After a year away from the game due to injuries, Peyton Manning has re-assumed his role as a top fantasy football threat every week.
At this point in the season Manning has silenced any critics that thought he couldn't be as productive as he used to be. The only question about Manning remaining is if he can win his fifth NFL MVP award.
Of course, fantasy owners don't care much about that; they just want to know if he's got what it takes to lead them to yet another victory this week.
If that's you, here's all you need to know about his matchup against the Bengals this week and what you can expect from Denver's signal-caller.
Manning came into the season with the dreaded title of "injury risk," but he's done everything he can to dispel that notion. Through seven games he's only been sacked 10 times and has remained healthy with no signs of slowing down.
Looking at the Broncos injury report this week, there are only two offensive players (Jacob Tamme and Matt Willis) that are even dealing with injuries, and both are probable to play.
A huge reason for the Broncos' success this season has been the fact that the offense has been virtually unaffected by injuries and that has definitely helped Manning get accustomed to his new weapons. Every week that the Broncos remain healthy is another week that Manning settles in even more. That has to help Manning's production going forward.
Manning has shown that he can put up points against just about anyone this season. However, matchups still matter in fantasy football and owners want to know if they can count on Manning to put up his usual numbers.
The Bengals have given up the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. At first glance, this would tell us that they are in the middle of the pack when it comes to stopping quarterbacks from putting up good numbers, but that isn't necessarily the case.
Cincinnati's average of 15.7 points per game by quarterbacks against them is a bit deceiving. The number is inflated because the Bengals gave up over 20 points in each of the first three weeks of the season to Joe Flacco, Brandon Weeden and Robert Griffin III.
Since then, the Bengals have improved, holding quarterbacks to 11.5 points per game.
That being said, none of the quarterbacks the Bengals have played are nearly as hot as Manning has been. Cincinnati may offer some resistance but it won't be able to stop Manning from continuing his impressive tear.
The Bengals defense is improving as the season goes on, but there's no reason to think Manning can't carry your fantasy team this week. This game is on the road, but Manning has put up over 20 points in his last two road games since getting roughed up in Atlanta in Week 2.
With a healthy Broncos offense, Manning should continue to do what Manning does and carve up this defense. His 300-yard game streak may be in jeopardy but he'll continue to put up great numbers.
Expect somewhere around 275 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for around 19 points.
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