When asking yourself the question this August, "Is Manning going to be healthy enough to play?" answer it with: Uh, look at his backup.
The Broncos not only put their money on Manning, they also didn't bother to insure themselves against Manning's neck that knocked him out of the 2011 season. That should tell you enough about whether Manning is going to play.
The question about whether he will be himself is something that won't be answered until midseason. The good news is this Manning will be available on the board well into the middle rounds for the first time ever.
Manning's arm strength will determine the balance of power in the AFC West, but this is arguably the most balanced division top to bottom. While there is no elite team here, there is no slouch either. It should make for a lot of wide-ranging values in fantasy here this season.
We are already taken our capsule looks at the NFC East, AFC East, NFC North, AFC North, NFC South, AFC South and NFC West. We conclude with the balanced AFC West's depth charts, position battles, injury questions and fantasy positional rankings:
1 Philip Rivers SD
1 Darren McFadden OAK
1 Dwayne Bowe KC
1 Antonio Gates SD
1 Sebastian Janikowski OAK
1 Broncos DEN