Brandon McManus
Brandon McManus
28-Year-Old KickerK
Denver Broncos
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McManus has a strong leg that theoretically gets a boost from altitude at home, but he's rarely taken advantage, with just 13 field goals from 50-plus yards on 28 career attempts. He even has a better field-goal percentage in road games (83.6) than home games (78.6), though neither is impressive. The Broncos released Taylor Bertolet during the first week of training camp, locking McManus in for another season as their kicker. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Broncos in September of 2017.
Lone kicker on roster
KDenver Broncos
July 23, 2019
Following the release of Taylor Bertolet, McManus is now the only placekicker on the Broncos' roster.
McManus has held Denver's kicking job since the 2014 season, so it's not especially surprising to see the team part ways with Bertolet. McManus has a strong leg that theoretically gets a boost from altitude at home, but his 2019 fantasy prospects are largely tied to how well the team's offense clicks with Joe Flacco now at quarterback. McManus made 20 of 25 field-goal attempts last season, while converting all 35 of his extra point tries, en route to recording 95 points, which ranked him 20th among NFL kickers in 2018.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After missing five field goals the first five weeks of last season, McManus rebounded to convert 16 of 19 attempts the rest of the way, falling more in line with his respectable track record. Oddly enough, his career conversion rate is 11 percentage points higher on the road, though it may just be a matter of limited sample (four seasons). McManus probably isn't good enough to be useful unless Case Keenum excels.
The Broncos ranked 28th in red-zone TD conversion rate last year, which led McManus to finish one field-goal attempt short of tying his career high. Unfortunately, kicking in high altitude didn't help, as he made three of six tries from 50-plus yards. His PATs also were down slightly from the year before as he finished 17th in scoring. The Broncos' offense could improve this year if Jamaal Charles is healthy and Trevor Siemian (or Paxton Lynch) takes a leap, but it's unlikely to be enough to move McManus into a higher tier of fantasy kickers.
The thin mile-high air in Denver always makes Broncos kickers of interest for fantasy players, as the ball travels farther and allows for more attempts from deep. That being said, the number of attempts from that distance in Denver doesn't actually outpace the rest of the league, as only once in the last three years has a Broncos kicker led the league in attempts from at least 50 yards, and that came in 2013 and ended in a six-way tie for first with seven attempts. The Broncos have finished 11th in kicker scoring both of the last two seasons, and with the offense not expected to be as good as the past few years, it may be tough for McManus to move up a tier.
McManus was the Broncos' kicker at the beginning of last season as a placeholder for Matt Prater, who was suspended for the first four regular-season games. However, McManus held onto the job, as the Broncos let Prater and his significantly bigger contract go. Unfortunately, McManus didn't have nearly enough success to hold down the job, and the Broncos brought in Connor Barth to take over. Barth will handle field goal and PAT duties this season, while McManus will be on the field for kickoffs.
McManus is expected to step in as the Broncos' kicker for the first four games while Matt Prater serves his suspension.
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Facing competition
KDenver Broncos
June 18, 2019
McManus is facing competition from fellow placekicker Taylor Bertolet during minicamp, reports.
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Improves in 2018
KDenver Broncos
January 6, 2019
McManus ended 2018 having connected on 20 of 25 field goals, with a long of 53, and converting all 35 of his point-after attempts.
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Meager output in Week 16 loss
KDenver Broncos
December 24, 2018
McManus missed a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half and drilled two extra-point tries in the Broncos' 27-14 loss to the Raiders on Monday.
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Notches 10 points
KDenver Broncos
December 18, 2018
McManus made all three of his field-goal attempts as well as his lone extra-point try in Saturday night's 17-16 loss to the Browns.
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Opportunities limited
KDenver Broncos
December 11, 2018
McManus did not attempt a field goal but made both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the 49ers.
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