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2012 Draft Prep: Strategies for sixth overall

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Scott White, one of our Senior Fantasy Writers here at CBSSports.com, said during a recent mock draft that he prefers a middle pick as opposed to selecting at either end. He said he doesn't like to miss out or be at the tail end of runs waiting for his turn to draft.

Pick-by-pick strategies
Our Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard share a unique draft strategy for each position in a standard 12-team draft.
No. 1 overall No. 5 overall No. 9 overall
No. 2 overall No. 6 overall No. 10 overall
No. 3 overall No. 7 overall No. 11 overall
No. 4 overall No. 8 overall No. 12 overall

Most Fantasy owners will tell you picking at the beginning or end is more desirable because you have more control over your strategy. If you pick early in Round 1 with the first three or four picks you know who you are getting, which should determine your plan for the next couple of rounds. If you pick at the end then you can go into Draft Day with an idea of your first two picks since you have an early selection in Round 2.

But picking in the middle, like this example at No. 6 overall, leaves you susceptible to taking best player available, which isn't ideal. You should still go into Draft Day with a plan, but it's almost impossible to predict what will happen after your first round pick.

We'll highlight some players who should be available with each pick, and hopefully this is a guide you can use on Draft Day in standard and PPR formats with a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K, DST and five reserve spots.

Editor's note: The percentages listed are what position you should target based on that round for each pick.

Round 1
Standard QB 20% RB 40% WR 40% TE 0%
PPR QB 20% RB 40% WR 40% TE 0%
As I've said throughout this series, I prefer to wait on quarterback because there's so much depth at the position. If you're inclined to draft a quarterback, this is the spot you'll do so. I would rather look at a running back or Calvin Johnson, but he will likely be gone in PPR leagues by now. We'll stick to our plan of trying to lock up a workhorse running back, and Chris Johnson should be available in both formats. Johnson is due for a bounce-back year after his disappointing 2011 campaign, and he's done well this offseason. Don't hesitate to draft him in Round 1 at this position.
Players you can get here: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Calvin Johnson, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew
My selection at No. 6 standard: Chris Johnson
My selection at No. 6 PPR: Chris Johnson
Round 2
Standard QB 30% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10%
PPR QB 20% RB 30% WR 40% TE 10%
When you pick in the middle, you should aim for the best value picks when possible. What that means is if you draft a running back in Round 1 and plan to take a receiver in Round 2, don't pass up a player who falls too far. In this case, we'll go with Cam Newton in this spot in the standard league. Newton could be a first-round selection in some leagues, and he presents tremendous value in the middle of Round 2. In the PPR league, we'll go with a receiver, which in this case is Wes Welker. He was the fourth receiver drafted in this format behind Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson, which is how most leagues will go.
Players you can get here: Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, Fred Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Darren Sproles, Ahmad Bradshaw, Wes Welker, A.J. Green. Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski
My selection at No. 19 standard: Cam Newton
My selection at No. 19 PPR: Wes Welker
Round 3
Standard QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
PPR QB 20% RB 30% WR 30% TE 20%
Receiver is one of the deepest positions this year, so don't feel like you have to reach for one after the Top 5 or 10 players are drafted. You can still build a good receiving corps with players like Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Percy Harvin, Marques Colston and Jeremy Maclin, among others. In the standard league we'll draft for value, and Marshawn Lynch is worth the gamble here. In the mock draft Dave and I did for this series, we made our picks just as Lynch was dealing with his off-field incident in mid-July. We're not sure what punishment Lynch will face, so he's either a steal at this spot if he avoids a lengthy suspension or a tremendous reach if he's out for a long time. In the PPR league, there's more of a premium on receivers, so we'll go with Mike Wallace. Barring a holdout, Wallace is a No. 1 receiver that we took as our second option in this league.
Players you can get here: Ahmad Bradshaw, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, Jordy Nelson, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace
My selection at No. 30 standard: Marshawn Lynch
My selection at No. 30 PPR: Mike Wallace
Round 4
Standard QB 0% RB 30% WR 50% TE 20%
PPR QB 20% RB 40% WR 20% TE 20%
As we said in Round 3, you can wait on receiver at that point, but you don't want to go too long without getting a quality option. Austin should be available in Round 4 based on Average Draft Position, and I like him better than Bryant, especially in light of what happened to him off the field. He has been Tony Romo's best receiver the past three years, and he should remain the No. 1 option in 2012, including if Bryant faces any suspension. In the PPR league, you can look at running back here unless you want to lock up a quarterback or tight end, but running back is likely more of a priority. Jamaal Charles is not someone I plan to target, but I would gamble on him here in Round 4. Hopefully he can rebound at 100 percent from last year's torn ACL and also keep Peyton Hillis off the field.
Players you can get here: Michael Vick, Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Beanie Wells, Miles Austin, Jeremy Maclin, Stevie Johnson, Aaron Hernandez
My selection at No. 43 standard: Miles Austin
My selection at No. 43 PPR: Jamaal Charles
Round 5
Standard QB 0% RB 30% WR 40% TE 30%
PPR QB 30% RB 20% WR 30% TE 20%
Wide receiver should remain a focal point in the standard league since you're set at quarterback, starting running back and one receiver. You could gamble on tight end here, but there is time to wait based on depth at the position. We'll get another starting receiver here to complete our lineup, and Dwayne Bowe should be available based on ADP. Bowe will likely present excellent value on Draft Day since most owners tend to shy away from him, but he does have an average of 67 catches for 970 yards and eight touchdowns the past three years. The return of Matt Cassel at 100 percent should help Bowe tremendously. In the PPR league, as we've told you throughout this series, quarterbacks will slip, and Michael Vick could be available at this spot. If that happens, which it did in this draft, then take him. He should be in line for a tremendous rebound season.
Players you can get here: Michael Vick, Eli Manning, Frank Gore, Reggie Bush, Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, DeSean Jackson
My selection at No. 54 standard: Dwayne Bowe
My selection at No. 54 PPR: Michael Vick
Round 6
Standard QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
We need to consider tight end here, but there are still so many talented options on the board, including Fred Davis, Jermaine Gresham and Brent Celek, which means we can wait. In both leagues, it's a good idea to add depth at running back and receiver, especially since we use a flex option. In the standard league, we're covered at running back with Johnson and Lynch, but we can take another receiver after waiting to take Austin and Bowe. You can choose to fortify a position of strength at this spot, which in this case would be running back, or be more balanced with your roster and spread out your talent. Kenny Britt has a lot of baggage and could be facing a suspension with his offseason arrest in July. We'll see what happens with him, but if he's healthy and active for the majority of the season he will produce like a Top 15 receiver. In the PPR league, we'll go with a running back in Jonathan Stewart. He can either be our flex option or a starter if Charles isn't ready with his knee.
Players you can get here: Jonathan Stewart, Donald Brown, Stevan Ridley, Kenny Britt, Torrey Smith, Eric Decker, Reggie Wayne
My selection at No. 67 standard: Kenny Britt
My selection at No. 67 PPR: Jonathan Stewart
Round 7
Standard QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
Like in Round 6, you should gauge the talent at tight end if you continue to wait. It is an extremely deep position this year, so you should be able to gamble another round. Just know that you might get stuck with Jacob Tamme, Brandon Pettigrew or Coby Fleener if you continue to pass on the position, but those are three solid fall-back options if your plan goes awry. In this round we'll add depth at running back with Stewart in the standard league and James Starks in the PPR format. Stewart has more value in PPR leagues because even though he will lose carries to DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert, he's still the best receiver of that trio. Starks was terrible as the starter for the Packers last year, but at least he should see an increase in touches this season with Ryan Grant gone. He's a good upside selection here as a No. 4 running back.
Players you can get here: Stevan Ridley, C.J. Spiller, Jonathan Stewart, James Starks, Denarius Moore, Robert Meachem, Pierre Garcon, Anquan Boldin
My selection at No. 78 standard: Jonathan Stewart
My selection at No. 78 PPR: James Starks
Round 8
Standard QB 10% RB 20% WR 20% TE 50%
PPR QB 10% RB 20% WR 20% TE 50%
Tight end is a priority now to make sure you get the player you want. ADP tells us Davis should be available, and he's worth drafting here. He's motivated by a contract year and to prove that last year's four-game suspension for failing multiple drug tests is behind him. Prior to the suspension, Davis was having a career season in which he established single-season highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (796) with three touchdowns. He should be rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III's best receiving option.
Players you can get here: Toby Gerhart, Pierre Thomas, Ryan Williams, David Wilson, Denarius Moore, Justin Blackmon, Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, Fred Davis, Jermaine Gresham, Jacob Tamme
My selection at No. 91 standard: Fred Davis
My selection at No. 91 PPR: Fred Davis
Round 9
Standard QB 20% RB 40% WR 40% TE 0%
PPR QB 20% RB 40% WR 40% TE 0%
Both teams are starting to take shape here with good depth at running back and receiver and solid starting options at quarterback and tight end. Usually in a spot like this I'll gamble on a player who could be a starting option in the majority of leagues. In the standard format, consider David Wilson a sleeper. He will be the No. 2 running back for the Giants behind Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bradshaw has never been a featured option. Wilson is one foot injury from Bradshaw from being the starter for the Giants. In the PPR league, we'll go with Griffin as our No. 2 quarterback. This gives us great insurance if Vick goes down and also trade bait if Griffin plays as expected in his rookie year.
Players you can get here: Robert Griffin III, David Wilson, Shane Vereen, Mike Goodson, LeGarrette Blount, Lance Moore, Malcom Floyd, Randy Moss, Darrius Heyward-Bey
My selection at No. 102 standard: David Wilson
My selection at No. 102 PPR: Robert Griffin III
Round 10
Standard QB 10% RB 40% WR 40% TE 10%
PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 10%
This is the time to continue to strengthen your roster with depth at running back and receiver. In the standard league, taking another receiver is the smart move, especially with a sleeper like Brandon LaFell on the board. He will be drafted as a No. 4 option, but he could emerge as a Top 20 receiver as the starter opposite Steve Smith. This also gives you double points since Newton is your starter. In the PPR league, we'll keep our Redskins theme going with one of the most underrated players this year in Santana Moss. I'll pass on Pierre Garcon this season based on his ADP (Round 8) and settle for Moss in Round 10. Moss is more talented than Garcon and should post better stats.
Players you can get here: Bernard Scott, Tim Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, Mark Ingram, Greg Little, Brandon LaFell, Santana Moss, Sidney Rice
My selection at No. 115 standard: Brandon LaFell
My selection at No. 115 PPR: Santana Moss
Round 11
Standard QB 30% RB 40% WR 30% TE 0%
PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%
Backup quarterback should start to enter your radar here in the standard league. Even though Newton is an elite option, he only has one year for his sample size, so it's best to cover yourself with a second quarterback. Andy Dalton is a good No. 2 passer because he played well as a rookie, has elite-level talent around him and should be throwing more with a marginal running game this year. He's a good backup for Newton, and he will face the Browns in Week 6 when Carolina is on a bye. In the PPR league, we'll take the best player available, which in this case is Sidney Rice. If he returns at 100 percent after dealing with shoulder problems last year then he should return as a potential Top 20 Fantasy receiver. He will benefit greatly with the addition of quarterback Matt Flynn in Seattle.
Players you can get here: Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead, Rashad Jennings, Kevin Smith, Michael Crabtree, Sidney Rice, Brian Quick, Danny Amendola
My selection at No. 126 standard: Andy Dalton
My selection at No. 126 PPR: Sidney Rice
Round 12
Standard QB 0% RB 50% WR 40% TE 10% K 0% DST 0%
PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 50% TE 10% K 0% DST 0%
Owners in the standard league should be thinking handcuff option at this point, maybe somewhat literally after drafting Lynch. If he's suspended for a significant period of time then rookie Robert Turbin will get the bulk of the carries. He's a great late-round pick even if you don't draft Lynch because the Seahawks will need someone to carry the ball if Lynch is out. In the PPR league we'll continue to draft for value, and Michael Crabtree is another receiver who will fall on Draft Day. His current ADP is Round 10, which is three rounds after Randy Moss. Don't be surprised if Crabtree posts better stats than Moss this year.
Players you can get here: Robert Turbin, Kevin Smith, Bernard Pierce, Rashad Jennings, Michael Crabtree, Jerome Simpson, Brian Quick, Nate Washington
My selection at No. 139 standard: Robert Turbin
My selection at No. 139 PPR: Michael Crabtree
Round 13
Standard QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 0% DST 100%
PPR QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 0% DST 100%
When drafting a DST you should look for an aggressive unit, especially at rushing the passer. The Giants have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL, and if their secondary holds up, they should be a great unit at forcing sacks and creating turnovers. If you miss out on the 49ers, Packers, Steelers, Ravens or Eagles then look at the Giants and hope there is not a Super Bowl hangover in 2012.
Players you can get here: Giants DST, Eagles DST, Texans DST, Bears DST
My selection at No. 150 standard: Giants DST
My selection at No. 150 PPR: Giants DST
Round 14
Standard QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%
PPR QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%
Drafting a kicker should be simple. You want someone who plays in an explosive offense and kicks indoors, and Dan Bailey fills both categories. The Cowboys offense should again feature plenty of firepower with Romo, DeMarco Murray, Austin, Bryant and Jason Witten. We like Bailey to be among the best Fantasy kickers this year.
Players you can get here: Garrett Hartley, Robbie Gould, Dan Bailey, Alex Henery
My selection at No. 163 standard: Dan Bailey
My selection at No. 163 PPR: Dan Bailey

Here is a look at what the teams look like following the draft:

Standard PPR
QB Cam Newton QB Michael Vick
RB Chris Johnson RB Chris Johnson
RB Marshawn Lynch RB Jamaal Charles
WR Miles Austin WR Wes Welker
WR Dwayne Bowe WR Mike Wallace
FLEX Jonathan Stewart FLEX Jonathan Stewart
TE Fred Davis TE Fred Davis
K Dan Bailey K Dan Bailey
DST Giants DST Giants
BENCH David Wilson BENCH James Starks
BENCH Robert Turbin BENCH Santana Moss
BENCH Kenny Britt BENCH Sidney Rice
BENCH Brandon LaFell BENCH Michael Crabtree
BENCH Andy Dalton BENCH Robert Griffin III

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QB struggles begin to impact Cardinals DST
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:13 am ET) The Cardinals DST scored just one Fantasy point in standard CBSSports.com leagues Week 16 against Seattle, interrupting a stretch of 10 games in which it averaged 15.1, and the Cardinals' offensive woes may have had something to do with it.

Specifically, they've been unable to find a decent quarterback since losing Carson Palmer to injury in Week 10. Backup Drew Stanton at least mounted some kind of threat, but with him sidelined by a sprained knee in Week 16, the Cardinals had to turn to third-stringer Ryan Lindley. He turned the ball over twice without once leading his team into the end zone, completing less than half of his passes in the process.

The quick trips back to the sideline gave the Seahawks more chances to pile up points and yards, and they did, finishing with 35 and 596. Only one other time have the Cardinals allowed more than 30 points in a game, and the 596 yards were a season high. Worse yet, they were lacking in big plays, recording one sack with no takeaways.

Fortunately, the Cardinals will take on a struggling 49ers offense in Week 17, so even if Lindley is back under center, the DST at least has a chance of a respectable performance. Still, if you've been relying on it all season, you might want to make sure there isn't an appealing matchups play on the waiver wire.


Seahawks DST can't be stopped
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:04 am ET) The Seahawks DST had another dominant performance Week 16 at Arizona, continuing a nine-week run that has made it once again arguably the top unit in Fantasy. During that stretch, it has averaged 16.2 Fantasy points, allowing 11.9 points on 231.3 yards.

It allowed only six points on 216 yards in Week 16, recording four sacks and one interception. Of the Seahawks' 33 sacks this season, 20 have come in their last five games.

Clearly, they had a favorable matchup in this one, but they also shut down the Eagles in Week 14. You don't have any reason to shy away from the Seahawks DST against St. Louis in Week 17.


Kenbrell Thompkins comes out of nowhere
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:58 am ET) After making only modest contributions since coming over from the Patriots in Week 6, Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins suddenly emerged as quarterback Derek Carr's favorite target Week 16 against Buffalo, catching five passes for 90 yards. He hadn't caught even one pass since Week 13, and his previous high in yardage was 47.

Of course, you should know how this goes by now. Fellow wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes have both had their stretches of Fantasy relevance this season, as has tight end Mychal Rivera. The Raiders have a multitude of viable receiving targets, but their roles aren't so clear, which makes the task of picking the most impactful from week to week next to impossible.

In other words, you'd need to play in an especially deep league to take a flier on Thompkins for the season's final week.


Latavius Murray trustworthy up to a point
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:51 am ET) If his 23 carries Week 14 against San Francisco didn't convince you, Latavius Murray's 23 carries Week 16 against Buffalo should make the message loud and clear: He is the Raiders' top running back, and they're putting more faith in him than they ever did Darren McFadden.

Granted, it hasn't translated to much production yet, but the 49ers and Bills are two of the toughest defenses against the run. Unfortunately, Denver, the Raiders' Week 17 opponent, is ranked even higher at both.

Can you trust Murray to get his carries? He's gotten them two of the last three weeks, so most likely, yes. And with 20-plus chances, there's always the chance he breaks a long one. But the matchup will make it difficult.

You'd like to start him given his ever-increasing role, but you shouldn't force him into your lineup if you have two (or maybe three) respectable running backs already.


One way or another, Fred Jackson gets his
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:44 am ET) Trailing early Week 16 at Oakland with their playoff hopes on the line, the Bills didn't stick with the running game for long, attempting only three runs in the second half. But in a way, that worked to running back Fred Jackson's advantage. He's such a good pass-catcher out of the backfield that he still topped 100 total yards, doing so for the first time since returning from a groin injury in Week 12.

Even with the return of C.J. Spiller from a long-term shoulder injury, Jackson still led the Bills in carries, but with only six for 10 yards. He also led the team in catches with nine for 93 yards. He had 10 catches just two weeks ago, so clearly, he's a PPR stud.

Is he worth starting in standard leagues as well? Well, he's also gotten 20 carries twice in five games since returning. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as through the air, but yards are yards, however he gets them.

Their matchup Week 17 at New England will probably force the Bills to go pass-heavy again, so unless you're stacked at running back, you can find a spot for Jackson in your lineup.


Desperation fuels Kyle Orton's performance
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:35 am ET) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton didn't have the most efficient day throwing the ball Week 16 at Oakland, but from a Fantasy perspective, it was a productive one. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns but also had two interceptions.

What's crazy, though, is that 196 of those yards came in the second half. The Bills were trailing a winnable game with their playoff hopes on the line, and their desperation showed. Unfortunately, that desperation also contributed to the second of Orton's interceptions.

The Bills have been eliminated, so no matter how much they're trailing Week 17 at New England, they probably won't be quite as desperate. You can expect more typical numbers from Orton -- maybe about 250 yards with one or two scores -- even if the matchup appears to be a favorable one, making him a player better left for two-quarterback leagues.


Kenny Britt clearly better with Shaun Hill
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:27 am ET) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt caught a season-high nine passes on a season-high 11 targets Week 16 against the Giants, but his 103 receiving yards actually weren't a season high.

That's because he had 128, along with a touchdown, Week 11 against the Broncos.

That was Shaun Hill's first game back under center. Week 16, obviously, was his latest one. In the six games since Hill reclaimed the role, Britt has averaged 3.8 catches for 66.3 yards. In the nine games before then, he averaged 2.3 catches for 34.7 yards.

Britt has been especially good lately, averaging 73.3 yards in his last three games. Hill has also been fond of Stedman Bailey, but he doesn't seem to have a clear preference for one or the other.

Of course, the Rams passing attack isn't prolific enough to sustain both, so if you're going to target Britt or Bailey off the waiver wire, make sure it's in a deeper league. You wouldn't want to roll the dice on either in the season's final week if you can help it.


Andre Williams showing more ability
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:19 am ET) Carrying the load for the third straight game with Rashad Jennings sidelined by an ankle injury Week 16 at St. Louis, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams delivered his second 100-yard effort during that stretch, picking up 110 yards on 26 carries. Of course, just like in Week 14, it wasn't the steadiest performance. He had a 50-yard run in that one en route to a career-best 131 yards. He had a 45-yard run en route to his 110 yards in this one.

But that's true for most 100-yard rushing performances. The best backs break long runs occasionally, which makes up for all the 2- and 3-yard gains in between. It's easy to discount Williams' performance because of a long run here or a long run there because he's been so bad on a per-carry basis this season (take that 45-yard run away, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry -- oh noes!), but the fact is those long runs count, too. And he barreled over a couple of tacklers to complete it, which was nice to see.

Because Williams is short on receiving ability, his numbers don't look so great when he doesn't break a long run, but with all the carries he's getting now, his chances are better than not of breaking one. He's worth starting in standard leagues Week 17 against Philadelphia.


Rueben Randle not overshadowed for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:08 am ET) Since the emergence of rookie Odell Beckham in Week 9, and especially since his even bigger emergence in Week 12, wide receiver Rueben Randle has been an afterthought in the Giants passing game, averaging 2.3 catches for 31.8 yards in the four games leading up to Week 16 at St. Louis. But quarterback Eli Manning finally had enough yards to go around in that one, delivering Beckham his usual eight grabs for 148 yards and still finding Randle on six passes for 132 yards.

Randle even caught a touchdown pass, his first since Week 5. Of course, Beckham caught two and is now up to eight in his last five games, averaging 9.6 catches for 131.4 yards during that stretch.

You see the problem here, don't you? Manning was able to sustain both Beckham and Randle in this one, but that's only because he threw for a season-high 391 yards. If he regresses to a more modest total Week 17 against Philadelphia, we all know Randle is the one taking a back seat. Beckham has other-worldly talent, and Manning is smart enough to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

Of course, the Giants will probably have to throw a lot to keep pace with the Eagles, which bodes well for Randle, but you should still treat him as no more than a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy.


Odell Beckham making Eli Manning a stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:58 am ET) Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham had another eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at St. Louis, which has become par for the course for him. It was his second straight game and third game in five with more than 140 receiving yards and multiple scores.

What you may not have noticed, though, is that quarterback Eli Manning has taken off during that same stretch. He had a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16, completing 25 of 32 passes. Over his last five games, he has averaged 297.2 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.

It stands to reason, of course. Beckham couldn't be putting up all those numbers without someone throwing him the ball. This may be one of those rare cases of the wide receiver making the quarterback as opposed to the other way around. Beckham is clearly a special talent, and Manning has made a point to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

It's reason enough to give Manning another chance Week 17 against Philadelphia if you've been suffering with Matthew Stafford or Colin Kaepernick and are somehow still alive in spite of it.


 
 
 
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