The Fantasy Fallout From Peyton Manning’s TD-A-Thon
Welcome to the 2013-2014 NFL season! Where full-contact is severely limited and teams pass for seven touchdowns on opening night! Were you playing against Peyton Manning, Demayius Thomas, Wes Welker, or Julius Thomas in your week 1 fantasy matchup? Because I was! And I’m pissed. How could this happen?
Well, for starters, Peyton Manning is still really, really good, and the Ravens’ defense clearly ain’t what it used to be. He ended up going 27 of 42 for 462 yards, equaling 46 fantasy points, which is good enough for 11th best since 2000 (actually tied with an Adrian Peterson game from 2007.) Check it out.
1. Clinton Portis, 2003 Week 14, 54 fantasy points
2. Shaun Alexander, 2002 Week 4, 52
3. Doug Martin, 2012 Week 9, 51
4. (tie) Michael Vick, 2010 Week 10, 49
4. (tie) Mike Anderson, 2000 Week 14, 49
6. (tie) Fred Taylor, 2000 Week 12, 48
6. (tie) Priest Holmes, 2002 Week 12, 48
8. (tie) Jimmy Smith, 2000 Week 2, 47
8. (tie) Marshall Faulk, 2002 Week 7, 47
8. (tie) Jerome Harrison, 2009 Week 15, 47
11. (tie) Adrian Peterson (the Viking), 2007 Week 9, 46
11. (tie) Peyton Manning, 2013, Week 1, 46
12. (tie) LaDainian Tomlinson, 2002 Week 13, 45
12. (tie) Chris Johnson, 2009 Week 2, 45
What do you notice about that list? Sure, it has more ties than your stepdad’s walk-in closet, but look at the timing of all the other monster games. Not counting Peyton Manning, there were only three out of 13 that occurred before Week 7. More importantly, Peyton Manning is the ONLY PASSING QUARTERBACK ON THIS LIST. That’s right, only Mike Vick has managed to reach this hallowed perch, but only Peyton Manning comes near the top 13 as far as pocket passer’s are concerned. His seven touchdowns tied him for another record. An NFL record.
Only six other players have ever done this.
Here’s the fantasy fallout from last night:
– Manning Connected with Wes Welker nine times for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
– The Broncos D, which allowed 27 points, did manage two interceptions, and finished with 9 points
– Manning’s favorite deep threat, Demaryius Thomas, ended up with five caught passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets.
– The lesser known TE Julius Thomas, who is owned in 31% of leagues mind you, caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. He’s been on the Broncos for two injury plagued years though, so be wary on the waivers with this college basketball convert.
– If you drafted him in the first round, you might be disappointed that Ray Rice ended up with 12 points, but the Ravens were playing from behind most of the night, so don’t consider this a knock on his ability
– And finally, Diamond Joe Flacco, fresh off his arrival in the elite-quarterback-club-discussion-discussion, finished with 34 of 62, with 362 yards and two TDs.