Week Eleven Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks has zero touchdowns this season and that really sucks for his owners. But the Giants tried relentlessly to get him in the end zone last week against Oakland, and he would have scored if not for blatant pass interference on a fade route. The Giants have the Packers in town for the second straight year, and Nicks was able to score in last year's meeting. And who can forget when he ripped the Pack in Lambeau for seven catches, 165 yards, and two touchdowns in the 2011 NFC playoffs? Maybe he cracks his 2013 maiden against Green Bay, a team allowing five wide receiver touchdowns in their last two games.
Week Ten Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks has averaged more than five catches, 90 yards, and half a touchdown after the bye week over the last three seasons, and expectations are high at home this week against Oakland. Nicks has wet the bed on a couple occasions, but the Raiders are one of three teams to surrender more than 210 yards per game to receivers over the last five weeks, and Pro Football Focus has them ranked 25th in pass coverage this season. In addition, secondary receiving options like Riley Cooper, Emmanuel Sanders, and Vincent Brown have had big days against them in recent games.
Week Eight Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks should be happy to see the Eagles for the second time in four weeks. Nicks notched season-highs in yards and receptions against Philadelphia, and they continue to struggle mightily against the pass. Philly is also the only team allowing two touchdowns per game to wideouts this season, and they could continue to be without strong safety Patrick Chung. He was a big free agent acquisition, but has missed significant time with an injured shoulder.
Week Seven Analysis:
After an awful two-game stretch, Hakeem Nicks leads the Giants in targets, receptions, and yards over the last two weeks. He and the pass-happy Giants host the Vikings on Monday night, who have struggled mightily on defense this season, especially against the pass. Additionally, Minnesota could be without starting free safety Harrison Smith and rookie corner Xavier Rhodes. Both left last week's game with injuries and are questionable to play. Carolina's No. 2 receiver, Brandon LaFell, just torched the Vikings for 107 yards and a touchdown, and they are one of eight teams allowing an average of over 190 yards and a touchdown per game to the position.
Week Six Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks got off the schneid last week with nine receptions for 142 yards. His 12 targets were also third-most among receivers, and Nicks will hope to show some consistency with a solid showing in Chicago. Outside of a clunker in Carolina, Nicks has seen nine looks per game and New York will be without running back David Wilson. But they were incredibly pass-happy before, and Nick's results have been inconsistent. Expect Eli to air it out as always, but he should have some extra time with a healthier offensive line paired with a decimated defensive line for Chicago.
Week Five Analysis:
If you had the balls to start Hakeem Nicks last week after he went catchless the week before, well, you weren't really rewarded, but at least he put up a few fantasy points against the Chiefs. That was a tough matchup on the road, but the strength of schedule has pulled a complete 180 this week. This season, Philly's D has allowed the second-most completions, pass yards, and receiving touchdowns. They've also surrendered nine scores to receivers. Last year, two teams gave up nine touchdowns to receivers all year! Nicks had some bad drops last week, and if he can't right the ship in this easy matchup, he'll be tough for owners to start again this season.
Week Three Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks scored a career-high three touchdowns against Carolina in 2010, and he will look to have another dominant outing against a decimated secondary. The Panthers just lost free safety Charles Godfrey with a torn Achilles and backup, Quintin Mikell, is doubtful to play this week. Starting cornerback Josh Thomas also might miss this contest after sustaining a concussion against the Bills. Nicks dislocated his finger last Sunday but was able to return and is listed as probable. The Giants' running game remains in shambles, so look for Eli Manning to exploit Carolina's weaknesses on the back-end, while keeping Nicks heavily involved.
Week Two Analysis:
Hakeem Nicks had a good game last week against the Cowboys, but he was overshadowed by the show put on by Victor Cruz. Nicks tied for the team lead with eight targets and finished with 114 receiving yards. He is capable of posting huge numbers in the rare instances when he's healthy. Like right now. Starting him is mandatory against a Denver team that allowed 362 passing yards to Baltimore last week. The Giants' run game is up in the air at the moment, so Eli Manning will attempt plenty of passes to keep pace with the Broncos.