Peyton Manning's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 4

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2013

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s no secret that quarterback Peyton Manning is one of, if not the best, fantasy football talents in the league today. The Denver Broncos superstar quarterback is setting records and is on pace to break a lot more by the end of the 2013 campaign.

With 12 touchdowns in just three games, Manning surpassed New England Patriots star Tom Brady’s mark of 11 scores in the same span during the 2011 season.

He’s leading the league in completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating, all while managing to completely avoid throwing an interception. Manning did turn the ball over on a sack-fumble in Week 3, which stands as his only blemish on the stat sheet.

The 37-year-old should have no issues keeping up his record pace Sunday when the Broncos host the Philadelphia Eagles. The high-flying Eagles could certainly keep up offensively, but it’s hard to imagine a situation where Manning doesn’t eviscerate their defense with surgical precision.

Philadelphia is giving up an average of 323 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, a concerning number considering the quality of quarterbacks the team has faced.

Robert Griffin III and his struggling Washington Redskins, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers and Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs all had no problem slicing through the Eagles secondary and coming away with big gains.

Only RGIII was unsuccessful in earning a victory against Philly, as the Eagles are now 1-2 going into Sunday's contest.

This bodes extremely well for Manning’s chances of putting together yet another elite performance in Week 4. The Eagles are going to want to play uptempo football, something the Broncos have been excelling at this season.

Manning should be able to approach 400 yards and three touchdowns, with upside for even more.

The thin air at the Mile High will have the Philly corners and safeties gasping for air, while the frustrated pass rush fails to bring Manning down time and time again due to his lightning-quick release.

If you are fortunate enough to own Manning in your league, don’t consider trading him for anything other than a package that involves a top running back.

He’s on par for a record-setting season and will bring you to the championship if you stick with him and put the right pieces around him in 2013.

Predicted Week 4 Stats: 33-of-45 passing for 397 yards and three touchdowns.