Peyton Manning: Once Again an Elite Fantasy Football Quarterback

By Adam McGill
Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

When veteran quarterback Peyton Manning came to the Denver Broncos this off-season, many Fantasy Football owners were unsure about Manning’s health following his multiple neck surgeries.  However, in recent weeks, Manning has completely erased any doubt surrounding his health and has once again become an elite fantasy option.

Manning has shockingly thrown 15 touchdowns in his last five games and coincidentally has thrown exactly three in each contest.  Manning also averaged 316 yards per game and has completely put all rumors to rest regarding his health.

The four-time NFL MVP is throwing touchdowns, learning from his mistakes, and is back to dominating the game at the line of scrimmage with his array of audibles. This makes him one of the most dangerous fantasy quarterbacks in the game, because he can literally pick a defense apart.

Manning seems to have built a rather strong rapport with wide receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, with each passing week.  Thomas has averaged 106.8 yards over the last five games, while Decker has hauled in an outstanding seven touchdowns during that stretch.  Manning is learning to trust the receivers before they come out of their breaks, which can be impossible to defend against when done correctly.

Also Manning has rekindled an old chemistry with former Indianapolis Colts teammate, Brandon Stokley.  The wide receiver had his best season in 2004 where he caught 68 balls for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns from Manning.   The veteran receiver has caught two critical touchdowns over the last four weeks, but seems to have every big first down catch each Broncos drive.

Manning has once again proven to be a must start each week and No. 18 could end up being a dark horse for NFL MVP in 2012.  He has carried fantasy squads this fall and will likely carry some of them to an always-coveted fantasy title this winter.  Manning is playing like the fantasy field general we have all become accustomed to, which is dangerous right now for anyone who does not have him in their lineup.

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