Brandon McManus
Brandon McManus
29-Year-Old KickerK
Denver Broncos
2020 Fantasy Outlook
McManus remains solid but unspectacular, working on five consecutive seasons with a field-goal conversion rate between 75 and 86 percent. His volume skewed toward PATs in 2018, but it shifted back to FGs in 2019 as the Broncos finished 28th in red-zone touchdown rate. The addition of Melvin Gordon could help near the goal line, but the bigger picture still revolves around Drew Lock's development at QB. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Broncos in September of 2017. Broncos exercised $3 million team option for 2020 in March of 2020.
Coming back in 2020
KDenver Broncos
February 25, 2020
The Broncos picked up McManus' $1 million option for 2020, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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McManus is coming off another solid year with Denver, as he connected on 29 of 34 field goals (85.3 percent) and 25 of 26 extra points. The 28-year-old kicker hit four of seven kicks from beyond 50 yards, and he's poised to be the Broncos' starter again in 2020.
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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.
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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Scores 112 points in 2019
KDenver Broncos
January 7, 2020
McManus converted 29 of 34 field goals, with a season high of 53 yards, and 25 of 26 point-after attempts in 2019.
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Accounts for nine points
KDenver Broncos
December 23, 2019
McManus converted field goals of 34 and 26 yards and all three of his point-after tries during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Lions.
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Accounts for entire offense
KDenver Broncos
December 16, 2019
McManus converted a 32-yard field goal during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
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Coverts all five PATs
KDenver Broncos
December 9, 2019
McManus connected on all five of his point-after attempts and a 36-yard field goal try during Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston.
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Nails game-winner
KDenver Broncos
December 2, 2019
McManus converted both of his point-after attempts and field-goal attempts of 31, 52 and 53 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.
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