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Eli on fire for Giants, fantasy owners alike

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By Michael Blunda

The Colts' Peyton Manning may be having an MVP-caliber season, but he doesn't even have as many TD passes as his younger brother.

With yet another huge outing Sunday in which he threw for 290 yards and three TDs, Giants QB Eli Manning is officially on a tear. He's up to 17 scoring tosses on the season; only Philip Rivers and Drew Brees have more, and they have each played an extra game. Manning also has New York on a five-game winning streak.

While he's been far from perfect this year with 11 interceptions, Eli has been prolific more often than not. He has a whopping 12 TD passes in his last four games, and he has six multi-TD outings in eight contests this season. As long as owners can put up with the picks, he has earned a spot in lineups in virtually any format.

Even though Manning is playing at a high level, he wouldn't be posting these kinds of numbers if not for his stellar receiving corps. Hakeem Nicks has become an elite fantasy player, already hauling in nine TD catches. Steve Smith has come on strong and remains a dependable possession target. And Mario Manningham is no slouch as a No. 3 WR. This trio is the primary reason Manning is racking up a sensational 7.7 yards per pass attempt and playing like a fantasy stud.

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