Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
|QB - #1||3.00||DEN||Questionable||18 years||38||6'5||230|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rusty Reeves
Encore? Sure, why not! Manning enjoyed the best season in NFL history, throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. If you played in a league where QBs earn four points per touchdown pass, he would have scored about 30 fantasy points per game. If you were lucky enough to get six points per TD, well, that's just not fair. Many people rode Manning to fantasy glory last season and will be hoping to do the same this year. He's lost two of his major weapons from last year -- WR Eric Decker (Jets) and RB Knowshon Moreno (Dolphins) -- but the team added WR Emmanuel Sanders via free agency and WR Cody Latimer via the draft. RB Montee Ball should take a step forward and be everything Moreno was (and maybe more). Most importantly, he'll still have studs WR Demaryius Thomas and TE Julius Thomas, along with the pesky veteran slot man WR Wes Welker back at his disposal. Expecting a repeat of 2013 is probably irrational; however, expecting 5,000 yards and "only" 45 touchdowns isn't out of the question, which is why we have Manning ranked just ahead of Brees and Rodgers for 2014.
Editor's note: He can't throw a fastball anymore, yet he can really place his passes. The eldest Manning is fantasy royalty and it's hard to imagine anybody having the ceiling he does. Drew Brees' touchdown totals have decreased in each of the last two years. Aaron Rodgers (even though he missed half the season) wasn't anywhere close to staying on pace to beat his career-best 45 TDs. Manning might be in his own tier.
Peyton Manning has cleared the final hurdle that stood between him and playing football next fall: He passed his team physical on Thursday.
Thus, it's officially official: Manning will play for the Denver Broncos in 2015.
After the physical, Manning signed his restructured contract. The details of that pact were hammered out on Wednesday as the player and the team agreed to take $4 million off of Manning's $19 million deal. He can still earn that money back if he makes the 2016 Super Bowl and wins it. He'll earn $2 million for each feat accomplished.
So, that's finally done. Manning will return to the public eye next month when Denver begins team conditioning drills. Today's physical was once a source of trepidation. Some were unsure if Manning could pass the tests, considering his nagging quad injury from last season and his four-time surgically repaired neck. But that ended up being much ado about nothing. Manning is coming back for one more shot at that second ring. He'll turn 39 on March 24. Despite his age, he's an easy top-five fantasy QB as long as his body holds up.
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|2.11||2006 World Champion - It has been a tough draft watching the players I wanted go before me. Decided to just take the best QB in the game and try to make it up later in the draft.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.11||Dr. Roto - Please tell me why he is left in the end of the 3rd round? He will throw for 40TDs in a down year|
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