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Tyrod Taylor Hurt, EJ Manuel to Start?


When things get too good in fantasy, you know the bottom is about to fall out, and it appears that has happened with Tyrod Taylor.

After weeks of being one of fantasy football’s best values and top quarterbacks, Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Taylor could miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain.

If you’ve been relying on Tyrod Taylor to lead your fantasy team, like many have, quickly go grab someone to replace him. And if you’re in a serious two-QB with all of the starting quarterbacks owned, you better already have EJ Manuel.

So, with Taylor possibly out for the foreseeable future, what can owners expect from EJ Manuel.

Statistically speaking, Manuel wasn’t that bad in his first 15 games. Manuel posted 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions¬†but completed a measly 58 percent of his passes. He also ran the ball for 236 yards on 70 carries.

If you’ve watched EJ Manuel at all, you would know he performed like most rookies would. Not everyone is Andrew Luck, but Manuel had trouble with accuracy and lacked touch on his passes.

However, fantasy isn’t real life, so we don’t care if he completes 50 percent of his passes. Fantasy points are all that matters.

Honestly, Manuel can be successful for however many games he starts for the Bills. He doesn’t offer the running ability that Taylor does, but judging by his firs 15 starts, he won’t be horrible for owners.

Also, Manuel didn’t look like the slouch many though he was in the preseason. He completed 20 of 30 passes for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Sure, Manuel was up against second and third team defenses, but he still made impressive throws.

The issues with the Bills is, they are somewhat of a disaster on offense right now. They lost LeSean McCoy, however, it does look like Karlos Williams and Sammy Watkins are returning this week giving Manuel more solid weapon.

If Manuel does wind up starting, and Karlos Williams plays, he’ll likely be handing the ball of 20 plus times in week six. However, the Bills do play the undefeated Bengals and could be down early, forcing Manuel to have to make plays.

Manuel is only for those in deep or two-QB leagues, but he is someone I would start over Brian Hoyer, Mike Vick, Josh McCown and Kirk Cousins in week six.

Whenever I’ve ever read anything about EJ Manuel, it’s about how hard he’s been working. Manuel has endured a lot of heartbreak in his first two and half years, maybe he can make something of this.

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I'm not hunting for Bigfoot I'm usually checking my fantasy team.

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