Would You Rather: Have Eli Manning or Daniel Jones on Your 2019 Fantasy Football Team?

Mike Esposito
Detroit Lions v New York Giant
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The New York Giants have been adamant that Eli Manning will be their starting quarterback in 2019. However, it doesn't look like that's set in stone anymore.

Head coach Pat Shurmur all but confirmed that there is a quarterback competition going on with the Giants, saying that the team will "play the very best player” under center.

Neither of the two quarterbacks will be anything close to a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2019, but you still can't help but wonder which of the two Giants' signal-callers will be a more viable fantasy option in 2019.

Initial returns out of OTAs and minicamp haven't been kind to Manning, in any sense of the word. In fact, there were several instances in which his rookie counterpart looked like the better quarterback.

Despite Jones' performance, the starting job for Big Blue remains Eli's to lose. As bad as he's looked, Manning is still a battle-tested veteran quarterback who has led the G-Men to two Super Bowl championships, while picking up the MVP award in both of those wins.

Jones, on the other hand, has passed the eye test on the practice field, throwing the deep ball well and with seemingly more accuracy than Eli, but we all know that's very different from a real NFL game.

Don't be surprised if you're picking up Jones off the waiver wire mid-season, if Manning's performance falls off a cliff, or if you grab the Duke product as a stash in dynasty leagues. But until Eli is no longer the Giants' starter, the two-time Super Bowl MVP remains a viable QB2 and is the better fantasy option as we head into the NFL's 100th season.


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