As football season nears, so to does fantasy football season. With that comes endless discussion about who has fantasy value and who does not; who can translate their on-field success to off-field money for the casual fan. One such player is New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, whom the National Football Post feels will be a top 20 fantasy wide receiver in 2013.
12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Amassed a respectable stat line (86-1,092-10) in 2012 despite playing three games without the benefit of having Hakeem Nicks on the opposite side of the field. Add a Super Bowl hangover to the mix and you can see why Cruz fell just short of the lofty expectations set by many entering last season. The contract situation is worth monitoring this summer, but the Giants are a first class organization. They’ll have it all figured out well before Week 1.
As NFP alludes to, a lot of Cruz's value is tied up in the ongoing contract negotiations with the Giants. If he's there week one — and if Hakeem Nicks is healthy alongside of him — then the value is absolutely there. If, however, negotiations linger late into training camp or become a distraction during the season, or if Nicks is unhealthy and unable to play, Cruz's value could, potentially, drop significantly.
Speaking of Nicks, you'll notice he is absent from this list. In fact, he's not even a sleeper or honorable mention. And that's just fantasy football for you.
Given that he's been able to play a full 16 game season, missed all of the team's Organized Team Activities (OTAs), has lingering injury (foot) concerns and may also be negotiating a long-term deal, he's not a "sure enough" bet for all the hardcore fantasy players out there.
Odds are quarterback Eli Manning won't be on many "top whatever" fantasy lists, either. But you can bet Tony Romo will be near the top!
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