Top Giants WRs are interesting, but ...

Updated: August 31, 2009, 5:06 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I can't go more than a day or two without seeing one of the New York Giants wide-receiving options heralded as someone's sleeper in a New York newspaper or blog.

Whoa, this guy had a big day in practice, or this coach said something generous about that guy! All these guys have talent, from the vets to the rookies. Just so we're all on the same page, the fellows in the discussion are, in order of the ESPN Fantasy projections, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (the other Steve Smith, by the way), Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss and Lionel Manuel. OK, I threw that last name in there to see if you were paying attention; the fact that some of you didn't notice Manuel retired from the Giants 19 years ago is proof of how obscure these guys really are.

Obscurity doesn't mean they can't play, though. Hixon was the team's leader in receiving yards last season with 596. Smith led the way with 57 catches. Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress led the wide receiver corps with four touchdowns. Kevin Boss, really, was the only guy post-Burress whom Eli Manning looked at near the goal line. This is a running team, one of the best in the land, and it loves to pound defenses. It's going to do it again, which is why I don't think any New York wide receiver should be considered a worthy fantasy starter.