Giants' Slayton expected back, Barkley, Toney, Golladay out

Fri Oct 22 4:42pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

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New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) makes a touchdown catch against Washington Football Team cornerback William Jackson (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., in this Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, file photo. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington head into their matchup this weekend as two of the worst defenses in the NFL. No teams have allowed more points this season and they're both coming off allowing 30-plus points last week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) While the New York Giants will again be without star running back Saquon Barkley and playmaking receivers Kenny Golladay and exciting rookie Kadarius Toney, the offense is expected to get back wideout Darius Slayton.

Slayton, who led the team in yards receiving in his first two NFL seasons, has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. He warmed up on Sunday for a game against the Rams but he didn't get a jersey for the 38-11 loss that dropped New York to 1-5.

Barring a setback, Slayton is looking forward to playing against the Carolina Panthers (3-3) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

''He's made progress continuously. He was close last week,'' coach Joe Judge said. ''We've done some things with him in practice this week. He's made some progress. I think it's fair to say that based on how he comes out of practice today, and maybe if there's a workout Sunday morning, we'll know then, but I'm optimistic about it.''

Injuries have decimated the Giants' offense. The line has seen left guard Shane Lemieux (knee) and center/guard Nick Gates (broken leg) go on injured reserve. They were joined by left tackle Andrew Thomas (ankle/foot) on IR this week.

Barkley and Golladay have missed the last two games with knee and ankle injuries, respectively. Sterling Shepard had a hamstring injury in the same game as Slayton. He returned last week.

Slayton, listed as questionable for the Sunday's game on Friday's injury report, needed an extra week.

''I'd never really dealt with something exactly like this before,'' he said. ''So it was kind of hard to know, to be honest.''

The injuries have been frustrating for everyone.

''I definitely hate that for my teammates,'' said Slayton, who had seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in two-plus games. ''I know they want to play. Obviously, I want to have them all out there with me, but the guys that we have that are going to play Sunday are going to step up and make it happen.''

Toney, who had 10 catches for 189 yards against the Cowboys on Oct. 10, aggravated an ankle injury on the opening series against the Rams. He did not practice this week, along with Barkley and Golladay.

All the injuries at the skill positions, especially the wide receivers, have forced quarterback Daniel Jones to throw to a receiving corps that included Dante Pettis, Collin Johnson and C.J. Board, who broke an arm on a kickoff return against the Rams and is now on IR. The only veteran presence in the group was Shepard, who had 10 catches for 76 yards against the Rams.

Jones said not having all the pieces of the offense has made things tough.

''We've got guys who have stepped up and we've got guys who can make plays and guys who can do a lot of things, who bring a lot of different things to the table,'' Jones said. ''It's about playing to those strengths, and I'm confident and I think we're confident as a group that we'll be able to perform.''

The injury report has defensive tackle Danny Shelton listed as doubtful with a pectoral issue from last week. Shepard (hamstring) and tight end Evan Engram (calf) also are questionable, which most of the season has meant they will play for the Giants.

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Teddy Bridgewater Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Robby Anderson Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson should remain on benches for the Week 12 clash against the Dolphins. The WR has a been a super disappointing fantasy option all season, not having posted more than 40 yards in a game since early October. Despite having a good target share in most games, Anderson cannot seem to take advantage of that. Because of his low production, he shouldn't be trusted even in a matchup with a Dolphins squad that allows the second-most fantasy points to WRs.

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J.J. Taylor Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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New England Patriots running back J.J. Taylor was a healthy scratch last week. In fact, Taylor has only played in five games this season. Although, he could be asked to step up for the Week 12 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Both Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) are listed as questionable for this contest. That leaves Taylor and Brandon Bolden as the primary options. However, fantasy managers shouldn't get too excited. The only time Taylor was productive was in Week 7 when he posted a two-touchdown performance. It's uncertain if Harris or Stevenson will actually be inactive yet. Taylor would be a desperation deep league option even with an expanded role.

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Mac Jones Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Cam Newton Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Christian McCaffrey Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Brandon Bolden Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is coming off one of his worst games of the season. He finished with one rushing yard and two receptions for 15 yards last week. Now, he could see a significant role in the offense versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. Both Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) are listed as questionable heading into this contest. That means, Bolden and J.J. Taylor could be asked to pick up the slack, assuming both players are out. A majority of Bolden's value does come in the receiving game. However, two inactive backs would mean more chances for Bolden. A could have some sneaky PPR value, but it would be dependent on the status of Harris and Stevenson.

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Kareem Hunt Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Mack Hollins Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Blake Jarwin Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Mike Gesicki Nov 27 11:00am ET
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Albert Wilson Nov 27 11:00am ET
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Myles Gaskin Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Jaylen Waddle Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 27 10:40am ET
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David Johnson Nov 27 10:30am ET
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Tyrod Taylor Nov 27 10:30am ET
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Brandin Cooks Nov 27 10:30am ET
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Rex Burkhead Nov 27 10:20am ET
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