Fantasy Football Profile: Peyton Manning
Tony Dungy is gone, but I can’t think of a QB more equipped to make the transition than Peyton Manning. He had so much freedom with Dungy that he was pretty much running the show on Offense anyway. He lost a weapon in Marvin Harrison, but let’s face it, Mavin wasn’t the same anyways. Reggie Wayne should bounce back from a somewhat disappointing season. Anthony Gonzalez should take the next step becoming a weekly fantasy football starter. Dallas Clark is a top five TE. Joseph Addai should bounce back giving them balance running the ball (along with Donald Brown) and another weapon in the passing game.
Manning simply produces. He has 4000+ yards in all but two of his eleven seasons. He has never thrown for less than 26 TDs with nine of the seasons having betwen 26-31 TDs. He has never missed a start. Is he always the top fantasy scoring QB? No. He’s always in the conversation though. There isn’t a more reliable option in fantasy fotoball.
He has some tough tests (Miami, Tennessee twice, New England, Baltimore, NY Jets) and some favorable matchups (Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, Denver). His fantasy playoffs schedule (Weeks 14-16) is decent as he faceds Denver, Jacksonville, and the Jets.
He should be good for another 4200 yards with 30 TDs. He’ll be drafted mid-second/mid-third round. He may not put up the numbers Drew Brees or Tom Brady does, but he’ll consistently put up big numbers.