Eli Manning is an elite option in Week 5
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Eli Manning vs. 49ers
It wouldn’t make sense to call this group Eli Manning’s best supporting cast of his career; outside of Odell Beckham Jr., his top options on any given play are probably Rashad Jennings and Rueben Randle. And yet, he’s probably playing the best football of his career in his second season under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. After throwing for 4,410 yards with a 30:14 touchdown to interception ratio in his first year in McAdoo’s scheme, Manning has seven touchdowns and just one interception at the quarter pole of 2015. In Week 5, Manning draws his easiest matchup yet, at home, against the 49ers.
After losing several key players on defense, including Chris Culliver, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith, the 49ers have struggled in pass defense under first year coordinator Eric Mangini. Only four teams have earned a worse overall pass coverage grade (-17.6), and only two teams have generated a worse pass rush grade (-8.9).
Dan Schneier is a staff writer at PFF Fantasy and he covers the NFC East beat for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @DanSchneierNFL. You can also add him to your network on Google+ to find all of his past material.