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Darius Slayton out for Week 4 vs. Saints

We break down the news that Darius Slayton is out vs Saints with a hamstring injury.

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Wide receiver Darius Slayton of the New York Giants catches a pass during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on August 19, 2021 in Berea, Ohio.
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Friday PM update: As suspected, both Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are out this week with hamstring injuries, per Ralph Vacchiano.

Friday update: Both Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard were once again not practicing on Friday, per Dan Duggan. This news likely knocks them out for this week against the Saints. Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Collin Johnson should be the Top 3 Giants receivers on Sunday.

Thursday update — Slayton was absent from practice again on Thursday due to that hamstring injury and Jordan Raanan of ESPN tweeted it’s “not looking good” heading into Week 4 vs. the Saints. Slayton and Sterling Shepard are both dealing with hamstring issues and could be held out.

The New York Giants could have some concerns at the wide receiver position in Week 4 with both Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd missing practice Wednesday due to hamstring injuries. Both players have been productive during the early part of this season, even as the Giants sit at 0-3. Slayton is coming off a rough game with just one reception for eight yards against the Falcons.

Fantasy football implications

Slayton has been good this season for the Giants, with seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown through three games. His dud against Atlanta was unexpected but he could’ve been dealing with some hamstring issues throughout that contest.

The Giants are going up against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4 and figure to once again be playing from behind. That means a lot of chances for Slayton and the rest of the receiving group. If Slayton does miss the contest, it opens up more targets for Evan Engram, Kenny Golladay and Shepherd. John Ross could also see the field, especially if Shepherd also misses time.