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 four-year, $17.2 million contract with the Broncos in September of 2020.
Hits 10 50+ yarders
KDenver Broncos
January 17, 2021
McManus converted 28 of 34 field goals and 24 of 27 point-after attempts in 2020.
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McManus was handed a big contract early in the season and delivered mixed results. One one hand, he led the league with 10 field goals of 50 or more yards. On the other, his field-goal conversion rate was just above his career average and he missed as many point-after attempts in 2020 as he had in his entire career heading into the season. Six of McManus's nine total misses on the year came in the final three games of the season, including two near-impossibly long misses in Week 17 versus Oakland, so his issues are likely not overarching. He remains one of the league's biggest legs.
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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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Misses three long kicks
KDenver Broncos
January 4, 2021
McManus converted field goals of of 22, 26, and 37 yards during Sunday's loss to Las Vegas while also making both of his point-after attempts. He missed a field-goal attempt of 56 yards and had attempts of 63 and 70 yards blocked.
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Has costly miss
KDenver Broncos
December 28, 2020
McManus converted an extra point and field goals of 30, 50 and 52 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers.
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Back with team
KDenver Broncos
December 23, 2020
McManus will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and rejoin the Broncos for practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Won't play Saturday
KDenver Broncos
Undisclosed
December 18, 2020
McManus, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be available for Saturday's game against the Bills, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
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Not expected to kick Saturday
KDenver Broncos
Undisclosed
December 17, 2020
The Broncos are expected to be without McManus (undisclosed) Saturday against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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