This week, the NFL‘s version of a sibling rivalry continues. Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos will take on his brother Eli Manning and his New York Giants in the latest chapter of the “Manning Bowl.” While many people will be analyzing the game itself, I am going to take a look at the two featured players of the game and tell you which one of Archie Manning’s boys will have the better fantasy day.
In Week 1, there was not better fantasy player than Peyton Manning. He had a career day, throwing for 462 yards and a record seven touchdowns. Peyton threw the ball around to everyone — I think the water boy may have even had a reception. Peyton made all of his owners glad that they selected him high in the draft.
On the other hand, Week 1 was a very Jekyll and Hyde night for Eli Manning. Eli had a terrible game in terms of turnovers with three interceptions. Luckily for fantasy football owners of Eli Manning, all of those interceptions meant that he would have to pass the ball a great deal so that his team could catch up. Eli did that, throwing for 450 yards and four touchdowns.
So after examining these stats, you have to ask yourself the question: Who will be the better fantasy player this week: Peyton or Eli?
The key to this is to ask which teams’ defense will hold the other one to fewer points. Both sides looked vulnerable against the teams they played. Granted, the Giants were put into some pretty bad situations caused by the offense. If Eli gives Peyton the ball even close to the same amount that he gave the ball to Tony Romo, his big brother will have no problem making him pay for those mistakes.
In the end, I think both players will have a great fantasy day. This game is going to be a shoot-out with two of the best quarterbacks in league history facing each other. I believe that Peyton will turn the ball over less than Eli. I think Peyton will throw for over 300 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Eli will throw for about 275 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.
I believe Eli’s running back, David Wilson, will have a bounce back game and will keep Eli’s numbers down below his brother’s. The game will definitely be one of the best games this weekend. Let the rivalry begin!