Peyton Manning: Broncos QB Primed for Huge Fantasy Finish

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

Peyton Manning should finish the season with two strong fantasy performances.
Peyton Manning should finish the season with two strong fantasy performances.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Denver Broncos fans have had nothing to complain about when it comes to Peyton Manning, but fantasy owners have settled for fairly average production from the MVP candidate over the past month. 

Fear not, fantasy faithful, you're about to get back in the saddle again. 

Although the future Hall of Famer has led the Broncos to a nine-game winning streak, he hasn't put up astronomical numbers in the process. 

In fact, you have to flip the calendar back to November 18 to find the last time Manning hit the 20-point mark. 

That day he threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-23 division win against the San Diego Chargers

However, during his last four outings Manning has averaged just 15.5 points per game, including just 12 in a 34-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. 

The future looks bright for owners who riskily took Manning, as the Broncos finish the season with juicy matchups against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs

Both cellar dwellers have suffered from poor play at the quarterback position, and neither team has a defense that strikes fear in opposing signal-callers. 

So what does this mean for Manning owners?

A big-time finish. 

Next week the Broncos play host to the lowly Browns, who surrendered 38 points and 308 passing yards to Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

That's right folks. Kirk Cousins. 

Giving up 38 points would be understandable if it was Robert Griffin III, but if Cousins managed to top 300 yards passing, imagine what Manning will be able to do to these boys. 

Outside of Joe Haden, the Browns simply don't have a defender who you have to worry about on a down-to-down basis, so expect Manning to shred this below-average unit. 

In the regular-season finale, Manning gets a chance to beat up on a team that sought out his services this offseason—the Chiefs. 

As if watching Manning succeed for a division rival wasn't bad enough, Chiefs fans better pack extra tissues when they have to go from watching the machine-like Manning to the inept Brady Quinn

Unlike the Browns, the Chiefs actually have real NFL talent on defense, but Romeo Crennel hasn't been able to get the unit to play to its capability this season. 

Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali form a lethal pass-rushing combo, but the rest of the Chiefs' front seven is underwhelming.

Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry are two guys to watch out for in the secondary, although neither player has lived up to expectations in 2012. 

Opponents have actually only had marginal success passing against the Chiefs, but with one of the league's worst run defenses, the play-action passing game could play a significant factor in Manning having a successful fantasy day on December 30. 

If Knowshon Moreno continues to pound the rock like he has over the past few weeks, it'll set Manning and Co. up nicely in the passing game. 

After failing to top 20 fantasy points in nearly a month, Manning should have no trouble exceeding that mark during the last two weeks of the regular season.