Week Seventeen Analysis:
Peyton Manning will be playing for home field throughout the playoffs on Sunday, so fortunately, there's a strong motivation for Denver to put up plenty of points in this week 17 game. And, I can't expect a result much different than last time they met when Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns. Oakland's secondary does surprise me sometimes, like last week, with strong efforts. But it's still Peyton Manning, as he looks to extend his record setting year.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
It's an angry Peyton Manning, playing for home field advantage, against a team that's lost 12 straight games. This one feels every bit as lopsided as that, as Manning faces a reeling secondary that's allowed multiple touchdowns to six of the past seven quarterbacks. Only Chad Henne failed to hit that standard. Manning is probably the single best start of the week, and can only be derailed by his own running game sniping his touchdowns.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Peyton Manning just shredded the NFL's best secondary to the tune of 400 yards and four touchdowns. And, here comes one of the worst secondaries, San Diego. This is a team Manning saw recently, five games ago, and he put up 330 yards and four touchdowns. What's more in his three matchups with San Diego since coming to Denver, he's thrown four, three and three touchdowns. The Chargers have seen very few quality quarterbacks this year, and the ones they have seen have posted very strong games. Another one is coming from Manning.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
I love this matchup! It's fantasy football's best quarterback against the league's best secondary. Here's a great comparison of the relative strengths of these teams: Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns in the season opener. The Titans have allowed eight all year. And even more remarkable, they've given up two passing touchdowns in their last eight games. Think about it, if Manning throws a modest two touchdowns, he'll equal two months of quarterbacking against Tennessee. In fairness, the Titans haven't seen many great quarterbacks, but still, that level of defensive domination is flat-out absurd. It's Peyton Manning, in a legendary year. You can't bench him. But he might put up half his totals from last week.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Peyton Manning goes from one hostile environment to another as he travels from New England last week to Kansas City this week. As tough as his loss was last week, the Chiefs loss was equally difficult for them, as their defensive collapses the past two weeks have yielded 68 points. It's added fuel to the believe that the Chiefs' impressive defensive numbers were a byproduct of games against Blaine Gabbert, Case Keenum, Jeff Tuel, and their ilk. Manning threw for 323 yards and one score two weeks ago when these teams met. Those were modest numbers. But, self-doubt has crept into the Chiefs locker room. Philip Rivers just threw for 400 and 3 in Arrowhead. Manning has much better weapons than the Chargers, and a lot of motivation.
Week Twelve Analysis:
The Patriots were passed through on Monday night by the technically unsound Cam Newton. Now they'll be tested by the position's clinician, Peyton Manning. Even the return of cornerback Aqib Talib didn't help the Patriots enough to slow Newton, and they've now allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in five straight games. You already know that Manning is having a legendary year, and that he's thrown multiple touchdowns in every game but one. And, you probably know that he's topped 295 yards in every game, and he's topped 350 yards in half his games.
Week Eleven Analysis:
It's taken us 11 weeks to get the divisional matchup we've all been waiting for, as the Chiefs finally have a chance to prove that their undefeated record isn't the byproduct of their insanely easy schedule. By my count, the Chiefs have played exactly one good quarterback, Tony Romo. Romo threw for 298 yards and one score, by the way. The last three quarterbacks the Chiefs have faced have been third stringers in their first start of the season: Case Keenum, Jason Campbell, and Jeff Tuel. That helps explain why KC has allowed more than one touchdown to only one quarterback all year. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning has thrown four touchdowns in back to back games, and has thrown multiple scores in 12 straight going back to last year. So, I'm not worried about KC's secondary stopping Manning's legendary season.
Week Ten Analysis:
The Chargers secondary was brutal at the beginning of the season, allowing multiple touchdown passes in four of the first five games. But over the past three games, San Diego hasn't given up a single touchdown. And, while they did face Chad Henne for one of those games, they shut out Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin in the other two. But, it probably doesn't matter. Peyton Manning is laying waste to all opposing defenses, regardless of ability. I could bore you with a bunch of stats you already know about Manning and his historic season. But instead, I'll just tell you something else you already know: just start Peyton.
Week Eight Analysis:
The Redskins defense has fared better over the past three games, as no quarterback they've faced has topped 227 yards or one touchdown pass. However, two of those three quarterbacks they've faced were Matt Flynn and Josh McCown. Neither of those two are a pissed off Peyton Manning who is coming off his first regular season loss in eons. He's thrown 25 touchdowns this year. That's a full season for half the NFL quarterbacks, and we're not at the half way mark. That's over 3 and a half per game. The Redskins should be worried; Manning owners should not.
Week Seven Analysis:
If only there were a story line for this matchup between Peyton Manning and the Indianpolis Colts. Oh, I know, it's the thrilling return of a player against his former team. This is a revenge game for backup cornerback Cassius Vaughn. Word is he's very bitter about his release from the Broncos, and he intends to make them pay. With that out of the way, let's concentrate on Manning's prospects against a vastly improved secondary. Only Russell Wilson has topped one touchdown against the Colts this year, and only Ryan Tannehill has topped even 237 yards. The Colts rank No. 2 in passing touchdowns allowed, and No. 5 in passing yards allowed. And, checking Manning's history against the Colts….hey, he's never faced them before. How odd.
Week Six Analysis:
It's Peyton Manning, in a record crushing year, against the worst team in football. Maybe the worst team since the winless 2008 Lions . You're only threat is that Manning sits early, but at that point, the Broncos should have racked up 30+ points, and Manning already has a big day. Because of that factor, oddly enough, you're going to be spending most of that game rooting for the Jaguars offense, in the hopes that Manning can fend off the bench for as long as possible.
Week Five Analysis:
There's not a ton that needs to be said about Peyton Manning right now as it pertains to fantasy. He may be on the cusp of one of the greatest seasons by a quarterback in the history of the league. Manning is on pace for 5,880 yards, 64 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, all of which would smash their respective records. Not that you need any more reasons to start Peyton, but the Cowboys have already allowed 400 passing yards twice this season, last week to Phillip Rivers and in Week 1 to Peyton's little brother.
Week Four Analysis:
It was another in a series of clinics for Peyton Manning on Monday night. He's now topped 300 yards in all three games, and thrown an absurd 12 touchdowns in three games. He's thrown four more touchdowns than the next closest quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers, and double the number of touchdowns as the next closest quarterbacks, who have just six. And he'll extend his lead against the league's fourth-worst passing defense, Philadelphia. Despite playing against three average passes, a rusty RG3 in the opener, then Philip Rivers, and Alex Smith last week, the Eagles are giving up a whopping 340 passing yards per game. Manning is dramatically better than any of them, and will carve up the Eagles rebuilt defense with ease.
Week Three Analysis:
Peyton Manning has been absolutely sensational, as he looks poised to make a serious run at the NFL's single season passing record. I see nothing in the Oakland Raiders to suggest that they'll be anything more than a speed bump. Andrew Luck scored three touchdowns against the Raiders in the opener, and Chad Henne just threw for a respectable 240 yards. Manning topped 310 yards in both of last year's meeting and threw four touchdowns. He'll have no problem against an Oakland secondary comprised of castoffs from other teams.
Week Two Analysis:
This matchup features an elite quarterback coming off a seven touchdown performance against one of the league's worst secondaries, coming off a pretty wobbly performance in the opener. So, naturally, Manning is my No. 1 quarterback this week. There's nothing not to like about Manning's chances. He still has four amazing weapons to throw to. And the Giants secondary isn't as good as the Ravens defense he obliterated last week. Tony Romo completed 73% of his passes against the Giants, and if Manning is that efficient, another massive game can be in store.
Week One Analysis:
Peyton Manning faced these same Ravens in his last game, the playoff loss in the divisional round. Despite two costly interceptions, Manning threw for three touchdowns and almost 300 yards. The three touchdowns were fitting because he finished last year throwing exactly three touchdowns in a staggering 11 of the last 14 games. Addition of Wes Welker gives him another new target. The Ravens secondary will start three players who were either on IR last year or on other teams. Lardarious Webb returns, and if he's not rusty, that will help. But a defense with six new starters should give Manning plenty of opportunity.
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There's a case to be made that Peyton Manning will be the highest scoring fantasy quarterback this year. In just his first year in a completely new offense in Denver, Manning pretty much went berserk after week four. Over the final 14 games of last year, he threw three touchdowns 10 times. That's unreal. Demaryius Thomas returns. Eric Decker returns. And, for added oomph, Wes Welker has defected to Denver, and spreads defenses even thinner. Manning remains every bit as bankable as he's always been, and has even more upside than he had in Indy.
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