New York Giants 2022 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

The New York Giants are a team in transition and a team without an identity. Stud running back Saquon Barkley’s threatening to go the way of Todd Gurley (injuries sapping him of strength and agility until he falls out of relevance), the Giants did not pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Daniel Jones, and new Head Coach Brian Daboll has to sift through a wide receiver room that includes a player (Kadarius Toney) that the Giants drafted in the first round last year, who they are already looking to trade. The Giants took two fantasy football-eligible players in the 2022 NFL Draft; what can we expect from Wan’Dale Robinson and Daniel Bellinger in their rookie fantasy football seasons?

Rd. Pick Player Pos. College
1 5 Kayvon Thibodeaux DE Oregon
1 7 Evan Neal OL Alabama
2 43 Wan’Dale Robinson WR Kentucky
3 67 Joshua Ezeudu OL North Carolina
3 81 Cordale Flott CB LSU
4 112 Daniel Bellinger TE San Diego St.
4 114 Dane Belton DB Iowa
5 146 Micah McFadden LB Indiana
5 147 D.J. Davidson DT Arizona St.
5 173 Marcus McKethan OL North Carolina
6 182 Darrian Beavers LB Cincinnati


Round 2, Pick 43 Overall: Wan’Dale Robinson, Wide Receiver, Kentucky (5’8” 178 lbs)
Depth Chart:
WR1:     Kenny Golladay
WR2:     Kadarius Toney
WR3:     Sterling Shepard
WR4:     Wan’Dale Robinson
WR5:     Darius Slayton

Robinson is essentially a one-inch taller version of sophomore wide receiver Rondale Moore, but with a bit more downfield ability to his game. Robinson is 100% a highlight wide receiver, who struggles play-to-play because of his size concerns. But, if you use him as a spark plug WR2, it’s hard to see him struggling in that role. He consistently gets bodied on his routes, but if you can scheme him open or scheme the ball into his hands, he will excel at the NFL level. His range of outcomes is somewhere between Dexter McCluster and Diontae Johnson, depending on how he translates to the NFL. Yes, that range is wide on purpose, because his range of outcomes is that wide. He could flame out in three years or he could bulk up and become a Cordarrelle Patterson RB/WR hybrid.


I mean, who knows? The Giants have approximately fifteen thousand WR2s on their roster, with Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, and Wan’Dale Robinson all clogging up the roster with a bunch of guys who have marginally different talent levels but different specializations. You could see a future where Wan’Dale sorts it out and becomes the underneath guy, Golladay the deep threat, and Toney as the stud of all trades (like Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and Stefon Diggs under Daboll in Buffalo). Unfortunately, that year won’t be this year, and Daniel Jones isn’t Josh Allen. I’m not expecting much out of this passing offense this season.


Rondale Moore finished 2021 with 64 targets for 54 receptions, 435 receiving yards, and a touchdown. He also finished his rookie year with the third-most fantasy points from a rookie wide receiver who measures in at 5’8” or smaller, ever. He stands behind Tavon Austin’s 10.07 PPR fantasy points his rookie year and Charlie Jones’ 8.39 his rookie year. 10.07 PPR points would have been WR56 last season on a per-game basis. The record for 5’8” and shorter fantasy production? Cole Beasley’s 13.8 PPR points per game in 2020 (WR32). Call me crazy, but I don’t think Daniel Jones is going to be the quarterback who unlocks an all-time season from Wan’Dale Robinson.

Round 4, Pick 112 Overall: Daniel Bellinger, Tight End, San Diego State (6’5” 253 lbs)
Depth Chart:
TE1:        Ricky Seals-Jones
TE2:        Jordan Akins
TE3:        Daniel Bellinger

Daniel Bellinger is primarily a blocking tight end but has a lot of traits that could see him develop into someone who could be something down the line in the NFL. First of all, he had a great RAS score (9.45), and was very effective up the seam with San Diego State, even if they mostly asked him to block there. Bellinger doesn’t boast a strong shuttle score, but his speed is elite, posting a 4.63 40-yard dash, and a 1.62 10-yard split at the combine.


Bellinger is a good pass catcher and blocker, and as such, he probably gets worked into goal-line packages, as a guy who can release from the line to catch the occasional floater or pin his assignment to get Saquon Barkley an easy six points. His versatility will be his calling card in the NFL and will get him onto the field. But, that was also George Kittle’s calling card (though I’m not saying he’s Kittle) and Kittle still struggled to put it all together his rookie year.


He’s a rookie tight end in a bad and crowded offense, who went on day three and whose primary talent right now is blocking, though he possesses traits that could lead him to fantasy football viability. Just not yet.

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