With the injured Steve Smith signing with the Eagles, Mario Manningham’s 2011 season looks that much better.
Analysis: Manningham caught sixty balls last year for 944 yards and nine scores. Manningham only officially started in eight games, which makes it that much more impressive. As much as everyone calls the Giants a running team they passed the ball 539 times last year and Manningham was targeted ninety-two times despite sharing time with Steve Smith through week nine. 110 targets is a likely projection for Mannngham in 2011 even though Hakeem Nicks is the stud on the roster. Manningham’s ADP is in the 64-70 range and he’s being selected as the twenty-fifth wide out off the board. Considering Austin Collie is one big hit away from retirement and Anquan Boldin just isn’t the same wide out he was in Arizona, taking Manningham as a low tier WR2/stud WR3 is a smart play at this point in fantasy drafts. Can Steve Johnson be trusted? Will Julio Jones get enough red zone targets? There are a ton of questions with other wide outs around Manningham’s ADP but Manningham is one of only a few that can be trusted this deep into a draft.
Projection: 1,000 yards and eight scores is what to expect from Manningham in 2011.