Peyton Manning is officially back in the NFL after missing last season with a neck injury. He also has a new team, signing with the Denver Broncos in the offseason. Oh yeah, while Peyton was gone, his brother Eli won his second Super Bowl for the New York Giants. So the question has to be asked: in a fantasy football game, are you taking Eli or Peyton?
For the first time ever, the answer to that question is probably Eli. I say probably, because some owners might still feel that Peyton has the ability to be a top quarterback. The truth is, he probably can. The scary thing with Peyton though is the fact that he is just one hit away from possibly having to retire.
The Giants have surrounded Eli with a ton of overall talent, making him a solid fantasy pick for anyone who misses out on the big three of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. He is never going to put up the outstanding numbers that Peyton did in his prime, but then again, no one should expect that.
A fantasy football game is usually won or lost by people who draft players who can stay healthy. Eli has not been banged up, while Peyton is not only older, but coming off a missed season. He is also joining a new team, and that might mean some growing pains to start the season.
Both players should end up being top 10 fantasy football players, but Eli should be closer to top 5. It’s hard to admit that Peyton might actually be aging, and no longer a slam-dunk first round pick in fantasy football, but father time ends up getting everyone at some point. Just don’t expect for the Manning parents to make a definite decision on which one to take.