster changes next off-season.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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