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New York Giants 2011 Fantasy Football Preview

Each week we'll provide suggested start and sit suggestions for the San Francisco 49ers fantasy football options. We begin with an overview of the best fantasy options on the Giants' roster.

Eli Manning of the New York Giants.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Eli Manning of the New York Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, which means so does your Fantasy Football season. We will try to help you decide which New York Giants players to start and which to sit throughout the season. Let's begin by looking at the Giants who should provide your best fantasy options throughout the season.

Eli Manning: Giants fans should understand what they get with Eli. He won't be -- and should not be -- your first choice as a fantasy quarterback. If you did not get one of the big three or four quarterbacks when you drafted, though, you can do a lot worse than Eli. He will give you top 10 production, which will include lots of yards and lots of touchdowns. If your league penalizes for turnovers, just hope he does better than a year ago, when he led the league with 25 interceptions.

Ahmad Bradshaw: The Giants' No. 1 back is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. If he stays healthy there is no reason to think he should not get another one.

Brandon Jacobs: The No. 2 back, but not a bad play. He gained more than 800 yards a season ago, gets a lot of the goal line carries, and head coach Tom Coughlin wants to run more -- and get Jacobs the ball more -- this season.

Hakeem Nicks: The Giants top receiver he caught 79 balls a season ago and with Steve Smith and Kevin Boss gone, could easily top that number in 2011. He is also a big target who can get you touchdowns -- he had 11 of them last season.

Mario Manningham: Another receiver whose production should go up in 2011. He caught 60 balls while starting just eight games a season ago, and will start full time this season. He is the Giants game-breaker on the outside.

Lawrence Tynes: Probably in the middle of the pack among NFL kickers. There are better kickers, but there are also a lot of guys who are worse. If you have Tynes as your kicker, that's not a horrible thing.

Giants Defense: You know what you get with the Giants defense -- a group built to pressure the quarterback and pile up the sacks. They also led the league in takeaways a season ago. That stat is unpredictable, but the Giants have the players to force turnovers.