To say Parris Campbell's career in Indianapolis was rocky would be an understatement. Injuries have plagued the former second-round pick throughout his young career. In four years in the league, he has only played 32 games, and 17 of those came in 2022. After finally showing some durability and talent as a receiver, Campbell leaves the Colts for the New York Giants.
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The Giants gave Campbell a one-year contract worth up to $6.7 million. It's a prove-it deal laden with incentives for the oft-injured wide receiver.
The Giants have had quite a busy offseason. First, they paid Daniel Jones $40 million per year, franchise-tagged Saquon Barkley, and re-signed two of their own wide receivers, Sterling Shepard and Isaiah Hodgins. Then, as free agency started, they pulled off a trade to acquire tight end Darren Waller and now add Campbell to their receiver room. Campbell could easily be this team's No. 1 wide receiver if healthy.
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Appearing in all 17 games last year, Campbell was targeted 91 times and finished with 63 receptions for 623 yards and three touchdowns. It's a low bar, but that would have been the best fantasy season from a Giants receiver in 2022. With the team likely moving on from Darius Slayton and Richie James, there are over 140 targets vacated from last year. There is no way those all flow to Campbell, but a 100-target season is very much a possibility. With a similar volume last season, Campbell barely cracked the Top 50 fantasy ranks.
The additions of Campbell and Waller, plus the return of Sterling Shepard, further hurts Wan'Dale Robinson and Isaiah Hodgins. Neither was particularly great last season, but they began the offseason as the team's best options and now find themselves as the fourth and fifth targets, at best. Shepard is in an interesting situation, as he and Campbell tend to play the slot. Shepard has the experience and rapport with Daniel Jones, but Campbell has speed. They can coexist, but trusting Shepard's return from injury will be more complicated with Campbell in town.
The biggest winner here is Daniel Jones. Campbell, like Waller, represents another weapon that can take a pass from close to the line of scrimmage to the endzone. In addition, he has reliable hands and should assist in maintaining Jones' newfound efficiency.
A new coaching staff tends to lead to roster turnover. With Shane Steichen coming over from Philadelphia, he will need room for his guys. Since Ashton Dulin re-signed and the Colts already have Michael Pittman Jr and Alec Pierce, it made sense for Campbell to explore other options.
Campbell was a clear second option with the Colts, but he has a chance to lead the Giants in targets. His primary competition will be Saquon Barkley and Darren Waller. While Campbell is not on either of their levels, Brian Daboll's system traditionally favors throwing to wide receivers over running backs and tight ends. Last year's WR49 finish will keep Campbell affordable in fantasy football, and he has top-30 upside. He will be an excellent sleeper in 2023 if he can stay on the field.