News: Giants tight end Travis Beckum was declared out for the Week 13 Monday night game against Washington, reports the New York Daily News Saturday. Beckum could not practice Saturday due to a knee issue.
Analysis: Beckum started the season on the PUP list and returned in early November for the Giants. He has played in three games and has no catches. Beckum has no Fantasy value at this time, healthy or not.
News: Giants tight end Travis Beckum was activated off the PUP list Saturday and put on the 53-man roster, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. The Giants waived guard Mitch Petrus to make space on the roster.
Analysis: Beckum started the year on the PUP list after he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl. He was able to get back at practice last week and could now play against the Steelers Sunday of Week 9. Still, we don't expect him to be a Fantasy option anytime soon.
News: Giants tight end Travis Beckum will open the regular season on the PUP list while he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Beckum has not played during the preseason and is eligible to return for Week 7 against Washington.
Analysis: Beckum has been conservative in his rehab process and did not force a return, especially since he is not expected to play an integral role in the Giants offense. New York has Martellus Bennett as their starting tight end coming into the year, and Beckum has minimal Fantasy value. He is not worth drafting in any format.
News: The New York Daily News reports that Giants tight end Travis Beckum, who is trying to rehab from a torn ACL, promised he wouldnt rush back just for the chance to play in the Sept. 5 season opener. "If I were to say I wanted to be back by Week 1, thats putting pressure on myself, he said. And I think thats what happens with these guys. They want to get back too soon, put the pressure on themselves, then come back and re-tear it. Im going to try to be smart about it.
Analysis: Beckum will likely be out for the first six weeks of the season, but continue to monitor his progress. The Giants have Martellus Bennett as their starting tight end coming into the year, and Beckum has minimal Fantasy value. He is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
News: Giants tight end Travis Beckum's has always looked more like a receiver, but he's gained 20 pounds since offseason ACL surgery and is trying to eat right to maintain his current weight of 242 pounds. That's the biggest I've been since the combine, Beckum said, adding that he was carrying 10 pounds of water weight at the time.
Analysis: Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he expects Beckum to begin the 2012 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Beckum tore his right ACL in the Giants' Super Bowl win. With Martellus Bennett joining the Giants this offseason, we wouldn't touch Beckum at all on Draft Day.
News: Giants general manager Jerry Reese told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he expects tight end Travis Beckum to begin the 2012 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Beckum tore his right ACL in the Giants' Super Bowl win.
Analysis: Beckum isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season and might even be out until as late as Week 10 while on the Physically Unable to Perform list. With Martellus Bennett joining the Giants this offseason, we wouldn't touch Beckum at all.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum suffered torn right ACL in the second quarter of the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He was jammed by a Pats defender and landed awkwardly, falling to the ground and clutching his knee. He was carted off the field and was on crutches during the Giants' celebration following the win.
Analysis: This could be the end of the line for Beckum, who has a history of leg injuries dating back to his college days. In 2012 he'll be in the final year of his contract but will almost certainly start the year on the team's PUP list. Expect him to be a non-factor in Fantasy.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum said his injured chest is very good, and he expects to play Week 16 against the Jets, which is good because he sees some opportunities against Rex Ryan's defense. With all the things that theyre doing defensively, I think that theres holes in the defense, Beckum said. I think theres things that were going to try to exploit. TEs average 7.7 Fantasy points per week and have totaled four touchdowns against the Jets this season.
Analysis: Fantasy owners remember when Beckum had a 67-yard touchdown in Week 13 against the Packers, but it has been his lone highlight this season. Beckum has just three catches on the year. However, he could play a more prominent role on Saturday with Jake Ballard out due to injury. But you are taking a big gamble by starting Beckum.
News: After hauling in a 67-yard touchdown his last time out, Giants TE Travis Beckum was not nearly as productive in Week 14 against the Cowboys. He was targeted two times by QB Eli Manning, catching one pass for 11 yards in the 37-34 win.
Analysis: Coach Tom Coughlin said earlier in the week that he would like to get Beckum more involved in the offense but he did not do much for owners on Sunday. Beckum has the ability to make some noise in Fantasy so keep an eye on his progress going forward. But until he proves to be more consistent, leave Beckum on waivers in the majority of leagues.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum hauled in a 67-yard TD reception from QB Eli Manning on the opening drive of last Sundays loss to the Packers and may have revitalized his season in the process. Obviously when you play like that you do certainly encourage people to expand your role, coach Tom Coughlin said, adding that Beckum has improved on special teams as well.
Analysis: The Giants have been waiting for Beckum to develop into a pass-catching threat ever since Kevin Boss left for Oakland in the offseason. However, Beckum was weak at blocking, so that allowed Jake Ballard to become the team's top TE. Ballard has struggled lately, opening the door for Beckum again. However, Beckum still had only one catch against the Packers, so it's not like he gets a ringing endorsement yet. Beckum is still not worth starting in Fantasy Week 14.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum only recorded one catch in Week 13 against the Packers but was able to make the most of it. On the first drive of the game, he hauled in a long pass from QB Eli Manning and was able to maneuver his way 67 yards for the touchdown. It was his first score of the season. It was also Beckum's lone target in the 38-35 loss.
Analysis: Beckum recorded just his second catch of the season on Sunday and was able to find the end zone for the third time in his career. But the fact is that he does not see a ton of time on offense and is not expected to produce much down the stretch. Continue to ignore Beckum in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: The Giants have waited for Travis Beckum to develop into a pass-catching threat at tight end, but the former Wisconsin star has had some obstacles on his way to being a productive option. He has been slowed down a lot, so right now he is still very much at the learning stage, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride told The Star-Ledger. He is in his third year and he has been hampered. Every time you see him coming along there is something that rises up and sets him back so he is still at the beginning of the curve.
Analysis: The Giants really have hopes for Beckum being a guy that can replace Kevin Boss, who left for Oakland in the offseason. It would be nice to have a tight end that can do that. That was not even Kevin Bosss thing, Gilbride said. Kevin was a unique tight end. The further up the field, the more special he became. You would love to have the guy that is working from the line of scrimmage to 15-18 yards down the field, inside, is an effective player for us." Right now, Beckum needs to prove healthy and productive for New York before he becomes a viable Fantasy option.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) was activated for Week 3 against the Eagles. He had been listed as probable on the injury report. He caught one pass for 2 yards.
Analysis: The Giants could really use Beckum's presence after losing WR Domenik Hixon to a knee injury and WR Mario Manningham to a concussion. Beckum's strength is catching passes and he could play in the slot if the Giants need it. But he still should be left on Fantasy waivers until he has a breakout performance in the NFL. We are still waiting for that one.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Eagles after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. He is expected to play Sunday.
Analysis: The Giants could definitely use Beckum in Week 3 now that WR Mario Manningham is doubtful with a concussion. That means Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Brandon Stokley and Michael Clayton are the healthy receivers for the Giants. Beckum is athletic enough to line up as a receiver, like he did in college at Wisconsin. However, Beckum is merely a desperation Fantasy start for Week 3.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) was able to practice fully on Thursday. He told the Newark Star-Ledger that he feels fine, indicating he should play on Sunday.
Analysis: The Giants could really use Beckum's presence after losing WR Domenik Hixon to a knee injury and WR Mario Manningham trying to return from a concussion. Beckum's strength is catching passes and he could play in the slot if the Giants need it. But he still should be left on Fantasy waivers until he has a breakout performance in the NFL. We do not anticipate more than a handful of targets per game for him.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) told CBSsports.com that he will practice this week and doesn't believe he'll be limited as his team prepares for Week 3 at Philadelphia. Beckum has yet to be active this season, but he insists his hamstring feels better and is less stiff.
Analysis: The Giants could really use Beckum's presence after losing WR Domenik Hixon to a knee injury and WR Mario Manningham trying to return from a concussion. Beckum's strength is catching passes and he could play in the slot if the Giants need it. But he still should be left on Fantasy waivers until he has a breakout performance in the NFL.
News: Giants coach Tom Coughlin is growing tired of TE Travis Beckum's injury-prone ways. Beckum missed Week 1 against the Redskins with a hamstring injury. "Bekcum is Beckum. Hes got a hamstring," Coughlin said when asked about Beckum's status Wednesday. "Weve had hamstring issues with Travis before. Im not frustrated. Again, expectations are very high and its very difficult to improve him when hes not practicing."
Analysis: The Giants are trying to replace Kevin Boss' presence in the lineup, and clearly Coughlin feels Beckum could be an asset in the passing game. However, Jake Ballard performed very well in Week 1, so if Beckum doesn't get back quickly, then he fears falling even further into the coach's doghouse. Leave Beckum on Fantasy waivers until further notice.
News: Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin reports that TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) said on Monday that both of his hamstrings are sore. Beckum was deactivated for Week 1 at the Redskins as a result.
Analysis: Beckum said hes been told hamstring issues tend to arise when a player is compensating for another injury. However Beckum doesnt think anything else is injured, so hes baffled by the tightness hes feeling in the muscles. With the departure of Kevin Boss this offseason, there is room for Beckum to contribute in the passing game. However, he will not be anything more than a potential stashee candidate for deeper leagues until he can prove his worth on the field. Keep him reserved in all formats.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) was listed as inactive for Week 1 at Washington. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report and was a game-time decision.
Analysis: Beckum left practice Friday with hamstring tightness. With the departure of Kevin Boss this offseason, there is room for Beckum to contribute in the passing game. However, he will not be anything more than a potential stashee candidate for deeper leagues until he can prove his worth on the field. Keep him reserved in all formats.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum left practice Friday with hamstring tightness and is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Redskins.
Analysis: Even though Beckum didn't break camp as the starting TE, he might still be the team's best receiving TE in the place of Kevin Boss, who was lost via free agency. Beckum had a hamstring injury during the preseason and he is not helping his cause by getting hurt right before the opener. Leave Beckum on waivers in most Fantasy formats until he proves he is a worthy option.
News: The Giants released their depth chart on Tuesday and Jake Ballard was listed as the starting tight end over Travis Beckum, who was considered the favorite to start after Kevin Boss signed with Oakland.
Analysis: Listing Beckum as the backup TE might be a motivational ploy by the Giants. The team has said Beckum needs to improve his consistency, especially as a blocker. He has good skills as a pass catcher, but if Beckum's reps are limited, then he might not be much of a factor on offense. Leave Beckum on waivers in most Fantasy formats and only add once he becomes a reliable option for New York.
News: Giants coach Tom Coughlin is still looking for consistency from TE Travis Beckum. He had a couple of catches last night, Coughlin said. Its just the consistency and the total package that is what you would hope would all come together. We have to be confident that it will.
Analysis: Beckum has managed just two catches for 16 yards in the preseason, but the Giants need someone to step up at tight end since Kevin Boss is now in Oakland. The Giants aren't worried about Beckum's pass-catching skills. They are more concerned about whether or not he can block on a consistent basis enough to keep him on the field as the team's top TE. Beckum can go undrafted in most Fantasy formats and only add him off waivers if he gets off to a fast start.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum, who will start Monday's preseason game against the Bears after being hobbled by a hamstring injury, feels the team will find ways to utilize him as both a receiver and blocker now that Kevin Boss is with the Raiders. The thing about the NFL is that you pay these guys X amount of dollars to do what they excel at, Beckum told The Star-Ledger. If anybody has any kind of smarts, why would you want to put a 235-pound tight end against a 290-pound defensive end for the whole game? That is just common sense. Im going to be in a lot more, Beckum said. A lot of times last year, teams would just put in a nickel package when I came in. But therell be games when I run much more run plays than I did past. And I think thats good, being diverse.
Analysis: Coach Tom Coughlin has commented that Beckum has shown significant progress in training camp. Beckum was an outstanding receiver in college at Wisconsin, so he has the potential to succeed on offense. However, he is an undersized tight end and that is why he might not always be on the field. If he does get plays in the slot, then that will only help his profile as a receiver. For now, Beckum is not worth drafting in most Fantasy formats unless he finishes the preseason on a high note. But he could be a nice add off waivers if he gets off to a fast start.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum, who missed the preseason opener against the Panthers with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Monday.
Analysis: It's good to see Beckum back on the practice field because he is competing for the starting TE job, and missed time is never a good thing when competing for a starting gig. Beckum has just 21 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in his first 31 NFL games after he was a standout receiver in college at Wisconsin. The Giants hope Beckum will blossom into that type of player in the NFL, but it's tough for Fantasy owners to take a flier on Beckum until he proves his worth. Beckum isn't worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he could end up as a bye-week replacement if he starts out the season playing well.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum was ruled inactive for Saturday's preseason game against the Panthers because of a hamstring injury.
Analysis: This injury isn't considered serious and Beckum is just on the day-to-day watch for now. With Kevin Boss now in Oakland, the Giants have an opening at tight end. Beckum is competing with Bear Pascoe for the starting job. Beckum has just 21 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in his first 31 NFL games after he was a standout receiver in college at Wisconsin. The Giants hope Beckum will blossom into that type of player in the NFL, but it's tough for Fantasy owners to take a flier on Beckum until he proves his worth. Beckum isn't worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he could end up as a bye-week replacement if he starts out the season playing well.
News: Even though the Giants lost TE Kevin Boss to free agency when he signed with the Raiders, GM Jerry Reese is not concerned. Reese is confident in third-year TE Travis Beckum. Kevin caught 35 balls last year, Reese said. We have Travis Beckum. We think he can catch 35 balls.
Analysis: That's either a high endorsement for Beckum or a shot at Boss. We hope Beckum can step in right away and start for the Giants and hopefully become a viable Fantasy option. Beckum isn't worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he could end up as a bye-week replacement if he starts out the season playing well.
News:Kevin Boss has signed a four-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN. The deal is said to be worth $16 million. In Boss' absence, Travis Beckum is likely to become the Giants' primary tight end.
Analysis: Coach Tom Coughlin said on Friday that he would like to see more consistency from Beckum, but he characterized him as a good receiver. The Giants have not used the tight end as a primary (or even secondary) option in their pass offense since the days of Jeremy Shockey, but a move up the depth chart will make Beckum a viable late-round sleeper option in drafts. Continue to monitor this situation as it develops. Ben Patrick would be the other option the Giants would have at tight end. FB/TE Bear Pascoe has also been mentioned as a possible alternative.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum caught just one pass in Week 15 against the Eagles. It went for 4 yards and was the only time he was targeted for a pass in the game.
Analysis: Beckum is behind Kevin Boss in the passing game at the tight end position. He is used mainly as a blocker and is not a player that should be owned in Fantasy.
News: With injuries mounting at wide receiver, Giants TE Travis Beckum could become a weapon against Washington in Week 13. Well have to see, QB Eli Manning said. Hes playing well. Hes making some good catches. Beckum was targeted only once against Jacksonville in Week 12, but he did make a 29-yard reception.
Analysis: Beckum was a standout receiver in college at Wisconsin, so he clearly has the skills to help in the passing game. But playing tight end is tough in the NFL and most players have to learn blocking schemes before they become an option in the passing game. The Giants love Beckum's potential, but they also have Kevin Boss at TE, so it's not like the team is in dire straits. Beckum is not worth bothering with in Fantasy until he becomes a reliable option.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum made good on his only target in Week 12 against the Jaguars for a 29-yard catch in the first half that help setup a 29-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes. The 29 yards were a season high for Beckum.
Analysis: Beckum might have a career-high 12 catches in 2010, but he hasn't managed more than two catches in a game and just isn't getting enough targets on offense. The Giants love his potential, but that doesn't help Fantasy owners. Beckum is not worth bothering with in Fantasy at this time.
News: New York backup TE Travis Beckum scored his second career touchdown in the Week 11 loss to the Eagles. QB Eli Manning -- who looked Beckam's way just once -- found him in the end zone in the third quarter of the Sunday night contest.
Analysis: The Wisconsin product remains the backup to Kevin Boss, so he has minimal Fantasy value. In Week 12 , against the Jaguars, continue to ignore Beckam in all formats.
News: New York backup TE Travis Beckum caught both passes thrown his way in Week 10 against Dallas. He had 12 yards receiving on the day, his best outing since Week 4 where he had 25 yards.
Analysis: Beckum has just one touchdown and 81 yards receiving all season. Heading into Week 11 against Philadelphia, Fantasy owners can continue to ignore Beckum in all formats.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum caught just one pass in Week 6 against the Lions, but it was a valuable one. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown to help lead the Giants to a 28-20 win over the Lions. Beckum was targeted once in the game.
Analysis: Beckum scored on a third-and-goal at the 1-yard line after the Giants had been stuffed on a pair of running plays. They used play action to suck in the defense and Beckum was left wide open for an easy score. Don't expect him to have enough passes thrown his way the remainder of the season to be considered useful in Fantasy.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum had one catch for 25 yards in Week 4 against the Bears. He was targeted twice in the 17-3 win.
Analysis: Beckum is merely the backup TE to Kevin Boss and is used as more of a hybrid FB/TE role on run plays. He is not much of a factor in the Giants' passing game and can be left on the waiver wire heading into Week 5.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum made two catches in Week 3 against the Titans. He gained 23 yards, including an 18-yard grab. Beckum was targeted just twice in the game.
Analysis: Beckum saw a reduced role with starting TE Kevin Boss back in the mix. Beckum is used as an H-Back in a sort of hybrid FB/TE role and is not a factor in the pass offense. He is not a viable Fantasy option.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum, who was getting a start with Kevin Boss sidelined by a concussion, had one catch for 1 yard Week 2 at Indianapolis.
Analysis: Beckum was known as a receiving tight end in college, but he sure didn't get many looks from QB Eli Manning on Sunday. Then again, Boss doesn't play a big role in the passing game, so you shouldn't have expected his replacement to. Even if Boss remains sidelined, you should leave Beckum on waivers in Fantasy.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum will start Week 2 at Indianapolis now that Kevin Boss has been ruled out with a concussion. Beckum, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2009, had two catches for 11 yards Week 1 against the Panthers and might not get many more looks than that in Week 2. The Giants will likely go with a run-heavy attack against a Colts defense that allowed 231 yards to Arian Foster in Week 1.
Analysis: Beckum was known as a receiving tight end at Wisconsin and is actually more accustomed to lining up wide or in the slot, but he'll be asked to do everything Boss does in Week 2. The tight end is just a peripheral player in the Giants offense, and since Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs (not Eli Manning) figure to be the stars of Sunday night's game, you can leave Beckum for deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: With Giants starting tight end Kevin Boss a question mark for Week 2 at Indianapolis after suffering his third concussion since late in 2008, the team is expected to turn to Travis Beckum. Beckum will be asked to replace Boss in his 'Y' tight end role, lined up along the offensive line. Beckum said he usually is placed wide or in the slot but has some experience in the 'Y' position.
Analysis: Beckum's matchup is interesting -- he'll see a lot of playing time against a Colts secondary that has yet to be tested this season and without playmaker Bob Sanders. If you're absolutely desperate for a tight end for your Fantasy team, Beckum fits the bill. Otherwise, just monitor how he does since he could be the Giants' tight end of the future if Boss stays sidelined for a while.
News: Giants TE Kevin Boss was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck injury following a hit to the back of the helmet in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Carolina. He left the game in the first quarter after taking a hit on the very first drive of the game. Travis Beckum, the only other tight end on the roster, finished the game with two catches for 11 yards.
Analysis: The NFL has strict guidelines when it comes to concussions, so Fantasy owners will have to closely monitor Boss' progress going forward. He will be on the injury report heading into Week 2 against the Colts in Indianapolis. If he does not play, Beckum would be in line for a quick boost in Fantasy value as QB Eli Manning likes to use his tight ends as a safety valve when he gets into trouble. Beckum won't be an advisable play in most formats in Week 2 at the Colts, however, barring injuries to your top options.
News: Gaints coach Tom Coughlin hopes to get TE Travis Beckum (neck) back soon. Theyve been looking into it. All the MRI work has been completed, Coughlin said. Hopefully were going to get Travis back next week.
Analysis: Beckum is the backup TE in New York behind Kevin Boss and will only see a minimal amount of targets in 2010 if Boss manages to stay healthy. Continue to ignore Beckum in Fantasy play for now.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum tweaked something in his neck and missed most of practice on Monday. He is the Giants' backup at tight end and is now questionable to play in the team's preseason game on Saturday in Baltimore.
Analysis: Beckum could see his role increase this season with the Giants. Still, after catching eight pases for 55 yards in his rookie year, we can't call him someone to target on Draft Day. Go into 2010 ignoring Beckum in all Fantasy leagues and let him surprise you.
News: The New York Post reports Giants QB Eli Manning is expecting second-year WR Ramses Barden and second-year TE Travis Beckum to improve following quiet rookie seasons. "We need some of these young guys to step up and play well," Manning said. "They need to get in there, they're going to make mistakes still, but we need them to really have a big influence on this year." Beckum caught just eight passes for 55 yards in 2009, while Barden had just one reception for 16 yards. If the two can get in gear and make any sort of impact in a passing game that already features Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks it will be a plethora of options for Manning. The QB sees Beckum as "having speed and a shifty guy, be able to stretch the field and do some things after the catch." As for Barden, Manning said he is "just that big receiver, whether you put him in the slot or outside, having a physical guy to catch the ball over the middle."
Analysis: Beckum could see his role increase this offseason with Kevin Boss (ankle) having offseason surgery. Still, Beckum has minimal Fantasy value unless Boss is out for the start of the season. Ignore Beckum in the majority of leagues on Draft Day.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum caught two passes for 16 yards in Week 17 at Minnesota. He was targeted twice in the game.
Analysis: Beckum is a rookie who was used only slightly in his first year in the NFL and while he does have some long-term appeal his ceiling does not appear to be very high. He is not likely to be drafted in most leagues next fall.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum had one catch for 4 yards Week 15 at Washington. The reception was his first since Week 5.
Analysis: Beckum is just a backup tight end and doesn't play a big role in the passing game. Leave him on waivers for Week 16 against the Panthers.
News: Giants RB Madison Hedgecock, TE Travis Beckum, WR Derek Hagan and QB David Carr all dressed but failed to record an offensive stat in Week 9 against the Chargers.
Analysis: Most of these players dress as backups for the Giants and don't stat on a regular basis. They can be left off Fantasy rosters. The Giants are on a bye in Week 10 and don't return to action until Week 11 against the Falcons.
News: Several Giants didn't record an offensive stat Sunday against the Cardinals as FB Madison Hedgecock, TE Travis Beckum, WR Derek Hagan, RB Danny Ware, TE Gartrell Johnson and QB David Carr did not record an offensive statistic in Week 7 against the Cardinals.
Analysis: None of these players are worth using in most Fantasy leagues. Ignore them in all formats for Week 8 at the Eagles.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum did not catch a pass in Week 6 at New Orleans. He was thrown to one time in the game.
Analysis: Kevin Boss returned to action for the Giants in Week 6 and Beckum returned to a limited role. He is not an advisable option in Fantasy.
News: Giants TE Darcy Johnson caught three passes for 26 yards in Week 5 against Oakland. He was thrown to four times in the game. TE Travis Beckum caught two passes for 12 yards.
Analysis: With Kevin Boss out with an ankle injury, Johnson and Beckum got a chance to play a bigger role. Neither did much, however, and Fantasy owners should not consider investing much in them off the waiver wire if Boss can't return for Week 6 against the Saints.
News: Giants TE Kevin Boss (ankle) was listed as inactive for Week 5 against Oakland. He had been listed as doubtful on the injury report and was not expected to play. Rookie Travis Beckum is expected to see most of the pass-catching opportunities as a tight end in his place.
Analysis: Boss had been feeling better throughout the course of the week, but the Giants did not feel he was ready enough to activate. Keep him reserved in all leagues until he is healthy enough to return, but he has been merely a No. 2 caliber tight end in Fantasy when healthy. Beckum can be worth a last-minute flier, but is not a recommended option as a starter if it can be avoided.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum caught one pass for 15 yards in Week 4 at Kansas City. He was thrown to just the one time in the game.
Analysis: Beckum had his first two catches in Week 4 and while he has proven to be a versatile H-back who can be used as a fullback or a tight end, he is not featured enough in the offense to be considered useful in Fantasy.
News: Giants TE Travis Beckum caught two passes for eight yards in a Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Beckum is just the backup TE in New York and will have no Fantasy value unless Kevin Boss gets hurt. Continue to ignore him in all formats for now.
News: Notable Giants players who were active and dressed but didn't record a stat at Dallas in Week 2 include: backup QB David Carr, TE Darcy Johnson, WR Ramses Barden, RB Gartrell Johnson, TE Travis Beckum and WR Sinorice Moss.
Analysis: None of these players warrant Fantasy use at this time because they aren't expected to see the field much. Keep them all off of Fantasy rosters. The Giants play at the Bucs in Week 3.
News: Giants rookie TE Travis Beckum will take part in the team's rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday could be switched to H-back, reports Newsday. That's the natural position he played at Wisconsin. The paper reports it's been years since the Giants have had an H-back like him, a weapon who can create mismatches with linebackers and safeties. At 6-3, 243 pounds, Beckum won't be asked to do much blocking. The Giants aren't quite sure what they'll be asking him to do. "It'll be fun to do that," Tom Coughlin said. "There are certain things you try to feature or develop with that particular kind of player."
Analysis: Beckum might get a chance to catch the ball a little bit, but he won't make much of an impact for Fantasy owners this year. The safe bet is to ignore him in all seasonal leagues. Consider him nothing more than a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and an early- to middle-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Giants drafted Wisconsin TE Travis Beckum in the 2009 draft. The former defensive end is described as a good blocker but a better receiver. He caught 159 passes for 2,149 yards (13.5 avg) and 11 touchdowns over three years as a tight end. He slipped in the draft because of several leg injuries including a broken left fibula last season.
Analysis: Beckum might bump a veteran off the final roster and compete for playing time. But unless that veteran is Kevin Boss, you can forget about Beckum being reasonable for Fantasy use this season. Consider him nothing more than a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and an early- to middle-round pick in rookie-only drafts.