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Fantasy football, Week 5: Peyton Manning has favorable matchup against Patriots

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Fantasy owners can be excited about Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 5.

The Patriots are allowing 281 passing yards a game, which is in the bottom-third of the league. And facing quarterbacks like Kevin Kolb and Ryan Fitzpatrick in obtaining those numbers paint an even brighter picture for Manning's game.

That means owners can expect Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to perform well also. Thomas is averaging 15.5 yards per catch, and Decker is at 13.4. While Manning has spread his touchdowns around this season, Thomas and Decker are his favorite targets.

Running back Willis McGahee's stock isn't so high this week. The Patriots have been stout against the run, and even though McGahee is having an outstanding season, playing in New England – a place Manning hasn't traditionally played well – it wouldn't be surprising to see the Patriots make him throw the ball, luring him into a shootout against the offense-heavy Patriots.

That also drags down the Broncos defense from a Fantasy perspective. As a unit, the Broncos have three takeaways, 10 sacks and are allowing an average of 20.8 points per game.

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