The New York Giants’ Victor Cruz is the 11th ranked wide receiver in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 36, that puts Cruz in the beginning of the 3rd round of 12-team drafts.
While most of his offseason was spent talking about contract negotiations, it’s reasonable for fantasy owners to expect another solid year for Cruz. During the past two seasons in New York, Cruz hauled in 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. The salsa-dancing star broke the 1,000-yard mark in both seasons, and he should continue to see plenty of opportunities from veteran quarterback Eli Manning.
Cruz plays on the opposite side of fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks. The problem is that Nicks hasn’t played an entire 16-game season in his entire career. Coincidentally, Nicks was held out of a training camp practice earlier this week with tightness in his groin.
Either way, Cruz performs with Nicks on the field or on the sideline. Cruz is one of the faster wide receivers in the league and has an elite ability to get open. Look for Cruz in the third round as a solid value pick to fill your No. 2 wide receiver spot.