Darius Slayton

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #81
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #81
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Plays just three snaps in finale

Slayton was on the field for just three snaps and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Because the Giants were locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs heading into Sunday regardless of how other games around the league played out, head coach Brian Daboll elected to rest several key players. Slayton appeared to be among that group, as the Giants didn't reveal that an injury was behind his minimal playing time. Expect Slayton to reclaim a full-time starting role in the Giants' wild-card matchup with the Vikings this Sunday.

Jan 10, 2023 11:33 AM EST


Held in check Week 17

Slayton caught two of three targets for 14 yards and lost a fumble Sunday in a 38-10 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Slayton entered Week 17 having averaged 68.3 receiving yards in seven contests since New York's Week 9 bye, but he couldn't get much going against Indianapolis. His final catch and target came on the first play of the third quarter, when he hauled in a short reception but coughed up the football to the dismay of a clearly frustrated head coach Brian Daboll. The Giants nonetheless went on to win the game to clinch a playoff berth, and with nothing to gain against Philadelphia in Week 18, it remains to be seen how long (if at all) they'll deploy Slayton and their other starters.

Jan 1, 2023 5:23 PM EST



Strong showing on Christmas Eve

Slayton caught four of six targets for 79 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: While he was a distant fourth in catches and targets for the Giants, Slayton finished the day just 11 receiving yards behind Richie James for the team lead. Since emerging as a key member of an injury-ravaged receiving corps in Week 5, Slayton has topped 60 yards seven times in 11 games, giving him a solid fantasy floor heading into a Week 17 meeting with the Colts.

Dec 24, 2022 4:19 PM EST


Does little with five catches

Slayton had five receptions (seven targets) for 23 yards in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: Slayton led all New York wideouts in targets and receptions, but his production left much to be desired from a fantasy perspective. This was the veteran wideout's worst yardage output since taking over as the Giants' defacto No. 1 wideout back in Week 7. The 25-year-old had been performing well in the elevated role, so fantasy managers who were relying on the receiver in fantasy prior to Sunday's dud shouldn't abandon ship. There is a good chance Slayton can bounce back against Minnesota's 31st-ranked pass defense on Saturday.

Dec 18, 2022 10:33 PM EST


Two grabs in Week 14 loss

Slayton secured two of three targets for 42 yards in the Giants' 48-22 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Slayton finished second in receiving yards behind Richie James and also recorded a team-long 37-yard grab. The speedster's production represented a downturn, as he'd totaled at least 58 receiving yards in each of the previous six contests. Slayton does have a seven-game streak with multiple receptions going into a Week 15 road rematch with the Commanders next Sunday night.

Dec 11, 2022 5:30 PM EST



Team-high receiving yardage in win

Slayton secured six of eight targets for 90 yards in the Giants' 20-20 tie with the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: Slayton led the Giants in receptions, receiving yards and targets while also recording a game-long 55-yard grab. The speedster has been Daniel Jones' most reliable target in recent weeks as team's wide receiver corps has fallen victim to multiple injuries, as he now has at least 63 receiving yards in five consecutive contests, a sample that now includes a pair of 90-yard tallies. Slayton next takes aim at the tough Eagles secondary in a Week 14 home matchup.

Dec 4, 2022 4:16 PM EST


Playing in Week 13

Slayton (illness) is listed as active Sunday against the Commanders.

Analysis: The Giants held Slayton out of practice Thursday and Friday due to an illness, placing his status for Week 13 in question. Fellow wide receiver Kenny Golladay also came down with an illness Saturday and was added to the team's injury report, while Richie James also had practice limitations this week due to a knee issue. Among those three, only Golladay isn't available to New York's offense Sunday. As for Slayton, he's been the steadiest of the team's wide receivers over the last seven contests, recording at least 50 receiving yards on six occasions while averaging six targets per game.

Dec 4, 2022 8:39 AM EST


Expected to play

Slayton (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Commanders, is expected to be healthy enough to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: He first missed practice Thursday and was held out again Friday. Despite this report, fantasy managers will still want to make sure Slayton isn't listed among the inactives ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Dec 3, 2022 11:48 PM EST


Questionable with illness

Slayton (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Commanders, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Jo notes that most of the nine Giants deemed questionable are likely to play, with Slayton seemingly one of the better bets given that he's dealing with an illness rather than an injury. He first missed practice Thursday and was held out again Friday, so fantasy managers will want to make sure Slayton isn't listed among the inactives ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday. Fellow wide receiver Richie James, who has handled most of the slot snaps recently, also is listed as questionable (with a knee injury).

Dec 2, 2022 11:13 AM EST


Still not practicing

Slayton (illness) won't practice Friday, though coach Brian Daboll still hopes the wideout will be able to play Sunday against the Commanders, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old sat out Thursday's practice with an illness and won't be back on the field for Friday's session. Slayton appears headed toward a questionable tag and could be a true game-time decision Sunday against Washington.

Dec 2, 2022 8:31 AM EST


Picks up illness

Slayton didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Slayton is making a surprise midweek appearance on the Giants' injury report, making him the second member of the team (running back Gary Brightwell) to come down with an illness this week. While Slayton still has a bit of time to improve ahead of Sunday's game against the Commanders, there's a decent chance he's listed as questionable following Thursday's absence. Friday's report may reveal as much.

Dec 1, 2022 11:38 AM EST


Leading receiver in loss

Slayton caught three of six targets for 63 yards in Thursday's 28-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Most of his real estate came on a 44-yard grab in the second quarter that set up a one-yard TD plunge by Saquon Barkley, as the Giants' offense was kept mostly in check in the second half. Slayton still led the team in receiving yards on the afternoon as he topped 60 yards for the fourth straight game. The fourth-year wideout remains Daniel Jones' top target heading into a Week 13 clash with the Commanders.

Nov 24, 2022 5:29 PM EST


Racks up 86 yards against DET

Slayton had five receptions (10 targets) for 86 yards in Sunday's 31-18 loss to Detroit.

Analysis: Slayton continued his recent run of strong play with another productive outing despite the losing effort. The 25-year-old is averaging 4.0 receptions and 75.8 yards with two touchdowns over his last four contests. Slayton is a proven wideout who is being asked to lead a depleted receiver room in New York, resulting in consistent fantasy production from a player that might still be available on waiver wires. Fellow starting wideout Wan'Dale Robinson (9/100/0) left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, so Slayton could be in line for even more targets on a short week against the Cowboys on Thursday.

Nov 20, 2022 3:36 PM EST


Breaks loose for 54-yard TD

Slayton caught three of four targets for 95 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Texans.

Analysis: After catching two passes for 41 yards in the first half, Slayton broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 54-yard touchdown to give New York a 14-3 third-quarter lead. The Giants went run-heavy while protecting the lead the rest of the way, but this performance is further evidence that Slayton's big-play ability has resurfaced. He has at least 58 yards in four of his past five games and a touchdown in two of the last three. Slayton's eight-touchdown performance as a rookie in 2019 suggests he could have staying power in Week 11 against the Lions and beyond in a Giants offense that lacks playmakers in the passing game.

Nov 13, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Five catches against Seattle

Slayton caught five of six targets for 66 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: He led the Giants in receptions and receiving yards, but the team's offense as a whole sputtered, particularly after halftime. Slayton has turned his season -- and maybe his career -- around over the last month, hauling in 15 of 22 targets for 221 yards and a touchdown in the last four games heading into New York's Week 9 bye.

Oct 30, 2022 8:49 PM EST


Catches 32-yard TD in win

Slayton caught three of six targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Slayton capped the opening drive with a 32-yard touchdown catch but didn't contribute much after that. Struggles with drops have limited the deep threat's effectiveness, but Slayton continues to play a featured role in New York's banged-up receiving corps heading into a Week 8 road game in Seattle.

Oct 23, 2022 2:45 PM EST


Regresses with just one catch

Slayton caught one of three targets for 18 yards in a 24-20 win over Baltimore in Week 6.

Analysis: Slayton looked like he could be on the verge of a breakthrough with a six-catch, 79-yard performance in Week 5, but he fell back to earth with Sunday's quiet showing. Fellow receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) were both inactive for the contest, but it was tight end Daniel Bellinger who led the Giants in both catches and receiving yards. There's too much volatility among New York's pass-catching corps for any player on the unit to have fantasy viability at the moment.

Oct 16, 2022 9:52 PM EST


Emerges for solid game

Slayton recorded six receptions on seven targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Slayton took advantage of a depleted Giants' receiving corps to lead the team in targets, receptions and yards. His longest gain went for 26 yards, which helped push the Giants into field-goal range. Slayton also tallied four additional gains that went for double-digit yards. He entered the game having recorded only one catch across three games, and he is likely to shift to a smaller role once the team's receivers get healthier.

Oct 9, 2022 2:00 PM EST


Could see increased role Sunday

Slayton may be more involved in the Giants' passing game Sunday with all of Kenny Golladay (knee), Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) ruled out for the Week 5 battle in London.

Analysis: Slayton saw his most action of the campaign in Week 4 against Chicago, playing 62 percent of New York's offensive snaps. He didn't do much with the opportunity, however, logging just one catch on two targets for 11 yards. Slayton figures to again spend considerable time on the field in Week 5, as he, David Sills and Richie James are currently the only healthy wideouts on the active roster. Slayton is likely behind the other two on the depth chart, however, and expectations should be tempered given that New York ranks second-to-last in the league in passing yards per game through four weeks. While the Giants received good news Friday with Daniel Jones' (ankle) exclusion from the injury report, it should also be noted that running back Saquon Barkley figures to siphon off much of the limited opportunity in the passing game, as he is tied for the team lead with 15 catches and ranks third with 107 receiving yards.

Oct 7, 2022 11:20 PM EST


Notches first catch of campaign

Slayton hauled in one of two targets for 11 yards in a 20-12 victory versus the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: After being inactive in Week 1, Slayton suited up in each of the subsequent two weeks but didn't see any targets. He finally got into the action against Chicago, drawing a pass-interference penalty that netted 40 yards in the third quarter, though it wasn't the best look that he dropped what was still a catchable ball. Slayton did haul in a pass for 11 yards in the next period, which incredibly made him the leading gainer among New York's wide receivers in the victory. It's painfully clear that the Giants' passing game is a tumultuous work in progress, so it's not unfeasible that Slayton or any other wideout on the squad could carve out a considerable role with a breakout game, though that may be hard to do next Sunday in London given the possibility that neither Daniel Jones (ankle) nor Tyrod Taylor (concussion) may be able to play.

Oct 2, 2022 9:57 PM EST


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