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Matt Breida

#2 RB,


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28 yrs


5'10'' / 190 lbs


Georgia Southern

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Struggles in second year with G-Men

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-10

Breida ended the regular season with 55 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown while catching 17 of 21 targets for 88 yards over 17 games.

Playing second fiddle behind a workhorse back like Saquon Barkley will rarely lead to noteworthy production, but even when Barkley sat out three weeks early in the campaign, Breida couldn't get much going on the ground as the Giants' starter. He did tally 78 total yards Week 4 against Seattle, but 48 of those came through the air, representing more than half of Breida's receiving yardage on the campaign. The seventh-year veteran's role decreased as the campaign wound down, and he played only eight offensive snaps without logging any stats over the final two weeks. That drop in opportunity came as New York gave rookie Eric Gray a longer look, perhaps signaling the team's desire to use him more as a ball carrier next season. Meanwhile, Breida is set to hit free agency and is far from a certainty to return to New York for a third campaign. He has durability going for him, having played all 34 regular-season games for the Giants over the past two campaigns, but after averaging a meager 2.7 yards per carry this season, he'll likely be looking at a backup role regardless of where he lands.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 19 03.50.76109th170.14.628%
Away Outdoor 15 24.10.85115th150.14.339%
Away Dome 3 04.81.1183rd120.03.263%
Away Retractable Dome 1 02.50.83111th60.03.050%

Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2017 22 SF 16 0 104 46th10546524.435%172026%211801
2018 23 SF 14 13 163 26th15381435.339%2710136%272612
2019 24 SF 13 5 103 46th12362315.136%184125%191201
2020 25 MIA 12 1 42 82nd5925404.336%51014%9960
2021 26 BUF 9 0 43 86th2612514.835%3106%7722
2022 27 NYG 17 1 60 64th5422014.131%50010%201180
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Plays five offensive snaps Monday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-26

Breida caught his only target for three yards in Monday's Week 16 loss to Philadelphia. He did not log any rush attempts.

Breida was almost almost entirely phased out of the Giants' offensive game plan, seeing his second-smallest offensive snap count of the campaign. The veteran running back dealt with a hamstring injury during Week 16 prep, but it's unclear if the issue contributed to his diminished opportunities. Saquon Barkley unsurprisingly functioned in a workhorse role with a 23-80-1 line on the ground while adding three catches on six targets for four yards through the air, and no other New York player logged a rush attempt aside from the team's two quarterbacks (Tommy DeVito and Tyrod Taylor). Monday's loss officially eliminated the Giants from playoff contention, so there's a chance the team could elect to lighten Barkley's workload to some extent over the final two games of the campaign. However, if that does occur, it could be rookie Eric Gray who would see expanded opportunity rather than Breida.

Cleared to play against Philly

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-23

Breida (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Monday's game against the Eagles, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Breida upgraded to full practice participation Friday after a pair of limited sessions. He'll likely continue to fill a reserve role behind Saquon Barkley on Sunday against the stout Eagles front.

Considered limited Friday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-22

Breida (hamstring) was considered a limited participant on the Giants' estimated injury report Friday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Breida was limited at the team's practice session Thursday and remained less than a full participant on Friday's estimated report. He'll look to increase his workload at Saturday's final session ahead of the team's Week 16 matchup with the Eagles on Monday.

Pops up on injury report

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-21

Breida (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Breida saw an increase in snaps compared to his usual workload in a Week 15 loss to the Saints, but it appears the 28-year-old picked up an injury along the way. With the Giants not playing until Monday against the Eagles, the Georgia Southern product will have the benefit of an extra day to recover, which should enhance his chances of suiting up. However, if he were to miss, Eric Gray would likely slide into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Saquon Barkley.

Tallies 21 total yards Week 15

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Breida rushed three times for 10 yards and caught two of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to New Orleans.

New York struggled to gain traction on the ground against a stout New Orleans defensive front, and the team turned to the air more frequently than usual in the second half while playing catch-up. As a result, quarterback Tommy DeVito led the team with 36 rushing yards on the day, while stud running back Saquon Barkley gained just 14 yards on nine carries. In that context, Breida's 10 yards on three rushes wasn't entirely disastrous, especially given that his longest carry of the day (for five yards) went one yard further than Barkley's. Of course, there's no running back competition here, and though Breida is the clear No. 2 back for the Giants, he has very little fantasy viability as long as Barkley is healthy.

Gets two touches in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-11

Breida carried twice for 16 yards in Monday's 24-22 win against Green Bay.

New York racked up 209 rushing yards in the contest, with star running back Saquon Barkley tallying 86 and quarterback Tommy DeVito rushing for 71. Wideout Wan'Dale Robinson also gained 36 yards on two carries, while Breida finished fourth on the team with 16 yards on two totes. Both of those carries came in the third quarter, as he followed a seven-yard rush with a nine-yard carry on back-to back plays to help set up an Isaiah Hodgins receiving touchdown. The 16 yards on the ground ranks as Breida's highest mark since Week 5, which speaks to his lack of opportunities whenever Barkley is healthy.

Records three touches Week 12

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-26

Breida tallied six yards on two rushes and added a 10-yard reception on his only target in Sunday's 10-7 win against New England.

As usual, Saquon Barkley dominated work out of the backfield for the Giants, leaving just a few scraps for Breida. The backup ball carrier did manage his highest total yardage in four weeks, but that was far from enough to make a meaningful fantasy impact. Breida will almost certainly continue to see a minimal role moving forward as long as Barkley is healthy.

Nets negative yardage Week 11

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-19

Breida rushed three times for minus-one yard and did not catch his only target in Sunday's 31-19 win over Washington.

Saquon Barkley once again dominated work out of the backfield for New York -- Breida's three carries were actually second-most on the team, with wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson and quarterback Tommy DeVito notching one tote apiece. Breida's lone positive play was a three-yard rush in the fourth quarter, but he immediately followed that with a four-yard loss on the following snap. As has been the case for the entire campaign, Breida has no fantasy value except as a stash in case Barkley were to miss time, and even then he'd have limited appeal given the poor play of New York's offense for the majority of the season.

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