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Statistically speaking, free agents who sign with a new team do not produce impressive fantasy numbers in their debut season.  Only a few have been in the top 10 at their position.

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Some examples of those few are:

// ><!-- //--><! <![CDATA[// ><!-- //--><! <p> RB Darren Sproles: Last season Sproles left the San Diego Chargers and signed with the New Orleans Saints.  Sproles was an immediate success as he was often used in multiple offensive formations lining up in several positions including flanker, slot, split wide and of course tailback.  He achieved fantasy stud status in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues with 86 receptions for 710 yards.</p> <p> Is Manning Ready For a Banner Year?</p> <p> Another stud to make a huge splash was Atlanta Falcons RB, Michael Turner.  In 2008 Turner rushed for 1,699 yards and had 17 TD’s after he too left the Chargers to sign with Atlanta.</p> <p> Wide receiver Antonio Bryant broached the top ten fantasy stud marker with his 2008 performance after signing with Tampa Bay. Bryant finished the 2008 season with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 15 yards per catch and in one game had 9 catches for 200 yards, a career high for Bryant.  Antonio Bryant is currently a free agent.</p> <p> As far as QB’s, the only stud to leave a team as a FA and succeed is Drew Brees.  He has finished in the top 5 in five of the last six seasons and has completed at least 33 <a href="http://www.bet365sportsbookonline.com/football">touchdown</a> passes in each of the last four seasons, and is coming off a record-breaking season that included 5,476 yards passing and 46 touchdowns.  Oh and he won a Superbowl in 2009 when the Saints beat Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts.</p> <p> So, as the header of the article solicits, will the FA signing of Peyton Manning make him a fantasy stud or fantasy dud in his debut season with his new team the Denver Broncos?… The answer is stud.</p> <p> The last full season Manning played was 2010 were he amassed 4,700 yards for 33 touchdowns. Manning has been an elite, top-five fantasy quarterback 11 times in 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts ( # 6 once, and #9 as a rookie)</p> <p> This year he is dealing with two issues…a new team and recovering from multiple surgeries.  Because of his neck injury and subsequent surgery, most pundits say he is one hit a way from ending his career.  I say ALL NFL players are one hit a way from ending their career, making that argument moot.</p> <p> Over his career Manning has only been sacked 231 times and he played the entire 2010 season dealing with his injury and he still produced stud numbers. The Denver offensive line is not full of pro-bowlers but they have strength in their youth and continuity. From left side with Ryan Clady to right side with Orlando Franklin and all in between, all five players started all 16 games last season and all are returning this season.  Designed for zone blocking, which bolstered the teams running game last season, now with a passing QB they will be tasked with doing more pass blocking giving Manning time to do what he does best.  This balance of rush and pass offense will bode well for the Broncos.</p> <p> Another factor to consider is John Fox’s ability to coach to his players strengths.  He did this last year with Tim Tebow, using him as a running QB, a no huddle offense and “wildcat” like offensive schemes, and the Broncos made the playoffs for the first time in six years.  Fox also enjoyed great success in 2003-2004 when he helped a young Jake Delhomme and the “Cardiac Cats” contend for the Lombardi Trophy. The Panthers only lost by six points to the New England Patriots in SuperBowl XXXVIII, and Delhomme was just shy of 4,000 yards with 29 TD’s that year. Fox will make offensive schemes that cater to Peyton.</p> <p> Overall, Manning is poised to be a top five fantasy QB this season.  He is surrounded by a great supporting cast in is coach, his receiving corps and his offensive line, which is arguably better than he ever had in Indy.</p> <p> Wide Receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker and backups Andre Caldwell, Jason Hill will see majority of the passes from Manning, who is known for spreading the wealth.  Look for Decker and Thomas to stretch the field while TE’s Joel Dressen and sleeper pick Jacob Tamme work inside and underneath.  Another great WR sleeper pick to keep an eye on is Matt Willis, also let’s not forget Manning also has a history with Brandon Stokley, (now back with Denver) from their days in Indianapolis.</p> <p> The running game will balance the Broncos offensive options and inevitably make Manning a more efficient QB.  Rookie RB Ronnie Hillman (HUGE sleeper pick) will back up Willis McGahee, but Hilman poses a serious threat as a receiving RB and these additional factors will help Manning spread the aforementioned wealth and put up stud numbers this season.</p> <p> Predictions say Manning will go in the latter rounds (8th and 9th) of the fantasy drafts.  Most fantasy owners are going to be gun-shy with drafting Manning.  I say Manning is a steal, so take him early (4th-6th).</p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="http://partners.commission.bz/processing/clickthrgh.asp?btag=a_418b_1016">Bet on Peyton Manning</a> and the Denver Broncos at <a target="_blank" href="http://partners.commission.bz/processing/clickthrgh.asp?btag=a_418b_1016">BetOnline</a> and get a <a target="_blank" href="http://partners.commission.bz/processing/clickthrgh.asp?btag=a_418b_1016">$900 Free Bonus</a> to start the season!</p> <p>  </p> <img src="http://cdn.feedcrossing.com/1x.gif?o=fxing_o1_19o5_22rm_0_" /> <p> Be sure to check out other great articles at <a href="http://www.bookieblitz.com">Bookie Blitz</a>.</p> <span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span><span></span>var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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