2014 Fantasy Football Sleeper Candidate: QB EJ Manuel

By Jack Delaney
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The quarterback position is pretty deep for your 2014 fantasy football league, so you might not have EJ Manuel on your radar. You should.

While we do have very little to go off of, Manuel did prove himself as fantasy relevant in several games. In standard scoring leagues, Manuel recorded five games with 16 or more fantasy points, and he only saw action in 10 total games. While he isn’t the most mobile quarterback, he was still able to scramble for 186 yards and score two rushing touchdowns. He finished the 2013 season with 1,972 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. It would have been nice to see how Manuel would have progressed playing in a consistent set of games, but he was still able to show promise.

The rushing attack of the Buffalo Bills was relied on heavily when Manuel went down, and the Bills still have C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson. The Bills also have a new addition in Bryce Brown, and the rushing attack of Spiller and Jackson helped Buffalo finish with the second-most rushing yards in the NFL in 2013. While the rushing attack will still be a big part of the offense, Manuel will have several targets to help him find success.

Buffalo made a huge move in drafting receiver Sammy Watkins, and with Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin as additional targets, Manuel is certainly not without a lack of weapons. According to Fantasypros.com, Manuel actually has the fourth-easiest schedule for fantasy quarterbacks. With strong targets and an easy schedule, Manuel is a sneaky candidate to finish as a top-1o quarterback.

If you draft Manuel as your backup, he could quickly become your weekly starter.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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