Fantasy Football: Is It Time to Put the New York Giants' Passing Game on Ice?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 11, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants at play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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As big brother Peyton Manning has been on a remarkable tear towards the top of the fantasy quarterback rankings, Eli has plummeted in just as spectacular a fashion.

Is it time for fantasy players to put the Giants’ passing attack on ice?

There is definitely a case to be made.

In his last five games Eli Manning has thrown two touchdowns to six interceptions. That horrible ratio is only part of the story.

Eli has averaged 212.4 passing yards during the stretch. In three of the games he was held below 200 yards. In half of the Giants ten games he has thrown for 215 or fewer yards.

He has only thrown multiple touchdowns in three games this year.

Eli also has nearly as many interceptions (11) on the year as touchdown passes (12).

Obviously Eli isn’t the only player who’s hurting fantasy teams. Wide Receiver Victor Cruz hasn’t scored in three straight games.

To make matters worse, he’s averaging just 38.7 yards per game during the stretch.

Hakeem Nicks had a solid game in Week 10 with nine catches for 75 yards, but his knee has kept him from playing big. He has just one touchdown on the year and has only hit 80 yards in one game.

Nicks had 199 yards in the second week of the season, and has averaged 44.3 yards without a score in his other five games.

Tight end Martellus Bennett hasn’t scored since the third week and has averaged 32.3 yards in his past seven games.

The Giants have a bye next week to hopefully figure some things out.

The remaining schedule is pass-friendly. The face the Packers, Redskins, Saints, Falcons, and Ravens coming out of the bye. There should be better days ahead.

Don’t do anything drastic with your Giants passing game members. Cruz and Nicks almost have to be in your lineup because you likely don’t have better options to gamble on.

I can see sitting Eli, but with the schedule it may be hard to do so. Bennett is the guy you can most likely keep on the shelf.


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