Broncos Fantasy News

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:06pm

Broncos Inactives
Tony Carter CB
Ben Garland G
Cody Latimer WR
Lerentee McCray OLB
Michael Schofield OT
Danny Trevathan OLB
Mitch Unrein DT

Fantasy Impact:

Wes Welker returns to the active lineup for the Broncos. Welker is expected to be eased back in.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:50am - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Andrew Mason answer a question about Montee Ball slow start:

Montee Ball is doing all right, given that he missed two weeks of training camp and this offensive line combination has played just two full games together.

He hit the holes well Sunday, much better than he did against Indianapolis, and did well reading the flow of the play and his blocks. If he has more games like Week 2's -- when he averaged 8.9 yards every time he touched the football -- he'll be fine.

He spoke Thursday of needing to make sure he gains three or four yards on first down. One problem in recent weeks was how many times he was met in the backfield and had to struggle just to minimize the damage; with better play up front, and perhaps more use of Virgil Green as an H-back or fullback, this might go better Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a tough matchup this week against the Seahawks, but the missed time in training camp seems to be contributing to the slow start this season. Owners should probably still with Ball as his potential is still very high.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Lynch should be good to go for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lynch exited Week 2’s game against San Diego due to “ongoing” back problems, per HC Pete Carroll. He should be fine to face the Broncos, but this is something to monitor.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) misses practice on Wednesday

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:41am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch left the sidelines early with still over a minute to play in Seattle’s 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the reason for Lynch’s early departure was due to a sore back that tightened up late in the game.

“It’s an ongoing issue for him for years,” Carroll said. “It’s something we’re always monitoring.”

Lynch did not practice with the Seahawks on Wednesday due to his back issue.

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch should be fine to face the Broncos, but this is something to monitor this week. Robert Turbin is the proper handcuff for Lynch at this point.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick, Stedman Bailey officially reinstated

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:57am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL and NFLPA announce agreement on new PED policy. Broncos WR Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, Rams WR Stedman Bailey have been reinstated.

NFL and NFLPA are still working on the substances of abuse policy.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker and Bailey are eligible to play this weekend. We're still waiting to hear about the substance abuse policy and the official revised suspensions for Josh Gordon and others. Gordon is widely reported to be facing a 10 game suspension.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:08pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Last month, Denver coach John Fox suggested K Matt Prater hadn't worn out his welcome in Denver, saying, "He's part of our family."

Then, a contrite Prater apologized and pledged to stay out of clubs to avoid the temptation to drink again, which could result in a yearlong ban. His suspension is costing Prater $750,000 of his $3 million base salary. There's the rub.

The Broncos are paying big bucks for their specialists — Prater will count $3.812 million against this year's cap and punter/holder Britton Colquitt another $3.25 million.

Current K Brandon McManus signed a deal that would pay him $420,000 this year and $510,000 in 2015, when Prater's base salary jumps to $3.25 million.

That's no small consideration for a team that has several stars coming up for big long-term contracts, including Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr.

McManus wants to stay here with them. He sees Denver not as a stopover but as his destination.

Fantasy Impact:

So far he's turning this into a decision for the Broncos, but the life of a kicker can change with one missed kick. Prater has two more games to serve and the Broncos take on Seattle and Arizona, both teams with good defense that could keep those contest close - meaning McManus could have a chance to play a big role.

Knowshon Moreno out 4-8 weeks

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:06pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left shoulder and possible fracture that will keep him out of the lineup at least four weeks but up to eight weeks if there is a serious fracture, a source told The Herald Sunday.

Moreno, the Dolphins running back, injured himself on his first carry of the game. He gain four yards and did not play the rest of the game.

It is likely general manager Dennis Hickey will go hunting for a running back tonight or Monday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a blow to the Miami running game because in Week 1 Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in a win over the Pats. The Dolphins will have to rely on Lamar Miller now who finished with 11 carries for 46 yards against the Bills. The Dolphins also used Damien Williams on Sunday, giving him five carries. With a bye in Week 5, Miller has favorable matchups straight through Week 8: Chiefs (Week 3, 26th), Raiders (Week 4, 30th), Packers (Week 6, 27th), Bears (Week 7, 24th), Jaguars (Week 8, 23rd).

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:15pm

Broncos Inactives
David Bruton SS
Tony Carter CB
Ben Garland G
Cody Latimer WR
Michael Schofield OT
Danny Trevathan OLB

NFL, NFLPA 'still working' on drug policy

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:31pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

The NFL Players Association had hoped the league's revised drug policy would be finalized on Saturday in time for a handful of suspended players to be rejoin their team's active rosters.

It didn't happen.

Despite a unanimous vote from 32 NFL player representatives Friday evening on a term sheet of the comprehensive new drug policy, the process stalled when the policy was returned to the NFL and union's lawyers.

"We're still working on it," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports in an email Saturday afternoon.

That leaves players like Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan still on their teams' suspended lists. Players must be on an active roster by 4 p.m. Saturday to be eligible to play.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker is the one of the bigger fantasy names affected by the delay, but it appears he could be able to play Week 3. Whenever the new policy - which will include HGH testing, higher marijuana thresholds, increased penalties for drunk driving and neutral arbitration for appeals - is finalized, the NFLPA will have a full list of players who will receive "adjusted discipline," the union said in statement on Saturday. The new policy will be retroactive to March 11, 2014, the first day of the NFL year, the story says.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Bowe is returning from suspension. The Chiefs may be in catch up mode for most of the game if the Broncos jump out to an early lead.

Broncos Beat: Demaryius Thomas typically bounces back in a big way

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Any time Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has a game with fewer than 50 yards receiving -- and it hasn't happened all that often with Peyton Manning at quarterback -- the next week is routinely a big day. Thomas had 48 yards receiving in the opener. Over the past two seasons combined, Thomas has been held to under 50 yards receiving in six games. Five times Thomas has followed that with a 100-yard day in his next game and scored a touchdown in four of those games. You'd have to have a pretty stacked receiving corps to even consider sitting Thomas, but this week is definitely not the week for it.

Fantasy Impact:

So Thomas has gained 100-plus yards in five of six games after being held under 50 yards. What about the other game? He posted 4-82-1 against the Chiefs in 2012 after a 3-42-1 line the week before.