Peyton Manning: Why Denver Broncos QB Is Fantasy Football Must-Start

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field 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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Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos has become a must-start quarterback in fantasy football. There was trepidation with naming him as a must-start option after he tossed three interceptions in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons on the road, despite his nice first home game of the season in Week 1.

He threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 but followed it up with 241 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Week 2.

Since then—in two home games and two road games—he’s caught fire, completing 67.7 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdown passes and just one interception.

In each of those contests, he threw for over 300 yards.

Manning’s current passer rating of 105.0 is higher than any other season of his career except his career-high 49-touchdown year in 2004.

He’s on pace for 37 this season.

The only remaining defense on Manning’s schedule that currently ranks in the bottom half of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks is the Baltimore Ravens—a team that recently lost its No. 1 cornerback.

Manning should continue to have statistical success this year with his talented supporting cast, making him a prime trade target if he’s on a fantasy roster that has another dominant quarterback in your league.

If you happen to be the owner with Manning and another quarterback, you might want to see what you can get for that other quarterback (or Manning) and move one of the QBs.

Manning has already had his bye week (in Week 7) and would be a candidate to be a fantasy starter based on his matchups for the rest of the season even if his name wasn’t Peyton Manning.

Of course, we are familiar with his work and know that he can be trusted going forward; his name should be a fixture in fantasy starting lineups for the rest of the season.