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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

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

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Under first-year offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Peyton Manning had the best statistical season of his future Hall of Fame career. Manning was simply on another level in 2013, and there's not many reasons to think he won't come close to the same size of numbers in 2014. In 2013, Manning threw for NFL single-season records in both passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55). He began the fantasy season by throwing for seven touchdowns against the Ravens in Week1, and that was good for around 50 (or more) fantasy points. Manning only had one game below 20 fantasy points (Week 12 at New England) all season long. Not only is Manning spectacular as a "set-it-and-forget-it" fantasy starter, but he's also incredibly consistent. The Broncos offense runs through Manning, and they have no problem running up the score on an inferior opponent. During the offseason, the Broncos lost starting wide receiver Eric Decker and starting running back Knowshon Moreno in free agency. Neither were courted by the team to stick around, and the Broncos have plans in place to replace both players. The offense should look the same as it did last year for the most part. Emmanuel Sanders has speed that Decker did not. He's already working to establish strong chemistry with Manning, and he could actually be an upgrade over Decker. Montee Ball is likely to be the lead back for the Broncos. So long as he proves himself in pass-protection, Ball should be able to put up better numbers than Moreno did as a runner. It will be tough to duplicate what Moreno did as a receiver (60 receptions), but Ball could easily catch over 40 passes this year. Manning is showing no signs of throwing down. It wasn't that long ago that some questioned whether or not he could continue playing after four surgical procedures to fuse his neck. Now, Manning is back on top of the mountain--and he's gunning for some of Brett Favre's all-time records. At this pace, it won't be long before he owns every important statistical record for quarterbacks in the NFL. It's a no-brainer to add Manning as your QB1 at any point in your draft. (May 24)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 16, 3, 10, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 24, 25, 31, 33, 35, 38
QB Dynasty - 10, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 13
Overall Dynasty - 72, 51, 61, 63, 70

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 PROJ-Dodds 16 397 597 * * * 24 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 416 610 * * * 25 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 440 640 * * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 412 642 * * * 28 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 7
QB: 1

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Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning fined (Thu Aug 28, 12:17 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was fined $8200 for taunting in the team's third preseason game. Manning will not appeal the fine.

Our View: That's like a quarter in real world terms. We think watching Manning get revved up was a hoot, especially since we don't get to see it often (unless he's yelling at Jeff Saturday on the bench).
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Broncos | Peyton Manning frustrated with practice (Tue Aug 19, 04:30 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was disappointed with how the Broncos' offense played against the Houston Texans in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. 'I thought our offense stunk. I thought their defense kicked our butt. We will learn from the film, and hopefully we come out tomorrow and do a better job from a players' standpoint and execute.'

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2014 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders