But I'm not sure I buy him as more than a backup in Fantasy. The inconsistency, both from week to week and year to year, is too well established. Honestly, apart from the 2011 season, when he threw for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns, I never thought he was hot stuff anyway. His bad games tend to be really bad and not always so predictable.
Of course, I'd put his chances of having a bad game this week at pretty close to nil. He's home against the Falcons, who just allowed 558 yards of offense to the Vikings, of all teams, and rank 30th against the pass, allowing 276.3 yards per game. If I was a betting man, I'd bet on Manning keeping his multi-touchdown streak alive.
But I'd bet even more on Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, etc. I don't see how you start Eli Manning over any of that group, so I think Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's ranking of him, even with the favorable matchup, is more or less appropriate.
With just two teams on bye and few teams dealing with serious injuries at the position, there aren't many needs to fill at quarterback this week. Still, Jamey Eisenberg's Week 5 Waiver-Wire column highlights a handful of names you might want to target before waivers run Wednesday morning.
Manning averaged 1.7 seconds from snap to release on his four touchdown passes last Thursday against the Redskins.
"I thought we did a good job of getting the ball out fast," Manning told the paper. "I thought we had a plan, I thought I had a good plan for most of the plays and where I wanted to go with the ball, getting through my progressions.
"There's still some improvement, still some things to get better on, some things with footwork and whatnot, but definitely made strides and have to keep trying to get better each and every week," he added.
It took a couple of games, but
Manning got off to a rough start in Week 1, passing for just 163 yards on 33 attempts, with two interceptions and one touchdown. Since then, however, he has engineered three solid starts in a row, completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 811 yards, eight touchdowns and just three interceptions.
And he has done that against some solid defenses, as Arizona and Houston rank in the top-12 in passer rating allowed, with seven interceptions to nine touchdowns between them. Before his five-touchdown showing against Washington, he had not just been tearing up porous defenses -- though he showed he could do that and more Thursday.
And he will get a few more chances coming up, with the Falcons, Eagles, Cowboys and Colts coming up on the schedule in the next four weeks. Those four teams all rank in the bottom-10 in passing yards allowed, with an average of 264 per game allowed, to go with 28 touchdowns in 16 games.
If you are afraid to trust Manning, we don't blame you. I've had more than one Fantasy game torpedoed by one of his signature three-pick meltdowns. Still, with how well he has taken to this offense, and the schedule of cupcakes on the way, there might not be a better time to trust him.
Manning completed 28 of 39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He added a rushing score on a 1 yard touchdown. Manning had a lot of success utilizing his tight ends early. Larry Donnell could not be covered by Washington, and Manning hooked up with him six times before the half. Three of those passes wound up being touchdowns. Manning would go on to throw another touchdown during the contest, this time to backup Daniel Fells. Manning also had a possible touchdown taken off the board. He hit Rueben Randle in the end zone, but the ball was knocked loose and intercepted. It was determined that Randle didn't make a football move, so the interception stood. Manning would wind up leaving the game in the fourth quarter, allowing Ryan Nassib to get some snaps.
Manning will take on the Falcons Week 5.
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