One of the bigger names secured his future recently, with Kenny Golladay signing a deal with the New Giants, here we dive into the fantasy impact.
It might’ve taken a while for him to sign, but a big-name like this was always going to get paid. Ultimately, he signed a 4 year $72m deal with $40m guaranteed. It’s a little bit different from the contracts that have been signed by other free agents. Both Will Fuller and Juju Smith-Schuster opted to sign one year deals, with lower average numbers.
Time in Detroit
Golladay had a quiet rookie season, unable to get on the field with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones being the main targets for the team. However, he had flashes on the field, and in 2018 and 2019 he blew up. Golladay quickly became one of the most reliable options for fantasy owners. That was, until he suffered multiple injuries in 2020, meaning he was unable to beat the numbers from his rookie season.
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Situation in New York
Let’s not beat about the point here. One of the reasons that Golladay was successful in Detroit was down to his QB Matt Stafford. Stafford has always been the type of player who was happy to stand in the pocket and trust his receiver to make a play.
There are certainly question marks over Daniel Jones. But, he has shown that he has the ability (at times) to throw an accurate pass downfield. The issue is, we’ve not really seen him do it consistently. Part of that will be the fact that the team only really had Darius Slayton as a deep threat, but part of it is that Jason Garrett has kept the play closer to the line of scrimmage.
The wide receiver corps for the Giants isn’t the greatest in the league. But that should lead to opportunity for Golladay. Let’s be honest, the likes of Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard aren’t going to be taking the majority of targets in this offense.
Golladay wasn’t given the contract that he was to not be used, and given his talents, he could easily be taking around a quarter of the targets in this offense. The issue that the will have is that the TD number isn’t going to be great, given the overall offense. Daniel Jones has only thrown 35 TDs in his two-year career! So while Golladay is likely to get the majority of any TDs thrown, it’s not going to be a large number.
Overall Fantasy Impact
So, what is the fantasy impact of Golladay going to the Giants? I feel like he is likely to disappoint more than anything else. I have no doubts about his opportunity, it’s the TD number that gives me concern. Golladay needs to hit the ground running with that relationship with Jones if he is going to have success with his targets. I currently have Golladay as a WR2/ WR3 on my really early projections. Which I feel means I’m not going to have a majority of shares in redraft leagues this season.
In dynasty leagues, he also takes a big of a knock. However, I’m not going to be looking to sell if I have him. Simply, I don’t think I’d get the return I’d be looking for. At the moment, I feel his value is likely at it’s lowest- and he should still be a safe WR2. If Jones takes a step forward, then Golladay could become a fantasy force again.
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