The Manning Bowl lived up to the hype that only an older sibling could create. While Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos with a monster performance, the only thing intimidating about Eli Manning's day was how irresponsible he can be with the football.
Yet another week, yet another interception-filled outing—so what does that mean for your fantasy football league?
Peyton led the Denver Broncos to a 41-23 win against Eli and the New York Giants, with the former moving to 2-0 and the latter dropping to 0-2. The older Manning was 30-of-43 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, while the younger brother was 28-of-49 for 362 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
That marks seven interceptions through two games for the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Eli Manning is the first QB since Daunte Culpepper (2005) to throw 7 interceptions in team's first two games.— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) September 15, 2013
Just don't think that's the end-all, be-all.
It certainly hasn't been pretty, but Manning hasn't yet neutralized his fantasy football value. While turnovers will kill any player's points total, we're only two games into the NFL regular season, and there's no reason to cut one of the game's best big-play quarterbacks.
Just check the supporting numbers.
Is Eli Manning still elite?
Through two games, Manning has amassed 812 passing yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Those last two numbers may be concerning, but the fact that Manning is averaging 406.0 passing yards per game is encouraging enough for any fantasy football owner to display patience.
The schedule won't get much easier, but Manning is still one of the true kings of the fourth quarter. Even if he struggles early in games, Manning can always be trusted to produce late in games and run up his fantasy football totals.
Interceptions are a concern, but when haven't they been for the former Ole Miss Rebels star?
Since 2005, Manning has averaged 16.9 interceptions per season, yet has still managed to be a fantasy football star. In that time, he's also averaged 25.6 touchdown passes per year, which is good for an average of 1.6 scores per game.
Thus far in 2013, Manning is averaging 2.5 touchdowns per contest.
Manning still has a receiving corps of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and the emerging Rueben Randle. Each can be trusted to convert first downs, and during their respective careers, each has displayed the ability to step up and make the big play in the open field.
Furthermore, the Giants have one of the most putrid defenses in the NFL, allowing an average of 38.5 points per game. They've also allowed 373.5 yards per contest and haven't done much to prevent the big plays on the ground.
As long as Manning's receiving corps is explosive and the defense is putrid, the Giants will give him all the opportunities in the world to shine.
After two dreadful games, there's a high probability that Manning becomes available for future trades in your fantasy football league. If you're presented with the opportunity to propose a favorable trade for Manning's services, the time is now to execute it.
You can never have enough depth at quarterback, and Manning is the perfect player to add if the bye weeks line up. If that is the case, take a gamble on one of the most high-risk, high-reward players in the history of the NFL.
It'd be worth your low-cost gamble.