|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 5|
|Team:||New York Giants|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 190 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 5 (171)|
Slayton said he feels healthy this offseason, after battling a nagging hamstring injury during his rookie campaign, NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt reports.
Analysis: The hamstring ailment sidelined Slayton for Weeks 1 and 2 but didn't seem to affect him thereafter. He quickly emerged as a downfield weapon in a part-time role, earning a starting job and heavy snap counts by mid-October. The fifth-round pick ultimately averaged 50.1 snaps and 6.0 targets over 14 games, despite making an early exit from Week 16 with a minor knee injury. Slayton rejoined the lineup Week 17 and finished the year as Big Blue's leader in receiving yards (740) and touchdowns (eight). He's met with Daniel Jones on multiple occasions this offseason, hoping to improve the chemistry as both players prepare for their second pro season.
Slayton finished his rookie season with 48 catches on 84 targets in 14 games, eight touchdowns (T-9th), 15.4 YPC (12th) and 8.8 YPT (23rd.)
Analysis: It was a monster year for a fifth-round rookie, and Slayton should at least reprise his role as the team's downfield playmaker in Year 2 and could emerge as its clear No. 1 wideout.
Slayton (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation and should be ready for his normal workload Sunday against the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Slayton was limited to two targets and 29 percent of offensive snaps in last week's 41-35 win over Washington, missing a large chunk of the game after he hurt his knee in the first half. He did make sporadic appearances thereafter, and he was able to practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. While it's possible the Giants monitor Slayton's workload, it sounds like he'll open the game with his usual spot in three-wide sets alongside Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. The rookie enjoyed his best game of the season Week 14 at Philadelphia, catching five of eight targets for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Slayton (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Slayton missed some action this past Sunday at Washington, resulting in a season-low 29-percent share of the offensive snaps. Held without a catch on his two targets for the first time in his brief career, he's so far logged limited showings on both Week 17 practice reports due to a knee injury. Friday's report will give a sense of his availability for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles.
Slayton was listed as a limited participant Wednesday on the Giants' estimated practice report with a knee injury, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Giants didn't hold a practice Christmas Day, but Slayton's inclusion on the injury report implies that he may be banged up coming out of the Week 16 overtime win over the Redskins. He'll have two more days to upgrade to full participation in advance of the Giants' season finale Sunday versus the Eagles.
Slayton had zero catches on two targets during Sunday's 41-35, overtime win over the Redskins.
Analysis: The 22-year-old had 27 receptions for 417 yards and five touchdowns over the previous five games, but he lost playing time to Cody Latimer on Sunday. Slayton played more than 69 percent of offensive snaps in those five games, but he played his lowest snap share of the season (29 percent) versus Washington compared to Latimer's 59-percent share. The rookie fifth-round pick is trending down for Week 17 with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate healthy.
Slayton caught two of three targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Slayton failed to notch his fourth multi-score effort of 2019, but the impressive rookie is up to eight touchdowns, seven of which have come in his past seven games played. His visit to the end zone in this one came from five yards out in the third quarter. Regardless of whether he's catching balls from Eli Manning for a third straight game or from Daniel Jones (ankle), Slayton will remain a threat to find the end zone in Washington in Week 16.
Slayton caught five of eight targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Slayton showed no slippage despite the Giants' change of quarterback, as he opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown from Eli Manning, then finished the first half with a 55-yard scoring bomb. In doing so, the rookie set a new career high in receiving yards -- topping 100 yards for the second time in his last four outings, a span that's included four touchdowns as well -- and led New York in all major pass-catching categories. That came despite both Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard suiting up, offering resounding reassurance of Slayton's stock ahead of a tasty Week 15 matchup against Miami.
Wide receiver coach Tyke Tolbert suggested Slayton would still be a featured part of the offense following the return of Golden Tate (concussion) to the starting lineup, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "He's going to be the same factor he's always been."
Analysis: There's a lot working against the narrative Tolbert suggested, starting first and foremost with the return of both Tate and Sterling Shepard, the latter of which made his first appearance last Sunday against the Packers after a multi-week absence due to ongoing concussion symptoms. While Slayton was still able to record at least seven targets for the third consecutive game even with Shepard around, those opportunities could vanish with the news that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle) would miss Monday's contest, forcing the previously benched Eli Manning to make his unheralded return to the starting lineup. Slayton is very clearly the Giants' most explosive player, particularly with Evan Engram (foot) sidelined for another game, but with a bevy of mouths to feed and little to no connection with the newly minted starting signal caller, fantasy owners may be playing a dicey game relying on the normally consistent wideout.
Slayton caught six of nine passes for 44 yards during Sunday's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Slayton, getting the start for Golden Tate (concussion), enjoyed his third consecutive game with at least seven targets. He and rookie Daniel Jones seem to have a strong rapport and Jones looked the fellow rookie's way early in the first quarter to convert a key fourth down. Slayton had seven targets in Week 12 even with the Giants healthy at receiver so he should get some opportunities no matter Tate's health in Week 14 against the Eagles, but Tate's health will obviously be relevant through the week.
Slayton caught four of seven targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Fellow wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned from a concussion and led the Giants with nine targets, but Slayton led the team in receiving yards and tied with Golden Tate for second in targets with seven. While Shepard is another mouth to feed, it appears Slayton has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Giants. The rookie fifth-rounder should remain on the fantasy radar in deeper formats when his team hosts the Packers in Week 13.
Slayton secured three of eight targets for 32 yards in the Giants' 35-14 loss to the Patriots on Thursday.
Analysis: The rookie couldn't quite replicate his 4-62-1 line from Week 5, but in a Giants passing attack that was missing both Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Evan Engram (knee), he checked in a distant second to Golden Tate in receiving yards. Slayton has seen at least five targets in three of the first four games he's suited up for, and with his above-average speed, he retains upside as a downfield threat any time he's on the field. He'll look to parlay his skills into more production when he sees an inconsistent Cardinals secondary in Week 7.
Slayton caught four of five targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Although Slayton finished fourth on the team in targets, he led them in receiving yardage and yards per catch (15.5). The majority of his production came on a 35-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, which was New York's only play longer than 20 yards for the game. Slayton has certainly flashed his ability to generate big plays early on in his NFL career, but he'll find the going tough in Thursday's road matchup against a surging Patriots defense.
Slayton caught both his targets for 13 yards Sunday against the Redskins.
Analysis: Slayton made a splash last week against the Bucs, but with Golden Tate returning next week, Slayton's share of the team's passing game is likely to remain small.
Slayton caught three of five targets for 83 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: The speedy fifth-round draft pick could establish himself as the team's deep threat with Corey Coleman on IR, though Golden Tate's return in two weeks will cut into his overall target share.
Slayton (hamstring) will be active for the first time in his NFL career in Week 3 against the Buccaneers with Cody Laitmer (concussion) out of action, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Slayton had already shed his injury designation this past week, finally overcoming the hamstring issue that had plagued him since July. The rookie fifth-round pick will suit up for the first time in his pro career and will be one of several pass-catching options -- Russell Shepard, TJ Jones and Cody Core being the others -- available to fellow rookie Daniel Jones behind starters Sterling Shepard and Bennie Fowler in Jones' first NFL start.
Slayton (hamstring) is on track to make his NFL debut Sunday in Tampa Bay, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Bothered by a hamstring injury since July, the rookie fifth-round pick missed the entire the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season. There's still some chance Slayton is a healthy scratch, but he doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Week 3. With Bennie Fowler (hamstring) listed as questionable and both Cody Latimer (concussion) and Golden Tate (suspension) ruled out, the Giants may be left with Slayton, Russell Shepard, TJ Jones and Cody Core behind No. 1 receiver Sterling Shepard.
Slayton (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Slayton has logged two straight limited practice sessions. The rookie fifth-round pick didn't practice at all during the first two weeks of the season, so his partial participation is a step in the right direction. Slayton is making progress towards his NFL debut, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be available Sunday versus the Buccaneers.
Slayton (hamstring) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Slayton didn't practice at all leading up to the first two games, so this is a positive step toward his NFL debut. If he's able to get healthy for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, Slayton could have an immediate role in the offense since Sterling Shepherd and Cody Latimer both have concussions, although Shepherd also was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Slayton (hamstring) will practice this week and is close to making his NFL debut, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Slayton is managing a lingering hamstring injury, one which has plagued him since July and caused him to miss two straight regular-season contests. The extent of his participation in practice this week should shed some light on Slayton's chances of suiting up Sunday versus the Buccaneers. If Slayton is able to go Week 3 he could be primed for a notable role on offense, with fellow wideouts Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer both nursing concussions.
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