The Denver Broncos are among the NFL’s undefeated teams to this point in the season, due in large part to a prolific offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Fantasy football owners that have him have surely been happy with Manning’s production this season, as he has 20 touchdown passes with just one interception, a “season-low” of 307 passing yards in a game (1,884 total passing yards) and a rushing touchdown in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys for good measure.
The Broncos are heavily favored in Week 6 against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, and quite frankly it would a huge surprise if they do not win handily and the opportunity to rest some of their regulars could come. That creates a potentially risky situation for Manning’s fantasy owners, but is benching him a realistic option?
Opposing quarterbacks have had success against the Jaguars, as they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the position (20.2 per game, ESPN scoring) and 10 passing touchdowns allowed over their last three games (12 total this season; tied for second-most in the league). So even if Manning plays less than a full game, he should do enough to still be a top-tier fantasy quarterback this week.
It would take a very gutsy fantasy owner to even consider benching the elder Manning for anything other than his bye week, let alone actually pulling the trigger on such a move. But if you are an owner considering other options, here are some signal callers that have good matchups for Week 6 that you may have alongside Manning on your roster.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, @ San Diego Chargers
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, @ Dallas Cowboys
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, vs. New York Giants
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, @ Minnesota Vikings
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, vs. St. Louis Rams
For what it’s worth I have Manning in one of my leagues, with Cutler as my QB2 and I can only start one quarterback. But I am not going to put Cutler into my lineup this week, and I’m willing to bank on Manning putting up high-level numbers even if he plays less than four quarters on Sunday.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.