Denver Broncos‘ Peyton Manning had one of the greatest fantasy football seasons ever for a quarterback in 2013. His team broke the record for most points scored in single season (606) and the most touchdowns scored in a season (76). Manning himself broke a bunch of records such as: most passing touchdowns in a season (55) and the most yards in a single season (5,477), beating Drew Brees‘ record by one yard and destroying Tom Brady‘s touchdown record.
For any fantasy football owner that drafted him this season, you reaped the benefits. The big questions going into next fantasy football season is: will Peyton Manning come back to play in 2014 and if he does, will he put up the same type of numbers that he did in 2013?
First, let’s discuss Manning returning. I feel that as long as tests on his neck come back fine, Manning will play. He is not playing for the money anymore. He is playing for the glory and love of the game. Manning is a student of football and makes sure that he is the most prepared person on the football field every week. If you are a fantasy owner, everything I just said has to be music to your ears. There is no quarterback in the league like Manning when he is on and healthy.
With that in mind, I feel that Manning’s numbers have to drop off a little in 2014. Look, he had the best season that any NFL quarterback could have, not to mention one of the best fantasy seasons ever. By basic logic, Manning’s numbers have to go down a little next season because he’s already at the top.
He will probably throw for about 45 touchdowns next season with 5,000-plus yards passing. For any other quarterback, this would be finest the season of their career; but for Manning, it would be just another walk in the park.
Do not worry, fantasy GMs. Manning will be back next season. Because of that, he has to be one of the first, if not the first player you draft in your fantasy football draft next season. He will lead you to wins and will be the anchor for your team for one last season.