New York Giants
|By Rob Warner, Friday, September 12, 2014|
QB Eli Manning - Quality Backup
Peyton's little brother posted the worst season of his 10-year career in 2013, as he finished with 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. Eli completed 58-percent of passes for 3,818 yards (238 YPG) and only topped 20 fantasy points in one game (Week 1). He hasn't missed a game over the past nine seasons, but turned 33 in January and is coming off ankle surgery in April (recovery bears watching in training camp). The Giants' passing game has a new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo (Packers' QB coach the past two seasons) who is apparently installing a quick-hitting passing game that could bode well for Manning, considering his lack of mobility behind one of the weaker offensive lines in the NFL (ranked 28th overall by Pro Football Focus and 31st in pass-blocking). Veteran WR Hakeem Nicks (now in Indy) will be replaced by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. (first-round pick from LSU) and the the G-Men's tight end situation is a major question mark with Adrien Robinson (no catches over his first two seasons) currently sitting atop the depth chart. Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan return and the free agent acquisition of RB Rashad Jennings (36 receptions in 2013) could also assist the younger Manning's return to fantasy relevance. The aging signal-caller is best drafted as a backup since he's likely to rebound with a solid group of receiving options at his disposal.
Editor's note: At his best, Manning can be a capable fantasy backup on your roster or even sneak into the starting lineup when the matchup is in his favor. Turnovers remain a primary concern.
UPDATE: The Giants offensive line has struggled this preseason and Eli has picked up where he left off last year which is not a good thing for his fantasy value. He has completed just 7-of-16 passes for 49 yards (3.1 YPA) and has been sacked three times. Playing in the NFC East should result in many shootouts but until Eli shows that he has acclimated to the newly implemented West Coast offense his fantasy value remains in limbo.
QB Ryan Nassib - Dynasty Only
The fourth-round pick in 2013 from the University of Syracuse will compete with Curtis Painter for the backup job. He struggled in three preseason games, completing just 37-percent of his passes (7-of-19). Nassib was the Giants' No. 3 quarterback during his rookie season and was inactive for all 16 regular-season games. Manning's contract runs out after the 2015 season, so Nassib is worth considering in very deep dynasty leagues if he shows improvement during his second NFL season.