What's Buzzing:

Roto Arcade

Mile-High Hardware: Peyton Manning, 2013 Fantasy MVP

Scott Pianowski
Roto Arcade

View photo

.

Manning thanks the voters (USAT)

At some point in February, Peyton Manning will slow down and take stock of the year just past. He'll reflect on big wins, clutch drives, and gaudy stats; he'll pause to remember post-game interviews, team dinners, jokes from the locker room. Maybe he'll mix a cocktail, maybe he'll drink a glass of milk. Maybe he'll call Eli or text Cooper.

And eventually Peyton will stop and ponder the piece of hardware that really matters: the 2013 Yahoo Fantasy Football MVP. It's official, gamers. Send your best suit to the drycleaners. Start the engraving. Get ready for your close up on the red carpet.

We asked all Yahooligans to vote on the Fantasy MVP two weeks back, unveiling the ballot at the end of December. Manning was a runaway winner in every precinct (even Florida). If you take roll from the Top 500 Yahoo Fantasy Football clubs, Manning shows up on an incredible 60.8 rosters. Only Josh Gordon (55.6 percent) was in the neighborhood; the third common link was Jamaal Charles (34.8 percent).

Manning's best fantasy season (55 touchdowns, 5477 passing yards - both NFL records) was remarkably cheap to acquire back in August. Manning's Yahoo ADP finished at 25.3, third at his position (Aaron Rodgers 15.3, Drew Brees 18.9). Ray Rice and Trent Richardson went a round or two ahead of Manning, on average. Steven Jackson had a pricier ADP. Maurice Jones-Drew was a trendier target. It was a mess of a year in the backfield, after all.

The object of the game isn't simply to score, of course - you need to score more than your opponents. It's all about the marginal value. No problem for Peyton. Manning's 55 touchdown passes were 16 ahead of runner-up Brees and 22 scores ahead of No. 3 Andy Dalton. Manning rarely had an off-day, throwing for multiple scores in 15 of 16 starts. He only had two games with multiple interceptions (Week 8, Week 13), but he washed that down with nine touchdown passes.

On Manning's watch, the 2013 Broncos became the biggest fantasy bonanza of all time. All four of Denver's primary receivers scored double-digit touchdowns (Demaryius Thomas 14, Julius Thomas 12, Eric Decker 11, Wes Welker 10) and running back Knowshon Moreno added 13 spikes (ten by ground, three by air). The Broncos finished with 606 points; no other team topped 445. If you wanted a fantasy title in 2013, you set your watch for mountain time.

Past results are no guarantee of future returns, of course. Manning turns 38 in March and no one's sure how much longer he'll play. Heck, he wasn't even No. 1 on our quarterback board for keeper leagues. The NFL is a cruel business, for real teams and fake teams alike. But we'll worry about 2014 a little later.

Offer your final Mile Hile Salute in the comments. We had a time, didn't we?

View Comments (30)
  • Colgate leads nearly the entire way, beats Navy 58-55

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Jordan Swopshire scored 10 of his career-high 20 points in the second half, and Colgate led nearly the entire way and held on to beat Navy 58-55 on Saturday to snap a three-game skid. … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 minutes 31 seconds ago
  • No. 4 Maryland rallies for 72-61 win over No. 18 Purdue

    No. 4 Maryland rallies for 72-61 win over No. 18 Purdue

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Rasheed Sulaimon had 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, Robert Carter Jr. scored 19 and No. 4 Maryland rallied to beat 18th-ranked Purdue 72-61 Saturday to extend their home winning streak to 25 games. … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 minutes 32 seconds ago
  • Pavin takes 1-shot lead into final round on Champions tour

    Pavin takes 1-shot lead into final round on Champions tour

    Corey Pavin birdied his last hole Saturday to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one-shot lead over close friend Tom Lehman into the final round of the Allianz Championship. Pavin made a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 68 that has him at … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Canadian Brooke Henderson finishes second at LPGA Tour's Coates Championship

    Canadian Brooke Henderson finishes second at LPGA Tour's Coates Championship

    Canadian Brooke Henderson had to settle for second Saturday at the LPGA Tour's Coates Championship. The 18-year-old native of Smiths Falls, Ont., finished two shots back of Ha Na Jang, who captured her first career LPGA Tour title. Jang made a … More »

    The Canadian Press - 5 minutes ago
  • Mor Spirit wins Robert Lewis for Baffert at Santa Anita

    Mor Spirit won the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, reinforcing his status as the top 3-year-old in the barn of Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert. Ridden by Gary Stevens, the horse ran 1 1/16 miles in … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago