Mario Manningham will always be considered one of the heros that helped lead the New York Giants to an epic Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots last season. However, Manningham is no longer a member of the Giants after signing with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason and should be considered one of the top 2012 Fantasy Football Busts for the upcoming season.
Manningham may have been a Super Bowl hero, but he’s coming off a 2011 season in which he only appeared in 12 games in which he caught 39 passes for 523 yards to go along with four touchdowns–which isn’t as impressive compared to other top wideouts in the NFL. On top of these numbers, it should be no surprise that Manningham failed to cross the 100-yard mark at all last season–so it’s unlikely he’ll be a reliable threat with the 49ers in 2012.
Plus, Manningham enters a San Francisco team that contains one of the most improved passing units this offseason after ranking 29th last season. Not only do the 49ers contain one of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends in Vernon Davis, but they also have Michael Crabtree and signed Randy Moss when he decided to come out of retirement this offseason.
In other words–San Francisco’s passing game may be a bit crowded for the 2012 season and it seems unlikely Manningham will be consistent when it comes to posting big numbers. He may be worth selecting in the later rounds as a backup, but Manningham is one of those picks owners shouldn’t make a big deal over in their fantasy leagues.