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Giants place Evan Engram on injured reserve

The Giants tight end played in eight games this season. We break down the fantasy football implications.

DalEvan Engram of the New York Giants in action against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.las Cowboys v New York Giants Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Giants have placed tight end Evan Engram on injured reserve, ending his season heading into Week 16. Engram suffered a foot sprain in Week 9 and has been sidelined ever since. He previously suffered a sprained MCL that cost him Week 6 and he only played in eight games this season.

Engram missed five games last season after appearing in 15 in his rookie season. He remains an incredibly talented tight end, but injury concerns are officially a thing with him. He finished this season with 44 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s been a brutal year for the Giants offense. Eli Manning and Daniel Jones have both struggled, but as noted by ESPN’s Field Yates, the Giants did not have a single snap where all of Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton were on the field at the same time this season.

Fantasy football analysis: Giants TE Evan Engram

For the short term, we have to wait and see if Rhett Ellison can return from his concussion. Kaden Smith would start if Ellison remains sidelined.

For the long term, the injuries will likely impact Engram’s draft stock in 2020 fantasy drafts. He will likely still be a top ten tight end on draft boards, but people might be a little more hesitant — or at least prepared to carry two tight ends to protect against injuries.