Darius Slayton Fantasy Outlook on the Rise as Giants' Clear WR1

Jason Schandl
Darius Slayton's fantasy outlook is on the rise as the New York Giants' WR1.
Darius Slayton's fantasy outlook is on the rise as the New York Giants' WR1. / Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Giants' WR corps was a bit of a mess for fantasy football purposes heading into the 2020 season. With Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton all fighting for looks (not to mention tight end Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley), no wideout was offering clear fantasy upside.

Slayton appears to have emerged as the team's top wideout in Week 1, however, giving his fantasy outlook a huge boost.

Golden Tate was sidelined with an injury on Monday, but Slayton's volume was still highly encouraging.

Slayton was tied with Barkley for the team lead with 9 targets, while Shepard was fourth on the team with 6. Just looking at the WRs, Slayton hogged 45 percent of the looks. He also saw more valuable targets than Shepard, with an 11.5-yard average depth of target (aDOT) to Shepard's 6.2.

Also encouraging for the prospects of Slayton holding onto this job is that he was highly efficient, turning in 6 receptions, 102 yards and 2 touchdowns against an elite Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

In another tough matchup against the Chicago Bears, and with Tate's potential return still threatening to cut into his volume some, Slayton checks in at just WR35 in our Week 2 fantasy football rankings.

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