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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831377 Postseason performance Postseason+performance Fantasy Football

While not directly tied to fantasy, postseason performance does give an indication of how each player performs under pressure. And when it comes to playoffs between these two, it’s not even close. Brady has a 17-7 record with three Super Bowl titles. Manning’s record is 9-10, with one title. Manning has also been bounced in his first playoff game eight times. It’s happened to Brady just twice. Overall team strength is definitely a consideration here, but it’s clear Brady has steered the Patriots’ ship to much more postseason success.


Edge: Brady


What’s the final tally? It’s Tom Brady, 7-5, over Peyton Manning.

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31832311 Injury concern Injury+concern Fantasy Football

Manning is two years older and has had multiple neck surgeries since 2011, causing him to miss the entire 2011 season. Brady himself missed nearly the whole 2008 season with an ACL tear. Manning’s added years and the fact that the words “spinal fusion” were included in one of his surgeries means he takes a backseat to Brady here.


Edge: Brady

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831381 Ability to avoid sacks Ability+to+avoid+sacks Fantasy Football

This is key because fewer sacks reduces the chance for those pesky lost fumbles. Brady has been steady, but Manning is the master at avoiding contact from defensive linemen. Manning has led the league in sack percentage three times in his past six seasons.


Edge: Manning

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31833294 Garbage time potential Garbage+time+potential Fantasy Football

There is perhaps no more frustrating (or invigorating) aspect of fantasy football than garbage time. Watching your opponent’s QB (or your own) pile up stats while the game is out of hand can be maddening (or amazing). Brady reveled when the game was out of hand last season, passing for 21 touchdowns and no interceptions in seven games when the margin was 15 points or greater. Manning was more reserved, passing for 14 touchdowns and on interception in one less game. Those trends are mirrored in their respective career stats as well. Apparently having a coach with no shame can lead to great stats when the game is out of reach.


Edge: Brady

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831385 Most memorable commercial Most+memorable+commercial Fantasy Football

Let’s just say this up front: Manning gets no bonus for being in roughly 5,000 commercials over his career. Despite the quantity making it tough to remember quality, Manning does have some highlights including multiple MasterCard spots, the SportsCenter ad where he and brother Eli pick on each other, and the Sprint commercial where he dons a wig and fake moustache. Brady was in an ad for UGGs. Discussion over.


Edge: Manning

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831388 Rushing Rushing Fantasy Football

This was … difficult. Manning has the longest single scamper of the two with a 33-yard rush way back in 2001 (where was the defense?!). Brady has more overall yards, with 748 on a stunning 1.9 yards per attempt. Their career numbers are similar. Brady gets the nod simply because he’s been better in recent seasons. Brady’s numbers the past two seasons: 141 yards, 7 touchdowns. Manning’s over the same span: 24 yards, 0 touchdowns.


Edge: Brady

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831394 Receivers Receivers Fantasy Football

Manning has a variety of nice targets out wide in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker. He also has solid options at TE with Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. Brady’s Patriots undoubtedly have an advantage at TE with Rob Gronkowski (assuming he’s healthy) and Aaron Hernandez (assuming he's not in court). The options at wide receiver … not so great. Danny Amendola could be very good. He could also get hurt (12 total games the past two seasons). Who else is there? Julian Edelman? Michael Jenkins? Rookie Aaron Dobson might step up, but it’s hard to count on that happening. It doesn’t look good at the moment.


Edge: Manning

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31834246 Interceptions Interceptions Fantasy Football

After some mid-career stinginess, Manning has become more careless with the ball in recent years. His career interception percentage is 2.7. Certainly that’s boosted by his rookie year total of 28, though he averaged nearly 15 per season in his final four years with the Colts before tossing 11 last season. Brady meanwhile has never topped 14 interceptions in a season and has three downright crazy-efficient seasons out of his past five in which he threw eight interceptions or fewer.


Edge: Brady

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31831395 Draft pick value Draft+pick+value Fantasy Football

Brady costs slightly more on draft day, while Manning generally has a steadier scoring output, so it really depends on the construction of your team. Do you want a player who can single-handedly win a week’s matchup for you (but might struggle a couple of games)? Or do you want a steady supply of points each time out? Since both approaches can work and you might be able to get Manning almost a round later, Peyton gets the nod here.


Edge: Manning

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31833297 Touchdowns Touchdowns Fantasy Football

Thanks to Brady’s slow start (he didn’t reach 30 touchdowns in a season until his seventh year starting), Manning edges him slightly with 1.95 career touchdowns per start to Brady’s 1.91. If you look at just the past five seasons played for each (taking out 2008 for Brady and 2011 for Manning), Brady is ahead 187-161. So which way to go? We’ll lean Brady since fantasy football is all about what a player has done lately.


Edge: Brady

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31833298 Completion percentage Completion+percentage Fantasy Football

Brady has been good, and improved with age, but it’s really no contest in this category. Brady’s career completion percentage is 63.7. Manning hasn’t dipped under 65 percent in a single season since 2001. Manning posted a career-high 68.6 rate last season despite a new team and a year’s worth of rust from missing 2011. There’s reason to think he could be even more efficient in 2013 with the addition of slot maestro Wes Welker.


Edge: Manning

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy Football 2013: Brady vs. Manning 31833301 Upside Upside Fantasy Football

It’s almost impossible to beat Peyton Manning’s 2004 that included 49 touchdowns at 4,557 yards … unless you have Tom Brady’s 2008 with 50 touchdowns and 4,806 yards. This really is an argument of styles. Both have plenty of upside, but the Patriots’ ability to change styles on the fly and appear unstoppable at times (plus Bill Belichick’s tendency to run up the score) mean Brady is always a threat for a massive fantasy game, while Manning is a better bet to have a steady stream of merely good games.


Edge: Brady

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