2013 Outlook: Eli turned in another maddening campaign in '12 because, well, that's what he does. As usual, his highs were tremendous: A 510-yard game in Week 2, five TD passes in Week 17. But his lows were crushing: No TDs and 177 pass yards per game from Weeks 8 to 10. Manning has ridden the weekly roller coaster for his entire career. It didn't help last year that Hakeem Nicks and Martellus Bennett couldn't stay healthy and the Giants scuffled to find an acceptable complements for Victor Cruz. But Eli is as hot-and-cold as they come regardless of who's catching the ball, and his 59.9 percent completion rate was the lowest for a defending Super Bowl champion QB since '06. We don't trust him as a fantasy starter.
2013 Outlook: Painter was out of the league in '12 after a disastrous showing as the Colts' starter in '11, but he's apparently heir to the Eli Manning throne in New York now, as the Giants cut David Carr and will go with some combo of Painter and rookie Ryan Nassib as backups. We don't rule out the possibility that Nassib would see time under center should Eli get hurt, but Painter probably would offer the steadier hand. Neither one would spell good things for Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
2013 Outlook: Nassib looked like a possible first-round pick in April's draft, but he doesn't throw a good deep ball and his pocket awareness was often shaky in college, and apparently those weaknesses drove his stock into the fourth round. The Giants will carry him as a third-stringer behind Eli Manning and Curtis Painter this year, but general manager Jerry Reese has already gone on record saying he hopes Nassib "never plays" for the Giants, because that would mean Manning stayed healthy. The most optimistic career path for Nassib now is a couple years of studying, followed by a trade to a QB-needy squad.