Kenny Golladay Signing With Giants Lowers His Fantasy Football Value
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The Giants have made a splash in free agency by adding a Pro Bowl wide receiver to their arsenal.
Former Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay has agreed to a four-year, $76 million blockbuster contract with the Giants with $40 million guaranteed, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Golladay was expected to move on from Detroit after the Lions opted to not exercise the franchise tag that would have cost $15.98 million.
For fantasy football managers, one drawback of Golladay’s landing spot is Daniel Jones.
In spite of optimism that the Giants quarterback would make a leap in Year 2, he had an extremely underwhelming sophomore season and completed 62.5% of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ranked 19th in passing yards and averaged 210.2 yards per game — only slightly higher than Nick Foles, Dwayne Haskins and Mitch Trubisky.
Jones’ anemic passing game certainly wasn’t helped by the Giants’ hapless offensive line, which has been a pain point over multiple seasons. The porous unit allowed 3.1 sacks per game in 2020 — the second most in the NFL.
None of this bodes well for Golladay’s fantasy value. It should take the 27-year-old’s value from being a mid-to low-range WR1 to WR2 territory.
He’s entering his fifth NFL season after being selected by the Lions in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, he posted two 1,000-yard seasons in his first four years in the league and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019. He also earned Pro Bowl honors in 2019.
Golladay comes with a speckled track record of injuries, which sidelined him for 11 games total last season and forced the Lions to rely on Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola. He finished with just 20 receptions for 338 yards and two touchdowns over five games in 2020.
The Northern Illinois product joins receivers Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, John Ross III and Dante Pettis (among others) on New York’s depth chart. Ross, 25, agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Giants last week. The oft-injured Shepard, 28, is under contract until 2024, while Slayton, 24, is under contract until 2023.
The Lions will likely have to sign or draft a receiver to fill in the roster voids left after free agency. Marvin Jones agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday and Danny Amendola becomes an unrestricted free agent this year.