Manning has only thrown six touchdowns this season, which is quite alarming considering that he has thrown at least 26 touchdowns in four straight seasons. Even worse, Manning has already been picked off nine times through the first four weeks of the 2013 season. Needless to say, it is not what fantasy fans have come to expect from the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
However, this week Manning has a very favorable matchup. He faces off against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have struggled mightily in their own right. Philadelphia is currently ranked 31st versus the pass and the unit is giving up a staggering 325 passing yards per contest.
If ever there was a week for Manning to start to come out of his funk, it would be this week. Philadelphia’s secondary has been unable to cover anyone downfield and this could be the perfect time for Manning to hook up with WR Victor Cruz on a couple deep balls. Last weekend, Manning connected with Cruz for s 69-yard touchdown pass, and while it was the only positive in the game offensively, it at least shows that Manning has not lost confidence in his arm.
Manning is obviously not the guaranteed fantasy starter he was a couple years ago, but the favorable matchup this Sunday makes him worth a start in Week 5. If you haven’t traded him away, or simply cut him, make sure to get Manning in your lineup this week.