Peyton Manning: Predicting Week 8 Fantasy Output vs. Saints for Broncos QB

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos will square off with the New Orleans Saints in one of the best Sunday Night Football games NFL fans could imagine, but it will be the stellar play of Peyton Manning that steals the fantasy show.

Manning is coming off his team's bye week and will have Denver's wide receivers ready for action against the Saints 26th-ranked pass defense.

If you have wideouts Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker or running back Willis McGahee, make sure they are in your fantasy lineup to compliment the excellent numbers Manning will put up.

In Week 8, Manning will finish as one of the top three fantasy QBs in the entire league.


Fantasy Outlook

While Manning’s start to the 2012 season with his new team wasn’t what he had hoped, the veteran was still recovering from the offseason neck surgery that cost him the 2011 season.

Now that he is finally regaining the physical power he once had and has built a rapport with his teammates, Manning has returned to greatness.

With over 300 yards in each of his last four games and three touchdowns in his last three games, Manning has proven that the Broncos made the right choice sending Tim Tebow to the Jets and signing the injured veteran.

The Saints are allowing an unbelievable 283.2 yards passing per game, but don’t expect career numbers from Manning Sunday night. With a commitment to running the ball with McGahee, Manning will just have to do enough to keep his team in the game.

However, with a New Orleans' offensive unit as talented as the one led by veteran QB Drew Brees, the numbers needed to win the game would be over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Manning will do it and your fantasy team will benefit.


Final Line: 27-of-35 for 341 yards and three touchdowns


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