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Week 1 vs. WAS
Receiving: 3 / 58 / 1 on 4 targets
Mario Manningham made all the highlight reels in Week 1 with his 30 yard touchdown catch and run down the sideline against the Redskins. Manningham looked to be very quick and explosive after the catch, a trait that Domenik Hixon failed to display in the Giants' first contest. His two other catches were both early on, highlighted by a 25 yard grab deep over the middle. Manningham may soon contend for a bigger role in the Giants' passing attack.
Week 2 vs. DAL
Receiving: 10 / 150 / 1 on 13 targets
Manningham stepped up in a big way in Week 2 for the Giants, stretching the field against the Cowboys and asserting himself as a potential top wideout for New York. Manningham consistently got open deep and over the middle, giving Eli Manning a nice target to move the Giants downfield. His juggling, diving touchdown grab was a thing of beauty as he caught the ball on his back while lying in the end zone. Manningham's performance should make him a starter for the Giants and a huge waiver wire pickup this week.
Week 3 vs. TB
Receiving: 4 / 55 / 0 on 7 targets
It was a quiet week for Manningham compared to week 2, but the skills that made him the waiver wire pickup of the week were still apparent. Manningham is always thinking about run after catch yards, making moves to set up would-be tacklers (including a spin move), and breaking tackles along the way. He had an excellent yards per catch average in a game with a conservative passing gameplan - this game represents his floor as long as he's a starter. Manningham and Manning are also developing chemistry - they were just off on an intentional underthrow/back shoulder throw. Those kinds of completions will come as the season goes on.
Week 4 vs. KC
Receiving: 1 / 43 / 0 on 8 targets
Manningham did not display the sure hands that made him a popular waiver wire pickup in September. Manningham dropped at least three balls in the first half. His only catch was a nice deep ball down the sideline that he also nearly dropped as he made an athletic juggling catch for 43 yards. He was blanketed well by the Chiefs' corners but he should have had a better day if he had snagged more of the catchable balls thrown in his direction. With the return of rookie Hakeem Nicks, Manningham may start to slide back down the depth chart and might make for a "sell high" trade candidate.
Week 5 vs. OAK
Receiving: 2 / 36 / 1 on 3 targets
Manningham's TD was too easy, as he slipped behind Chris Johnson on a deep corner route in the end zone. Manningham broke yet another tackle on his other catch. He left the game with a chest injury, but the injury is not considered serious and should not be a problem in the future.
Week 6 vs. NO
Receiving: 4 / 50 / 1 on 9 targets
Manningham scored his TD on what was essentially a 50/50 ball from Eli Manning because it was thrown late, and the receiver out-fought Darren Sharper for the ball. He also got three straight end zone targets from Manning when the game was out of hand, but he did also yield to Hakeem Nicks for part of the third quarter, and Manningham was dinged up yet again by the end of the game. He is still looking like a quality WR3/flex as a starter and trusted target, but Hakeem Nicks gains a little on him every week.
Week 7 vs. ARI
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 8 targets
Manningham is clearly the #2 option in the passing game right now for the Giants, however his suspect hands is costing him some easy catches. In week 7 Mario dropped at least 2 catches (one of which would have been a TD catch early in the 4th while easily out running two Arizona db's). Despite the drops he still managed to reel in 4 catches for 47 yards. On a couple of the short route catches Manningham displayed what is becoming his typical method of operation...making the catch and then dancing away from oncoming tacklers. Manningham's role moving forward is a bit cloudy right now due to the emergence of Hakeem Nick, but for the time being his number is being called by Eli Manning and the Giants offense enough to make him a viable starter most weeks.
Week 9 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 52 / 0 on 6 targets
Manningham looked healthy making catches on slants and 7-10 yard routes to extend drives. He showed reliable hands and toughness competing hard for yards after the catch. The only thing holding back his production is the reality of sharing targets with Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks.
Week 11 vs. ATL
Receiving: 6 / 126 / 0 on 10 targets
Manningham had his best game as a Giant, routinely making spectacular catches near the sideline to help New York earn a much-needed win. Manningham's best catch came on a toss to the left sideline wherein he jumped and spun back to the ball, made the reception, and then deftly dragged his feet in-bounds. Despite the protestations of the defense, the catch was clearly made. Manningham also had a key catch in overtime to the right side of the field where he spun away from the defender and gained 8 more yards before being forced out of bounds. Manningham's greatest successes came outside of the hash-marks where he could use his leaping ability and speed to overcome single-coverage from the Giants.
Week 12 vs. DEN
Receiving: 5 / 48 / 0 on 11 targets
Mario Manningham had five short catches in Week 12 against the Broncos but just 48 total yards receiving as none of his catches went for more than 13 yards. He did make a nice 10-yard reception in the third quarter, tapping his toes to barely stay in bounds. Manningham continues to split time with Hakeem Nicks, decreasing both of their respective fantasy values. Late word after the game had Manningham favoring his previously injured left shoulder, which could cost him some playing time.
Week 13 vs. DAL
Receiving: 1 / 10 / 0 on 4 targets
Mario Manningham caught just one of his four targets for a short 10-yard gain in the second quarter. He did get a target near the end zone but it was tipped away by the defense. Manningham is not getting enough work consistently to be relevant for fantasy purposes.
Week 14 vs. PHI
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 4 targets
Mario Manningham struggled in Week 14 not because of his hands but more with his feet. Manningham had four targets but two of them were in the end zone and both should have gone for scores, but neither catch was made with his feet in bounds. Manningham is not getting enough targets and is underperforming when he does get chances so his fantasy upside is minimal.
Week 15 vs. WAS
Receiving: 3 / 44 / 1 on 4 targets
Manningham was targeted a few times by Eli Manning after Hakeem Nick left the game. He reeled in a garbage time TD as he torched safety Laron Landry in poor coverage. His role has been diminished lately as the Giants have featured Nicks, Smith, and Boss more and more.
Week 16 vs. CAR
Receiving: 6 / 87 / 0 on 8 targets
Manningham did some damage after the catch by breaking some tackles later in the game, but his inability to spot Jon Beason coming for the strip on the game's opening drive proved to be a pivotal play. He has earned a strong place in the Giants WR corps for the long term this year, but he still exhibited some of the inconsistency young players struggle with early in their careers.