Eli Manning poised for bigger things 

October, 8, 2010
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I've ranked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning eighth at his position this week, up a spot from earlier in the week, mostly because the Houston Texans' pass defense he will face Sunday has been awful this season, and I guess I hadn't realized the extent of the mess. I admit I had been starting to wonder whether the normally safe and reliable Manning is, well, safe and reliable. In the past two seasons, Manning has thrown 48 touchdown passes against 24 interceptions. Through three games this season, Manning had five touchdowns and six interceptions.

Eli Manning
Tom Berg/Icon SMIEli Manning is still putting up passing yards, but the touchdowns will be coming in due time.
Watching the other Manning play, the results are deceiving. This is not really the 22nd-best fantasy quarterback, though his standard scoring through a month says otherwise. Manning's wide receivers certainly haven't helped him out on a few of those interceptions, and Manning is on pace, after four games, for another 4,000-yard passing season. His completion percentage, which has risen each of the past two seasons to the 60 percent mark, is actually at a career-best 64.4 so far. And I can't judge him too harshly on the Week 4 performance against the Chicago Bears, when he provided three fantasy points. Why throw? The Bears were not going to score points.

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