Cruz led the Giants with 108 receiving yards during the contest. He was Eli Manning's big play threat, as three of his receptions resulted in at least 20 yard gains. Cruz was targeted 10 times, which tied for the most among all receivers. The team opted to go to the tight ends in the red zone, meaning Cruz had to take a backseat to some other players.
Cruz will look for more Week 5 against the Falcons.
Generally speaking, skill positions players are hard to rely on when facing Thursday night matchups. Through three weeks, only one player has topped 100 yards receiving on Thursday this season, compared to 29 in 45 other games. That pattern continued last season, as only 10 of the league's 208 100-yard receiving performances came during the 17 Thursday games a year ago.
That being said, this Thursday's game has all of the makings of an outlier, as the
Cruz has enjoyed solid success against Washington in his career, averaging 71.8 yards per game in five matchups. Garcon was mostly held in check in two games against the Giants a year ago, hauling in 15 combined passes for just 117 yards, but Fantasy owners have to consider him a must-start option after the rapport he showed with new starter
If Jackson plays, he could be a nice option, as he shrugged off the shoulder injury with five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown last week.
For at least one week,
Cruz got off to a very promising start, as his first catch late in the first quarter went for 61 yards. Cruz took a slant pass and ran past a few defenders before finally being dragged down at the Texans' 15-yard line.
Cruz then really put in work to get his first touchdown of the season and put the Giants up 7-0 in the second quarter. Cruz caught a short pass from Eli Manning, stopped on a dime, made a defender miss and then outran another defender to the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:21 left before halftime. It was his first touchdown in 13 games.
Cruz, who has 18 career 100-yard games (including playoffs), finished with five catches on six targets. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.
He now has just seven catches for 84 yards this season and we're still waiting for our first salsa dance.
The Texans were beat up by James Jones last week at Oakland when he had nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets, and Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for 18 catches and 139 yards against Houston in Week 1.
But until Cruz starts to play like the receiver we know and love it's hard to trust him as anything more than a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues.
For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
The Giants host Houston on Sunday. Cruz has seven catches for 84 yards this season and has not scored a touchdown in 12 straight games.
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|7||10/19/14||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
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|14||12/7/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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|2011||New York Giants||16||7||82||1536||18.7||99||9||25||9||59|
|2012||New York Giants||16||16||86||1092||12.7||80||10||12||3||52|
|2013||New York Giants||14||12||73||998||13.7||70||4||10||3||45|
|2014||New York Giants||4||4||18||299||16.6||61||1||7||1||10|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||7||1||3||3.0||3||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||12||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||4||4||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||3||2||12||4.0||11||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||4||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||New York Giants||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|