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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had many highs and lows during his 10 years in the NFL. He went from having a low completion percentage and a high interception total to winning a pair of Super Bowls. In a year in which his big brother, Peyton Manning, is having his best season ever, Eli is having his worst. Is it time for fantasy football owners to dump Eli Manning?
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Manning struggled with his accuracy in his first four seasons, averaging a 54.7 mark during that span. In the next five years Eli stepped up his game, averaging a 61.3 mark. He has fell back to the early days this year, sporting a 53.7 completion percentage through six games.
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Interceptions have always been an issue for Eli. In his first 137 games Eli threw 144 picks. He has thrown at least 15 interceptions in eight of his nine full seasons. Technically, this year isn’t a full season, but he already hit that mark. In fact, he’s on pace to throw 40 interceptions this year.
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Eli’s passer rating on the year is 64. He has not posted a number that low since his rookie season. Now matter how you slice it, he’s having a terrible season.
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There have been some bright spots. He is averaging 286.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. That puts him on pace for 4,589 yards and 24 touchdowns.
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There is reason to believe that he will continue to throw for a lot of yards. The Giants don’t have much or a running game or a capable defense. They will have to rely on Eli’s arm out of necessity. They will also have to throw often to keep pace with the competition.
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Manning has the weapons to succeed. Victor Cruz is one of the best in the game. He simply makes explosive plays. He already has 541 yards and four touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks is returning to form. You have to worry about injuries with Nicks, but he has 442 yards. Rueben Randle has emerged as one of the best third receivers in the game. He has 333 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Brandon Myers has 208 yards and a score. Eli will produce big numbers with this quartet.
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He’ll need to cut down on the mistakes. I’m not expecting him to take care of the football like his brother, but he needs to cut his interception rate in half. Given his track record and the amount of work he puts in, I expect improvement.
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The schedule works in his favor. Other than a date with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15, the Giants don’t face any elite defenses the rest of the way.
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I’m not saying you have to start Eli, but he should at least be on fantasy rosters at this point.
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As big brother Peyton Manning has been on a remarkable tear towards the top of the fantasy quarterback rankings, Eli has plummeted in just as spectacular fashion.
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Is it time for fantasy players to put the Giants’ passing attack on ice?
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There is definitely a case to be made.
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In his last five games Eli Manning has thrown two touchdowns to six interceptions. That horrible ratio is only part of the story.
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Eli has averaged 212.4 passing yards during the stretch. In three of the games he was held below 200 yards. In half of the Giants ten games he has thrown for 215 or fewer yards. He has only thrown multiple touchdowns in three games this year.
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Eli also has nearly as many interceptions (11) on the year as touchdown passes (12).
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Obviously Eli isn’t the only player that’s hurting fantasy teams. Wide Receiver Victor Cruz hasn’t scored in three straight games. To make matters worse, he’s averaging just 38.7 yards per game during the stretch.
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Hakeem Nicks had a solid game in Week 10 with nine catches for 75 yards, but his knee has kept him from playing big. He has just one touchdown on the year and has only hit 80 yards in one game. Nicks  had 199 yards in the second week of the season, and has averaged 44.3 yards without a score in his other five games.
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Tight End Martellus Bennett hasn’t scored since the third week and has averaged 32.3 yards in his past seven games.
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The Giants have a bye next week to hopefully figure some things out.
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The remaining schedule is pass-friendly. The face the Packers, Redskins, Saints, Falcons, and Ravens coming out of the bye. There should be better days ahead.
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Don’t do anything drastic with your Giants passing game members. Cruz and Nicks almost have to be in  your lineup because you likely don’t have better options to gamble on. I can see sitting Eli, but with the schedule it may be hard to do so. Bennett is the guy you can most likely keep on the shelf.
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Fantasy Loudmouth is sponsoring another fantasy football contest this week featuring two of the top quarterbacks this season.
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All you have to do is guess the combined passing yards for Tom Brady and Eli Manning in Week 9. Whoever comes the closest without going over takes home the prize.
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As always, be original. If somebody guessed a total you want, you’ll have to come up with another one. Just leave a comment with your best guess and be sure to check out Fantasy Loudmouth.
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The Giants are a hurting unit. They have been ravaged by injury this year, and their wide receiver corps is no exception.
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Hakeem Nicks is dealing with a knee injury. He’s able to play through it, but his four catches for 38 yards and a score on Monday illustrate that he’s not the same player that torched the Redskins for seven grabs and 122 yards in the opener.
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Domenik Hixon is out for the year after tearing his ACL. Had he not been injured he would be in line for extra looks against the Eagles this week.
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That’s because Mario Manningham will likely miss the game because of a concussion. Time is running out for Manningham to get cleared to play, and their Monday Night Football match-up is not doing them any favors.
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Without Manningham and Hixon the G-Men will need some people to step up.
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Enter Victor Cruz. Cruz dominated the preseason and will get a chance to show what he can do in real games. He got some action in on MNF catching two passes for 17 yards. One of his grabs went for a first down. Though he has a great deal of potential, he is not without his risks.
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Consistency has been an issue for Cruz, both in terms of his route running and hanging onto the football. Still, if you’re looking for a deep sleeper, Cruz could be your guy.
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Another option, primarily in PPR leagues is Brandon Stokley, who should be able to say he caught passes from Peyton and Eli after this week. He will work the slot, but at 35 his upside is very limited.
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Eli Manning made some noise this summer by stating that he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. While I am not going to defend his position, what do you want him to say?
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If he said he wasn’t a top quarterback he would probably be ripped even more for not being confident, because we all know without that trait you’ll be eaten alive in New York.
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I’m less worried about the words that are coming out of his mouth and more concerned about the passes coming out of his hand.
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Odd are good that Eli’s preseason has come to a close since there is no point risking injury right before the season kicks off. To say his preseason has been a struggle is a major understatement.
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Eli completed just 27 of his 55 passes (49.1 percent) for 314 yards. He threw two interceptions and failed to throw a touchdown in any of the Giants’ three games.Talk about a depressing start.
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After throwing 25 picks last year his fantasy owners and Giants fans alike would have liked to see a stronger start. Don’t get hung up on the INTs though because several of them came on deflections after the ball hit his receivers’ hands.
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It could be a tough adjustment for Eli as he adjusts to life after Steve Smith and Kevin Boss, but his early schedule is quite favorable.
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The Giants open at Washington and home against Seattle. They’ll get a test in Week 3 against Philly, but then get Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo, a bye, and Miami. On paper it looks like Eli will have every chance to get going early.
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If his struggles continue into the season I would start worrying about Eli, but until then I’ll consider him one of the top QB2s in the fantasy football.
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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.
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Michael Vick is the number one fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback. He’s easily a top tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.
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Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games). His lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton, and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.
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Eli Manning reached 4000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six. He really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.
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Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.
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Hakeem Nicks had a solid rookie season for the Giants last year. He caught 47 passes for 790 yards (16.8 ypc) and 6 TDs. He had 411 yards after the catch, which is an impressive number given his relatively few receptions. He is big at 6’0″, 215 lbs with good speed, making him difficult to bring down. He should turn in another solid season, but are people drinking a little too much of the Giants’ Kool-Aid?

 

Nicks has an ADP of 53 (19th WR) according to Mock Draft Central. I have him as my 24th WR (click to see my WR rankings), but I wouldn’t be comfortable taking him quite so early. I prefer the likes of Dwyane Bowe, Percy Harvin, Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finley, Pierre Garcon, and others that have lower ADPs. If Nicks is on my team, it will be as a WR3. I don’t see that happening based on this scenario.

 

It’s not that I dislike him, but I am going to temper my expectations. I am predicting 65 catches for 950 yards and 6 TDs. Not bad numbers, but not numbers you expect out of the fifth pick of the fifth round in fantasy drafts either. Not unless they are coming from a tight end.


The problem is the Giants have a lot of options in the passing game. Steve Smith is the clear #1. Mario Manningham figures to see at least as many targets as Nicks. Kevin Boss and Ahmad Bradshaw, provided they can stay healthy, should also have decent roles in the passing attack.


I’m also expecting a more balanced attack this year. The Giants attempted 542 passes to just 443 running plays. I would expect fewer attempts from Manning and more carries from Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Andre Brown, if he can recover from his Achilles injury, could formulate the three-head monster the Giants used with great success in 2008.


If the Giants are running more and passing less, it stands to reason the G-men WRs will suffer, especially considering how many quality options they have. Throw in his injury history from last year, and I just can’t trust him quite at 53.


What are your thoughts on Hakeem Nicks?

 


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