More valuable in '12: Cruz or Nicks?
June, 1, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
I'm actually willing to side with New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks when he confidently told reporters in a conference call Thursday that he had no doubt he would be on the field for Week 1 of the regular season. This reaction makes medical sense, too, as our injury expert Stephania Bell recently reported Nicks' broken foot has been stabilized. Basically, there's nothing but positive vibes coming from the Super Bowl champion Giants these days for their top wide receiver.
There is some question whether Nicks can actually pull this off, though, and just how valuable he can be statistically considering fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz scored 44 more fantasy points last season. Cruz finished fourth among all wide receivers, and while his numbers seem awfully unlikely to repeat, the fact is that he's a tremendous downfield threat who won't simply go away. Could two New York Giants wide receivers really be among the top 10 at the position?