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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT BUST: PEYTON MANNING QB DENVER BRONCOS

A recent quote by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as told to Sports Illustrated's MMQB.com is making the rounds on Tuesday and the fallout is surely making its way into the fantasy football world as well.  I am referring to Manning telling MMQB.com that he no longer has any feeling in the tips of his fingers, which is surely not something any of his owners want to hear as they try to put last December's swoon in the rearview mirror.  Now approaching the age of 40 with multiple serious neck surgeries in his recent past, Manning is as big a fantasy football question mark as he ever has been entering into 2015.  While Manning still put up a very good total of 39 touchdowns last season, his December falloff cost 90 percent of his owners their league title as a calf injury sabotaged his numbers.  For the ultimate month of the fantasy football season, Manning threw only 3 touchdowns with 6 interceptions as the Broncos went to a more run-heavy offense with C.J. Anderson.  While Manning pronounced himself 100 percent for camp, the new hiring of Gary Kubiak has brought forth a more run-dominant offense led by Anderson.  The emphasis on the run will no doubt take a chunk out of Manning's 2015 numbers, as 40 touchdowns and maybe even 30 will be out of the question as a result.  In addition, Manning is still a major injury risk at this advanced stage of the game and any one hit could send him right into retirement.  The issue now with the numbed fingers is also concerning due to the fact that the ailment often corresponds to something going on with the neck.  Nothing has come out about Manning's neck and him having any further problems there but it also is worrisome for sure.  Again one more hit could finish Manning for good so those who do own him should have a top backup like a Philips Rivers, Sam Bradford, or Carson Palmer ready. 

2015 PROJECTION:  32 TD 4,217 yards 16 INT

 

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