Bennie Fowler 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. Fowler will compete with Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer and rookie Darius Slayton for targets, but Fowler will likely be No. 5 on the depth chart to open the season. It's doubtful he'll make much of a Fantasy impact barring an injury, and he's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Fowler is re-signing with the Giants, Michael Eisen of the team's official website reports. Fowler was cut by the Bears and Patriots last season, eventually landing in New York, where he made five starts in 10 games. As was the case during his time in Denver, the 27-year-old wideout failed to turn playing time into regular production, posting a 16-199-1 receiving line on 369 offensive snaps. Fowler would profile as a borderline No. 5 receiver and special teams contributor for most franchises, but the lack of depth in New York could allow him to compete with Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer for the No. 3 job. Granted, the Giants still have time to boost their receiving corps behind Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard before Week 1.
Fowler caught 16 of 27 targets for 199 yards and one touchdown across 10 games with the Giants in 2018. Fowler signed with the G-Men on Oct. 16 after having been cut by the Bears and Patriots, stepping in as the team's No. 3 wideout behind Odell Beckham (quadriceps) and Sterling Shepard down the stretch. During the Giants' last three games of the regular season Fowler averaged 53 offensive snaps, but was held to less than 50 yards per game despite his increased opportunity. The 27-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Fowler will serve as one of the Giants' starting wideouts Sunday against the Cowboys. The Giants are without both Odell Beckham (quadriceps) and Russell Shepard (ankle) again, so Fowler will draw his second straight start in the season finale. In the Week 16 loss to the Colts, Fowler wasn't able to make much of a mark across his 54 offensive snaps, finishing with one reception for 26 yards on three targets. He'll likely rank as no better than the No. 4 option in the passing game behind fellow receiver Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley.
Fowler will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Colts with fellow wideouts Odell Beckham (quadriceps) and Russell Shepard (ankle) inactive for the contest. Fowler gets the starting nod over Cody Latimer (hamstring), who was reinstated from injured reserve Wednesday and will presumably be eased into the offense as the Giants' No. 3 receiver. Though the absences of Beckham and Shepard theoretically open up more targets, it's unlikely a significant portion of that vacated volume will fall to Fowler. Top wideout Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley are decent bets to command the majority of the looks from quarterback Eli Manning.
Fowler caught two of four targets, collecting 43 receiving yards during Sunday's 17-0 loss to Tennessee. The fourth-year man out of Michigan State is showing promise in the twilight of another lost Giants season, recording his first touchdown of the year against Washington in Week 14, and racking up his greatest receiving output since Oct. 28 against the Titans' top-six pass defense Sunday (219.9 yards allowed per game). Fowler flashed when making a brilliant sideline catch late in the fourth quarter, picking up 25 of his 43 yards on a single garbage-time play to salvage a passable fantasy day. With Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps) potentially missing a third straight game in Week 16 as the Giants play out the string, Fowler has a chance to garner four-plus targets for the third time this season. Still, he's no more than a deep-league dart throw opposing a Colts defense that held Dallas to 206 passing yards and zero touchdowns Sunday.
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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||36||19||231||2||12||12.16||35|