The table for Manning Bowl ver. 3.0 is set, so let’s get down to business. Here’s my fantasy football advice as it pertains to the Broncos for their week two showdown in New York against the Giants.
Must-Start: QB Peyton Manning, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Wes Welker, TE Julius Thomas
The Broncos’ offensive attack figures to once again be high-octane and high-flying. The Giants turned the ball over a lot, but they still gave up 36 points to a Cowboys team that got virtually nothing from wide receiver Dez Bryant.
I expect the Broncos’ offense to put up over 40 points again, so the Giants are going to have to contend with that. Last week, the Broncos had seven touchdown drives offensively, the longest of which lasted 2:30. I don’t know what the ball distribution is going to look like, but you can bet the Broncos are going to spread it around and get the whole crew involved.
Expect the numbers of Julius Thomas to take a dip, but not drastic enough to keep him out of your lineup. He should have somewhere around four or five catches, and the Broncos will look to have him stretching the field.
Welker is a beast in PPR leagues, and Demaryius Thomas is a must-play in all formats.
Peyton Manning had seven TDs last week, do I really need to say anything more than that?
Ride it Out (keep them on the bench)
Unless you literally have no other options, I’d ride it out with these guys:
RB Montee Ball
RB Ronnie Hillman
TE Jacob Tamme
They didn’t put up hardly any points in week one, and it appears as though the coaching staff has placed the most confidence at the RB position in Knowshon Moreno anyway. Until one of these guys separates from the pack, I’d keep them on your bench unless you’re really struggling for options or play in a deep league.
Give Him Another Shot: WR Eric Decker
I think Decker is a near must-play for the week two matchup vs. the Giants. The Giants’ defense allowed Tony Romo to be pretty efficient passing the football, and Prince Amukamara–their #1 CB–is not expected to be at 100 percent for this game (listed as QUES.). Peyton Manning is going to want to get Decker’s confidence back up. I don’t know if he’s going to have a monster game like Demaryius Thomas had last week against the Ravens, but I certainly think Decker has a chance to go for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown.
Worth a Risk: RB Knowshon Moreno
Moreno looks like the Broncos’ number one back at this point and he’s the best receiver out of the backfield. I think he’s worth another shot until–like I’ve said–someone proves themselves.