NFL fantasy football: Peyton Manning still risky

In progress: Hope is the buzz word around Denver these days after Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to a decisive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Yet even Peyton had to temper expectations during his media session. When responding to the question posed to him on if “he felt vindicated,” Manning replied that he didn’t “know what that meant. It’s just one game. I still have a long way to go.” Take it from the horse’s, err, Bronco’s mouth. The stat books will show he had a 71 yard hook-up to Demaryius Thomas, but in reality it was a simple but well timed, 10 yard WR screen pass Thomas took to the house. Exclude that fortuitous play and his numbers look much more pedestrian. Try just 182 yards passing with one score. In fantasy terms, from 20.42 points to just 13.58 points. Also, here’s something that’s not conjecture: his 26 pass attempts Week 1 are tied for his fourth lowest since the start of the 2008 season. The veteran will be productive for fantasy owners, but let’s hold off on the ‘he’s back’ talk until we see consistency.

After a solid Week 1 performance, is Peyton Manning really back?
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French connection: Around The League’s Gregg Rosenthall reports “Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) missed practice” on Thursday and “could be out a while.” The news might give pause to fantasy owners still riding-high after both he and Robert Griffin III had solid Week 1 performances. Of RG3’s 320 yards and two scores, Garcon accounted for 108 of those yards and a score. Without the speedy wideout, Griffin could be left with only Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson. Both players combined failed to surpass Garcon’s production, amassing just 99 total yards and a score. Though their match up against the St. Louis Rams bodes well for his passing potential, missing his key weapon could reign him in a bit.

Running angry: After being criticized by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson plans on showing just what he can do. The rookie responded by stating “When somebody wants to talk mess, I mean, hey, that’s them. I let my game speak for itself, so if they want to see how mad I am, or how upset they got me about the comment, you’ll see Sunday.” After totaling just 44 yards in Week 1, Richardson’s prospects are looking up against a Bengals team which allowed 122 yards and two scores on the ground. Maybe not the best idea to anger a player at the position your team struggled against. Fantasy owners should expect a much better day from the rookie as a No. 2 or 3 RB play.

-Adrian Mojica
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