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2014 Draft Prep: Picking No. 8 overall

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Pick No. 1 | Pick No. 2 | Pick No. 3 | Pick No. 4 | Pick No. 5 | Pick No. 6
Pick No. 7 | Pick No. 9 | Pick No. 10 | Pick No. 11 | Pick No. 12

If you're picking eighth, go ahead and grab a pen and a piece of paper.

Got it? Good. Now make a list of the eight players you'd love to have on your Fantasy team. Go ahead and put names like Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy on there, even though you have a snowball's chance in Belichick's sauna of getting one of them.

Have your list of eight names? Cool. Now add nine more names. That's right, put more names down (hope you didn't write too big). Include quarterbacks if you want, and definitely get some receivers in there.

You should have a list of 17 names. Congratulations! You now have a mini-rank list to get you through the first two rounds of your Fantasy draft.

This exercise is important to do since there's absolutely no consensus picks from about fifth overall through the end of Round 1 in any format. We know running backs will be popular but once the best ones are gone, anything goes. Could Calvin Johnson slip to eighth overall in a standard league? Sure could. Jimmy Graham? Might get that far. Peyton Manning? Perhaps, but why would you take him when you can get someone as good in Round 2 or someone not quite as good but still pretty darn good later on?

So while it stinks that you won't be able to fetch an elite-caliber running back in Round 1, at least you have the satisfaction of knowing you'll pick up two of the Top 17 players on your list to begin your draft.

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

Round 1

Round 1 - Standard QB 0% RB 55% WR 20% TE 25%
Round 1 - PPR QB 0% RB 70% WR 15% TE 15%

You know what you're getting when you take Calvin Johnson or Jimmy Graham in Round 1. Throw Demaryius Thomas in there too if you're in a PPR league -- he warrants it. But if those guys are gone, you should revert to a running back as your top pick. Naturally, you want one that has 20-touch potential every week with goal-line duties, just like the backs that were taken in front of you. The ones you'll likely pick from include Arian Foster, Montee Ball, DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch and in PPR formats Giovani Bernard. All have their strengths and weaknesses but the bottom line is that they're all in a position to help your lineup take shape to begin the year.

Players you can get here (Standard): Jimmy Graham, Arian Foster, Montee Ball, Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray, Peyton Manning
Players you can get here (PPR): Giovani Bernard, DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster, Montee Ball, Eddie Lacy
My selection at No. 8 standard: Arian Foster
My selection at No. 8 PPR: Giovani Bernard

Round 2

Round 2 - Standard QB 25% RB 45% WR 25% TE 5%
Round 2 - PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 50% TE 10%

The best plan for Round 2 is to target the best available player regardless of position. This won't be an easy task. There will be running backs left that make up part of our Top 12, not to mention receivers that are part of our Top 7. And also, Peyton Manning. As much as Fantasy analysts will tell you to wait and wait on quarterbacks, the best advice is to not resist a very good quarterback value, regardless of where you're at come Draft Day. Getting the best quarterback in the game in Round 2 in a standard league qualifies (we'd pass on him in PPR leagues). Note: We would not settle for Brees. If Peyton's not there, it should be a running back or a receiver -- we might lean toward a running back in a non-PPR league and a receiver in a PPR league.

Players you can get here (Standard): Zac Stacy, Peyton Manning, Doug Martin, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green
Players you can get here (PPR): A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson, Le'Veon Bell, Andre Ellington, Antonio Brown
My selection at No. 17 standard: Peyton Manning
My selection at No. 17 PPR: Jordy Nelson

Round 3

Round 3 - Standard QB 10% RB 40% WR 30% TE 20%
Round 3 - PPR QB 5% RB 40% WR 35% TE 20%

Pretty straightforward game plan here: If you have just one running back through two picks, you should take another. Backs ranked anywhere from 16th to 20th should make it to around this point but aren't promised to make it back when you're up in Round 4, even if it's just nine picks later. If you have two running backs heading into Round 3 then you're in a pretty good spot to pick up a receiver. Some very good ones will have made it to you, but because other owners after you will be checking out running backs, expect a handful of desirable receivers to be available in Round 4 as well. All the more reason to pursue running backs in Round 3. Julius Thomas, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are the only names that might throw you off your plan.

Players you can get here (Standard): Toby Gerhart, Ryan Mathews, Bishop Sankey, Larry Fitzgerald, Julius Thomas
Players you can get here (PPR): Shane Vereen, Bishop Sankey, Peyton Manning, Michael Crabtree, Pierre Garcon
My selection at No. 32 standard: Ryan Mathews
My selection at No. 32 PPR: Bishop Sankey

Round 4

Round 4 - Standard QB 15% RB 45% WR 35% TE 5%
Round 4 - PPR QB 20% RB 35% WR 35% TE 10%

Obviously you should still hunt for starters with need being part of the equation. The running backs will not be as pretty when you're up in Round 5, while the receivers should still have a few decent names left by then, so perhaps prioritize running backs -- especially if you need one for your starting lineup. Where things could get interesting is if a quarterback falls in your lap -- Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees both could make it here in a PPR league and Matthew Stafford would be a good get in standard leagues.

Players you can get here (Standard): Michael Crabtree, Pierre Garcon, Keenan Allen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Shane Vereen, Matthew Stafford
Players you can get here (PPR): Vincent Jackson, Drew Brees, Keenan Allen, Joique Bell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Roddy White
My selection at No. 41 standard: Pierre Garcon
My selection at No. 41 PPR: Drew Brees

Round 5

Round 5 - Standard QB 15% RB 30% WR 35% TE 20%
Round 5 - PPR QB 15% RB 25% WR 35% TE 25%

There are a couple of different philosophies in play with this selection: Take from the talent pools that are dwindling or aim for a quality starter at quarterback or tight end. Obviously, depth matters in Fantasy Football and if you need a second or third running back or receiver and there's an attractive choice staring you in the face, go for it. But there's something to be said for a potential difference-maker sitting around. Vernon Davis figures to get swiped in Round 5 and is a bit of a bargain to make it this far into the round. While it's unlikely he'll lock up 13 touchdowns again, Davis should still be a sizable contributor for the Niners and should be a lock to finish as a Top 10 Fantasy tight end. Take him if he's there. If not, the likes of Torrey Smith, DeSean Jackson and Ben Tate are what you're looking at.

Players you can get here (Standard): Victor Cruz, Vernon Davis, Golden Tate, Torrey Smith, Ben Tate, DeSean Jackson
Players you can get here (PPR): Julian Edelman, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Matthew Stafford
My selection at No. 56 standard: Vernon Davis
My selection at No. 56 PPR: Vernon Davis

Round 6

Round 6 - Standard QB 25% RB 20% WR 30% TE 25%
Round 6 - PPR QB 20% RB 20% WR 35% TE 25%

Picking early in Round 6 provides the chance to backfill a starting lineup spot with a leftover player from the Top 60 or so. You'll be better off looking for a receiver here rather than a running back since the rushers left look like Pierre Thomas, Ben Tate and Steven Jackson. Better running back values await in later rounds. The receivers look better but be on the lookout for quarterbacks and tight ends -- names like Matt Ryan, Tony Romo and Andrew Luck along with Jordan Cameron, Dennis Pitta and Jason Witten will get taken in the very near future. Targeting any of these guys? This is the round to get them.

Players you can get here (Standard): Dennis Pitta, DeSean Jackson, Ben Tate, Jordan Cameron, Andrew Luck, Mike Wallace
Players you can get here (PPR): Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate, Dennis Pitta, Danny Woodhead
My selection at No. 65 standard: DeSean Jackson
My selection at No. 65 PPR: Marques Colston

Round 7

Round 7 - Standard QB 20% RB 35% WR 25% TE 20%
Round 7 - PPR QB 20% RB 40% WR 25% TE 15%

NFL general managers say they almost never draft for need but they've never been in Round 7 of a Fantasy draft. That's when need should kick in for your roster and you pick where you need a quality starter or depth at running back. Problem is that the starters that are left aren't exactly awesome -- maybe there's some good quarterbacks remaining along with some breakout tight end candidates, but otherwise everyone out there has some warts. Keep this in mind: Running backs tend to be the first position to fall off in drafts and what's left at running back might not be pretty, but it's still better than what's around the corner (even if some sleeper running backs happen to be just around the corner). Cling to this: Running backs that get at least 200 touches have a very good chance of finishing in the Top 24 in Fantasy. Find a back that has that kind of modest potential.

Players you can get here (Standard): Maurice Jones-Drew, T.Y. Hilton, Dolphins RBs, Eric Decker
Players you can get here (PPR): Fred Jackson, Steven Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Andrew Luck, Terrance West
My selection at No. 80 standard: Maurice Jones-Drew
My selection at No. 80 PPR: Fred Jackson

Round 8

Round 8 - Standard QB 15% RB 40% WR 30% TE 15%
Round 8 - PPR QB 20% RB 35% WR 30% TE 15%

If you need a quarterback or a tight end, the time has arrived. If not, keep looking for depth and start combing for sleepers. The cool kids like to take players that serve as depth and also act as sleepers. Doing that can pay off big for you. But at the same time you might not be able to afford passing up a player who's definitely going to play and potentially put up some modest numbers from week to week. Thing is, those modest players you might not like are going to be goners in Round 9, but there will always be sleepers.

Players you can get here (Standard): Fred Jackson, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, Danny Woodhead, Jordan Reed, Brandin Cooks
Players you can get here (PPR): Maurice Jones-Drew, Tony Romo, Lamar Miller, Devonta Freeman, Zach Ertz, Brandin Cooks
My selection at No. 89 standard: Mike Evans
My selection at No. 89 PPR: Maurice Jones-Drew

Round 9

Round 9 - Standard QB 15% RB 35% WR 30% TE 20%
Round 9 - PPR QB 15% RB 30% WR 35% TE 20%

Remember what I said about picking between a modest player who will get touches versus a player who can provide depth and also act as a sleeper? Repeat half of that here -- the undesirable heavy-touch backs like MJD will be gone and hot sleeper material will be the catch of the day. I like earmarking this round for some good receivers with plenty of upside. However, this is also about the time where you might start fetching running backs to handcuff to your top picks. If you have a popular handcuff (such as a rookie running back) you may not want to gamble on him falling to you in Round 10.

Players you can get here (Standard): Tre Mason, Jay Cutler, Rueben Randle, Kyle Rudolph, Andre Williams, Reggie Wayne
Players you can get here (PPR): Marvin Jones, Christine Michael, Reggie Wayne, Jeremy Hill, Charles Sims, Andre Williams
My selection at No. 104 standard: Rueben Randle
My selection at No. 104 PPR: Marvin Jones

Round 10

Round 10 - Standard QB 10% RB 40% WR 35% TE 10% K 0% DST 5%
Round 10 - PPR QB 15% RB 35% WR 35% TE 10% K 0% DST 5%

Maybe you'll be inclined to take a top-shelf DST, but this is just another opportunity to add high-upside talent to your roster. It happens in every draft -- a handful of players tend to go undrafted and are sort of waiting there to get picked up. Feel free to consult your needs but keep aiming for players with breakout and sleeper potential -- and it's not just rookies and second-year players either.

Players you can get here (Standard): Dwayne Bowe, Charles Sims, Riley Cooper, Tavon Austin, Carlos Hyde, Seahawks DST
Players you can get here (PPR): Tavon Austin, Stepfan Taylor, Hakeem Nicks, Chris Ivory, Carlos Hyde, Seahawks DST
My selection at No. 113 standard: Charles Sims
My selection at No. 113 PPR: Hakeem Nicks

Round 11

Round 11 - Standard QB 10% RB 35% WR 30% TE 15% K 0% DST 10%
Round 11 - PPR QB 10% RB 30% WR 35% TE 15% K 0% DST 10%

Handcuff running backs and shot-calling for breakouts is what Round 11 is pretty much all about. It's a decent time to invest in a backup quarterback too, if you so choose. Is taking a DST wrong? Not necessarily, but it has to be one of the very best. Hopefully a player or two you were thinking about in Round 10 are still available here.

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Jarrett Boykin, Doug Baldwin, Dexter McCluster, Harry Douglas, Lance Dunbar, Ben Roethlisberger, Darren McFadden, Anquan Boldin
My selection at No. 128 standard: Doug Baldwin
My selection at No. 128 PPR: Darren McFadden

Round 12

Round 12 - Standard QB 10% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 20%
Round 12 - PPR QB 10% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 20%

Most owners won't invest in a DST before this pick and most of them won't take one here, either. With most teams taking a DST in Round 13 (and you picking late in the odd-numbered rounds), you could opt to beat most of the other teams in the league to the punch and take a DST if you believe it's a quality option. It's not that important, particularly since you can still pick up a quality unit a round later. So ... handcuff or sleeper, anyone?

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Any non-Top 3 DST, Russell Wilson, Justin Hunter, Kelvin Benjamin, James White, any middle- to low-end running back handcuff
My selection at No. 137 standard: Andre Brown (handcuff to Arian Foster)
My selection at No. 137 PPR: Doug Baldwin

Round 13

Round 13 - Standard QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%
Round 13 - PPR QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%

The DSTs left by now won't be the marquee names but will have some positive qualities. For instance, the Steelers defense has a very good schedule to begin the year. The Patriots have added plenty of talent, as have the Saints and Texans. They're all good, and they're all worth waiting for.

Players you can get here: (Standard and PPR): Any middle- to low-end running back handcuff, any DST not ranked in the Top 5, any kicker
My selection at No. 152 standard: Saints DST
My selection at No. 152 PPR: Steelers DST

Round 14

Round 14 - Standard QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%
Round 14 - PPR QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%

If you're clueless on which kicker to take, do a little research. Find one that's regularly above 80 percent on field goals and has a decent track record from 50-plus yards. That's a good kicker. It helps if he's on an offense that can move the ball and set up a bunch of field goal opportunities. The best part is if you pick a kicker who doesn't deliver you can always find another on waivers.

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): A kicker
My selection at No. 161 standard: Matt Bryant
My selection at No. 161 PPR: Mason Crosby

The two teams

Standard PPR
QB Peyton Manning Drew Brees
RB Arian Foster Giovani Bernard
RB Ryan Mathews Bishop Sankey
WR Pierre Garcon Jordy Nelson
WR DeSean Jackson Marques Colston
FLEX Maurice Jones-Drew Fred Jackson
TE Vernon Davis Vernon Davis
K Matt Bryant Mason Crosby
DST Saints DST Steelers DST
Reserve Mike Evans Maurice Jones-Drew
Reserve Rueben Randle Marvin Jones
Reserve Charles Sims Hakeem Nicks
Reserve Doug Baldwin Darren McFadden
Reserve Andre Brown Doug Baldwin

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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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