The fantasy football legend that is Peyton Manning has grown considerably over the first 11 weeks of the 2012 season.
The Denver Broncos quarterback has been putting up incredible numbers this fall despite missing the entire 2011 season while recovering from serious neck surgery. But the legend will continue this weekend at Arrowhead, where Manning and the Broncos will try to throw their way past the division rival Chiefs.
Here's what fantasy owners should expect from No. 18 in Week 12.
Kansas City Defense
Kansas City's defense ranks sixth-worst in terms of fantasy points scored this season, which of course is great news for Manning owners.
Although the Chiefs rank sixth in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed per game, they are one of the league's worst teams when it comes to keeping the ball out of the end zone. Kansas City has surrendered 20 passing touchdowns in 10 games this season. Only the New Orleans Saints have given up more in as many games.
The Chiefs' struggles defending the pass bode well for Manning though, who has thrown 24 touchdowns in 10 games.
After tossing three scores last week against the San Diego Chargers, I fully expect No. 18 to pass for at least three touchdowns again in Week 12 on the road. After all, Manning has thrown for three touchdowns in three of Denver's first five road games this fall.
Manning's success this season hasn't been limited to the road. He has been just as lethal at home, throwing three touchdowns in each of his last three appearances at Mile High.
The lesson to be learned here is that Manning is as consistent as quarterbacks come. He's on an MVP pace in 2012 and could easily wind up with 4,700-plus passing yards and 40 touchdowns when the regular season comes to a close in December.
It's not a matter of starting or sitting Manning in Week 12, but of whether his upcoming performance will give you room to adjust your lineup and withstand some poor performances in other areas.
Peyton Manning is always a lock to post solid fantasy numbers, but this week the veteran passer should produce monster figures as he's set to go up against a below average secondary in Kansas City.
Week 12 Projection: 25-of-35, 275 yards, three touchdowns
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