COMMENTARY | From the start of the 2013 NFL preseason, we knew Rueben Randle would be given a chance to make big contributions to the New York Giants' offense, and more importantly, your fantasy football team.
New York coaches were high on Randle from the start of camp, as the absences of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks allowed Randle to garner all of the time with Eli Manning, and that time and rapport was certainly on display in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite an ugly loss for the Giants -- which included six turnovers and David Wilson being demoted to the bench yet again--Randle and the rest of New York's receivers shined.
Randle caught five passes for 101 yards and showed fantasy owners that he has the potential to be more than a deep league sleeper in 2013. From a fantasy standpoint, Cruz may have gobbled up all of the touchdowns, but that's not going to happen every week.
At 6'2", 208 pounds, Randle is taller and faster than Nicks, and it looks like his hands have come a long way since last season.
Even more positive news for Randle owners is the fact that he caught the same amount of passes as his top-tier teammates. There's a general consensus that Nicks and Cruz will steal production away from Randle, but I'm not so sure about that -- especially given the state of the Giants' running game.
After watching last night's debacle, my guess is that the G-Men start throwing the ball a lot more, especially in Week 2 against a high-powered offense like the Denver Broncos. Manning has a lot of weapons to throw to, but I like the idea of Nicks and Cruz drawing most of the coverage away from Randle, leading to solid production for your fantasy team.
Now, are you going to start Randle in a 10-team PPR league? I'd hope not.
But if you're in a deeper league and are looking for a wide receiver with high upside, look no further than Rueben Randle.
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