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Fantasy Analysis | 1412099572
Which QB's should you target on waivers?
by Chris Towers |

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.

Giants QB Eli Manning headlines the list of add-worthy quarterbacks, after he lit up Washington for five touchdowns last week. He was featured on the waiver-wire column last week as well. Carson Palmer (shoulder) of the Cardinals is also on the list, as is Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Alex Smith of the Chiefs, Blake Bortles of the Jaguars and Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) of the Vikings to round out the top-5.

Kirk Cousins, Jake Locker and Geno Smith are mentioned as potentially droppable options, if you need a roster spot. 

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Eli Manning getting rid of the ball very fast
by Larry Hartstein |

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.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412025474
If ever there was a time to trust Eli Manning, it is now
by Chris Towers |

It took a couple of games, but Eli Manning finally seems to be settling into the Giants' offense. Should Fantasy owners be buying into the new-and-improved Eli?

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. 

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Eli Manning turns in monster performance Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

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. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411504512
Eli Manning a worthwhile fill-in for Week 4
by Chris Towers |

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is available in 51 percent of Fantasy leagues, and Jamey Eisenberg targets him as the next-best-thing for Fantasy owners who miss out on Kirk Cousins on waivers this week.

Manning has racked up 40 Fantasy points over the last two weeks and gets to take on a Washington defense that just gave up 32 points to Nick Foles. Manning had just 23 Fantasy points against Washington a year ago, but torched them for 617 passing yards in two games in 2012.  

Manning is never going to be the most attractive Fantasy option, but he might make sense as a fill in for Week 4. 

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2004New York Giants971979548.210435.29526913/8311455.4
2005New York Giants161655729452.837626.7578241728/18449875.9
2006New York Giants161652230157.732446.2155241825/18633877.0
2007New York Giants161652929756.133366.3160232027/21736673.9
2008New York Giants161647928960.332386.7648211027/17432486.4
2009New York Giants161650931762.340217.9074271430/216601293.1
2010New York Giants161653933962.940027.4292312516/11757785.3
2011New York Giants161658935961.049338.3899291628/199671892.9
2012New York Giants161653632159.939487.3780261519/136501087.2
2013New York Giants161655131757.538186.9370182739/28154769.4
2014New York Giants441399366.99747.0161956/4912193.6
2004New York Giants976355.815002
2005New York Giants161629802.814106
2006New York Giants161625210.89005
2007New York Giants161629692.418109
2008New York Giants161620100.513104
2009New York Giants161617653.814004
2010New York Giants161632702.216004
2011New York Giants161635150.412102
2012New York Giants161620301.513002
2013New York Giants161618362.014003
2014New York Giants44351.75101
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
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2005New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2006New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2007New York Giants1622.000000.0000
2008New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2009New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2010New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2011New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2012New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2013New York Giants1600.000000.0000
2014New York Giants400.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
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2005New York Giants1692000000
2006New York Giants1692010010
2007New York Giants16137040040
2008New York Giants1652000000
2009New York Giants16138010010
2010New York Giants1675020020
2011New York Giants1684030030
2012New York Giants1651020020
2013New York Giants1672010010
2014New York Giants400000000
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