Peyton Manning Fantasy News

It's official: TE Julius Thomas signs with the Jaguars

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:26am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Julius Thomas signed with the Jaguars for $46 million over five years with $24 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas was the #3 TE in 2013, but struggled to a #10 finish last season after dealing with torn ligaments in his ankle. He has considerable talent as a pass-catcher, but this is a huge system downgrade from Denver to Jacksonville. He'll no longer enjoy the benefits of playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense and will instead be relying on Blake Bortles to deliver the ball. If the Jaguars feature him in the passing game -- and why wouldn't they? -- he has the potential to finish as a solid fantasy TE1 provided he can stay healthy. It's certainly an upgrade for Bortles and a downgrade for Manning.

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Broncos sign TE Owen Daniels

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:27pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Broncos have reached an agreement with TE Owen Daniels, per sources.

Update: He signed three-year, $12 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniels continues to follow HC Gary Kubiak around the league. In the 12 games in which he played at least 75 percent of the snaps, Daniels averaged 3.0 catches for 33 yards and 0.25 TD (on 5.1 targets). He'll be a serviceable TE2 playing with Peyton Manning, unless the Broncos aren't done trying to replace Julius Thomas.

TE Julius Thomas 'expected' to sign with the Jaguars

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Jaguars have reached an agreement with free-agent tight end Julius Thomas, and he is expected to sign a contract with the team Tuesday, according to league sources.

The Denver Post, which first reported the news Monday night, said the multiyear contract is worth around $9 million a season.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas was the #3 TE in 2013, but struggled to a #10 finish last season after dealing with torn ligaments in his ankle. He has considerable talent as a pass-catcher, but this is a huge system downgrade from Denver to Jacksonville. He'll no longer enjoy the benefits of playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense and will instead be relying on Blake Bortles to deliver the ball. If the Jaguars feature him in the passing game -- and why wouldn't they? -- he has the potential to finish as a fantasy TE1 provided he can stay healthy. It's certainly an upgrade for Bortles and a downgrade for Manning, though whomever wins the starting tight end job in Denver will be on the fantasy radar.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning officially returning for another season

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1:27pm

Broncos, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning officially returning for another season.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning first popped up on the injury report with a thigh injury after Week 15 (vs. San Diego). When looking only at his first 13 games, Manning averaged 301 yards, 2.8 TD and 0.8 INT, or 21.4 fantasy points per game. That would have been good enough for the third-highest average if he were able to keep that pace. In the final three weeks, including the game in which he injured the thigh, Manning averaged 272 yards and just 1.0 TD versus 1.3 INT. Even with the reduced production, Manning finished as the #4 quarterback in 2014. If he's fully healthy and ready to go, we'd expect him to be selected in the top 5 in 2015 fantasy drafts, though the Broncos' activity in free agency (namely re-signing Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas) will impact his value.

'Safe bet' that the Broncos tag WR Demaryius Thomas

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:23am

PFT - [Full Article]

It’s a “safe bet” the Broncos will be applying the franchise tag to receiver Demaryius Thomas, per a source with knowledge of the situation. While the two sides are talking, a deal currently isn’t expected in the next two days.

While the magnitude of the parties’ positions isn’t known, Thomas stands to earn $13 million fully guaranteed in 2015, if the tag is applied and if he signs the franchise tender. After the tag is applied, the Broncos and Thomas will have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal.

Fantasy Impact:

With three straight top 5 finishes in both PPR and standard formats, and Peyton Manning likely back under center, the 27-year-old Thomas is one of the “sure things” at the receiver position. He got off to a slow start in 2014, averaging just 4.3-47-.33 (11.0 PPR FP) in the first three games, but caught fire after his team’s bye, posting 7.5-114-.77 (23.5 PPR FP) over the final 13 weeks.

Kubiak: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has to 'earn' starting job

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:07am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Four games into the 2014 season, C.J. Anderson was the Broncos' No. 4 running back who didn't get to dress against the Arizona Cardinals.

By season's end, Anderson was a Pro Bowler. But Anderson started the final eight games with John Fox as head coach. Gary Kubiak is the Broncos' coach now.

Will Anderson start the 2015 season as the No. 1 running back, ahead of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman?

"He's got to go earn that," Kubiak said. "When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, "C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter. ... I think he's ready to do that."

Fantasy Impact:

This is a common motivational tactic that coaches use with young, less-established players, but Anderson should be the team's RB1 in 2015 provided he doesn't report to OTAs out of shape. He began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson, he should thrive under new Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett. Provided QB Peyton Manning returns for another season, Anderson’s production should continue.

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak 'really, really liked' WR Cody Latimer prior to 2014 Draft

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:44pm

Jeff Legwold, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak "really, really liked" WR Cody Latimer when he spent time with him prior to the 2014 Draft. "I think a lot of his ability," Kubiak added.

Fantasy Impact:

Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Wes Welker retires and Emmanuel Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust, and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.

Broncos WR Cody Latimer may see a big increase in playing time

Friday, February 13, 2015, 6:46pm

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

If the Broncos continue emphasizing three-WR sets, and Wes Welker does not return, there's a role for WR Cody Latimer, perhaps lining up outside with Emmanuel Sanders moving into the slot in that package, or even in the slot, on routes like the one he ran in Dallas in the preseason finale last summer.

One aspect of Latimer's skill set that must be noted is his blocking ability, considered by some to be the best among last year's wide receiver class. If he can take his outside blocking skills and transfer them to the inside -- not as a tight end, but standing up in a tight slot alignment -- then the Broncos could have the blocking effectiveness of a two-tight end set with a three-wide receiver formation.

Latimer is unproven, but presents possibilities that the new coaching staff will likely explore.

Fantasy Impact:

Latimer is a player to monitor this offseason, especially if Welker retires and Sanders moves inside. Latimer had a disappointing rookie season and wasn't even able to beat out Andre Caldwell. However, it takes time to earn Peyton Manning's trust and the franchise didn't draft him in the second round to ride the proverbial pine.

QB Peyton Manning assures the Broncos that he's fit to play

Friday, February 13, 2015, 6:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning reassured Denver Broncos officials, including general manager John Elway, that he is physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015, league and team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The two sides met Thursday in Denver and while retirement technically remains an option for Manning, it is not one he expressed to Elway and CEO Joe Ellis, sources said.

Manning took it upon himself to get a comprehensive evaluation from a renown performance manager and trainer, Mackie Shilstone, during the past 2½ weeks in New Orleans. Shilstone, who was worked with several elite athletes in the latter stages of their careers, has given the quarterback a strong assessment based on numerous workouts and tests, a source said.

The quad injury that plagued Manning at the end of the 2014 season is fully healed.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning first popped up on the injury report with a thigh injury after Week 15 (vs. San Diego). When looking only at his first 13 games, Manning averaged 301 yards, 2.8 TD and 0.8 INT, or 21.4 fantasy points per game. That would have been good enough for the third-highest average if he were able to keep that pace. In the final three weeks, including the game in which he injured the thigh, Manning averaged 272 yards and just 1.0 TD versus 1.3 INT. Even with the reduced production, Manning finished as the #4 quarterback in 2014. If he's fully healthy and ready to go, we'd expect him to be selected in the top 5 in 2015 fantasy drafts, though the Broncos' activity in free agency (namely re-signing Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas) will impact his value.

Broncos Beat: 2014 'just the beginning' for RB C.J. Anderson

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:54pm

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

With the Broncos' return to zone blocking in 2015 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison, C.J. Anderson's rampage through opposing defenses could be just the beginning. Kubiak and Dennison's penchant for extracting career seasons from running backs continued last year in Baltimore, when they helped craft an offense that turned Justin Forsett loose.

"I just can't wait to get to work, to be honest," Anderson said.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under new Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett. Provided QB Peyton Manning returns for another season, Anderson’s production should continue.

Bears to hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:44pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bears are hiring Adam Gase as their offensive coordinator, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gase guided the Broncos to top 4 finishes in both yards and points in both of his seasons running Denver's offense. He has a nice offensive core to work with, though Jay Cutler is no Peyton Manning. The hire is good news for all of the Chicago skill players.

Report: Broncos QB Peyton Manning intends to play in 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 2:56pm

Woody Paige, Denver Post - [Full Article]

According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.

Fantasy Impact:

This is extremely good news for the entire Denver offense, including (free agent) Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and (free agent) Julius Thomas. Manning battled a worse-than-advertised quad injury down the stretch which explains why he wasn't as productive late in the season.

Broncos hire Gary Kubiak as head coach

Monday, January 19, 2015, 11:22am

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

Broncos have agreed to terms with Gary Kubiak, making him 15th coach in team history.

Fantasy Impact:

Kubiak's offense in Baltimore was 12th in total offense and 8th in scoring. It was a major turnaround from the year before. His first order of business is to convince QB Peyton Manning to come back for another season. Kubiak will reportedly bring Rick Dennison with him as offensive coordinator. Dennison was previously the QB coach in Baltimore.

Broncos, HC John Fox decide to part ways

Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Whether or not Sunday's Divisional Round loss marks Peyton Manning's final game in Denver, it will stand as John Fox's last game on the Broncos' sidelines.

Fox told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington Monday that he and the Broncos have reached a mutual decision to part ways. The team later confirmed the move through a released statement.

Fantasy Impact:

Fox was 46-18 in four seasons with the Broncos.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning played through a torn quad down the stretch

Monday, January 12, 2015, 11:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played Sunday's Divisional Playoff loss and the past month of the season with a torn right quad, according to two sources.

Manning initially injured his thigh when he rolled out right to throw a 12-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders late in the first half of Denver's Dec. 14 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Following the game, Manning said he injured his leg on a throw to Sanders. There was some thought that he had hurt it on an 8-yard completion to Sanders with 2:43 to play in the first half or three plays before he left the field and went up the tunnel to the visitors' locker room. But after the 12-yard completion with 5:39 left, Manning can be seen flexing his leg and grimacing as he moves to call the next play.

Broncos doctors knew about the injury, and Manning did what he could to intentionally conceal the injury from as many people as he could, sources said.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning averaged just 240 yards and 0.8 TD (against 1.2 INT) in his last five games, so the quad injury explains a lot. He's mulling his future, and his potential retirement would drastically change the fantasy landscape in Denver.