Victor Cruz practicing, should play for fantasy owners

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is practicing on Monday. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is at practice on Monday, according to Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. Cruz has a neck injury he sustained in the team's Week 8 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury is described as a stinger, and it's unclear if he would have missed time in Week 9, due to the team having its bye week.

Cruz has been effective this season, catching 47 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the Giants in receiving, with over 100 more yards than Hakeem Nicks in second. The Giants themselves, particularly quarterback Eli Manning, have struggled this season, but they managed a win in Week 8 and have a favorable matchup in Week 10.

They'll face the Oakland Raiders, who rank No. 24 against the pass this season, allowing 262.6 yards through the air on average per game. Obviously, it's a desirable matchup for Cruz, and the fact that he's practicing at this point likely means he's ready to go, barring any setbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been excellent for fantasy owners this season, and provided there are no issues this week, he should be good to go for Sunday's game against the Raiders. It's a desirable matchup, and Cruz remains a must-start No. 1 option until we hear otherwise.

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