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Manning shows lofty worth with rebound effort

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By Michael Blunda

After he hit a rough patch, owners were actually wondering if they should bench Peyton Manning. But the superstar showed last Thursday night why that is never a good idea.

In a must-win game at Tennessee, Manning threw for 319 yards, two TDs and no interceptions in a Colts victory. It came at just the right time for his owners, who were looking for a win in the opening round of their fantasy playoffs and had serious concerns about whether Manning could help them get one.

That's because heading into Week 14, the Indy signalcaller had been stuck in one of the worst slumps of his career, throwing 11 picks in his previous three outings. Even through his struggles, though, Manning was still managing to post big totals in the yardage and TD categories, which is what really matters in the fantasy world. That's why he never deserved serious bench consideration: He almost always comes through in the end.

That certainly should be the case this Sunday in another critical fantasy week, as Manning takes on a Jaguars secondary that just about everybody carves up. He then finishes with a Raiders "D" he should be able to throw against and the Titans again in Week 17. On pace for nearly 5,000 yards, he's going to finish with some of the best numbers of his career.

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