Giants vs. Jets Preseason Preview
The battle for preseason bragging rights in New York will take place at MetLife Stadium (though it still is Giants stadium) on Saturday. Though it is preseason, those bragging rights are apparent and both teams will have that extra incentive going at each other. Both teams want to win this game. Here’s what to keep an eye on for both teams.
New York Jets
First, I want to see how much work RB Shonn Greene gets and what he makes of it. He had a lot of promise and hype coming out of Iowa but hasn’t lived up to expectations. The Jets are extremely high on him this year and are looking to him to solidify the running game this year. If he can gain some steam in the preseason he might build the confidence to finally live up to the hype. That could make him a steal in this year’s fantasy drafts. Most notably, see if Greene has any success against the Giants’ starting front.
Next, we have to mention Tim Tebow. Keep an eye on when he’s in the game. Redzone, third and short or possibly some wildcat offense might be on display. All of these situational parts of a game will tell us how and when Tebow might be used. However, Head Coach Rex Ryan and Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano might not give us too much of a glimpse or shed any light onto how Tebow will be used. I would expect Tebow to definitely be in the redzone gameplan. If he is used in other situations his value might rise considerably.
New York Giants
In their first preseason game against the Jaguars, the Giants starters and first reserves dominated the first half on both sides of the ball. They all looked in sync and pretty impressive. What I’m looking at first is running backs D.J. Ware and rookie David Wilson. Both looked comfortable and were very productive with their opportunities. We know Bradshaw will be the main guy for the Giants in the backfield. After that, Ware and Wilson will be fighting for carries. Ware has the advantage now and might see more time specifically as a redzone back; which gives him more value. But keep an eye on Wilson. If he impresses enough, he could find some valuable time as well.
Tight end Martellus Bennett signed as a free agent from the Cowboys and has been extremely motivated. I think it was obvious that the Giants wanted to keep that motivation going as they got Bennett involved in the redzone with a TD. He also had 3 receptions for 27 yards. The Giants haven’t had a real TE threat since Jeremy Shockey (Kevin Boss was good but not like Shockey). Bennett could be a huge weapon for Eli Manning this season. If Bennett can be productive the Giants offense could be unstoppable with Cruz and Nicks. Bennett could be the TE diamond in the rough this year in terms of fantasy.
The battle for the third WR spot is still up for grabs between Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Reuben Randle and Jernel Jernigan. Look to see who gets the most reps and targets. At preseasons’ end, those numbers will be the guy the Giants look to for the third WR. Comfort and confidence with Eli Manning is the key.