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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 - 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 11
Overall Redraft - 39, 21, 22, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 34, 42, 46
QB Dynasty - 14, 12, 13, 14, 16, 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 16 368 557 * * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 369 560 * * * 21 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 365 580 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 371 574 * * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 42
QB: 3

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Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes (Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.

Our View: The whole offseason is about change with Manning...and that could lead to better things with the Broncos--but perhaps not for fantasy owners. Manning is going to be running a more balanced system in 2015 with less emphasis on the passing game. Demaryius Thomas could see 100 catches again this year, but expect Emmanuel Sanders (101 catches in 2014) to drop to about 75 catches in 2015. Manning should be a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this season.
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Texans | Houston had Peyton Manning talks (Wed Jun 24, 11:49 AM) - Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and the Texans signed QB Brian Hoyer. If the Texans were to acquire Manning they would have had to restructure Manning's deal and SportsRadio 610's source says the money in Houston would not have been as high as the $15 million Manning got from the Broncos.

Our View: Ah, the unnamed sources. Listen, could the Broncos have pondered life without Manning? Sure, we're open to that. However, this "scoopage" about a deal that didn't happen and now won't happen (new no-trade clause when Manning restructured) is folly. Manning's agent was never contacted, so this rumor or report or out and out BS is coming from a world of semantics and half truths.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning trade rumors false (Wed Jun 24, 07:46 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was not the subject of talks that had him headed for the Houston Texans. Reports suggested some in the Broncos organization wanted to jumpstart QB Brock Osweiler and start the rebuilding process.

Our View: Of course the "report" was false....and by the way, this wasn't "scoopage" either as Matt "money" Smith said the same thing about a month ago on an podcast. If the team wanted the Osweiler era to start, then why hasn't he been extended yet? Osweiler's in the final year of his contract, and at this time there have been no discussions about a new contract. Calm down Twitter, calm down.
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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
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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