Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Peyton Manning
Eighteen year pro Peyton Manning will return in the 2015 season under center quarterbacking the Denver Broncos. There have been no indications yet about this being the future Hall of Famer’s final season in the NFL. For fantasy football draft managers it is time to research and get to work on the upcoming season with player turnover always an issue in the NFL.
In the 2014 campaign Peyton Manning completed 66% of his passes for 4727 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He did not quite match the 55 touchdown passes in 2013 and threw five more picks a season ago. The issue with the 39 year old quarterback was his accuracy throwing the ball deep downfield. Father time has caught up with this legend and opposing defenses soon figured out by creating even tighter windows for Manning to throw to on intermediate routes.
Peyton Manning will have a new head coach in 2015 as the club signed Gary Kubiak the former Houston Texans head coach. Kubiak is no stranger to Denver as he spent several years as the team’s offensive coordinator and played for the team for nine years in the 1980’s. Looking at the current Denver roster there isn’t any quarterback of the future when you look at the backup signal callers heading into camp in Zac Dysert, Brock Osweiler or Trever Siemien.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas enters just his sixth season with the club. He caught 11 passes for 1619 yards with 11 touchdowns. Thomas averaged 14.6 yards per reception a season ago as he has good speed to run after the catch.
Emmanuel Sanders returns for the Broncos for his second year with the team. Sanders spent his first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2014 Sanders caught 101 balls for 1404 yards with nine touchdowns. The receiving yards were 660 yards greater than any year Sanders had in Pittsburgh. The nine touchdowns in 2014 were a career high.
There isn’t much depth behind the top two targets in the receiver position for Denver. The team is going with a youth movement.
Kyle Williams after being cut by the 49ers was signed by the Chiefs but missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. The Chiefs cut Williams and he is trying to make the Broncos roster.
Cody Latimer in his rookie year with Denver in 2014 caught just two balls for 23 yards. Latimer is getting an opportunity during the team’s OTA’s.
Jordan Norwood is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He spent time in 2011 and 2012 with the Cleveland Browns. The past few seasons saw Norwood on practice squads around the league.
Tight end Owen Daniels has ten years in the NFL. He spent most of his years playing for Gary Kubiak in Houston and was a major part of the Texans passing attack. In 2014 Daniels made his home in Baltimore where he had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns. Peyton Manning likes experience players so expect to see a lot of targets for Daniels in the upcoming season.
It took a while in Houston for head coach Gary Kubiak to find a running game. When he did the team clicked offensively. Under John Fox the Broncos ran by committee. C.J. Anderson has his best year as a pro in 2014. In his second season in the NFL, Anderson ran for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. He put up an impressive 4.7 yards per rush average which is enough of a threat on the ground to aid Manning in the passing game and keep opposing defenses honest. Anderson caught 34 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns.
Fourth year pro Ronnie Hillman returns for the team in 2015. He had a career high 106 rushing attempts for 434 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average. Hillman caught 21 passes last year for 139 yards and a touchdown.
The Denver Broncos will be hitting a transition shortly. Manning is signed through the 2016 season. Tight end Julius Thomas exited the team as did guard Orlando Franklin. It will be hard to lure impact playmakers in free agency to Denver because Manning’s arm strength is weakening and the team’s future at quarterback once he retires is very much a question mark. As a result there isn’t much behind the starters in the passing game.
Peyton Manning 2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback Pick
Health is at a premium for the Denver Broncos offensively this year. If wide outs and tight ends are forced to miss action do not draft Manning on your leagues. Peyton Manning needs all his first stringers on the field until further notice.