Mario Manningham: Quite The Fantasy Catch

Justin HulseyCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants runs in a second quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Plaxico Burress who? Mario Manningham has emerged as the primary big-play threat in the New York Giants offense.

He’s been able to torch the coverage easily against both the Washington and Dallas defenses. His acceleration and burst make his routes nearly perfect. Not to mention his unique ability to shed defenders. During both of the first two games, Manning and ManningHAM hooked up for short screen plays that developed into 30 yard touchdown plays.

Manningham has 208 receiving yards on 13 receptions with two touchdowns on the young season. Before 2009, Manningham had seven career receptions for 84 yards.

The former Michigan star obviously has Eli’s trust. “Manningham played outstanding,” Eli Manning said. “It started back in the spring. He came up to me and asked what he could do to get better. He wanted to have a good year. In training camp, he did whatever he could to get into the offense and be more productive. He’s worked extremely hard. He continues to make plays. He’s an explosive receiver and his talent is starting to come out.”

There was major concern regarding the Giants’ passing attack. Problem solved. Manningham and Steve Smith are amoung the league leaders in all major receiving categories. Manningham is 9th in the NFL with 13 receptions and Steve Smith sits atop the National Football League with 16.

Domenik Hixon and Hakeem Nicks are both out with injuries and nearly all of the pass attempts are aimed towards Manningham and Smith. While Smith is owned in the majority of leagues, Manningham may be available. He is taken in 50% of all Yahoo! leagues, but only 20% in CBS leagues. Depending on your league/roster size, he may very well be out there. If he is, take my advice: PICK HIM UP. Now.

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