Time to trust in Eli Manning?
Recapping Week 5:
Nailed it – Duke Johnson out-snapped Isaiah Crowell once again (56-34) and posted his third straight week with at least six catches, justifying his value as a PPR FLEX play by finishing 23rd among RBs. … DeAndre Hopkins delivered another WR1 line by gobbling up 11-of-14 targets for 169 yards, topping all WRs in PPR formats.
Blew it – Leonard Hankerson turned in a dud along with the entire Falcons’ passing game, as he caught just 1-of-4 targets for 13 yards against Washington.
I also highlighted a few notable matchups between some of the league’s top pass-rushing defenses and the most efficient pass-blocking lines entering last week:
Oakland-Denver: David Carr performed well when blitzed (+2.0 PFF rating on 13 dropbacks), but it was actually when he was not blitzed that Carr simply came up short (-1.5 rating on 30 dropbacks).
Cincinnati-Seattle: Andy Dalton once again proved his worth as an elite QB this year, posting positive grades both against the blitz (2.1) and when facing no pressure (2.3).
Atlanta-Washington: Matt Ryan was blitzed on only four of his dropbacks, but as mentioned above he just did not have a good day all-around, posting a -2.7 overall rating.
On to the key trends for Week 6:
Eli Manning keeps delivering
Eli Manning continues to be one of the more underappreciated quarterbacks in the league. Through five weeks, the two-time Super Bowl champ is tied with Blake Bortles as the No. 7 fantasy QB. Mind you, he finished last season as the No. 10 fantasy QB. Ever since a ho-hum opener at Dallas, Manning has averaged 2.5 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions per game over his last four outings. Last week, he threw for 441 yards against San Francisco, his highest total since the 2013 season opener.
Manning has shined under pressure over the past three weeks with an 85.7 accuracy percentage and only one sack on 33 dropbacks. In that same span, he has posted the No. 4 PFF rating (50-percent snaps minimum) and the No. 2 overall accuracy percentage (79.5 percent) while completing 4-of-10 deep balls with two TDs. And here’s the kicker: Manning is still being started in just over half of ESPN leagues against a beatable Eagles secondary this week.
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