2018 Outlook: Barkley was selected by New York with the second overall pick in the draft. The ex-Nittany Lion combines a big frame (6 feet, 233 pounds) with exceptional speed, vision, elusiveness and receiving ability. Similar to the likes of Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson and Todd Gurley II in recent seasons, Barkley is expected to be an every-down workhorse who immediately pushes for 350-plus touches and 10-plus touchdowns. Barkley sports elite upside and is immediately a fringe top-five fantasy running back. He is likely to be selected in the first round of most 2018 fantasy drafts and should be the top pick in all rookie drafts.
2018 Outlook: Beckham might be one of the league's most polarizing players, but he's nothing short of dominant when he's on the field. Beckham was a top-seven fantasy WR each of his first three NFL seasons and ranked fourth during the four games for which he was active in 2017. Beckham has scored 38 touchdowns in 47 games, ranking in the top five at the position in his first three pro seasons. Durability has become somewhat of a concern, as Beckham has now missed at least one game in three of his four seasons, including 12 games due to multiple ankle injuries last season. Eli Manning's struggles are a concern, but the 25-year-old Beckham is now healthy and one of the game's best players. He's a fringe top-five fantasy WR with elite overall upside.
2018 Outlook: Rookie tight ends rarely make noise in fantasy, but Engram's skill set and a barrage of injuries around him on the depth chart led to 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns last season. Engram's 64 catches is third-most all time for a rookie tight end and the most since Jeremy Shockey caught 74 for the Giants in 2002. Engram ranked in the top seven at the position in routes, targets, receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns, OTD, end zone targets and fantasy points in 15 games. The return of Odell Beckham Jr. and selection of Saquon Barkley could cost Engram some targets, but he's positioned for an every-down role and should only improve in his second season. Engram is a solid TE1.
2018 Outlook: Shepard burst onto the fantasy scene as a rookie in 2016, hauling in 65 passes for 683 yards and eight touchdowns. Although he was a poor bet to repeat that touchdown total, Shepard was on his way to a better fantasy season in 2017, but injuries cost him five games. Shepard has ranked near the bottom of the position in aDOT each of his two seasons and has settled in as a solid slot target. He'll continue to soak up targets between the 20-yard lines while deferring downfield and goal-line targets to the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram. Shepard is barely on the flex radar and has less value in non-PPR.
2018 Outlook: Stewart heads to the Big Apple after 10 seasons with the Panthers. Now 31 years old, Stewart figures to reprise his role as an early-down innings-eater, but he won't be on the field much with second overall pick Saquon Barkley in the mix. Stewart hasn't appeared in 16 games since 2011 but has ranked in the top 20 among backs in carries each of the past three seasons. Since 2015, he ranks 14th in rushing yards (2,493), ninth in rushing touchdowns (21) and third in carries inside the opponent's five-yard line (38). A non-factor as a receiver, Stewart ranks 65th at the position with 53 targets during that span. Stewart is no more than a handcuff to Barkley.
2018 Outlook: Gallman was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft and played 307 snaps as part of the Giants' backfield committee as a rookie. The Clemson product is a big, aggressive rusher at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, and he averaged 4.29 YPC (1.95 YAC) as a rookie. He made some noise down the stretch by ranking fourth among running backs with 19 catches from Week 14 on, though his poor efficiency (three drops, 4.1 yards per target) is problematic. Gallman is now third on the depth chart since the team drafted Saquon Barkley and signed Jonathan Stewart. Gallman's only path to flex value is a Barkley injury.
2018 Outlook: Believe it or not, the Giants rank 30th in the NFL in points per game over the past two seasons. A healthier roster and new coach Pat Shurmur may help, but Manning's struggles can't be overlooked. The 37-year-old passer enters this season after a rough 2017 campaign during which he managed a career-worst 6.1 yards per attempt while posting a conservative 7.3 average depth of throw. Though he was benched for one game, Manning finished outside the top 20 fantasy quarterbacks for the second consecutive year and the third time in five seasons. Incredibly, despite missing one game, Manning has posted one top-10 fantasy campaign during the past 12 years. Even with Odell Beckham Jr. back, Manning is a poor fantasy option.