For most in fantasy league owners who drafted Peyton Manning, you probably got him in the late 3rd maybe early 4th round of your draft. That being the case it certainly seems like you got a deal by grabbing an elite fantasy QB and not having to overspend leaving your first 3 picks for strong RBs or WRs. At the time Manning was scheduled to miss week 1, maybe week 2 at the most. No sweat.
Now there are talks of Manning missing 4-5 games before he can return. The Colts, though they recently brought him off the PUP list, have announced that Manning will stop practicing due to back pain and aching triceps, all of which correlate to his neck surgery from earlier this year and his slow recovery. He’s the point. Manning will in all likelihood miss Week 1, and very likely miss more games while he recovers from the surgery.
So fantasy managers do you panic? No. You just deal with it. Here are some options.
Hopefully, you planned for this and you grabbed a serviceable back up during your draft the likes of Matthew Stafford, Kevin Kolb, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, or Donovan McNabb all of which have gone on average between the 9th and 11th rounds. Each of these guys should be capable of keeping your fantasy franchise afloat as you weather the storm. In some cases, such as Stafford’s, they may do more than that. If this is the case you probably had the foresight for this worst case scenario. Kudos to you, you have chosen wisely.
However, if you hadn’t planned for the long haul and put all of your fantasy chips on Colt’s speed blue, there’s no need to freak out there are always free agents. In that case you could search the waiver wires for QBs like Rex Grossman (owned in 3% of leagues) vs an ailing Giants secondary, Matt Hasselbeck (owned in 17% of leagues) vs Jacksonville, or Colt McCoy (owned in 38% of leagues) vs Cincinnati who McCoy put up 248 yards and 2 TDs against last season. This way is inexpensive, though each are likely only patch jobs to bide time until Manning has healed up.
Then there are your trade options. In all likelihood, you could find a trade partner if you are an owner of Manning, if one hasn’t been offered already, and in all likelihood, your going to get low-balled. It’s inescapable. Unless your in the chummiest of leagues your going to get managers that will want you to take a player of lower value or tack on another semi-valuable player to go along with Manning. I wouldn’t recommend this course of action, in the end Manning will likely be playing this season and when he comes back he will not need a ton of time to assimilate back into the offense that will surely be missing him. What’s more is you will likely be on the loosing end of most any trade. However, if it must be a trade, hold your ground, Manning still has value hurt or not. If you have to tack on a player make sure you get a 2 for 2 deal not a 2 for 1, don’t gut your team looking for your replacement.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.