• Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre’s Touchdown Record

    With the ball on the one-yard line and Peyton Manning one touchdown pass away from the all-time record, everybody in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium and everybody watching at home knew the Broncos were going to throw the football.

    The play sequence on the one-yard line to reach 509 was not particularly picture-perfect for Manning. On first down, Manning threw a tough pass that tight end Julius Thomas was unable to control. On the next play, Manning tripped on his center’s leg and fell back all the way to the eight-yard line.

    The third time was the charm.

    On third down, with 3:09 left in the second quarter, Manning threw an eight-yard strike to his favorite target, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for the score, putting Manning on top of the NFL record books.

    Manning made his record breaking touchdown pass look easy but Bronco’s receivers Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Julius Thomas played a friendly game of keep away with the record-setting touchdown ball, making it a little more challenging for Manning to get the ball back.

    Brett Favre, now second on the all-time touchdown list, had some gracious words for Manning on the jumbrotron after he threw his 509th touchdown pass.

    “I want to say congratulations for breaking the touchdown record,” Favre said. “I’m not surprised. You’ve been a wonderful player and I’ve enjoyed watching you play. I’ve enjoyed competing against you. I wish you great success for the rest of the season and the rest of your career.”

    Later in the game, Manning threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day to Demaryius Thomas putting him at 510 touchdown passes overall and leading the Broncos to a 42-17 win over the 49ers.

    Manning was able to break Favre’s record in only 246 games, 56 games fewer than Favre. That’s more than three seasons worth of football.

    Peyton Manning attributes the success throughout his career to his coaches and teammates in Denver and Indianapolis.

    “I do think about how many people have helped throughout my career with something like that and just how grateful I am for that help and support,” Manning said. “Football is the ultimate team game and so I guess one man kind of has to accept it, but I kind of accept on behalf of a lot of coaches and teammates.”

    Throughout his career, Manning has thrown his 510 touchdown passes to 45 different players. His top five touchdown targets are wide receivers Marvin Harrison (112), Reggie Wayne (67), tight ends Dallas Clark (44), Marcus Pollard (34) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (29).

    Most people consider Peyton Manning to be the best regular season quarterback of all time but due to his lack of Super Bowl victories critics hesitate calling him the greatest quarterback ever.

    Many people associate Joe Montana, the former 49ers quarterback, as the best quarterback of all-time after Montana won four Super Bowls in four attempts. Peyton Manning only has one Super Bowl victory in three attempts but his regular season statistics throughout his career speaks for themselves. Joe Montana threw for only 273 touchdown passes and Montana’s replacement, Steve Young, threw for 232. Manning has thrown more touchdown passes than both Montana and Young combined.

    Manning’s record-breaking touchdown pass might silence his critics.

  • Fantasy Decisions: Setting a Lineup and Week 8 Rankings

    Fantasy football ultimately comes down to one thing over anything else, setting the right lineup.

    It doesn’t matter if you have the top three weekly scorers in fantasy if they’re sitting on your bench. Today I want to give you a peak behind the curtains at how I set my lineups. The formula isn’t difficult, it just takes a little time and I really think you can be successful. If you ever want help with your specific lineup, don’t forget to send an email to FantasyDecisions@gmail.com and I’ll give you an answer by the end of the day. 

    Here it is:

    1.     Start your studs. You didn’t draft Jamaal Charles to sit on your bench. I don’t care if he’s facing the fourth toughest defense in the Rams this week, you start the guy and you don’t regret it. You jumped on board back in September, so as Dido’s hit single goes… “I will go down with this ship”.

    2.     Always start the player who will get more snaps. If I’m deciding between Percy Harvin and Mohamed Sanu at WR2 and I hear Rex Ryan saying Percy isn’t going to play too many snaps, Harvin is quickly making a trip to my bench. I want the guy who is going to get the most snaps because more snaps is never a bad thing. However, snaps alone aren’t going to make or break the case for starting. I’m talking about efficient snaps. I say week after week how important targets are for WRs and TEs, and how huge touches can be for a RB. Look at these stats and then look at what kind of snaps your guys are getting. Efficient snaps are key to fantasy success.

    3.     Always look at the opposing defenses rank against each position. As an example, this week Carson Palmer is an excellent value/fill-in play at QB. He’s facing an Eagles defense ranked 5th to last in defense against the pass. This is a key stat you can take advantage of.

    4.     Rankings can help. Obviously you’re looking here first to see my rankings, but also make sure you check around different websites to gauge other writers’ love/hate for certain guys. Rather than just relying on ESPN or CBS, look at three or four different websites and try to get a sense of where the player’s value lies in the week ahead.

    5.     Some consistency mixed with some high ceiling is a good formula. I always try to make all my decisions in fantasy with this in the back of my mind. The best fantasy lineups are mixed with good, consistent guys who have high floors but maybe lower ceilings, and high-risk high reward players. You can take a chance on a guy like Desean Jackson or Sammy Watkins when you’re coupling them with a nice grounded player like Emmanuel Sanders who may not go off for 200 yards but so far this year has been start-able in 5 of the 6 games he’s played. This way, even if the flame burns out on your big risk play, you’ve still got consistent production from somewhere else.

    6.     Projections can help but shouldn’t be given too much weight. These are a good starting place to get an idea of what you might be able to expect from your second running back, but projections only go so far. As I was starting this addiction we call fantasy football, I fell into the trap of seeing a huge projection and getting thrilled. You see ESPN projecting Bishop Sankey for nearly 15 points and don’t think twice about starting him. But I’d much rather have Andre Ellington on my team even though he’s projected to get five points less than Sankey. Ellington got a career high 30 touches in week seven and has had at least 75 total yards every single week this year. Sankey is still finding his footing while the Cardinal RB has been one of the most consistent RB options this year. So take those projections with a grain of salt when it comes to setting your lineup.

    7.     Go with your gut. This is really an overarching theme when figuring out who to start. I don’t care if a guy is projected for six points, ranked 25th at his position, and is facing the second toughest defense in the league. If your gut is screaming, “Start Matt Ryan against the Lions”, go with it. You’d always rather go with your gut, start the guy, and be disappointed than fight your instincts and watch the guy go off on your bench.

    Week 7 Rankings

    QB

    1.     Aaron Rodgers

    2.     Andrew Luck

    3.     Peyton Manning

    4.     Philip Rivers

    5.     Russell Wilson

    6.     Drew Brees

    7.     Carson Palmer

    8.     Tony Romo

    9.     Tom Brady

    10.  Cam Newton

    11. Kyle Orton

    12. Matthew Stafford

    13. Jay Cutler

    14. Nick Foles

    15. Alex Smith

    16. Matt Ryan

    17. Ryan Tannehill

    18. Ben Roethlisberger

    19. Ryan Fitzpatrick

    20. Joe Flacco

    RB

    1.     Arian Foster

    2.     Matt Forte

    3.     Marshawn Lynch

    4.     DeMarco Murray

    5.     Le’Veon Bell

    6.     Ben Tate

    7.     Eddie Lacy

    8.     Jamaal Charles

    9.     Lamar Miller

    10. Giovani Bernard

    11. Andre Ellington

    12. Jerick McKinnon

    13. Branden Oliver

    14. LeSean Mccoy

    15. Shane Vereen

    16. Joique Bell

    17. Justin Forsett

    18. Chris Ivory

    19. Mark Ingram

    20. Alfred Morris

    21. Ahmad Bradshaw

    22. Darren McFadden

    23. Ronnie Hillman

    24. Tre Mason

    25. Bishop Sankey

    WR

    1.     Jordy Nelson

    2.     Dez Bryant

    3.     Demaryius Thomas

    4.     Jeremy Maclin

    5.     Antonio Brown

    6.     Julio Jones

    7.     Randall Cobb

    8.     Golden Tate

    9.     Brandon Marshall

    10. A.J. Green

    11. Alshon Jeffery

    12. Mike Wallace

    13. Emmanuel Sanders

    14. T.Y. Hilton

    15. Vincent Jackson

    16. Julian Edelman

    17. Andre Johnson

    18. Michael Floyd

    19. DeSean Jackson

    20. Kelvin Benjamin

    21. Steve Smith

    22. Sammy Watkins

    23. DeAndre Hopkins

    24. Kendall Wright

    25. Eric Decker

    TE

    1.     Rob Gronkowski

    2.     Julius Thomas

    3.     Greg Olsen

    4.     Jimmy Graham

    5.     Antonio Gates

    6.     Jordan Reed

    7.     Martellus Bennett

    8.     Travis Kelce

    9.     Owen Daniels

    10. Zach Ertz

    11. Dwayne Allen

    12. Heath Miller

    13. Delanie Walker

    14. Jordan Cameron

    15. Jason Witten

    D/ST

    1.     Dolphins

    2.     Chiefs

    3.     Texans

    4.     Bills

    5.     Cowboys

    6.     Patriots

    7.     Vikings

    8.     Browns

    9.     Jets

    10. Seahawks

    Flex

    1.     Arian Foster

    2.     Matt Forte

    3.     Marshawn Lynch

    4.     Jordy Nelson

    5.     Demarco Murray

    6.     Dez Bryant

    7.     Demaryius Thomas

    8.     Le’Veon Bell

    9.     Jeremy Maclin

    10. Rob Gronkowski

    11. Ben Tate

    12. Eddie Lacy

    13. Antonio Brown

    14. Jamaal Charles

    15. Lamar Miller

    16. Giovani Bernard

    17. Andre Ellington

    18. Julius Thomas

    19. Julio Jones

    20. Randall Cobb

    21. Golden Tate

    22. Jerick McKinnon

    23. Branden Oliver

    24. Brandon Marshall

    25. A.J. Green

    26. LeSean Mccoy

    27. Shane Vereen

    28. Greg Olsen

    29. Alshon Jeffery

    30. Mike Wallace

    31. Joique Bell

    32. Jimmy Graham

    33. Justin Forsett

    34. Emmanuel Sanders

    35. T.Y. Hilton

    36. Vincent Jackson

    37. Chris Ivory

    38. Mark Ingram

    39. Alfred Morris

    40. Julian Edelman

    41. Andre Johnson

    42. Michael Floyd

    43. Ahmad Bradshaw

    44. DeSean Jackson

    45. Darren McFadden

    46. Kelvin Benjamin

    47. Steve Smith

    48. Sammy Watkins

    49. Ronnie Hillman

    50. DeAndre Hopkins

    Good luck in week 8!

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