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An encouraging performance for Eli Manning


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) Playing his first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who's out for the season with a torn patella tendon, Giants quarterback Eli Manning still managed to bounce back from arguably his worst game of the season with one of his best Week 7 at Dallas, completing 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

It was his fifth game in six with multiple touchdown passes and his second with at least three. And he did it against a defense that had generally kept quarterbacks out of the end zone, recording nearly as many interceptions (seven) as it had allowed touchdown passes (eight) prior to Week 7.

Though two of his touchdown passes went to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, who wasn't even available to him the first four weeks, Manning did a nice job of spreading the ball around. None of the touchdowns went to his two leading receivers, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle.

Judging by this performance, Manning knows how to make use of the weapons the Giants have and doesn't need Cruz to remain successful in Fantasy. His bad games can be really bad, but his good games have been frequent enough for you to give him another shot when he returns from a bye Week 9 against Indianapolis.


Giants' Eli Manning tosses three scores Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning tossed three touchdowns Week 7 against the Cowboys.

Manning completed 21 of 33 attempts, gaining 248 yards. He threw three touchdowns, and did not turn the ball over. Manning was able to find success against a Cowboys' defense that shut down the Seahawks Week 6. He was consistently able to throw from a clean pocket, and did not take a sack. Manning averaged a solid 7.5 yards per completion during the contest. Odell Beckham Jr. wound up being Manning's go-to target in the red zone, hauling in two scores during the game. 

The Giants are on a bye Week 8.  


Wait to see how Eli Manning adapts


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) Though Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a mess from the beginning Week 6 at Philadelphia, losing top wide receiver Victor Cruz in the third quarter probably didn't help. Cruz suffered a season-ending injury, so Manning will have to find a way without him. And given his track record of extreme highs and lows, it's dangerous to assume he will right away.

He has other weapons, of course. Rueben Randle has actually been the Giants' most-targeted receiver this year, ahead of even Cruz, and Odell Beckham is a first-rounder who missed the first four weeks with a hamstring injury. Tight end Larry Donnell has had some big games as well, though he hasn't been involved as much recently.

It's just that with quarterback being as deep as it is, you really don't need to gamble on Manning until we see how he adjusts. It's not like his matchup Week 7 at Dallas is so great. The Cowboys rank a modest 12th against the pass, but because of all their interceptions, they've allowed the fourth-fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

Manning was off to a nice start this season and may prove he's just as effective without Cruz as with him. But you want to let him actually prove it.


Eli Manning roughed up in shutout loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Giants could not run the ball Sunday night, and they couldn't protect Eli Manning either. Manning took six sacks and failed to lead a scoring drive in the 27-0 loss at Philadelphia.

Manning completed 13 of 23 throws for a season-low 151 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. It was a major step back for Manning, who had thrown for eight touchdowns and run for another in the three previous games. 

Manning will try to bounce back Week 7 at streaking Dallas.


No reason to shy away from Eli Manning


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is off to a great start, having thrown for multiple scores in four straight games, yet Fantasy owners have been slow to come around to him, starting him in just 43 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.

It's understandable, really, with quarterback being such a deep position and Manning having a history of inconsistency, both from week to week and year to year. But if you don't have a slam-dunk starter at the position, meaning an Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck type, Manning's matchup alone is reason to give him a shot in Week 6.

The Giants are at Philadelphia, which ranks 29th against the pass, allowing 274.2 yards per game, and has given up the second-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. The Eagles were responsible for Kirk Cousins' 427-yard, three-touchdown performance back in Week 3, and because they're a strong offensive team, opponents are generally motivated to continue throwing the ball against them.

I think Dave Richard's ranking of Manning for this week -- fifth among quarterbacks -- is about right. I might also start Philip Rivers over Manning, but otherwise, he's golden.


Eli Manning on career-best pace in several categories


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) In the new offense installed by coordinator Ben McAdoo, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has completed 66.3 percent of his passes, the highest five-game figure of his career. His career completion percentage entering this season was 58.5.

Manning has tied his career high with 11 touchdown passes through five games. He also did that in 2006 and 2011.

Manning owns a passer rating of 95.6, substantially higher than his career mark of 81.2 entering this year.

He'll take on the Eagles in Philly on Sunday night.


Giants QB Eli Manning throws for multiple TDs again Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw two touchdowns Week 5, including the go-ahead score with 10:02 left in the fourth quarter, leading New York to a 30-20 win vs. Atlanta. Manning completed 19 of 30 passes for 200 yards, while totaling minus-3 yards on two carries.

Manning opened the scoring when he connected with Rueben Randle for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He then gave New York a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter when he hit rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, who was playing in his first regular season game, for a 15-yard touchdown.

Manning has now thrown for multiple touchdowns in four straight games. He hasn't thrown an interception in two of his last three games.

The Giants are back in action Week 6 at Philadelphia.


So you added Eli Manning. Now what?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/1/2014) Understandably, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a popular pickup on the waiver wire this week after throwing four touchdown passes at Washington. He has multiple touchdown passes in three of four games and was considered a Fantasy mainstay just a couple short years ago.

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.


Eli Manning getting rid of the ball very fast


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is averaging 2.27 seconds from the snap to his release, a substantial drop from last year's average of 2.73 seconds, reports The Star-Ledger. In fact, only his brother, Denver's Peyton Manning, is releasing the ball quicker (2.12 seconds) this season.

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.


Eli Manning turns in monster performance Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning put on a clinic Thursday against Washington.

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. 


Eli Manning throws two touchdowns in Week 3 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdowns, and New York earned its first victory of the season during a 30-17 win Week 3 vs. Houston. Manning completed 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards and no touchdowns, finishing with a 123.2 quarterback rating.

He put New York up 7-0 after connecting with Victor Cruz on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 3:21 left in the second quarter. He then gave the Giants a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter after connecting with Daniel Fells for a 9-yard touchdown with 9:25 left.

Manning almost had a lengthy touchdown pass late in the first quarter, but Cruz couldn't outrun the defense and was dragged down after a 61-yard gain. On the previous drive, Larry Donnell fumbled down inside the 5-yard line after catching a 6-yard pass from Manning.

Manning didn't throw an interception for the first time in eight games dating back to last season. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.


Eli Manning throws two touchdowns in losing effort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdowns Sunday against the Cardinals, but New York couldn't overcome four turnovers -- including two Manning interceptions -- in a 25-14 loss Week 2.

Manning got off to a pretty poor start Sunday, as he threw an interception on his fifth passing attempt. Though, Manning did a good job of bouncing back from the interception, as by halftime he had a 100.9 quarterback rating. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 135 yards by halftime, which included a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle right before the break.

Manning put New York ahead 14-10 with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Fells with 2:03 left in the third quarter, but that's when it fell apart for New York. The Giants would turn the ball over three times in the fourth quarter and unofficially had five drops in the second half, including three from star receiver Victor Cruz.

Manning completed 26 of 39 passes for 277 yards in the loss. He rushed for 5 yards and was sacked two times. The Giants are back in action Week 3 vs. Houston.


Cardinals coach offers opinion about Eli Manning's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) As the Cardinals prepare to play the Giants Week 2, Arizona coach Bruce Arians took time out to talk with the New York media and expressed his views about quarterback Eli Manning, who appears to be struggling as he adjusts to a new offense under first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo.

"I did this with Carson Palmer last year," Arians said, per the New York Daily News. "He had been in the same system pretty much nine years and he has ideas, then you are trying to re-program. It is much easier getting a rookie and brainwashing him than it is to take a veteran and change him totally into a new system.

"I try to never judge a quarterback in a new offense until Week 8."

Arians said Palmer didn't fully understand the new offense until midway through the 2013 season. The Cardinals went 4-4 to begin the year, but finished 6-2 over the last eight games.

"It was Week 8 for us last year," Arians said of when things changed. "Then, all of a sudden, you could see the guys around him start to get it and play faster and play better."


Eli Manning has nightmare Week 1 performance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a nightmare of a game on Monday against the Lions in week 1.

Manning struggled through his first two drives and his third drive was kept alive due to a roughing the punter penalty. Manning bounced back several plays later with a 1-yard fade pass to Larry Donnell in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Manning targeted Donnell again on the opening drive of the second half, but he failed to turn around resulting in an interception.Things didn't get any better for Manning in the third quarter. Manning was picked off by Glover Quin, stalling another drive. He was limited to 163 yards through the air while completing 18 of 33 passes. He threw one touchdown and was picked off twice in a 35-14 defeat. He was sacked twice and finished with a 53.0 passer rating.

Manning will look to get back on track Week 2 at home against Arizona. He hasn't faced the Cardinals since 2011. He carved them up for 321 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Eli Manning is not worth the risk in Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning spent the entire offseason learning a new offense, and he'll get to apply it come Week 1 against the Lions in Detroit on Monday night.

The last time he faced the Lions, he cracked the 250-yard mark. Manning completed 23 of 42 passes for 256 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He'll look to build off that performance. However, the only difference between last year's meeting is that Manning will be working with a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo.

Each of the last three years, Manning has had at least one 400-yard passing game in the first five weeks of the season. Although he has a somewhat favorable matchup, he's had an extremely rough preseason under the new offense, which leaves us skeptical heading into the season opener. He's way too risky to trust at this point, so leave him on your bench.

Eli Manning to play 15-18 snaps Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) With the Giants struggling to get comfortable in their new offense, coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that quarterback Eli Manning and other starters will play 15-18 snaps in Thursday's preseason finale against New England. Manning showed modest improvement in his fourth preseason game last Friday, hitting 12 of 21 throws for 139 yards and his first touchdown.

Eli Manning finally scores first TD of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning showed slight signs of life in his fourth preseason outing Friday night against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Manning hooked up with Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown strike with just 11 seconds remaining in the first half, his last play of the game. The first-team sat out the final two quarters and Manning complied 139 yards through the air while completing 12 of 21 passes. He added a touchdown, no interceptions, finishing with a 93.2 passer rating. He was sacked twice.

Manning has completed 19 of 37 passes for 188 yards through four preseason games.

Eli Manning not worried about nonexistent offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he's not worried about the lackluster performance by the starting offense. Manning is 1 for 9 passing for six yards over the past two games.

"Obviously you want to go out there and you want to play well," he told the New York Daily News. "You feel like you should be able to find completions and do things well. But you can’t get worried at this point in time."

The Giants installed a new scheme under coordinator Ben McAdoo. They have only one significant preseason game left to show progress.


Eli Manning held to one completion Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The preseason struggles continued for Eli Manning and the Giants Saturday night in Indianapolis.

Manning completed a short pass to Jerrel Jernigan for a gain of 6 yards on the second drive. It was his only completion of the night. He worked four series with the first-team offense and completed only 1 of 7 pass attempts for 6 yards through the air, registering a 39.6 passer rating.

Eli Manning completes 6 of 7 passes in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning was on the field for only one quarter of play during Sunday's Hall of Fame preseason game against the Bills in Canton.

Manning was sacked once and lost a fumble but looked sharp under center, in his first game back from ankle surgery. He completed six of his seven pass attempts for 43 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt. Three of those six completions went to newly-acquire running back Rashad Jennings.

The Giants will host the Steelers on Saturday.

Giants set unrealistic goal for Eli Manning


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Giants quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf would like Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes this year. While Manning is focused on improving his accuracy and will take fewer deep shots, the goal is unrealistic.

Manning has a career completion percentage of 58.5 and his career-best was 62.9 percent in 2010.

"We'd love to be up there at 70 percent," Langsdorf said, via the New York Daily News. "It hasn't been done very often. That's the ultimate goal. We'd like to raise his completion percentage for sure."

Only four players in NFL history have posted a completion percentage above 70. Manning has completed 70 percent of his throws in a single game just 15 times in 10 seasons.

"The high 60s is kind of the goal, to be in the top of the league," Manning said. "Sure it's realistic. It's a combination of the offense and the players we have."


Eli Manning declares his ankle is 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery April 10 but says his ankle already feels 100 percent, reports Newsday. "I feel good, I feel strong, I feel ready to go full speed," Manning said.

The Giants will hold their first practice Tuesday.


Eli Manning 'reenergized' by new offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning played 10 years in Kevin Gilbride's offensive system. He told the New York Daily News that learning the new offense installed by first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo has reinvigorated him.

"It’s reenergized me," Manning said. "I’m trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don’t have 10 years. I have a few months."

Despite undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery April 10, Manning said he has not been limited during offseason workouts. Giants' training camp begins July 22.


QB coach working on Eli Manning's mechanics


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) New Giants quarterback coach Danny Langsdorf is focusing on Eli Manning's fundamentals and footwork.

"We’ve spent a lot of time fundamentally throughout the spring, both footwork and everything from ball fakes, ball handling to throwing accurately to dropping back," Langsdorf, the former Oregon State offensive coordinator, told The Star-Ledger.

"There’s a little bit different of footwork that we’re using, some of the routes that he’s used to, and we’re timing it up with the receivers so there’s a little bit of fundamental work but he’s a veteran guy and a pro that’s had success for a long time so we’re not doing anything, drastic changes, but just trying to fine-tune and tweak a few things."

Manning threw 18 touchdowns and a career-high 27 interceptions last season. 


Eli Manning says his ankle feels 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Just one month removed from ankle surgery, Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he feels 100 percent though "the trainers tell me I'm not," reports the New York Daily News. He's already doing football drills and took half the practice reps in Monday's workout, the report said.

"I already feel like I can go out there and do everything," Manning said. “We’ll still be smart about it these next few weeks and not overdo anything. If they want to limit me somewhat, I’ll understand that. But I want to take every single rep and they know that."