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.
Fowler brought in his only target for six yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-16 win over Washington.
Fowler made the most of his increased offensive opportunity with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) sidelined, recording his first touchdown of the season. Due to the blowout nature of Sunday's win, the Giants' wideouts were not called upon to do much. Beckham is likely to return against the Titans in Week 15, in which case Fowler would be bumped back down to the No. 3 wide receiver role in New York.
Fowler is expected to take over as the No. 2 wide receiver after it was reported Odell Beckham (quadriceps) would not play Sunday against the Redskins.
Fowler saw 33 offensive snaps Week 13 against the Bears, but it was Russell Shepard who did more damage as the No. 3 receiving option for the Giants, tallying 59 receiving yards and a touchdown compared to Fowler's 11 yards on two targets. Of course, it was Shepard who benefited from the Odell Beckham trick-play touchdown during the aforementioned contest, but there's a real possibility both Fowler and Shepard could have an important role in Week 14 with Beckham sidelined. Fowler figures to be next in line behind Sterling Shepard in terms of potential targets against a Redskins defense that has proven particularly susceptible to the pass in recent weeks.
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