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Start Kadarius Toney? He’s A Low-End Fantasy WR2, Even With Kenny Golladay Expected To Play For Giants

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Mike Stobe/Getty Images. Pictured: Giants WR Kadarius Toney

Wondering whether to start Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney in fantasy football with Kenny Golladay expected to play in their Week 9 matchup against the Raiders? With Sterling Shepard (quad) out, our expert projects what to expect from the rookie on Sunday.

Start Giants WR Kadarius Toney In Fantasy?

by Sean Koerner

Kadarius Toney can only be held back for so much longer.

Ever since his Week 4-5 eruption, Toney has dealt with various injuries that have kept him off the field. He’s on the Giants’ injury report with a lacerated thumb but is expected to play on Sunday. I’m projecting him to top 70% routes run this week, which vaults him into the low-end of my WR2 tiers for Week 9.

My only concern with Toney heading into this season was that Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett wouldn’t be innovative enough to tap into Toney’s massive upside. I’m glad Garrett is proving me wrong because the Giants are manufacturing Toney touches in the passing game, giving him the green light to attempt passes out of the wildcat formation.

Toney is set up for a monster second half of the 2021 NFL season and is a low-end WR2 this week.

Verdict: Start Kadarius Toney as a low-end WR2

The Giants’ Offensive Injuries

The Giants have been contending with injuries to key playmakers all season.

After clearing COVID protocol, running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) will miss his fourth straight game while wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad) will also miss his fourth straight game.

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