We got some answers about how Peyton Manning is going to feed all of his children: with a buffet.
The addition of Wes Welker seemed to be too much of a good thing, but Manning managed to make fantasy stars out of Welker, Demaryius Thomas and even new tight end starter Julius Thomas. Manning's seven touchdowns and 462 yards passing decided some fantasy matchups before the Sunday kickoffs.
He did all of that against the defending Super Bowl champions, who had prided themselves on defense. Wow!
You have to pity the Giants defense in Week 2. That offense is just too loaded and too dynamic. You cannot cover all of them, or—like the Ravens failed to—any of them.
Even fourth receiver/fifth or sixth option Andre Caldwell got in on the fun, catching Manning's third touchdown pass.
Via Thomson Reuters, Caldwell told reporters, "It's like Madden to me. Just throwing the ball around a lot of people making plays it just felt like a video game."
Demaryius Thomas added to the video-game theme, saying, "This is the first time I've ever been a part of a game where a quarterback throws seven touchdowns. Not even high school. Maybe Madden, but that doesn't count. This was real life. It was amazing."
Sure, Eric Decker was limited to just two catches for 32 yards, but he was targeted near the goal line on an errant touchdown pass attempt, so he was still in the mix. He remains a viable starter. The throws are going to come back his way as the defense gears up to stop the others.
The question is whether Julius Thomas is a breakout fantasy star.
The answer is not simple, and it won't be the same every week. There are just too many options in the Broncos offense, and they will run the ball more against weaker run defenses than the Ravens'.
Thomas is a must-add in all fantasy leagues, but that doesn't mean he rates as a must-start. He will have some lean weeks like Decker had.
Oh, in case you were wondering: Drop Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen and don't bother adding Caldwell.