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by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 5, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Oakland
Last Sunday in the home victory against the Vikings, Peyton Manning threw the ball a season-low 27 times. It was actually the first time in 2015 he’d attempted fewer than 40 passes. With the ground game helping a bit (146 yards with 72 of those on one carry), Peyton passed for 213 yards with a one-yard touchdown toss and two INTs. Through the first quarter of the season, he’s averaging 242 yards per game, with six TDs and five picks. Things are not coming as easily for Manning as they had in his first three years in Denver, but he’ll be facing a Raiders D that is second worst against the pass, allowing 310 yards per game through the air. Despite the inconsistency, Manning should remain in your starting lineup.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 4, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Playing out of the shotgun in the pistol formation for most of the win at Detroit last Sunday, Peyton Manning threw for 324 yards and two TDs. In his most comfortable performance of the season, he completed 31 of 42 passes (74 percent). While Peyton has thrown one pick in each of the three games this season, at least the one against the Lions wasn’t returned for a score like the previous two. This week, back at home, he will be facing a Vikings team that is 16th versus the pass. Manning and the offense are making some good strides, so definitely keep on starting No. 18.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 3, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Detroit
Last Thursday in Kansas City, Peyton Manning returned to the shotgun and got the Broncos offense going. With the running game still not in sync, Peyton went back to his old ways. And after a slow first quarter, he finished 26-of-45 for 256 yards with three TDs and an INT. Sixteen of his completions went to his top two WRs, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The Lions are allowing over 400 yards per game, so with some extra time to prepare, look for Manning to have a good performance on Sunday night against the Lions.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 2, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Kansas City
Playing his first game under HC Gary Kubiak’s new system and facing a good Ravens defense last Sunday, Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense struggled. Manning finished with just 175 passing yards on 40 attempts with no touchdowns and one interception that was returned for a score and was sacked four times. The run game didn’t help him out either, as Denver ran for only 69 yards. In two games last season against the Chiefs, Peyton threw for a total of 421 yards with five TDs and no picks. Kansas City gave up over 300 passing yards to the Texans in Week 1, but most of that was after the Chiefs built a big lead. With the short week, it’ll be difficult for Manning and the Broncos to make too many adjustments, but you’ve got to keep him in your starting lineup despite Sunday's performance.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 1, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Baltimore
Peyton Manning begins his fourth season with the Broncos, but his first with HC Gary Kubiak. While Denver is expected to have more of a balanced offensive attack this season, it still has one of the best QBs in the league. Manning has gone back to wearing a glove on his throwing hand, which may take a bit of the zip off his throws. One of Peyton’s top targets, Emmanuel Sanders, has been battling a hamstring injury, but should be fine on Sunday. The QB will also be throwing to a new TE in Owen Daniels. While there are high projections for the Ravens and their defense this season, starting Manning this week is a no-brainer for fantasy owners. Look for him to get off to a good start at home in Week 1.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Despite having what some called a ‘down season’ in 2014, Peyton Manning still threw for over 4,700 yards and 39 TDs. In his three years in Denver, Peyton has not missed a game and tossed 131 touchdowns. Since Manning is a player of habit that relies on timing routes with his receivers, it’s good that he already has a strong rapport with two of them in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, as the duo combined for 212 receptions, over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. While Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas are gone, 2014 second-round pick Cody Latimer will receive a larger role in his second year. Gary Kubiak’s play calling history shows that he is able to adjust to his team’s talent and strengths and produce fantasy relevant players across the board.

Fantasy Downside
It’s no secret that Manning is in one of his final years in the NFL. The 39-year-old played the final month of last season with a torn right quadriceps, which no doubt affected his downfield passing. He threw for 300 yards just once in the final seven contests, which included the post-season loss to the Colts. In ’14, Peyton threw 15 INTs, his highest total as a Bronco, with 12 of those picks coming during the final nine regular season games. After averaging 41 pass attempts per game the first 10 games, he threw the ball an average of less than 32 times the final six regular season contests, which was a result of both his injury and a resurgence in the Broncos rushing attack. Last season Manning’s completion percentage and average yards per attempts were the lowest during his stint in Denver. With Kubiak, you can expect to see the Broncos to continue to use a balanced attack, which will likely lead to a decline is Peyton’s numbers.

Bottom Line
Even through Kubiak likes to run the ball, he still has one of the best weapons in the league with Manning and will definitely utilize him to keep defenses honest. Peyton’s numbers are sure to take a bit of a drop from the 4,700 yards and 39 scores of ’14, but he is still a top-five fantasy QB, especially now that he’s had the offseason to get healthy. Manning will be without his two best offensive linemen from last season, in Orlando Franklin and Ryan Clady, but he is the best in the game at getting rid of the ball and finding WRs on timing routs. Even though quarterbacks under Kubiak have produced just 14 fantasy points per game (a mark that would have ranked 21st in the league in 2014), that stat is misleading as Kubiak has had a QB start more than 11 games in a season in just five of nine years as a play caller. And 23 games have been started by a combination of Sage Rosenfels, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum. A silver lining for Manning owners (not that you really need one), was with Matt Schaub at the helm in ’08-’11 under Kubiak, he was ranked in the top 10 three times in fantasy points per game. Don’t be concerned about Peyton possibly taking parts or all of games off to be ready for the playoffs. While modifications have been made in Manning's practice schedule, that doesn't necessarily mean time off in games. We have him as fourth on our QB list.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Peyton Manning - Week 19, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Divisional Round – Peyton Manning vs. Indianapolis Colts
As the Broncos focused more on the running game over the final six regular season contests, Peyton Manning threw for an average of 238 yards and nine total TDs during that span. Only one of his seven 300 yard performances came in the final six games. The extra week off allowed for a banged Denver team to get healthy, so Peyton will have all of his weapons. In Week 1, Manning threw for 269 yards and three scores (all to Julius Thomas) against his former team. He's our QB3 this week behind Rodgers and Luck.

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