How To Treat Isaiah Hodgins, Richie James as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets
Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Daniel Jones (left), Isaiah Hodgins (center), Darius Slayton (right).
The Giants don’t feature any big names at the wide receiver position. That being said, they still have some guys who could potentially be complementary assets for your fantasy football championship game.
Those receivers are Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James. Both have been serviceable over the past month or so, as Hodgins has been the WR12 since Week 13 and James the WR28. Not too bad for former sixth- and seventh-round picks, respectively.
Action Network’s Sean Koerner and Samantha Previte weigh in further on the unlikely Giants receiving duo below.
Sean Koerner: Daniel Jones took advantage of a porous Vikings defense and threw for 334 yards, which was only the second time this season he’s crossed 300 yards. They now face a Colts defense that has allowed the eighth-fewest points to opposing WRs; it’s likely going to result in a game script that will be much more run heavy.
Hodgins is a fairly safe WR4 option. He has averaged a 91% routes run rate over his last four games and has seen six-plus targets and scored a touchdown in three of his last four.
James is a low-end WR4 in PPR formats as he now has at least four receptions in four of the five games since replacing Wan’Dale Robinson in the slot. He is a nice high-floor option if you are a pretty big favorite in your championship match and just need a handful of fantasy points out of your flex.
Samantha Previte: Both Hodgins and James shined in the Giants’ heartbreaking loss to the Vikings. Hodgins caught 8-of-11 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown, while James caught 8-of-12 for 80 yards.
Hodgins was claimed off waivers by the Giants in November and his role has been on the rise ever since. He has three touchdowns and three top-24 finishes in the last four weeks.
James has also been steadily producing and has finished as a top-24 receiver or better in four of the last six games.
The Giants’ passing attack has been put together with spit and glue absent any true alpha receiver. That said, it appears that Hodgins and James could both be emerging as late-season breakout candidates.
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