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Scouting report

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Pittsburgh

As a runner, Johnny Manziel was stellar last Sunday, rushing for 108 yards as Cleveland pulled off a moral victory over the playoff-bound Chiefs. As a passer, Manziel was unable to accomplish much, throwing for 136 yards as he completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts. One particular low point took place when he threw a desperate pass to one of his linemen.

Manziel has a favorable matchup this week with the Steelers, but he may not be able to play because of a concussion. If he is able to go, he would be worth a look in 2QB leagues. Nevertheless, owners in most formats need to be seeking other alternatives.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Kansas City

Even his harshest critics have to admit Johnny Manziel is nowhere near the disaster he was last season. On the road last Sunday in Seattle, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, Manziel did not melt down, showing plenty of poise. He also held onto the ball well, throwing just one interception.

However, Manziel’s improvement is not showing up on the stat sheet, thanks in part to a weak supporting cast. He threw for just 161 yards and a touchdown. With Kansas City’s defense on fire, more of the same can be expected at Arrowhead Stadium, another one of the NFL’s most daunting venues. Manziel should be ignored this week, even in 2QB leagues. Otherwise, your fantasy week could go about as well as Steve Harvey’s coronation of Miss Universe.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 15, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Seattle

Johnny Manziel is the kind of player who conjures up lots of emotions in fans. If you hate Manziel, you were disappointed after last Sunday. Manziel gave the “love Johnny” crowd plenty to smile about after throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 win over San Francisco.

Nonetheless, haters gonna hate, and the haters will probably be the ones smiling after Manziel faces a Seattle defense that has yielded a mere 11 touchdown passes, best in the league. Johnny is nowhere near the QB1 radar and would be a bad start even in 2QB leagues.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 14, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs San Francisco

The latest plot twist in the ongoing Johnny Manziel soap opera has resulted in the controversial quarterback being reinstated as Cleveland’s starter after Austin Davis struggled last Sunday. In his last start against Pittsburgh back in Week 10, Manziel threw for 372 yards and a touchdown and looked less lost than he had in previous appearances.

The 49ers head into Cleveland on a high note after beating Chicago in overtime, but San Francisco yields 270 passing yards per game. They also allow an average of 125.2 rushing yards and have yielded 14 rushing touchdowns, which is notable given Manziel’s running ability. Manziel is risky on so many levels, but probably would be a worthwhile gamble for 2QB league owners who need a spark. In other formats, there are better streamers out there.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 10, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Pittsburgh

In his second start of the season in Week 9, Johnny Manziel looked somewhat legitimate at times, but threw for just 168 yards as the Browns were overwhelmed by Cincinnati. The second-year signal caller tossed one touchdown pass to Duke Johnson and added 31 yards on the ground.

Manziel may be starting again this weekend, as starter Josh McCown’s status is uncertain. And Pittsburgh’s pass defense has often been a mess. The Steelers have surrendered 16 touchdown passes and allow an average of 273 yards a game. While the matchup would be nice, it would be awfully hard to get excited about Manziel given that he has never thrown for more than 200 yards in any of his appearances. He is a low-end QB2 whose stock would evaporate if McCown is able to play.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 9, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at Cincinnati

The last time Johnny Manziel faced the Cincinnati Bengals, it was his first NFL start. He was annihilated along with the rest of the Browns, who lost 30-0 despite the fact the game was played in Cleveland. Since that day, Manziel has been more known for his sordid personal life than anything he has done on the field, although he led the Browns to a 28-14 victory over the hapless Tennessee Titans in Week 2.

Cincinnati’s pass defense yields over 250 yards per game, but the Bengals just did a commendable job against a rusty Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Although Manziel’s earlier performance against Tennessee where he threw for two touchdowns offers a hint of encouragement, the Bengals are a big step up in class. Manziel is a dicey QB2 who will probably need to deliver in garbage time to offer any hope to supremely desperate fantasy owners.

by Andy Rioux

CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 16, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 – Johnny Manziel at Carolina Panthers
The critics of Johnny Manziel had a field day last Sunday. The man commonly known as Johnny Football played much more like Johnny Jamboogie, his alter ego in a Snickers commercial. Manziel threw for a disturbingly low 80 yards and rushed for 13 yards as the Browns were pummeled 30-0 by Cincinnati. He also tossed two interceptions. Will his critics celebrate again this weekend? The odds look to be good, especially with Carolina’s defense picking up the pace of late. In theory, Manziel offers upside, but if you are playing in a Super Bowl this weekend, you need a much safer option. He would be a risky play even in two-quarterback formats.

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