Cruz, Tebow offer potential to become season-making linchpins
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His three-catch, 110-yard, two- TD performance in Week 3 against the Eagles could be written off a bit -- it, after all, came against a defense run by an offensive line coach -- but Eli Manning targeted the second-year man out of UMass nine times against Arizona the following week. On Sunday, he was targeted 11 times, most on the team, in the Giants' loss to Seattle. A chunk of his 161 yards (on eight catches) came on a wild tipped catch-and-run, but he still would have serviceable fantasy numbers without it.
Cruz is now a hot waiver pickup, now owned in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues mostly due to ones that don't feature a waiver system. (The waiver system is what most leagues switch to when an owner or two sits in front of his computer on Sunday and picks up the backups of guys who get hurt immediately. It's much fairer, and your league should have one.) The question is: How much of a factor will he be as the season continues? He's still a third wide receiver, after all, and Mario Manningham (the Giants' No. 2) was targeted nine times by Manning.
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It's likely the Giants will continue to throw a lot, and Manning seems to have developed a rapport with Cruz in a short time. Cruz, who played three games without a catch last year before a hamstring injury ended his season, will likely continue to get better with ball security and could be an every-week fantasy starter by year's end.