By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Jan 12th 2:04pm EST
It was obvious to everyone that something was terribly wrong with Manning and this news confirms it. It's clear that NFL clubs hide injuries and that needs to be addressed immediately. Hopefully, Peyton will have a full recovery and be able to fully assess his future in the coming months. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: A QB without legs can't throw well and we should all reserve judgment on Manning's future while he recovers. His stats were dismal throughout the injury time-frame but this answers a lot of questions. Peyton has earned the right to go out on his own terms and perhaps he has another year left in the tank.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Jan 11th 10:20pm EST
Manning completed only 26 of 46 pass attempts for 211 yards and one touchdown, yielding only a meager 4.5 yards per attempt. After an impressive TD drive to start the game, Manning failed to move the offense over the next three quarters. (Source: Patrick Johnson)
Fantasy Impact: Peyton was non-committal in his post-game presser when asked about his future in Denver. The 38 year old has one year remaining on his contract but could lose both his Head Coach John Fox and OC Adam Gase in the offseason.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 3:59pm EST
Peyton Manning practiced in full this week and was not listed on the injury report. He played through a nagging thigh injury in the last month of the regular season and his efficiency waned. While Peyton struggled statistically over his last five games (60% completion percentage, 7.5 yards per attempt, and six interceptions), Denver leaned more on the defense and running game down the stretch to win and secure a playoff bye. Despite mass twitter hysteria on Friday due to a video of two passes in pre-practice warmups, there is no report that Manning is still significantly injured. (Source: Jeff Legwold - ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Facing an inferior front seven against the Colts this week, all signs lead to a continued power running attack from Broncos, which will set up Manning's play action passing. The Colts boast a pair of talented CBs in Vontae Davis and Greg Toler and will not likely attack them with guns blazing.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 9:49pm EST
Peyton Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards with no TDs or INTs. He played much better today at home and commanded the offense to a 40+ point outing. (Source: Patrick Johnson)
Fantasy Impact: Manning tried to hook up with Demaryius Thomas multiple times in the red zone but couldn't connect. Instead, C.J. Anderson punched in three TDs from close range. With the victory today, the Broncos win the AFC West division and clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Dec 23rd 10:16am EST
Peyton completed 28 or 44 passes for 311 yards, two TDs and four INTs. The offense sputtered in the first half as they struggled to run the ball using heavy sets. Manning got them going in the 3rd quarter with two TDs to Manny Sanders, but struggled mightily in the 4th quarter, throwing two picks in the final three minutes.
Fantasy Impact: Concern about Manning's deteriorating arm strength is justifiable after this disappointing performance. Peyton and Broncos close out the regular season next weekend at home against the Raiders.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 10:19am EST
After missing most of Thursday's practice to rehab his ailing thigh, Peyton Manning returned to practice on Friday and reportedly looked sharp throwing the ball. (Source: Troy Renck - Denver Post
Fantasy Impact: Peyton and his Broncos travel east to take on a good Bengals defense on MNF. Manning has posted lackluster stats in the past few outings, and Monday's matchup does not appear favorable. If he's led you to the fantasy championship, chances are he provides a safer floor than most streaming QB options on the waiver wire.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:11pm EST
Peyton Manning went 14 of 20 passing for 173 yards, zero TDs, and two INTs. Manning's consecutive TD streak of 51 games ended Sunday as he failed to throw a TD pass. Instead, C.J. Anderson scored all three Broncos' TDs on short runs. The anemic Bills offense didn't threaten the Broncos, which allowed for a conservative rush-based game plan.
Fantasy Impact: It was a disappointing fantasy performance for Manning as Broncos committed to the run and played stout defense. The Broncos travel to San Diego next weekend, a matchup that should allow Manning to get back on track as a top-end QB1.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 4:47pm EST
After getting off to a hot start with two early passing TDs, Peyton only managed 179 yards on 17 of 34 pass attempts.
Fantasy Impact: With the early lead and solid defensive play, the Broncos game script relied heavily on the running game, which limited Manning's production. Manning faces another tough defensive match up this week against a Bills' unit that leads the NFL in sacks (46).
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 10:57pm EST
After struggling early and falling behind, Peyton rallied the offense and had a very efficient passing performance. He completed 28 of 35 attempts for 257 yards and 4 TDs.
Fantasy Impact: Despite the cold weather and difficult matchup, Peyton led the Broncos to 39 points and the victory. He's a QB1 the rest of the season but faces a difficult, divisional matchup at Arrowhead (Chiefs) next week, where Tom Brady and Pats were shut down earlier this season.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 10:28pm EST
Peyton Manning went 34 of 54 for 389 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. The stat line doesn't tell the full story as the Rams played fast and physical on defense, hit Peyton often, and even knocked Emmanuel Sanders out of the game with a concussion. Julius Thomas also left early with an ankle injury.
Fantasy Impact: Manning's high passing yardage salvaged his fantasy day as a middling QB1, but no one saw this upset coming. Peyton Manning was held to only seven points, which marks the lowest output in his Bronco career. He faces a similarly disruptive defense next week versus the Dolphins. Peyton's upside will hinge on the health of Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, so monitor their status this week.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:45pm EST
Peyton Manning has not disappointed in 2014 after coming off a historic 2013 campaign. Through nine games, Manning is on pace to throw for 5176 yards, 51 TDs, and only 12 picks. This Sunday, Peyton will face a young, inconsistent secondary in St. Louis; the Rams defense is yielding 7.92 yards per attempt (YPA) to opposing signal callers on the year, which ranks 29th in the NFL. Conversely, Peyton Manning is averaging 8.2 YPA, a figure that ranks 3rd amongst QBs.
Fantasy Impact: He has a favorable matchup on the road in the dome this week, but the Rams are notorious for pressuring the QB. Expect a lot of quick, intermediate throws like we saw last week against the Raiders. Peyton is the expert consensus #1 QB for week 11.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 10:26am EST
Despite being blown out on the road, Peyton completed 34 of 57 passes for 438 yards, two TDs and two INTs. The Broncos played from behind most of the game after a first half INT and a Julian Edelman punt return TD.
Fantasy Impact: Although the game got out of hand early, Peyton put up solid QB1 stats. Expect Manning and company to get back on track in week 10 against the winless Raiders.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 3:18pm EDT
Peyton Manning carved up the Chargers' secondary all night long. Emmanuel Sanders was his preferred WR and caught all 3 receiving TDs. Demaryius Thoma was also heavily involved and racked up a 8/105/0 stat line.
Fantasy Impact: Manning and Andrew Luck remain two of the only consistent, top fantasy QBs each week. The Broncos travel to Foxboro to face the Patriots after their mini-bye. The Pats boast one the top pass D's in the league, which will put a damper on Manning's fantasy ceiling. Nonetheless, he's still a rock solid QB1, and if you have him, you're starting him.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 3:56pm EDT
Peyton Manning broke the career NFL TD record, previously held by Brett Favre, when he threw his third TD on Sunday Night Football. Peyton carved up the 49ers secondary completing 22 of 26 passes for 318 yards and 4 TDs despite resting in the 4th quarter.
Fantasy Impact: Peyton, again, lived up to his elite QB1 status. The offense is highly efficient at the mid-season mark, and everyone involved is deriving fantasy value. Manning and Broncos host the Chargers Thursday night on a short week. Obviously, there's no decision at QB for Manning owners. He's locked in as a QB1 each week, and against an average Charger Defense, he'll be a high-end QB1 in week 8.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 12:55pm EDT
Peyton Manning completed 22 of 33 passes for 237 yards and 3 TDs. The Jets pressured Manning early and often, which limited his production. However on the whole, Manning still managed to lead Broncos to victory and produce a solid QB1 fantasy day.
Fantasy Impact: The Broncos host the 49ers next Sunday night, and Peyton will be locked in as a QB1 against an average Niners secondary.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 8:53pm EDT
Peyton Manning led a heroic two-minute drill to tie the game at the end of regulation, despite ultimately losing in overtime. Manning completed 31 of 49 passes for 303 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Fantasy Impact: Despite a brutal matchup on the road in Seattle, Manning gritted his way to a productive fantasy performance. He remains atop the QB1 tier but has a bye coming up in Week 4.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 9:43pm EDT
Peyton Manning completed 21 of 26 passes for 242 yards and 3 red zone TDs Sunday against Kansas City. Though not on pace to match last year's record setting pace, Manning is locked in as an every week QB1.
Fantasy Impact: The Broncos travel to Seattle in week 3, so expectations for Manning's fantasy production should be tempered. Peyton will be a mid range QB1 next week in the hostile Seattle environment.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 9:50am EDT
Peyton Manning is projected to have 346 passing yards on 40 attempts this week against the Colts. (Source: FantasyPros)
Fantasy Impact: Here we go. Peyton is arguably the best passer in the NFL and he has the receivers and the blocking to make special things happen this season. His leadership is invaluable to a team that has sights on the Super Bowl and coming away with the trophy this year. He is healthy and is a must start, every week, in all formats.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 11:57pm EDT
Peyton Manning had a big night against the Texans, going 21-27 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and 1 interception.
Fantasy Impact: There are several quarterbacks who might have good fantasy years, but Manning may lead the way, as he has the resources to score massive points during the 2014 campaign.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Aug 7th 2:16pm EDT
Peyton Manning has more pop on the balls he throws and has better offensive targets to start the 2014 campaign. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Manning is 18 TD's away from setting the league career record, and there will be no regression as his march continues into immortality. His throws have more zip on them then last year and he is committed to winning at Denver.
The offensive line has improved with Orlando Franklin moving inside to the guard position and Emmanuel Sanders, a new addition this year, adds to the targets that Manning has at his disposal. Sanders should have a career type year in this offense.
One would think that regression would be apparent at this point in his career, but Manning is other-worldly and shows no movement toward that end. Fantasy drafters should feel comfortable in selecting him to lead their team to victory this year.
Razzball | Feb 19th
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Breaking Football | Jan 16th
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FantasySharks | Jan 13th
After a disastrous playoff performance, prefaced by a putrid final month of the season, how far has Peyton Manning fallen in the 2015 QB rankings?