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Projecting New York Giants skill position depth chart and fantasy impact

Daniel Jones has plenty of weapons headed into the 2021 season. He’ll need to take a big step forward if he wants to keep his job heading into 2022.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New York Giants had a tough 2020 season, as they lost their star running back Saquon Barkley early on and ended up winning just four games. Daniel Jones wasn’t able to elevate the offense in his sophomore season, as he threw just 11 touchdowns to ten interceptions in 14 games. He’ll get reinforcements this season and he’ll need to show he can take a step forward in year three.

Quarterback

  1. Daniel Jones
  2. Mike Glennon
  3. Clayton Thorson

Running back

  1. Saquon Barkley
  2. Devontae Booker
  3. Corey Clement
  4. Gary Brightwell

Wide receiver

  1. Kenny Golladay
  2. Darius Slayton
  3. Kadarius Toney
  4. John Ross
  5. C.J. Board
  6. Dante Pettis

Tight end

  1. Evan Engram
  2. Kyle Rudolph
  3. Kaden Smith
  4. Levine Toilolo

Biggest offseason changes

The two biggest changes from last season will be getting Saquon Barkley back and healthy and the acquisition of free agent Kenny Golladay. If those two additions to the 2021 offense don’t make a difference, nothing will. They also added first-round pick Kadarius Toney to the wide receiver room. He might not make an immediate impact, but the depth at receiver can’t hurt.

New York also added veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Devontae Booker. The team did oddly pass on offensive line in the draft. They are counting on their young linemen to all step up this season instead.

Biggest questions for fantasy football

The biggest question is certainly whether or not Jones can be a plus NFL starting quarterback. He’s shown flashes, but the overall body of work still looks ugly. Yes, he had an uphill battle last year and this year should be better with Barkley, Golladay and more seasoned offensive linemen, but will that be enough?

I doubt it will be enough for the Giants to turn into a playoff team, but it could be enough to get their fantasy players into a more stable position. Barkley is going to see enough work for his health to really be the only thing that can hold him back. And the same should be true for Golladay. Competition for touches will be tougher for Golladay than Barkley, as Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are good receivers, but he should quickly become the first read.

The addition of Kyle Rudolph could end up hurting Evan Engram, but he should still be the clear go-to tight end for targets. But, if Engram has a down game or drops a couple passes, Rudolph could quickly see a boost in snaps. Engram has needed big target numbers to have any value and those targets might not be there this year with Golladay and Rudolph in the fold.