Broncos Fantasy News

Seahawks will force Cam Newton to throw the ball

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:52pm

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Seattle has held Cam Newton to one touchdown in three games since 2012. What has been the key to that?

Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount: Newton shouldn't feel too bad. The Seahawks have made a lot of very good QBs look bad the past couple of years -- Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers this year in the season opener, to name two. But the biggest thing is they've done what I'm sure the Panthers want to do to Russell Wilson -- cut off his running lanes and force Newton to beat them throwing. Newton had 12 carries for only 24 yards in the game at Charlotte earlier this season. Forcing any QB to beat them just by passing is a chore against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, which has three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has averaged 146 passing yards and 35 rushing yards in his last three games against Seattle. He has thrown one touchdown pass and one interception (total) in those three games. Daily fantasy players should look elsewhere for a strong quarterback play.

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Ravens can slow Rob Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:44pm

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The Ravens have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the regular season, and they held Jimmy Graham to 47 yards receiving. Do the Ravens have a chance of slowing down Rob Gronkowski, or do you throw out those numbers because he is on a different level?

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss: They can definitely slow Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost. One of the most impressive things about Gronkowski’s season to me is how his 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns hardly tell the whole story. It’s plays like touchdown catches by Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen against the Broncos on Nov. 2 that highlight his true value because there were three to four defenders swarming around Gronkowski in the end zone, creating those one-on-one opportunities for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. That was pretty commonplace this season with Gronkowski, who is a pure combination tight end in the sense that he can also dominate as a blocker when he wants; it's not just catching the ball. So I’d be surprised if the Ravens can slow Gronkowski consistently with just one player like safety Will Hill. But if they want to devote extra resources to it, they can probably dictate the ball going elsewhere, and the Patriots have shown the ability to capitalize when that happens.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are #19 in TE aFPA in the last 10 games, so we're not too concerned about their chances to shutting down Gronkowski. The Patriots have enough weapons in the passing game to make Baltimore pay if they consistently double- or triple-team Gronkowski.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 2:41pm

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Through the first nine games of the season, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had 38 catches for 423 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Thomas hurt his ankle in the team’s 10th game, however, and added just five catches and 66 yards to those totals while sitting out three games before making a quiet return in the final three weeks of the regular season. Thomas called the experience a “frustrating” one and said that he hopes the bye before the Broncos open their playoff schedule helps him get back into form.

“I just try to do everything I can, continue to get better and try to get healthier,” Thomas said, via ESPN.com. “Some things feel great, some things I’m still trying to improve on. It kind of changes day-to-day, but I’m just going to keep working with it and keep doing all I can. That is definitely the goal. I’m hoping that in two weeks it’ll be a big change for me. So get over that hump and get back to looking like the guy I used to be. So I’m looking forward to it and definitely anticipate being in better health.”

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas’s injury and ensuing absence from the lineup coincided with the Broncos’ offensive turn toward a more run-heavy look with C.J. Anderson, as well as an uneven stretch of play for Peyton Manning. Having Thomas somewhere closer to full speed would provide a boost to the passing game for Denver, although it will be a while before we know if the extended rest has served as the right tonic for Thomas’s troubles, the story pointed out.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:04am

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Marques Colston might be back with the New Orleans Saints next year. But just in case he isn’t, the Saints cherished his game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for all it was worth.

Colston was awarded a game ball after turning a short pass into a 36-yard TD with 1:57 remaining. And the usually-stoic veteran even shed a tear, fellow receiver Robert Meachem told The Advocate.

“You couldn’t have scripted a better ending,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who acknowledged that assistant coach Joe Vitt had made the team aware of certain milestones they could reach in the season finale -- including the fact that Brees and Colston could move into fifth place in NFL history with 68 touchdowns as a duo (they broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne).

Fantasy Impact:

Brees, Meachem and receiver Kenny Stills all insisted that they expect Colston to be back in 2014, even though his future is in doubt since he’s due $7 million in salary and bonuses. But the emotion they all expressed made it clear that they’re prepared for the possibility Colston, 31, might be done after nine seasons with the Saints. Colston could take a pay cut to stay, the story pointed out, but Saints may want to move on with a healthy Brandin Cooks back next year to go along with Stills, who emerged this year after injuries slowed his start to 2014.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) ACTIVE, as expected

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:10pm

Broncos Inactives
Paul Cornick T
Dominique Jones TE
Brandon Marshall OLB
Michael Schofield T
Juwan Thompson RB
Mitch Unrein DT
T.J. Ward SS

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders is good to go for an important game.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Manning is fully expected to play since Denver needs a win to secure a first round bye.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. He’s fully expected to carry the load in an important game for Denver.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Hillman should return this week, but he’s likely to serve as the change-of-pace back to C.J. Anderson, who has been a revelation after taking over as the team’s primary back. Anderson is a very strong start against a shaky Oakland rush defense.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (hip, knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Sanders should be fine to play in an important game for the Broncos.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Thomas will almost certainly play against the Oakland in an important game for the Broncos.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos TE Jacob Tamme (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Thomas played his highest percentage of snaps (65%) since Week 10, so he’s working his way back. He saw six targets, so at least he was involved in the offense.

Ryan Mathews, Keenan Allen not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:37pm

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The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces.

Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews hasn't played since injuring his ankle in Week 14, while Allen remains week-to-week with the broken collarbone he sustained in a Week 15 loss to the Broncos. While coach Mike McCoy says it's possible Mathews will suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, it's fair to wonder if Allen will even play again this season, the story went on to say. Eddie Royal seemed to benefit the most without Allen in the lineup as did TE Antonio Gates. Dontrelle Inman also had a nice game at WR for the Chargers last week.

Peyton Manning says poor play not injury related

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:28am

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Broncos QB Peyton Manning blamed himself and wound up with four interceptions overall for the first time since he joined the Broncos. Manning labeled his performance “not good” and said, via ESPN.com, it was the product of poor play rather than injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning said no when asked if his thigh was affecting him on the field in Cincinnati, an answer that’s as comforting as it is worrisome with the playoffs right around the corner, the story pointed out. Manning did play well against the Chargers in Week 15, but it’s been a choppy stretch for him and an injury would at least suggest an explanation other than slowing down at the end of another long season, the story went on to say. Denver has a Week 17 home game to try and end the regular season on a positive note.