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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

6-5, 230Born: 3-24-1976College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Peyton Manning is going to have an altered fantasy outlook this year because of the new offense under head coach Gary Kubiak. Fantasy owners need to recognize the changes to the offense in Denver and adjust accordingly. However, just because Manning's numbers will be slightly down compared to the last two seasons, it doesn't mean his value will fall off the cliff. Manning started out hot last season with over 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns over the first eight games of the season. Then, after getting beat up and injured, Manning's numbers trailed off in the second half. During those eight games, Manning had just over 2,100 yards passing with only 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. If Manning can be protected better by the Broncos offensive line, he should be able to post numbers that put him near the top five fantasy quarterbacks in the league. Yes, Kubiak's offense will be more balanced and feature the ground game more than we're used to seeing with Manning at the helm. However, Kubiak was able to turn Matt Schaub into the third-best fantasy quarterback (2009) with the Houston Texans, and Manning certainly has better skill position players around him. We're not going to see 55 touchdown passes like we did from Manning in 2013, but fantasy owners still have a "set it and forget it" fantasy starter if Manning stays healthy this season. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 10
Overall Redraft - 44, 20, 22, 27, 28, 33, 35, 38, 43, 45, 52, 53, 60
QB Dynasty - 15, 12, 14, 16, 17, 17, 18

Stats and Projections

2012 DEN 16 400 583 4667 37 11 23 7 0
2013 DEN 16 450 659 5477 55 10 32 -31 1 6
2014 DEN 16 395 597 4727 39 15 24 -24 0 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 358 545 * * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 369 560 * * * 21 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 365 580 * * * 20 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 371 574 * * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 34
QB: 3

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Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning wants better chemistry (Wed Aug 26, 07:17 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he'd like the offense to improve its chemistry and move the ball better once they start playing more together. Specifically, Manning said he wants the Broncos to convert more on third downs and find the end zone.

Our View: The Broncos first-team offense had trouble moving the ball against the Texans last week. This week against the 49ers, we should see Manning and company have no problem getting into the end zone. In the third preseason game, we could see Manning play into the third quarter.
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Broncos | Denver to use more three-WR sets? (Mon Aug 24, 03:56 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and company may use more three-wide receiver sets than expected this season, according to's Jeff Legwold.

Our View: The three-wide receiver set is certainly not a staple of the Gary Kubiak offense. The veteran coach may be making a concession to help his veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. This news is music to the ears of Cody Latimer's fantasy owners. We love Latimer's natural talent and amazing upside. He makes for a perfect late-round pick in every draft.

Broncos | Peyton Manning can't feel fingertips (Mon Aug 24, 02:56 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (neck) has been able to play even though he has not been able to feel his fingertips because of multiple neck surgeries.

Our View: That was an odd revelation in Peter King's piece on Monday. Manning said he has been told by doctors that the feeling may never come back. His completion percentage is 2.8% higher than it was before he had the surgeries. We like the veteran as a top-10 (not top-5) fantasy quarterback this year.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning fine in new offense (Sun Aug 23, 09:48 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning looked fine running the team's new offensive scheme during the second preseason game, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'I thought he was fine,' Kubiak said. 'We hurt him; we dropped two big third downs, and had a couple of penalties that stalled drives, but as far as him, he looked fine.'

Our View: Manning is not going to have the same level of fantasy ceiling in this offense, but he is still in the top 6-8 fantasy quarterback mix. CJ Anderson is more likely to be the fantasy gem in this scheme.
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Broncos | Quiet debut for Peyton Manning (Sat Aug 22, 10:06 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning finished 8-of-14 for 52 yards in a preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 22, and the offense punted on all four of Manning's drives.

Our View: The Broncos first-team offense was plagued by drops and penalties. Manning came out firing from the shotgun formation, and his arm looked stronger than it ever has during his Broncos career.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Baltimore Ravens
2@ Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Minnesota Vikings
5@ Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Indianapolis Colts
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs New England Patriots
13@ San Diego Chargers
14vs Oakland Raiders
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17vs San Diego Chargers