Broncos Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Ball is not expected back this week, so it looks like C.J. Anderson is in for a huge workload against the Chiefs.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Hillman remains out.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Thomas reportedly has a chance to return this week, but he’s not off to a good start.

Broncos Beat: C.J. Anderson poised for bigger workload

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 8:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For much of the last two seasons, the Denver Broncos have lived the hot-hand life in the run game.

Running backs coach Eric Studesville, with a collection of backs he ranks every week for playing time but close enough in abilities to split the carries in some fashion, would roll them all through the huddle.

As he puts it: “It’s a gut feel, you look at the guys, look at where were are on offense, see how they’re running and you go from there."

Besides, when a team throws the ball as often as the Broncos have since Manning’s arrival in 2012, there aren’t always that many carries to go around.

Still, C.J. Anderson is now poised to have a stretch of games like the Broncos haven’t had since Manning’s inaugural season.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I just look at it like I need to get myself ready to handle whatever they ask me to do," Anderson said. “[Studesville] tells me to go in and I go in. He tells me to run it, I run it. If you need to block, you block, if you need to catch the ball, you catch the ball. And if you need to wait a bit to do it, you wait and stay ready."

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to point out that with injuries to Montee Ball (right groin) and Ronnie Hillman (left foot), the sturdy Anderson might get a workload that resembles a primary-back approach like he did in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins. Anderson had 27 carries for 167 yards -- both season-highs for a Broncos running back and easily career-bests for Anderson. The Broncos are at Kansas City in Week 13.

Report: Broncos cut K Brandon McManus, sign Connor Barth

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 8:38pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos have switched kickers again, waiving first-year pro Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth, who hasn't kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

Barth, 28, won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely at the Broncos complex in suburban Denver on Tuesday.

The Broncos were in the market for a new kicker after McManus clanked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami on Sunday. That came on the heels of a game in St. Louis where they passed up field goal attempts of 54 and 55 yards indoors.

McManus' longest field goal was from 44 yards, and he didn't really get the chance for a pressure kick for the AFC West-leading Broncos.

While solid on kickoffs, McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts. His 69.2 percent conversion rate was dead last among NFL kickers, ranking ahead of only Nate Freese and Alex Henery, both of whom were released by Detroit earlier this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Barth, who spent four of his five seasons in Tampa Bay, has plenty of experience in crunch time, although not for a team with quite the Super Bowl aspirations of the Broncos, the story said. Barth has made 84 percent of his career field goal tries. He was the most accurate kicker in Buccaneers history but missed all of last season after tearing the Achilles tendon in his right foot during a charity basketball game. He returned this year but was beaten out by rookie Patrick Murray. The Broncos, of course, kept McManus over Matt Prater who was suspended the first four games of the season and is now with Detroit. Barth has a ton of fantasy potential for those looking to upgrade.

Chance Julius Thomas returns for Week 13

Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:40pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

More healing is necessary but there's a chance Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will return to play in the AFC West showdown Sunday night at Kansas City.

Thomas missed the Broncos' 39-36 victory Sunday against Miami and all but a few plays in their previous week's loss at St. Louis because of a severely sprained left ankle.

"I have had better days, and I have had worse days," Thomas said Monday. "You hope you just wake up one day and it feels good again, but that didn't happen last week. But it has improved."

Thomas made an NFL-record 12 touchdown receptions through nine games. He had such a big lead that two weeks later he still tops all NFL players in touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

Jacob Tamme would likely play in place of Thomas but had just one catch for -1 yard in Week 12 against the Dolphins. Because of that, and despite the offense he plays in, owners would have to consider him a risky start.

Julius Thomas officially OUT for Broncos

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:01pm

Broncos Inactives
Marvin Austin DT
Montee Ball RB
Tony Carter CB
Chris Clark T
Ronnie Hillman RB
Michael Schofield T
Julius Thomas TE

Fantasy Impact:

Jacob Tamme makes for a borderline TE1 start for those holding out hope for Julius Thomas. C.J. Anderson is a top option at RB with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out.

Lamar Miller active for Dolphins

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00pm

Dolphins Inactives
Jalil Brown DB
Cortland Finnegan CB
Jonathan Freeny LB
Nate Garner G
Anthony Johnson DT
Billy Turner T
Charles Clay TE

Fantasy Impact:

RB Lamar Miller is active and usable as an RB2 in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:07pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos have shuffled their thin backfield on the eve of their showdown with the Miami Dolphins. They promoted Jeremy Stewart from their practice squad and waived rookie Kapri Bibbs.

Stewart gives the Broncos' backfield more experience with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) sidelined.

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart is a third-year pro from Cal who appeared in 17 games during his first two NFL seasons in Oakland. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad Oct. 8. Stewart has one career TD run on 27 carries for 103 yards and 10 catches for 68 yards. He also plays special teams and owns a 17.3-yard average on eight kickoff returns. He'll likely be behind starter C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. It's possibly Hillman returns for Week 13.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Antonio Gates made some headlines when he said that Rivers is playing through a “very severe rib injury.” Rivers should be fine for a pretty good matchup with the Rams, though Peyton Manning had trouble against St. Louis last week, and Rivers only has one touchdown pass (versus three interceptions) in his last two games.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Tannehill should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a great matchup, but Tannehill may be forced to throw more than the Dolphins would like.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Look for C.J. Anderson to carry the load in a so-so matchup with the Dolphins.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Hillman won’t play for a while. With Montee Ball also out, C.J. Anderson will likely carry the load in the short term.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Miller expects to play against the Broncos despite the questionable tag. It’s a tough matchup from a rushing standpoint, but Miller is typically involved in the passing game, and Miami may throw more than usual against Denver.