Peyton Manning has been on fire over the past three weeks, scoring at least 21 fantasy points in each game. While the Denver Broncos quarterback has once again established himself as a top option, owners shouldn't expect another big game in Week 6.
There was a lot of concern about Manning's injury status heading into the season after missing an entire year with a neck problem. For that reason, he's actually provided terrific fantasy value because owners didn't have to spend a first-round pick to get him like in previous years.
He's scored at least 20 points in all but one game. That was a seven-point performance in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. Otherwise, he's looked like his usual elite self on the field aside from slightly diminished velocity.
Manning has never had much success against Denver's Week 6 opponent, the San Diego Chargers, though. San Diego's 3-4 defensive scheme has been able to confuse him more than any other defense throughout his long career.
In seven starts against the Chargers, Manning has completed just 61 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. It all adds up to a 72.5 quarterback rating, which is the lowest of any team he's faced.
The Chargers are able to rattle Manning by getting pressure on him, something that should be even easier now than when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.
Denver's offensive line has allowed him to get sacked 10 times in five games, putting him on pace to get taken down 32 times this season. That would be more than in any season with the Colts and he was there for more than a decade.
As the Falcons showed, if you can rattle Manning early, he can still be forced into mistakes. They intercepted him three times in what was his worst performance of the season.
San Diego will employ a similar game plan. The charge will be led by Shaun Phillips, who already has 4.5 sacks in five games. He's going to take a shot at the Broncos field general every chance he gets to stop him from settling in the pocket.
All told, the Chargers probably won't be able to totally contain Manning. He's been on a roll lately and his numbers would be even more impressive if not for some mistakes by his teammates. But they should slow him down.
Fantasy owners should expect closer to 270 yards with one touchdown from Manning this week.
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