Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub have had classic battles over their NFL careers, and now with Manning playing for the Denver Broncos, it is a new era as they take on the Houston Texans. Here is what fantasy football owners need to know about the Broncos vs. Texans game.
Quarterbacks: Peyton Manning had a horrible Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, with three interceptions in the game. However, expect him to bounce back with positive fantasy numbers as he always brings his A-game against Houston. He is a solid starter in most fantasy leagues.
Matt Schaub also had a bad game in Week 2, with 195 yards and no touchdowns. He only has one touchdown on the season, and he needs to pick up his game this week if he wants to beat Denver. The Broncos have a strong passing defense, so consider starting him, but if you have someone equal to him in talent, it might be smart to bench Schaub for the week.
Running Backs: Willis McGahee is still going strong at the age of 30 in Denver. He has 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first two games of the season. The Texans have a good rushing defense, so look at him as a No. 2 running back for Week 3. Don't expect a repeat of his Week 2 numbers.
Houston has Arian Foster, who remains the best running back in the NFL. He has 189 yards and three touchdowns on the season as well as seven receptions for 54 more yards. He is an invaluable fantasy starter and should never be on your bench. Start him and enjoy his numbers, even against a great defense like Denver.
Wide Receivers: There was a lot of debate about who would be the best Denver wide receiver under Peyton Manning. Manning targeted Eric Decker 4 times and has nine receptions for 107 yards with no touchdowns so far. Manning targeted Demaryius Thomas 18 times, with 13 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas is a legitimate starter with home run potential. Decker is a low-level starter and should sit out in Week 3.
Andre Johnson, when healthy, is one of the best NFL wide receivers. He started strong, with eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 but fell hard in Week 2, with only three catches for 21 yards. Johnson is not someone to bench, especially when you know Houston will have to throw the ball.
Tight Ends: Jacob Tamme followed Peyton Manning to Denver and has been decent so far, with seven catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. He is a shaky starter and owners shouldn't view him as a fantasy option outside of the deepest leagues.
Owen Daniels has ten receptions for 134 yards and no touchdowns so far in 2012. In the Broncos vs. Texans game, he is not a starting tight end for most fantasy football leagues.
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