Brandon McManus

Brandon McManus

31-Year-Old KickerK
Denver Broncos
2022 Fantasy Outlook
McManus converted 83.8 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2021, his fourth consecutive season higher than 80 percent and sixth in his eight-year career. He's known for his big leg, and the Broncos perhaps ask too much of their kicker given that 12 of McManus’ 16 misses the last three seasons have come from 50-plus yards. An improved offense could mean more attempts from close range, in addition to more PATs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $17.2 million contract with the Broncos in September of 2020.
Perfect in season finale
KDenver Broncos
January 12, 2022
McManus connected on his only field-goal attempt, while making all three of his extra-point attempts in Saturday's 28-24 loss to the Chiefs.
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McManus ended the season on a high note, making every kick in a close game with the Chiefs. On the year, McManus made 26 of 31 field-goal attempts and missed just one of his 34 extra-point attempts. The 30-year-old could have had a much bigger year if the Denver offense didn't struggle to move the ball as much as it did in 2021, so improvements on that side of the ball could go a long way in providing a boost to McManus' scoring opportunities. The veteran is under contract until he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025, so barring injury, he'll be a kicking for the Broncos in 2022.
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Despite setting an NFL record with 15 FGAs of 50-plus yards, McManus finished only T-11th in fantasy points and ninth in PPG last season, ranking 26th in extra-point tries. The Broncos have a better roster this year, but quarterback is still a likely weakness — unless the team acquires the discontented Aaron Rodgers — and it's not like McManus was all that good before 2020. His career FG percentage is 81.6, including 27 of 50 (54 percent) from 50-plus yards.
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.
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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Cleared to play Saturday
KDenver Broncos
January 8, 2022
McManus (COVID-19 protocols) has been medically cleared to play in Saturday's game against Kansas City.
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Activated, still questionable
KDenver Broncos
Undisclosed
January 7, 2022
The Broncos activated McManus (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports. McManus (COVID-19 protocols) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs.
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On COVID list
KDenver Broncos
Illness
January 3, 2022
Denver placed McManus on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.
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Another missed kick
KDenver Broncos
December 28, 2021
McManus missed one of three field-goal attempts but made his only extra-point try in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.
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Misses field goal
KDenver Broncos
December 21, 2021
McManus missed one of two field-goal attempts but made his only extra-point try in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals.
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