Eli Manning-New York Giants
There is no QB in the league who I can see with a wider variance in outcomes this coming season than Eli Manning. If Manning was a top-5 QB with Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. for a full season, I wouldn’t be shocked. If he struggled with turnovers and ended up a marginal QB2 (barely in the top 20), I wouldn’t be shocked.
There are some positive signs for Manning, though, that definitely give him upside if you can get him at the right price. Manning will get breakout receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his crazy one-handed antics for a full season this year. He also should get back Victor Cruz who has proven to be a weapon out of the slot and Reuben Randle has plenty of upside as a third WR.
Manning finished the year strong last season with three three-touchdown performances in his last six games. The Giants went out this offseason and improved their backfield talent, and Manning will be in his second year in Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense. After a rough start, Manning seemed to thrive in the system late last season.
Drafting Manning is a high-risk, high-reward play. It’s a roll of the dice that I wouldn’t want to bet my fantasy football season on, but one that could pay off and give you a very high-value top QB. Right now on fantasypros.com average draft positions, Manning is the 13th QB going off the board. I do see him as a better bet than several options ahead of him and have him ranked at #10 on my QB board. I have him ahead of Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady (pending appeal), and Drew Brees (who I’m extremely skeptical of this season).
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