Draft Zone: 18th Ranked Wide Receiver – Giants Hakeem Nicks

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New York Giants Hakeem Nicks is the 18th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 50, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the fifth round of most fantasy drafts.

Last season, Nicks was only able to play in 13 games due to injury. He was limited on the field, and most would agree that the receiver was never 100% healthy. He recorded 53 receptions for 692 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Nicks has proven multiple times in the past that he can put up tremendous numbers. Nicks reached the 1,000 receiving yards mark in 2 consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2011. In that span he also scored a combined 18 touchdowns in only 28 games.

Not much has changed to inhibit Nicks from putting up great numbers again. He will still be the starting wide out in New York and is the Giants best option down the field. Fellow receiver Victor Cruz lines up in the slot, so their roles do not interfere with one another.

In fact, Cruz even said recently that Nicks is the “Number 1” wide out on the team. Cruz claims that Nicks is still the team’s “big-play guy”, so no other receiver should challenge Nicks’ role while he’s healthy.

However, health is the main concern with Nicks. He was burdened last season by knee and foot issues. In previous seasons, he’s dealt with hamstring problems as well. Unfortunately, Nicks is already experiencing groin tightness, and is not 100% at the moment.

If he can get and stay healthy, Nicks could be expected to have a season similar to what he accomplished in 2010 and 2011. Doing that would make Nicks a great value pick in the 5th round. If you take the chance on him, make sure you have a few more consistent receivers on your team to back up Nicks if he gets hurt.

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