Peyton Manning's numbers last season were simply staggering. He racked up almost 5,500 yards and a 55:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. They are made even more amazing given Manning's advanced age, and that he was just two years removed from a career-saving neck surgery.
You might believe those numbers are unrepeatable from a 38-year-old quarterback, but Broncos head coach John Fox disagrees. He thinks Manning can reach those heights again due in part to how he keeps himself in great condition.
"He has worked very hard, he is in the best shape he has ever been in, all his numbers in our weight and conditioning program are all up from a year ago, even before that," Fox said of Manning. "There are areas he can improve in and he knows it and he will."
Manning did lose a career-high six fumbles last year, so I guess he can improve in that area. And perhaps the Broncos would like to see his rushing total be higher than minus-31. But as a passer, Manning is the alpha.
It's probably going to take a late first-round pick to get Manning on your team. That's a steep price, and I personally don't want to pay for last year's numbers, but even if Manning "regresses" to 2012 levels, he is still one of the top players in fantasy. He is surrounded by the best group of receivers in football -- Demaryius Thomas , Wes Welker , Emmanuel Sanders , Julius Thomas . Of course, that group is as good as it is largely due to Manning's mastery.