New York Giants 2020 Stat Projections
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QB Daniel Jones
323/510 (63%), 3480 passing yards, 25.9 passing touchdowns
Most analysts anticipated that Daniel Jones would sit behind Eli Manning for the entirety of last season. Instead, he was the starting quarterback for 12 of the Giants games last year. Jones eclipsed the 3,000 yard mark in his first year, and while I project him to see an uptick in yardage this season, I am projecting him to do so in a full season. Some of this decline can likely be attributed to the change in playcaller, a greater emphasis on Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ reluctance to add additional weapons for Jones this offseason.
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RB Saquon Barkley
262 rushing attempts, 1236 rushing yards, 8.8 rushing TDs
40 receptions, 323 receiving yards, 2.1 receiving TDs
RB Dion Lewis
53 rushing attempts, 262 rushing yards, 1.6 rushing TDs
16 receptions, 152 receiving yards, 1 receiving TDs
Jason Garrett will take over for an offense featuring one of the best running backs in football. This is something he may be accustomed to after coaching Ezekiel Elliott for many years. While Barkley barely eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark last year, some of that was due to an injury. The addition of OT Andrew Thomas should certainly help. And in general, Saquon Barkley should be considered one of the best fantasy RB options as we head into this year.
I project Garrett to give Barkley the lion’s share of carries in the Giants offense this year, and for Barkley to also play a significant role in the passing game as well. Dion Lewis was brought in this offseason, who is also known for his receiving prowess, but I think his usage will be minimal.
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WR Golden Tate
60 receptions, 780 receiving yards, 5.3 receiving TDs
WR Sterling Shepard
65 receptions, 769 receiving yards, 5.4 receiving TDs
WR Darius Slayton
41 receptions, 607 receiving yards, 5.1 receiving TDs
WR Corey Coleman
12 receptions, 130 receiving yards, 0.9 receiving TDs
TE Evan Engram
51 receptions, 603 receiving yards, 4.2 receiving TDs
There is quite a bit of similarly in my estimates for the Giants pass catchers this year. Offenses coaches by Jason Garrett have a history of spreading the ball around quite a bit, and the talent in the Giants receiving corps seems to comply with this strategy, considering there isn’t any strong talent distinction between Tate, Shepard, and Slayton, particularly after Slayton emerged as a reliable target for Daniel Jones after Sterling Shepard got injured last season.
One caution I’d offer here is that Sterling Shepard has faced significant injury issues in the past. I did not account for injuries when crafting these projections. On top of potentially diminishing his statistical projections as a result of an injury, an injury would also boost the stat projections of other pass catchers in the offense.