Eli Manning enters the 2015 season right on the QB1/QB2 cut line and is a very appealing option to target in the later rounds of 2015 fantasy football drafts. Manning is coming off one of his most productive statistical years in his career after posting 4,410 yards with 30 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. The stat to follow with Manning has always been his INT to TD rate, but with new toy and emerging star Odell Beckham Jr., Manning looks to be poised for another solid season in New York.
Manning will also have Victor Cruz back this year after missing most of the 2014 season due to a patellar tendon injury. The duo of Cruz and Odell in theory should make Eli even more lethal this year as a passer, not to mention tight end Larry Donnell provides another big body for Manning to target this season in the red-zone.
The Giants ground game should also be improved from a year ago, giving Eli ample opportunity to set up play action looks and take advantage of favorable matchups on the outside. The Giants only had one game last season when a running back went over 100 yards rushing, putting Eli in some less than ideal situations to succeed. Versatile running back Shane Vereen is part of the solution, and how the G-Men use him and Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams could be a problem for opposing defenses.
The potential is there for Eli Manning to be a legit QB1 this season and a great target if you miss out on the top tier of QB options. Eli will look to build on his numbers from last year and continue to limit the turnovers which will be the key for Manning becoming a QB1 in fantasy football. This will arguably be the best corps of wideouts Manning has ever had in New York so to expect big numbers is fair.
In conclusion, the strategy of waiting out the flurry of quarterbacks taken in the early rounds is a fine option this year, as Eli Manning will surely be there to target around the tenth round. It is very possible Eli Manning has an even better season this year and he could easily be a legit QB1 on your fantasy roster. The thought of stacking Eli with Odell and Cruz in a DFS fantasy football setting will also be very appealing throughout the year and an option to consider weekly in GPP’s.