Peyton Manning: Huge Numbers Await Fantasy Squads Starting Broncos QB

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning has been paying dividends to those who were smart enough to grab him in their fantasy drafts this year—or to those who took heed of what we talked about in August and made a move to get him before the season started.

All he's done is sit among the league leaders in nearly every passing category there is, putting himself in a position to take home his fifth NFL MVP award and to lead your fantasy squad into the playoffs.

But the best is yet to come.

Take a look at the competition—or lack thereof—that remains on the Broncos' schedule.

The toughest pass defense they have left to face is that of the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Chiefs defense ranks sixth in the NFL against the pass, that number is misleading because they are so inept that teams are running the ball almost exclusively after taking the lead against them.

Yet top-flight quarterbacks have found success against the Chiefs in 2012.

Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns against them in Week 1, and Drew Brees threw for 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Week 4. And those are the only two big-time quarterbacks that the Chiefs have faced.

Translation: You should start Manning against the Chiefs, a team that the Broncos play twice (though most fantasy seasons are over by the time their second meeting in Week 17 comes around).

The other pass defenses remaining on their schedule all fall in the lower half of the NFL rankings: Tampa Bay (30st), Oakland (23rd), Baltimore (22nd) and Cleveland (21st).

With those matchups taking you through the rest of your regular season and playoffs, Manning is going to put up huge numbers down the stretch for your fantasy squad.

You can lock him in for a minimum of 250 yards passing and two touchdowns in each game—with much more a very big possibility.