DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 9: Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos runs towards the end zone on his way to scoring a 71-yard touchdown as safety Ryan Mundy #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gives chase during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 31-19. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ESPN is projecting big games from two of Peyton Manning's favorite targets.
ESPN's four fantasy analysts have Demaryius Thomas coming in as their 17th best wide receiver for the week with a projection of 95 yards and one touchdown. Thomas finished Week 1 with 17 fantasy points (110 receiving yards, one touchdown).
ESPN Fantasy is also equally as high on Jacob Tamme's chances. Although they have him ranked as their 12th best tight end, they see a 49-yard, one touchdown performance in his Week 2 future. That would be the second straight week Tamme finished with 10+ fantasy points after he totaled 43 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
Coming in at number eight in the quarterback rankings is Peyton Manning. Manning, who is fresh off 20 point performance, is projected to toss two more touchdowns this week along with 273 yards and an interception. Here's what they had to say following his memorable comeback performance Sunday evening:
Manning recorded 20 fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) against a solid Steelers defense, and he did so in a game in which his offense was on the field for less than a minute in the third quarter. Perhaps he won't be a 300-yard passer on a weekly basis anymore, but it's clear he's still a top-10 quarterback regardless of the opponent.
So much for those neck worries, right? For their entire set of rankings, click here.