Week 12 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: QB Eli Manning
After six straight losses and 15 interceptions to start the 2013 fantasy football season, fantasy owners were ready to write off New York Giants QB Eli Manning. He was constantly putting up negative fantasy points and was being outperformed by numerous free agent quarterbacks.
Manning has looked much better lately, though. The team has shockingly won four straight games and all of a sudden are just two games out of the division lead. Manning has only thrown two picks over the winning-streak and his fantasy numbers are starting to look much more tolerable.
Even more promising is that Eli has a favorable matchup this week against an awful Dallas Cowboys secondary. The Boys are currently the worst pass defense in the entire league and are allowing an embarrassing 313 passing yards per contest. They have been continuously torched by opposing gunslingers this season and Manning could surprise people with a huge showing this Sunday afternoon.
Against Dallas in Week 1, Manning had arguably the best fantasy performance this season. He finished with 450 passing yards and a jaw-dropping four touchdowns, which are both season-highs. Manning desperately needs an easy matchup to get his confidence up and it doesn’t get much more favorable than the Cowboys.
Manning may not be a top-tier fantasy option every Sunday, but he will certainly be worth a spot start this week versus Dallas.