WR Matthew Willis - Denver Broncos
|6-0, 195||Born: 5-13-1984||College: UCLA||Drafted: ---|
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Week 9: at New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team.
The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games.
This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).
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