2014 Fantasy Football: Is New York Giants' Eli Manning a Player to Trust in One QB Leagues?

By Alexander Muir
Eli Manning
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There are so many different rules and regulations that are determined by commissioners at the beginning of every fantasy season. Therefore, there are so many different kinds of leagues when it comes to fantasy football such as different ways to score, and different positions to utilize. When it comes to quarterbacks, generally, fantasy football leagues will allow general managers to start either one or two quarterbacks each week.

Even when it comes to really bad quarterbacks, some of the fantasy points that they may fail to deliver can be made up by the other starting quarterback in a two quarterback league. Therefore, for the sake of this article, one quarterback leagues will be the only ones discussed here.

When fantasy football general managers are looking at drafting New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning many of them will be wondering, can Eli Manning be a quarterback that I can trust to carry my fantasy team for a majority of the season?

After Manning captured Super Bowl titles and one Super Bowl MVP fairly recently, it doesn’t seem possible that fantasy general managers would be asking themselves this type of question heading into the season.

However, this is a complete reality. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Manning has regressed significantly in fantasy terms over the past two seasons. After finishing the 2011 NFL season as the No. 6 ranked quarterback in fantasy football, Manning fell to 15th in 2012, and to 21st in 2013.

For a guy who ranked in the bottom half of quarterbacks in fantasy points in the last two seasons, it may be a bit risky to depend on Manning so heavily in the 2014 season. Due to the horrendous amount of turnovers and sloppy play from the Giants offense as a whole, fantasy owners in one quarterback leagues should avoid Manning this season.

At the age of 32, he will not continue to fade until he is nothing more than an unattractive option on the waiver wire.

Look for Manning to turn things around and become a reliable fantasy option once more, but it probably won’t happen this year. The entire offense needs to regroup and improve as a unit. Adding some youth on the offensive line will certainly help, but fixing an entire offensive unit will take some time. Don’t view Manning as a trusty fantasy quarterback until the 2015 NFL season.

Alexander Muir is a writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AmuirAlex, “Like” him on Facebook or add him on your network on Google.

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