When you’re building a winning fantasy football team, your first choices in a fantasy draft tend to be a solid running back. After that, most try and choose a wide receiver. If you want to win your fantasy league, ignore the receivers and pick a quarterback. Make that second pick Peyton Manning.
Manning is going to have another spectacular season — one that is likely to be even better than last year. He will settle into the Denver Broncos franchise his second year and produce more. The talent around him is even better than it was last year.
They players he will be throwing to all season long are considered top fantasy draft picks. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas are going to have great seasons with their talent and athleticism aided by Manning’s decision-making and accuracy. Manning with great receivers to throw to is a very scary thing.
It’s also a good idea to take Manning early, because there are so many talented wide receivers in the NFL this year. So you won’t get Calvin Johnson, but you might get Julio Jones, Randall Cobb or Steve Smith. That’s Jones, Johnson or Smith and Manning on top of whichever running back you selected first. That’s a pretty intimidating fantasy lineup already.
If your quarterback is anyone other than Manning – I don’t care if it’s Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers – you’re going to lose your Fantasy league. He is going to shine in 2013, and you’ll regret it for the entire season if you passed up the opportunity to draft him early.