2012 Fantasy Football: Owners Can Count on QB Peyton Manning

By Andrew Fisher

The 2012 Fantasy Football season is right around the corner, and with it comes a lot of speculation. Everybody has their sleepers and predictions on the top performers. A quarterback that will of course get a lot of speculation is Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

Draft Availability:

Manning is one of the bigger question marks at quarterback in the NFL this season.

Petyon is going to be a guy that will hang around in drafts awhile this year. I can name five quarterbacks off the top of my head that will be ranked ahead of Manning on the big boards, and deservedly so.

Personally, I would take Manning as early as the fourth round. If I get the picks I want with my first three selections, I would take a risk on No. 18 in round 4.

Sure I’d like to wait and get him in the fifth or sixth round preferably, but it’s a situation you can play by ear. There’s a legitimate chance he could drop that far, it just depends on the trends of the draft.

Arguably, Manning is the player this year with the highest risk and and reward payoff. People will stay away due to the neck, but I’m not one of them. He wouldn’t be cleared if there were any major concerns about his health. Peyton Manning has received the best medical treatment available for his injuries.

Production Expectations:

Will Manning’s numbers decrease this year? Absolutely. Is he going to be the Peyton Manning of old? Probably not. The combination of rust and no longer playing in a dome will be the two biggest factors leading to his decline in performance.

At the end of the day though, he will produce.

Manning is a good pick for owners that like to take value quarterbacks later in the draft and see what they can get. If you’re going to take a chance on Manning, you must make sure to get a quality backup QB.

If his health prevails, Peyton Manning should easily rack up 3700 yards and 28 TDs.

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