Cody Latimer will compete to be the No. 3 receiver for the Giants this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in most formats even if he wins that job. The top two receivers for the Giants will be Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, but they also have Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley catching passes as well. Latimer will compete with Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler and rookie Darius Slayton for targets, and we'll see if Latimer can build off his final game in 2018. With Odell Beckham out, Latimer had 17 PPR points in Week 17 against Dallas. Still, it's doubtful he'll make much of a Fantasy impact barring an injury, and he's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Latimer announced Sunday that he will return to the Giants. In his fifth NFL season and first with the Giants, Latimer was limited to six games by a hamstring injury and caught 11 passes for 190 yards and a single touchdown. Much of his damage was done in Week 17, when he had four catches for 72 yards and that score. It was enough for New York to bring the 26-year-old back for another season, though his ability to contribute on special teams may have been a bigger factor.
Latimer finished the season, catching four of six targets for 72 yards and a score in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys. Two of Latimer's catches were one-handed while he was well covered. A 2014 second-round pick, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer is now 26 years old and heads into 2019 as an unrestricted free agent. It's unclear whether his Week 17 performance was enough to persuade the Giants into bringing him back.
The Giants activated Latimer (hamstring) from injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports. Latimer had served as the Giants' primary No. 3 receiver through the first six weeks of 2018 before being shut down after suffering the hamstring injury Oct. 16. The 26-year-old only tallied six receptions for 108 yards over his four appearances, but he could assume an enhanced role on offense Sunday against the Colts with fellow wideouts Odell Beckham (quadriceps) and Russell Shepard (ankle) uncertain to play. Latimer might also take over as the gunner on the team's kick-coverage units after depth cornerback and special-teams standout Antonio Hamilton (quadriceps) was moved to IR in a corresponding move.
Latimer (hamstring) is expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of the Giants' Week 16 matchup against the Colts, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports. Latimer originally landed on IR in mid-October due to an unspecified hamstring injury before making his return to practice roughly two weeks ago. When officially back on the 53-man roster, the Indiana product will try to reclaim the No. 3 receiver role from Bennie Fowler.
Coach Pat Shurmur said that Latimer (hamstring) would participate in the Giants' practice Wednesday. The news means that Latimer has received the Giants' second and final designation to return from injured reserve, with the first also going to another skill-position player in running back Jonathan Stewart (foot). The Giants will have 21 days to evaluate Latimer for activation, though the wideout won't be eligible to return to game action until the Giants' Week 15 matchup with the Titans. While Latimer has been sidelined for the team's last five contests, Bennie Fowler has settled in as the Giants' No. 3 receiver, registering a mere eight receptions for 92 yards and no touchdowns on 13 targets over that span.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/11||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|10||11/10||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||21||13||184||1||9||14.15||24|