Don’t kid yourself, Eli Manning: No one would argue that Manning is a good quarterback — he’s a Super Bowl winner, after all. But recently, he suggested that he thinks he’s in the same class as Tom Brady. OK, so his team did beat Brady’s squad in said Super Bowl, but let’s calm down. If we look at the numbers, which we love to do in fantasy football, Brady has thrown for 12 more touchdowns than Manning over the last four years — and he missed close to the entire 2008 season! Oh, and Manning threw the same number of interceptions last year (25) as Brady has in his last full three campaigns. Let us also look at the Average Draft Position (ADP) of these two players — Brady is a second rounder, while Manning is coming off the board in Round 11. Sure, the Giants quarterback has two straight 4,000-yard seasons and posted a career-best 31 touchdown strikes in 2010. But Brady does that in his sleep. And with a bolstered core of receivers, he’ll easily surpass those marks in 2011.
Still no word on Jeremy Maclin: In the continuing saga of Maclin’s mysterious illness, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a radio interview on 97.5 the Fanatic that he expects the wide receiver to rejoin the team “shortly.” Roseman also said “we totally anticipate Jeremy being part of our football team.” The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that Maclin has not practiced with the team since the start of training camp. Based on his upside coming into what will be his third NFL season, Maclin could turn into a solid No. 2 fantasy wideout. But based on the uncertainty about his health (rumors suggest he has mono), it’s hard to draft him in the middle rounds as more than a third option at this point. Maclin went in Round 7 of the recent NFL.com Experts league.
McGahee the goal-line runner: According to the Denver Post, Willis McGahee took goal-line snaps ahead of Knowshon Moreno at Tuesday’s practice. This is to be expected, however, as McGahee was brought in for his skills as a short-yardage, between-the-tackles runner. Moreno remains the starter for coach John Fox in what could be the best chance for him to meet his high expectations coming out of Georgia. Fox loves to run the football — just ask DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart — and Moreno should see more of the backfield touches. Sure, losing some goal-line opportunities puts a cap on his overall upside. But if Moreno is still on the board in the third or fourth round and you need a No. 2 fantasy back, I wouldn’t be timid about calling his name.