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Mario Manningham is a Must Start in Week 5

Mario Manningham is back in the lineup for the New York Giants, and should capitalize on his return to full time.

As the Giants coaching staff assured everyone that Manningham was still the starter, despite solid production form back up Victor Cruz, Manningham finds himself in a good position to have a great Sunday against a banged up Seahawks secondary.

The Seahawks, who are already the 16th ranked passing defense, will be without Marcus Trufant, the Hawks cornerback who would have most likely been covering Manningham. So Mario will have a chance to be super as he returns from a concussion. Not only will he have a chip on his shoulder to prove that he should be the starter ahead of Cruz, he'll be going up against a young back up all day long.

Look for Eli Manning to get him involved early and often. Manningham and Eli had a great connection last year, and Mario will most likely want to get that chemistry back on track.

And to make things even better for the Giants passing attack, change of pace back Brandon Jacobs is inactive, leaving the Giants ground game undermanned. All signs point to this being a big day for all of the Giants wide receivers, but with Manningham back in the lineup and with something to prove, look for him to give it a little extra in Week 5.

Start him with supreme confidence as I would expect 6 receptions, 75 yards and a touchdown.