Entering the 2015 fantasy football season, the fantasy prowess of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was up in the air. Many concerns had surfaced following his abysmal performances to end last season. That wouldn’t be Peyton in 2015 though, right? Contrary to popular belief, Peyton Manning is a human being just like you and I; like us, he ages, and with age comes regression.
Early on this season Manning proved that he wasn’t the quarterback that he once was. He has shown a noticeable decrease in arm strength and velocity, and hasn’t been the once elite QB he was in Denver despite being surrounded by playmakers. Hot fantasy options such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have suffered due to Manning’s ineffectiveness.
In week 5, Manning had a favorable matchup against an Oakland defense which was bottom 5 in points allowed to opposing QBs entering the week. Despite that, Manning posted an underwhelming 8 fantasy points as he threw for 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. He now has been blanked twice so far this season in terms of passing touchdowns and has thrown a pair of interceptions in consecutive weeks. Manning has thrown an interception in every game this season, and now has 7 interceptions to just 6 passing touchdowns.
Usually accustomed to carrying teams to victory, it has been quite the opposite for Manning and the Broncos this season. Instead, the Broncos defense has carried Denver to a 5-0 record while Manning has taken a backseat. It has become painful to watch Manning play week after week, you might even think they’d be better off with Brock Osweiler–but you can’t bench a guy like Peyton Manning, especially after an undefeated start to the season. Perhaps his health and durability won’t keep up with him though the course of the season.
Hopefully for you, Peyton Manning wasn’t the guy you were looking to rely on this fantasy season. While it goes against my philosophy of buying low and selling high, you have to get rid of Manning as soon as possible, before his stock plummets even lower–there just might still be someone out there willing to take a chance on the once prized fantasy QB, thinking he’ll eventually turn it around. That’s not likely to happen, so if someone bites, deal Manning and look elsewhere at quarterback.