Broncos Fantasy News

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said last week that he’s “definitely” playing against the Broncos after missing the last two Arizona games with a nerve problem in his right shoulder. Coach Bruce Arians sounded a bit less convinced while discussing Palmer’s status on Monday.

Arians said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website, that Wednesday will be the day for Palmer to show that the issue has progressed to the point that he’ll be able to make the necessary throws to start against Denver. Arians added that he had hoped to see more progress from Palmer at this point, which makes his outlook for Sunday even further away from “definite.”

Fantasy Impact:

Urban also reported that Palmer wasn’t doing any throwing during the parts of practice open to reporters on Monday. Wednesday should give us a clearer idea if that’s part of the plan to get him healthy or if the shoulder still isn’t letting Palmer do what he needs to do to get back on the field. Drew Stanton would get the start again if Palmer can't go.

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Seahawks TE Zach Miller to miss 'extended amount of time'

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:44pm

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According to a report from, Seahawks tight end Zach Miller will miss an “extended amount of time” after having a procedure on his ankle.

Miller was listed on the Week 3 injury report with an ankle injury, but he was probable and wound up catching two passes in Seattle’s overtime victory against the Broncos. Injured reserve/return isn’t a possibility for Miller because the team has already used their annual spot on that list for cornerback Jeremy Lane so they’ll either have to carry Miller on the roster until he’s healthy or place him on injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

Luke Wilson and Cooper Helfelt are the other tight ends on the team’s active roster and they also have RaShaun Allen on the practice squad. Miller was averaging just over 25 yards a game receiving.

Why Cody Latimer wasn't active in Week 3

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Broncos' decision-makers like WR Cody Latimer’s physicality at the position, his top-end speed and the ability he showed to go up in a crowd and come down with the ball. As a result the team believes Latimer can, and will, be a factor in the offense.

The question is when that time will come and that’s not even something Laitmer can answer with any certainty, even as much as he'd like it to be sooner rather than later.

“I just keep grinding, try to wait your turn, keep working in practice,’’ Latimer said. “That first game, I was kind like, man, but you look and see what’s happening and keep going. I do know if I don’t practice hard, make plays in practice, they’re not going to play me. I want to keep their attention.’’

He has it, but in the Broncos’ big picture, the Broncos are choosing veteran Andre Caldwell at the moment to the be the offense’s No. 4 receiver behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker while the fifth receiver spot on game day has been taken by rookie Isaiah Burse, who is the team’s primary punt returner. Caldwell has been the No. 1 kickoff returner as well, but after 40 snaps on offense in the season opener, Caldwell has played five and two snaps, respectively, on offense in the past two games.

So, when the Broncos make the move from 53 players to 46 on game day, Latimer has been moved aside because of others’ special-teams duties.

Fantasy Impact:

The team still runs Andre Caldwell ahead of Latimer, so he isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer says he'll 'definitely be ready' to play in Week 5

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told ESPN he will "definitely'' be ready to start against the Denver Broncos in Week 5 following his team's bye week.

"I'm fired up to be 3-0. I'll definitely be ready against Denver," he told ESPN in a text message.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer's return will boost the value of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer says his shoulder is 'much, much better'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:20pm - [Full Article]

The unbeaten Arizona Cardinals have won two straight games without Carson Palmer at the wheel, but the team's starting quarterback says a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder is on the mend.

"It's better. It's much, much better," Palmer said late Tuesday, per The Arizona Republic.

Palmer told reporters that "tons of treatment" has "really helped" to awaken the dormant nerve. The veteran passer, though, acknowledged that he's still unable to throw at full velocity.

"Not yet, but I'll get there shortly," Palmer said.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Palmer will return in Week 5, in a matchup against the Broncos. His return should boost the value of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Drew Standon held down the fort, but Palmer is the superior passer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:54am - [Full Article]

Broncos Montee Ball has been met in the backfield on 20 of his 49 carries this year.

His average of 3.4 yards per carry is not what he had hoped, but he has averaged 2.08 yards per carry after contact.

According to, just two of 15 running backs with more than 40 attempts have a higher percentage of their yards coming after contact than Ball. There's nothing wrong with that -- if the contact comes as Ball approaches the second level. But on 20 carries this year and seven in Seattle, that was not the case.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to point out that defenders have poured into the backfield from all angles: outside the tackles, inside against the guards, and through the A-gap. If the Broncos can't find a way to prevent this, their ground game will continue to struggle, and effective offensive balance will remain an elusive goal. We've had a lot of questions from owners of Ball on our Discuss Your Team Forum wondering what to do with him. His slow start could also be from time missed in camp but clearly the line in front of him isn't helping either. The potential is still there for him, and as good as Peyton Manning is, no offense can be one-dimensional.

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.

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.