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.
Snaps poor luck from 50
KDenver Broncos
October 14, 2019
McManus converted a point-after attempt and all three of his field-goal attempts from 53, 48, and 31 yards out during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.
McManus had previously missed seven consecutive attempts of 50 yards and longer, dating back to Week 1 of the 2018 season. He nailed his 53-yard attempt in the second quarter to put Denver up 6-0. With that monkey off his back, McManus has a fair amount of value given his consistency from inside 50 yards. The Temple product is seventh in the league with 12 field goals this season, five of them from 40 yards out or further.
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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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Hits two field goals, two PATs
KDenver Broncos
October 7, 2019
McManus converted field goals of 40 and 46 yards and two point-after attempts during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers. He missed a 54-yard attempt during the contest.
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Picks up six points
KDenver Broncos
September 30, 2019
McManus converted all three of his point-after attempts and a 33-yard field goal during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.
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Shanks PAT
KDenver Broncos
September 23, 2019
McManus hit a 30-yard field goal and converted just one of two point-after attempts during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.
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Connects on two attempts
KDenver Broncos
September 16, 2019
McManus hit field goals of 43 and 32 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
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Solid in opener
KDenver Broncos
September 10, 2019
McManus converted his lone extra-point try and three of his four field-goal attempts in Monday's 24-16 loss to the Raiders.
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