Fantasy football: Peyton Manning tops All-Fantasy team
BY JEFF AGREST Staff Reporter December 24, 2013 6:10PM
Peyton Manning has passed for 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns. | AP
WEEK 17 OUTLOOK
GAME OF THE WEEK
Packers at Bears: The way these defenses are playing, anyone is worth considering.
GAME OF THE MEEK
Redskins at Giants: Pierre Garcon and Alfred Morris are the only worthy starters.
OF THE WEEK
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: The Browns have allowed multiple touchdown passes in 10 consecutive games.
RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers: Jonathan Stewart is hurt, and the Falcons continue to be gashed on the ground.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: He has scored a touchdown in four
consecutive games. Expect him to exploit the Lions.
OF THE MEEK
QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks: He has averaged 171 passing yards with three touchdowns in the last three games.
RB Rashad Jennings, Raiders: Darren McFadden is part of the offense again, and running quarterback Terrelle Pryor is starting.
WR Vincent Jackson,
Buccaneers: He has been a matchup play all season, and the Saints present a bad matchup.
WEEK 16 PICKS
OF THE WEEK
QB Colin Kaepernick: 197 passing yards, TD; 51 rushing yards, TD
RB Le’Veon Bell: 124 yards, TD
WR Vincent Jackson: 98 yards
OF THE MEEK
QB Andrew Luck: 241 yards, TD
RB Andre Brown: 40 yards, fumble
WR Michael Floyd: 1 catch, 31-yard TD
Updated: January 26, 2014 6:23AM
For Peyton Manning to return last season after taking a year off because of neck surgery and have one of his best seasons was impressive enough. For him to follow it up with the best season of his
16-year career is remarkable.
That’s what the Broncos quarterback has done by throwing for 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns, surpassing his previous highs of 4,700 yards (2010) and 49 touchdowns (2004). He leads all players with 380 standard-scoring points, an average of 23.8 per game. Drew Brees is next with 311.
Manning has been Mr. Consistency, scoring fewer than 20 points only four times. He has had only one game with one touchdown and three with fewer than 300 yards. He also delivered when it mattered most, scoring a week-high 32 points on championship Sunday.
You can argue that Jamaal Charles is the fantasy MVP, given the state of running backs this season, but Manning outscored him by 85 points. That should be enough to sway the vote toward Manning, who figures to add the real-life award to his mantel.
The rest of the 2013 All-Fantasy Team:
RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (295 points): Yes, his 51-point explosion in Week 15 skews his numbers. But remove that game, and Charles still tops all running backs in scoring, albeit by a point. Charles is second in rushing yards with 1,287 and first in touchdowns with 19. He also leads all running backs with 693 receiving yards. No one else has even 600.
RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles (243): He has taken coach Chip Kelly’s offense and run with it — literally — leading all players with 2,012 total yards. McCoy leads all running backs with six 100-yard rushing games, and he finished the season with more than 100 total yards in six consecutive games. His 10 touchdowns are half his 2011 total but twice his 2012 total (12 games).
WR Josh Gordon, Browns (213): Say hello to the new
No. 1 receiver. Gordon leads the position with 1,564 receiving yards, despite being suspended for the first two games of the season. He totaled 91 points in Weeks 12 to 14 and was held to single digits only three times.
WR Calvin Johnson, Lions (212): He killed you in the playoffs (18 points in the last three games), but Johnson was a big reason you got there. He’s second with 1,492 receiving yards, and his 12 touchdowns are tied for second. Keep in mind, he missed Week 5 with a knee injury.
TE Jimmy Graham, Saints (198): In the first half of the season, Graham had 746 yards and 10 touchdowns (including a catch-less outing against the Patriots). Since then, he has 398 yards and five touchdowns. It’s further proof that even a less productive Graham is a top tight end.