I'd actually say you blew it, since you said he's still the best and will be the best for the next year or two. There are several reasons for his statistical decline: he's been missing one of the best WRs of all time for most of the season, Clark has missed time, Stokley is gone and his replacement is a rookie who has missed time, half of their o-line has been injured, their defense is much improved so they don't have to score a ton, etc. They don't have the Pats mentality of scoring on every drive- they just want to control the game and win right now, at least until they get healthy.
14 Teams, each keep 14 players QB: P. Manning, Schaub RB: MJD, Westy, C. Johnson, A. Bradshaw, J. Ringer WR: TO, Driver, J. Gage, Crabtree, J. Morgan, K. Curtis, E. Bennett, M. Sims-Walker TE: Witten, M. Lewis K: Gostkowski, J. Brown D/ST: Tenn, NE
The whole concept of this thread is flawed at its very heart.
Peyton Manning 2 years ago: 3747 yards, 28 TDs Peyton Manning's pace this year: 4200 yards, 32 TDs
In fact, fantasy football wise the guy is still on pace to have the 4th best season of his 10 year career, and set to exceed his career averages despite missing his best WR all year.
The only thing that's different is that people are drafting him way earlier now. I've tried to tell them a million times that 4000/30 out of a QB isn't worth a 1st round pick, and now people who are getting exactly that (if not a little more) are finally starting to realize what owning a 4000/30 QB means. 4000/30 is great in real life, but it's not worth much in fantasy football. Our perception based on fantasy football is jading our perception compared to what someone watching football just to watch football is seeing, and that is that Peyton's numbers are still better this year than they are in a typical Peyton season.
I agree with skibrett and FB. It's all about draft position. Manning has always been drafted too early, especially since his record breaking year. Next year, Brady is going to go in the first in probably 99% of drafts. I am one currently enjoying his success this year, but I took him in the 3rd. I'd be hard pressed to take him any earlier next year, so I probably won't end up with. I wouldn't hesistant to take Manning in the 3rd next year if he drops, but I doubt he will...no matter what kind of season he is having....which really isn't all that bad
The average age of the top 8 QBs is exactly 31. Granted, only two are actually older than Manning, but the oldest is #2. People are acting like the Colts are a big disappointment - but if you actually look at the injuries they've had all season, there's a whole bunch of teams who actually SUCK, but they have less injuries than Indy, yet still cry "Oh, we had so many injuries so we suck blah blah blah. The Colts are still in the top 3 or 4 teams in the league, and they are getting healthier. Peyton isn't washed up or declining in any way, he's human, but he's still found ways to win every game but 2 this year.
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Also, Peyton peaked 2 seasons ago... his skills will be on the decline from here on out (age catches us all).
Haven't people been saying this about Favre for the past, oh I don't know, five years, now? This is just one in a long line of reactionary posts like: "Oh my god, Kenton Keith just got a carry -- it's a platoon here on out."