Peyton Manning: Projecting Fantasy Outlook for Week 9 Matchup vs. Bengals

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 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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Peyton Manning has been great this season in real life and in fantasy football. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, that trend should continue.

The Denver Broncos quarterback has scored over 20 fantasy points in standard leagues in six of seven games. He has thrown for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the last four games, and tossed for 330 yards and two touchdowns in the game before. 

In Manning's only bad game this year, he threw an interception on each of his first three drives against the Atlanta Falcons. Even then, he led a furious comeback in the second half and was almost able to give the Falcons their only loss of the season.

At this point, however, it seems like that game is just a distant memory. The free agent was still getting into sync with his new receivers and was making as many mental errors as physical errors.

Those mistakes are a thing of the past, as he has thrown only one other interception this season.

Manning currently has the No. 1 passer rating in the NFL and is helping fantasy owners by racking up both yards and touchdowns.

Unlike many other quarterbacks, he also does not rely on one receiver to be successful. While Demaryius Thomas is currently third in the NFL in receiving yards, he is one of four players on the team with at least three touchdown receptions.

Between three solid receivers, two tight ends and a running back that all get regular targets, it is nearly impossible for opponents to shut down the passing game. 

This week's opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, are unlikely to even slow down this high-powered attack. While they are near the middle of the pack in the league with 233 passing yards allowed per game, they have not faced a quarterback to take advantage of them.

Four of their seven games this year have been against rookie quarterbacks, plus an additional game against second-year player Blaine Gabbert. 

The Bengals allow opponents to complete 67 percent of their passes, which is fourth worst in the league. They also have only forced three interceptions, which is second only to the Indianapolis Colts as the fewest in the NFL.

If this defense allows Manning to complete passes consistently without making plays on the ball, he will have a monster day. 

Peyton Manning has been as consistent as anyone could have imagined this year after missing all of last season with a neck injury. For fantasy owners that trusted him enough to draft him, they have been greatly rewarded.

The good news is that the best is still yet to come for Manning and the Broncos. The second half of the schedule features only one team with a winning record and should lead to a lot of big games.

There is no reason to take the quarterback out of your fantasy lineup for the rest of the season. He will carry you to victory on more than one occasion, starting this week. 


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