Fantasy Forecast: Brandon Myers
The New York Giants have always seem to have a solid, but not necessarily spectacular tight end. From Jeremy Shockey and Jake Ballard, to Martellus Bennett and Kevin Boss, these players have been able to stay active in the Giants passing game. While never in the top tier of tight ends for fantasy football purposes, they have been great buy low candidates as well as late round fliers or mid season waiver wire pick ups.
Recently Giants tight ends haven’t stuck around with the team for more than a year or two. For the 2013 season New York will be relying on newly acquired tight end Brandon Myers. The former Oakland Raider looks to be the day one starter for the Giants, but will he be productive, and unlike the past few tight ends, will he stay with the team for more than one season?
Brandon Myers was a four year player for the Raiders, but never saw much playing time or production until the 2012 season, where he totaled 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns.He became a very viable fantasy option for many tight end starved fantasy owners. While to many, it seemed like he came out of nowhere, many fantasy experts pegged him as the frontrunner to win the job in the preseason.
While he was productive in his 2012 campaign, one has to wonder if Myers could have found even more success if the team had a better offense. I mean Carson Palmer isn’t the worst quarterback in the league, but he isn’t close to being the best. That won’t be a problem in New York, as they have the total package on the offensive side of the ball. Brandon Myers fantasy value can be viewed in a few different ways depending on the league.
DYNASTY: Brandon Myers is 27 years old and could be just hitting his stride. He also has a history of shoulder injuries and concussions, which haven’t caused him to miss any significant time, but with the NFL’s concern about concussions, it could become a problem going forward. Another uncertainty is his situation believe it or not. Myers signed a four year deal with the Giants, but the last three year of the contract are voidable, per the team. Therefor I think he is a great player to target for tight end needy teams this season, but I wouldn’t invest much, as his future is uncertain due to his contract situation and the Giants recent tenure history of tight ends.
RE-DRAFT: Myers’ 2013 situation is great. Add to that he is going very late or even undrafted in most mocks as well as leagues currently drafting . Myers will be a great candidate for a tight end streaming option, or for fantasy owners that want to load up on running backs or wide receivers during the top half of the draft. As far as numbers go, I expect similar production to last year, with possibly a slight uptick given Myers’ supporting cast of players.