Victory Cruz expects to play in opener, fantasy owners rejoice

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Victor Cruz expected to play in the team's opener against the Dallas Cowboys. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz may not practice on Monday, but he thinks he'll play in the team's Week 1 game on Sept. 8, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

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Cruz said the wasn't sure when he'll get back to practice, but said "In my mind, I am," when asked if he was going to play against the Dallas Cowboys. This corroborates an earlier report that suggested Cruz was likely to play, even if he doesn't get a lot of practice time.

Obviously, Cruz knows the New York offense and already has a great rapport with quarterback Eli Manning. While it would be good for him to get some practice time for conditioning's sake, he only suffered the injury in the second preseason game, so it's not like he's been out all season.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is a strong option for fantasy owners and the news that he is likely to play should be met with excitement. He's not the top receiver drafted in fantasy leagues and is actually considered a slot receiver, but he should be a powerful option for many owners, especially if he's ready right away.

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