Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
|QB - #1||13.31||DEN||Active||17 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.
It's looking like Broncos QB Peyton Manning will have at least one of his main receiving threats back on Sunday, and possibly two. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice Friday and is looking like he'll be good to go for the team's Week 12 game versus Miami after recovering from a Week 11 concussion. Tight end Julius Thomas barely practiced this week because of his sprained ankle and is considered a game-time decision by head coach John Fox.
Sanders is well on his way to the first 1,000-yard season of his career after compiling 954 on 67 catches through his first ten games. He also has caught seven touchdowns. Thomas leads the NFL with 12 receiving touchdowns.Fantasy Analysis:
Getting one of these gentlemen back would be great for Manning. Getting them both would be even better. You're obviously going to use Manning, no matter what. However, against a tough Dolphins defense, he needs his receiving corps to be at full capacity.
If you're a Thomas owner, you need to have a backup plan in place since this game is a late-afternoon kickoff Sunday. Jacob Tamme is an option. Otherwise, you may need to deploy someone that is playing in one of the early games.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors11/21 - Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders expected to play Week 12; TE Julius Thomas a game-time decision
11/17 - Broncos RB Montee Ball, TE Julius Thomas, and WR Emmanuel Sanders all injured in Week 11
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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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