Fantasy Football 2015: My Peyton Manning Dilemma

peyton-manningOn Thursday night the Denver Bronco travel to the Kansas City Chiefs in a big divisional matchup.

For those with Denver Bronco players in our fantasy football line-up, do we play them against the Chiefs or not?

For more than 15 years, Peyton Manning has been an automatic starter on every fantasy football team regardless of who the opponents were.

But last season we saw age and injuries catch up with Manning at the end of the season, something I know too well. I traded for Manning with four games left in the season expecting him to lead me to the title.

Manning was horrific down the stretch and I fell from second to fourth place.

That experience did not stop me from drafting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Owen Daniels, which explains why dilemma about who to start tonight.

The Chiefs allowed 334 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception to Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in Week 1, and Manning has owned KC with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in his past three meetings.

But with an offensive line that is a work in progress, and with Demaryius Thomas (hand) also banged up, Manning really struggled in week one against the Ravens. He still looked like the Peyton that ended last season which does not bode well for my wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Which is why I am not starting Sanders this week

Against a good pass rush you might expect the Broncos game paln to include a lot of dump passes to tight end Owen Daniels. But Daniels was really poor against the Ravens with two catches for 5 yards on two targets against Baltimore. With the Broncos other tigh end Virgil Green having only one target, it appears that Manning isn’t looking at his tight ends much in his first game without Julius Thomas.

Kansas City hasn’t allowed a tight end to score since Week 11 last year, and Antonio Gates in Week 7 was the lone tight end to score double digits in Fantasy points against the Chiefs in 2014. I need to see Daniels play well before putting him back in my starting line-up.

It’s a risky move to bench any of Peyton Manning’s weapons, but playing on the short week on the road is not in the Broncos’ favor. Which is why I am benching both Sanders and Daniels tonight.

What are you doing with your Denver stars for tonight’s game?

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