If you had to choose which quarterback to start in your FF league between Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, who would that be!
By Rich Winter
Can't wait for the Thursday Night football game tonight. I will have Ronnie Hillman and DeMaryius Thomas going. My buddy, White Mamba, is the world's 11,555 the biggest Charger fan but he has Peyton Manning going for FF tonight. Can't wait to see him pucker up every-time Manning throws a touchdown.
With these two high-powered offenses going there are a ton of guys with fantasy implications tonight.
Keep in mind though that Denver has a dominant defense and for me that means only a select few of the San Diego Charger weapons should be started.
Denver has a lot of mouths to feed on that offense so it's no guarantee that if you just pencil in all of the Denver guys that you're going to have success.
Sports Instigator, Rich Winter predictions on tonight's Fantasy Stars:
If you're not familiar with the Denver vs. San Diego rivalry, get ready for some tough, hard-fought football. One thing the Chargers know how to do is get after Peyton Manning. They love to get pressure on him early, give him happy feet and see if they can't disrupt his timing a bit.
Peyton Manning: I still have him throwing for over 300 yards today, although his completion percentage might be down a bit because of that pressure the Chargers bring.
Manning: 25-38 with 300 yards, 3 td's and 1 int
Ronnie Hillman: Only 74 yards rushing last week but keep in mind this cat caught 4 balls for 29 yards last week. With the Chargers bringing the heat on defense I suspect Hillman will get a few more catches out of the back-field.
Hillman is a must start in all situations:
Hillman: 75 yards rushing, 50 receiving 1 td.
Denver WR's and TE's
DeMaryius Thomas - After the first three weeks of the season, I was pretty hot and bothered about the performance of my No. 1 WR. After the last three, I'm patting myself on the back for picking the best WR in football.
Last three games: 226, 124, 171 with 5 touchdowns over that span. This is Manning's favorite target and I expect him to do some great things today.
D. Thomas 150 and 1 td
Julius Thomas: While this guy is a touchdown machine, his yards per game aren't exactly through the roof.
Last three games, 66, 51 and 27 but he had four touchdowns over that span.
I see Thomas getting 50 yards and 1 td.
Sit em: Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders:
Keep in mind this is a good San Diego team in which Denver is not going to be able to move the ball up and down the field. I have Manning penciled in for 300 yards but 250 of those yards are already gone to Hillman, Thomas and Thomas.
And now for the Super Chargers:
One thing I think people are forgetting and underestimating about Denver is just how good the Broncos defense is. Von Miller and DeMarco Murray have combined for 15 sacks this season and if you think P. Rivers isn't going to feel some heat tonight, well, you're not thinking.
Philip Rivers - I thought P. Rivers looked a little pedestrian in that loss to the Chiefs...17-31 for 205 yards with two td's and 1 int.
I think P. Riv is going to struggle a bit tonight against that very good Denver defense. That said, I believe he gets 250 yards passing and has two touchdowns.
P. Rivers - 250 and 2 td's
Sit Brandon Oliver tonight:
After bursting onto the scene and looking all-world in his first two starts, Oliver came back to earth last week against the Chiefs.
Vs. Chiefs - 15-67 with two catches for 11 yards.
I get the feeling that Ryan Mathews is going to assume the starters carries when he comes back so if you have Oliver, this might be the last viable week you can use him. That said, Denver's run defense is rock-solid.
Oliver 15-45, 2-11
San Diego WR's and TE's
Keenan Allen - Through seven games, Allen has zero touchdowns. That is going to change tonight as Allen has the best night of any of the Charger WR's
Allen 100 yards with 1 td.
Antonio Gates: This is too big of a game and too big of a stage for Gates not to show up.
Gates 75 yards with 1 td.
Charger WR's sit em:
Eddie Royal: Last week vs. the Chiefs 1-20, I expect more of the same this week. Allen is going to get his which means Royal gets none!
Malcom Floyd: Last week vs. the Chiefs 3-50, More of the same.
Denver's defense is too good to have more than just a couple of the Charger guys go off.
I like P. Rivers, Allen and Gates but after that, I'm considering benching the normal influx of Charger FF producers.
Enjoy the game, I know I will.
Pucker up White Mamba.
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