Broncos Fantasy News

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Murray should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a good matchup, but he’s been involved in the passing game, so he can contribute in multiple ways.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Crabtree should be fine to play against the Broncos.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos WR Cody Latimer (groin) did not practice Wednesday.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (neck) took limited practice reps Wednesday. There doesn’t seem to be any real concern that Thomas could miss Week 5. He should be fine to play against the Raiders.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos TE James Casey (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Broncos still consider C.J. Anderson the starter

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1:26pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

The running game showed life. The Broncos ran for 144 yards, nearly matching their total of 171 in the previous three games. Yes, 72 yards came on a single mad dash by Ronnie Hillman. The run, however, was set up by smaller chunks and a commitment to the ground game. It's too early to say they have found their man in Hillman. Coach Gary Kubiak told me that he considers C.J. Anderson the starter, while admitting that Hillman has "earned the right" to get more opportunities. As the offensive line continues to improve, the running game will follow suit.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Anderson and Hillman to split touches. Anderson will continue to get the first crack, but until he starts gaining yardage in chunks (like he did at the end of last season), Hillman will remain heavily involved. The Broncos won't ignore the fact that Hillman is averaging 4.9 YPC while Anderson has only mustered 2.7 YPC.

Owen Daniels becoming red zone target

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:37pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

A surprisingly shaky start on offense is not quite what tight end Owen Daniels expected when he signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos in March.

Up to this point, the veteran has been used mostly as a blocker to help a struggling offensive line. Daniels' value has come not from the amount of production, but when he has provided it.

In back-to-back games, quarterback Peyton Manning found Daniels in the end zone for touchdowns.

Sunday vs. Minnesota, it was fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line. Two runs up the middle by running back Ronnie Hillman got stuffed on second and third down plays. Coach Gary Kubiak knew the offense needed a touchdown, not just for the game, but for the team's overall confidence.

So Kubiak drew a misdirection play-action lob pass to the man who could sneak behind the unsuspecting defense, Daniels.

It's a staple of Kubiak's system. Bait the defense with the run, then hit the tight ends and crossing receivers off the play action passes. And Daniels expects to see a lot more of it going forward.

Fantasy Impact:

He's expecting to get the ball more too once the offense can get the run game rolling, the story said. The article added Daniels did his research before he came to Denver. He knows about Manning's love affair with the tight end. And he saw former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, now with Jacksonville, total 151 catches, 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last two seasons in Denver. If you need help at TE and Daniels is still on our wire he should at least be considered as a guy with his stock rising at the position.

Bucs bring back K Connor Barth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 10:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed kicker Connor Barth one day after releasing rookie Kyle Brindza.

The Buccaneers announced the move Tuesday morning on their official Twitter account.

Barth, 29, had a previous stint with the Bucs, making 91 of 108 field-goal attempts and all 110 extra points from 2009 to 2012. He began his career with the Chiefs in 2008, and he also played for the Broncos last season.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs signed Barth on Aug. 27 to a two-year deal to compete for the kicking job late in the preseason after he was released by the Broncos. But Brindza won the job after being acquired by Tampa Bay in a trade with the Lions, prompting the Bucs to release Barth on Sept. 5.

Kubiak: C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman to split carries

Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos will not live the fantasy life at running back.

In other words, those eye-balling the Broncos’ situation at running back may not like what they see if it’s all about fantasy football. Because Broncos’ coach Gary Kubiak has other things on his mind and fully intends to keep dividing the carries evenly between C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

Why? Because when the games have been played over the season’s first four weeks, Hillman has earned a bigger slice of the workload.

“We’ll keep going the way we’re going, I think of them both as starters to be honest with you,’’ Kubiak said. “I know somebody has to walk out there on play No. 1, but they’ll both play, probably right down the middle.’’

Fantasy Impact:

In Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was exactly down the middle as Anderson and Hillman each got 11 carries in the game. Hillman turned his into 103 rushing yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run, while Anderson finished with 43 yards. That's been the trend so far this season and Hillman is making the most of his touches. Just based on how the season has gone so far, Hillman has much more upside if the two have equal work. As the story said, Hillman seems more comfortable in the Broncos offense and that's really been the case since preseason.

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 3:13pm

Broncos Inactives
Kenny Anunike DE
Omar Bolden SS
Mitchell Henry TE
Lerentee McCray LB
Ty Sambrailo OT
Trevor Siemian QB
Shelly Smith G

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. No worries here.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (neck, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos TE James Casey (knee, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 4.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 4.

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