2012 Recap: Cruz finished the 2011 season as a top 5 fantasy performer, but couldn’t repeat the magical big play season in 2012 as the Giants offense struggled overall. He did however turn in a decent season, but the sustainability of the big play week in and week out didn’t seem possible. Cruz posted 86/1092/10 (12.7 YPC, way down from 18.6 in 2011) on 142 targets, but really floundered down the stretch. After scoring 6 TDs from week 4 to week 7 , Cruz ranked 41st among WRs with 7.2 FPG over the final nine games of the season. Obviously he YPC was way down and the fact that Nicks wasn’t healthy for much of the season didn’t help take the pressure off of Cruz.
What’s Changed: Cruz is currently in contract talks with the Giants as the 2 sides try and reach a long term deal. The biggest issue for Cruz is the health of Nicks. Cruz is an stud out of the slot, but if teams are not focused on Nicks it could be problematic for Cruz. Ruben Randle could step up this season and take pressure of both receivers as well. The Giants also added Brandon Meyes who should man the middle of the field, but lost Ahmad Bradshaw, so the Giants backfield will be in the hands of David Wilson and Andre Brown. The Giants offensive line wasn’t that strong on paper last season, but they did a decent job and added Justin Pugh in the first round of the 2013 draft.
Outlook: Cruz is an outstanding slot receiver who meshes well with Eli Manning and has a complete understanding of the offense. He does need the weapons around him healthy and taking the pressure off of him. I don’t think he can produce like he did in 2011, as those big plays are not sustainable, but he works out of the slot in a high powered offense where 80 plus receptions is definitely doable.
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