So, seeing this ranking that says for the money, Eli Manning is the second-worst value at quarterback in the league, for real on the field or especially in fantasy.
Really? Let’s take a closer look at this ranking.
Manning’s at No. 31 in this poll because, according to ESPN:
“Manning has made more money from football than any other current player, despite a modestly productive 14 regular seasons. The Giants have paid for past heroics more than for expected performance.”
He has earned almost $190 million in his career over 14 seasons for what ESPN calls modest production.
How modest are two Super Bowl victories? Yeah, I’ve heard the argument: he just “managed” the offense while the Giants defense won both of those games against Brady’s Patriots. Well, those were two hecks of a “managing” job, ya’ think?
Among those ranked ahead of him in this polling, there are eight quarterbacks who have been to Super Bowls — six of whom have actually won a Super Bowl — or two, or five. Eli has won two.
So if you eliminate the quarterbacks in the ranking who have never been to the Super Bowl, let alone some who have never won a playoff game or played in one (we’re looking at you, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford), all of a sudden, Eli is at worst No. 9.
You can rely on all the analytics you want. You can like whichever quarterbacks you want to like and draft whichever quarterback you want on your fantasy team. Good for you.
My gut says the Giants have got their defense back healthy and their offense restocked on all fronts under new head Pat Shurmur — a quarterback whisperer — especially along the line and at the “weapon” positions, where Eli makes his money, and some for them too.
Hey, if quarterback-whisperer Shurmur can get Case Keenum a big contract with Denvervia their association in Minnesota last year, imagine what he can with a real, Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Manning.
Oh yeah, the guy the Giants traded to land Eli — Philip Rivers of the Chargers — has had a statistically comparative career to Manning’s. Except for the Super Bowl thing. He’s only been there if he had tickets.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson is No. 1 in the ESPN ranking… by the way.
Josh Gordon is back – well, almost – in Cleveland. Thus giving Baker Mayfield another weapon. Although, Gordon is only conditionally back for the moment. Will he be fully reinstated? If he is, he’ll go down in history as the NFL’s answer to baseball’s Steve Howe, who was suspended, primarily for substance abuse, seven times.
In closing, anyone watching “Hark Knocks?” I’m not either. It’s about the Browns this year. Adios.