2012 Fantasy Football: Is Peyton Manning Draftable This Year?

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIApril 25, 2012

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20:  Quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during a news conference announcing his contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Many people are frustrated with Peyton Manning since he wasn't worth anything in fantasy football leagues in 2011.  Many people used an early-round draft pick hoping Manning would carry them to fantasy football championships and got burned.  People will remember that going into the 2012 fantasy football drafts.

Well, 2012 is not 2011 and Peyton is now on the Denver Broncos; he wants to show Indy that they made a huge mistake sending him away.  Peyton Manning had his choice of many teams, but he ultimately chose to play for Denver in 2012.

You can expect Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas' value to go way up in 2012, and both of those WRs should be on your radar.

I wouldn't doubt that Manning can produce a 3,500-plus yard, 25-plus TDs this season at a minimum.  I would be surprised if Manning is not a top-10 QB for 2012.  He is not in my top-five QBs for 2012, but I do think he is going to slip into later rounds of the draft.  In most drafts he will be selected in the second round, and at the latest fifth round.

If you decide to pass on taking a top QB in the first round and elect to wait out until Rounds 3 through 5 to draft a QB, then Manning needs to be on your radar. He is a bit of a risk, but the reward is very nice.

As well as Eli Manning did last year, Peyton is the Manning to draft for 2012.



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