Risk/Reward: Week 4: Why Hakeem Nicks Should Remain Active In All Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First it was Mike Wallace who was frustrated with his numbers in Week 1 and all he did in Week 2 was amass 9 catches for 115 yards and 1 TD in Week 2.

Next we heard rumblings from Antonio Brown after Week 2 and he exploded for 9 receptions, 196 yards and 2 TD in Week 3.

Now it’s Hakeem Nicks’ turn. According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NY (via Twitter):

“Coughlin says he will talk to Nicks about Nicks saying he can’t throw the ball to himself when asked about lack of catches yesterday”

The comments came after Nicks failed to make a catch, and in fact was only targeted once, during the Giants’ Week 3 debacle against the Panthers. While the Giants offense struggled, Victor Cruz (8), Brandon Myers (6) and Ruben Randle (4) all still at least got some sort of opportunity.

The moral of the story? Keep Nicks active in all formats. These situations have a habit of working in a receivers favor, as the team makes a concerted effort to get them the ball the next week.

While the Giants have struggled this season, Nicks could be in store for a big week against the Chiefs. It may not be easy, with Brandon Flowers potentially across from him, but it should be a good risk to take.  Especially with Flowers banged up a bit, unless you have an extremely deep receiving corps Nicks is going to be a risk worth taking.

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