Broncos Fantasy News

Emmanuel Sanders contract talks on hold

Monday, July 11, 2016, 5:58pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders flashed a commercial-worthy smile as he delighted the 400 kids running through drills Monday morning at Englewood High School.

In two short years Sanders has gone from a relative unknown with Pittsburgh to a fan favorite with Denver.

He remains hopeful of staying long term with the Broncos as he enters the final season of his three-year contract. Negotiations for a new contract are on hold, which Sanders understands given the enormity of the team dealing with Von Miller’s contract deadline.

Fantasy Impact:

We had a story recently where a Broncos beat writer said if Sanders is looking for big money, he may have to go somewhere else as he's unlikely to get it from the Broncos. The story went on to say recent deals for Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns (four years, $40 million) and Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (four years, $46 million) created potential parameters for Sanders, who has more catches and yards than those wide receivers over the past two seasons, but at 29 is several years older.

Broncos Beat: Emmanuel Sanders may have to leave to get paid

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:04pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Mark Kiszla answered a question about the team potentially paying WR Emmanuel Sanders:

Meaning no disrespect to Demaryius Thomas, but Sanders is not only the best pass-catcher on the team, he is also the team’s top offensive player. But, the Broncos’ way of doing business doesn’t seem to be quite as generous now that Pat Bowlen is no longer in charge of day-to-day operations of the franchise.

Sanders is clutch. Sanders is fearless. Sanders deserves top dollar. But if he wants top dollar, I’m afraid Sanders will have to leave Denver as a free agent after the 2016 season to find it in another NFL city.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders is ranked 27th on our WR list with an ADP of the sixth round. He and Thomas obviously come with some question marks because of the QB situation, but we still project him for over 1,000 yards and almost 7 TDs this year. He's part of a large group of WRs around that spot who are projected with similar numbers but may have a better QB situation.

Broncos want to emphasize the running game

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 10:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"I don’t think there’s a question what coach (Kubiak) wants to do," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said recently. "All you have to do is look out there and see a fullback running around ... I mean, we even drafted one. [Kubiak] wants to run the ball."

The team that lined up in a two-back set all of 25 times in the 2015 regular season -- the Broncos had eight regular-season games when they didn't use the personnel grouping for a single snap -- has designs on a little something different this time around. Kubiak is intent on pumping up the Broncos' run game, and executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway is on board. The offseason on offense has included signing two tackles -- Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson -- in free agency, matching an $18 million offer sheet from the Miami Dolphins to Anderson, and using a sixth-round pick to select Janovich.

The key part of the plan is Anderson. When the Broncos chose to match the Dolphins' offer this offseason, the decision came with a message it was time for Anderson to show he wants to be the franchise back. Anderson has held up his end of the bargain, showing up in better condition for an offseason program than at any point in his career.

Anderson kept his weight down -- he said was between "218 and 220" pounds throughout the offseason program -- and intended to spend much of the break "working out, making sure my body is right."

"C.J. is ready to be an every-down guy," Kubiak said as the offseason program drew to a close. "Just watching him, I think his condition level is the best that I’ve seen it since I’ve been here. You all watch him practice. He’s had a really good offseason."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson wasn’t fully healthy heading into the season and struggled at the onset, averaging just 2.69 YPC on 11.4 rushing attempts through the first six weeks of the season. He turned it around in a big way after the Week 7 bye, however, racking up an average of 64.5 yards on 11.6 carries (5.57 YPC) and 0.58 TD over his final 12 games, including the playoffs. Those are mid-level RB1 numbers in standard formats and low-end RB1 numbers in PPR. Moreover, the Broncos committed to Anderson down the stretch, feeding him 15.6 carries over the final five games. In that span, he averaged 13.7 fantasy points in standard (and 15.9 FP in PPR). Those averages would have been good enough to finish #3 in both formats. Even though he finished strong, playoff numbers don’t count for fantasy, so the fact remains that Anderson burned his owners in 2015. As a result, his ADP is likely to remain a bit depressed heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.

Broncos Beat: Mark Sanchez only has 'slight edge' in QB race

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 11:04am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

When the Broncos traded for quarterback Mark Sanchez — and didn’t acquire any other quarterbacks this offseason — it appeared that he was set to be the team’s starter. But there’s no guarantee of that.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has said repeatedly that Sanchez will have to earn the job in a competition with last year’s seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian and this year’s first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post thinks Sanchez has only a “slight edge” over Siemian heading into training camp, and Renck thinks Sanchez has to win the job over Siemian, as opposed to the job being Sanchez’s to lose.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Siemian has the advantage that he’s the only Broncos quarterback who has spent a year in Kubiak’s offense. Lynch isn’t expected to be ready to start in Week One, but the Broncos didn’t draft him in the first round to sit him on the bench forever. So Sanchez needs to look good in training camp and the preseason to earn the job, and he needs to play well to keep the job. Sanchez's recently history with the Eagles shows he did play well at times but can play poorly other times. Even if he earns the job, he's likely not to keep it.

Bears Beat: RB Jeremy Langford 'odds-on favorite to be named the starter'

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12:20pm

Chicago Bears - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Brad Biggs:

Right now, I think most consider Jeremy Langford the odds-on favorite to be named the starter after he got 148 carries during his rookie season. But what you have to keep in mind is the Bears are more likely to go with a shared backfield than any time over the last eight seasons when Matt Forte got the bulk of the work (and nearly all of it in some seasons).

Coach John Fox has consistently used a backfield by committee in the past in time with the Broncos and Panthers and it’s a situation where the coaches look for the hot hand and ride it. This regime did not draft KaDeem Carey so right now I’d probably expect to see Jordan Howard emerge ahead of him. But Howard will have to earn that opportunity and he’s going to have to prove he’s adept at pass protection.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears saw enough from Langford to convince the team to let Matt Forte walk. Langford averaged 21.3 touches for 122 yards and 1.3 TD in the three games that Forte missed. He finished as the #23 RB in standard formats with a significant role even when Forte was healthy enough to play. He only averaged 3.6 YPC and caught just 22 of the 42 targets that came his way. His NFL talent is a topic of hot debate this offseason, but no one can question the opportunity he has in Chicago.

Kubiak: Broncos RB C.J. Anderson 'ready to be an every-down back'

Friday, June 10, 2016, 2:33pm

Troy Renck - [Full Article]

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson is in best condition he's seen him in and has responded to competition: "He's ready to be an every down back."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson wasn’t fully healthy heading into the season and struggled at the onset, averaging just 2.69 YPC on 11.4 rushing attempts through the first six weeks of the season. He turned it around in a big way after the Week 7 bye, however, racking up an average of 64.5 yards on 11.6 carries (5.57 YPC) and 0.58 TD over his final 12 games, including the playoffs. Those are mid-level RB1 numbers in standard formats and low-end RB1 numbers in PPR. Moreover, the Broncos committed to Anderson down the stretch, feeding him 15.6 carries over the final five games. In that span, he averaged 13.7 fantasy points in standard (and 15.9 FP in PPR). Those averages would have been good enough to finish #3 in both formats. Even though he finished strong, playoff numbers don’t count for fantasy, so the fact remains that Anderson burned his owners in 2015. As a result, his ADP is likely to remain a bit depressed heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.

Broncos Beat: RB C.J. Anderson looking 'more comfortable' in the offense

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:54pm

Broncos.com - [Full Article]

RBs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman both look more comfortable in the offense than they did last year, and each is doing a better job of hitting the holes and capitalizing on them when they form.

Two of Anderson's best runs Wednesday came late in practice. On the first one, Anderson read the blocking and exploded to daylight created by Max Garcia and Michael Schofield on the left side.

Seven snaps later, Anderson took a shotgun handoff from Siemian and saw a seam created by Garcia and James Ferentz. He burst through it for what would have been a substantial gain in game conditions.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson wasn’t fully healthy heading into the season and struggled at the onset, averaging just 2.69 YPC on 11.4 rushing attempts through the first six weeks of the season. He turned it around in a big way after the Week 7 bye, however, racking up an average of 64.5 yards on 11.6 carries (5.57 YPC) and 0.58 TD over his final 12 games, including the playoffs. Those are mid-level RB1 numbers in standard formats and low-end RB1 numbers in PPR. Moreover, the Broncos committed to Anderson down the stretch, feeding him 15.6 carries over the final five games. In that span, he averaged 13.7 fantasy points in standard (and 15.9 FP in PPR). Those averages would have been good enough to finish #3 in both formats. Even though he finished strong, playoff numbers don’t count for fantasy, so the fact remains that Anderson burned his owners in 2015. As a result, his ADP is likely to remain depressed heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.

Bears looking to replace Matt Forte with a committee

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:51pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

After Matt Forte spent the last eight seasons as the offense's heartbeat, coach John Fox seeks to keep it pumping with a committee approach. Replacing Forte's production, dependability and steadying presence is one of the team's greatest challenges entering Fox's second season.

"Maybe not one can do all that Matt brought to the table," running backs coach Stan Drayton said. "But they all bring a strength that can probably add up to what he brought. To say you're going to replace Matt Forte — it's going to take years, right?"

Probably. But Fox at least has a feel for managing a committee of backs, having deployed it as coach of the Panthers and Broncos. He knows what he's looking for as the competition progresses through spring practices, the preseason and into the regular season. Typically, he settles on two backs after analyzing a variety of factors.

"Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are," Fox said. "Then situationally, it can be…whoever has a hot hand."

While the uncertainty involving Jeremy Langford centers more on how he'll perform than whether he'll be in the rotation, the rest of the time share offers more questions than answers.

Jordan Howard's bruising style appealed to the Bears as a complement to Langford's speed. He'll have to prove his durability over a full NFL season, but the Bears like his chances to do so as part of a committee.

Related players: KaDeem Carey

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears fed the ball to Langford in the three games that Forte missed last year (21.3 touches per game), but Fox has always favored a committee approach at the position. The team tried to sign C.J. Anderson, so clearly they weren't sold on Langford as their workhorse back. He should lead the team in RB touches, but he'll share the workload with Howard and/or KaDeem Carey.

Elway: Paxton Lynch will 'be ready quicker than a lot of people think'

Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:19pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Broncos G.M. John Elway moved up in the first round of the draft to select quarterback Paxton Lynch, a developmental project who seems very unlikely to beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job this season. But Lynch may not take as long to become the Broncos’ starter as most observers are expecting.

Elway said on Denver Sports 760 that Lynch may just prove himself ready to be an NFL starter this year.

“Is that going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know when it can happen,” Elway said. “We think he’s going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think.”

Fantasy Impact:

With only Mark Sanchez to beat, Lynch could start Week 1 if he shows poise and an understanding of the offense in training camp. However, the Broncos could ask Sanchez to hold down the fort and be a 'game-manager' with a great defense and a strong running game. It's clear that Sanchez is just a placeholder.

Broncos to sign TE Garrett Graham

Monday, April 25, 2016, 5:25pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Broncos are signing TE Garrett Graham to a 1-year deal, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games playing for HC Gary Kubiak in 2013. That works out to 10.3 PPG (in PPR formats), which equates to low-end TE1 numbers. He'll compete with Virgil Green for targets.

Broncos re-sign RB Ronnie Hillman

Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:14pm

Mike Klis - [Full Article]

RB Ronnie Hillman and Broncos have agreed on 1-year contract, per NFL source.

Fantasy Impact:

Hillman should serve as C.J. Anderson's primary backup given the way that the Broncos leaned on Anderson down the stretch and through the playoffs (15.6 carries in his final five games).

Report: Broncos interested in bringing back Ronnie Hillman

Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:45am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Ronnie Hillman is an unrestricted free agent after wrapping up the contract he signed as a Broncos third-round pick in 2012. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the Broncos recently reached out to Hillman to express their interest in bringing him back for a fifth season with the team.

Hillman led the Broncos in rushing during the regular season with 863 yards and started 10 games ahead of C.J. Anderson, who wound up as the team’s leading rusher during the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson signed a four-year offer from the Dolphins that the Broncos matched, but Hillman’s market hasn’t been nearly as active. The story went on to say there was a report last month of Packers interest in Hillman, but nothing has materialized. The Broncos currently have Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs on the depth chart with Anderson. With all kinds of questions at QB, it makes sense the Broncos want to have a very good running game. However from a fantasy angle, we'd be looking at a similar situation as last year with both backs likely being involved in the offense.

Colin Kaepernick, Broncos meet

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:04pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos continue to explore a potential trade for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who met with general manger John Elway at Elway's Denver home on Thursday, an NFL source confirmed.

The meeting was held on the day Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary for next season became guaranteed, which eliminated the possibility that the 49ers would release him; he carries a $15.9 million cap hit for next season with about $19.3 million in dead money. But the team has given Kaepernick's agents permission to seek a trade, meaning other teams are allowed to speak with him directly.

Fantasy Impact:

Right now the Broncos have just Mark Sanchez as a possible starting QB candidate. We're a long way from Week 1, and with a very good defense to build around, one would think the Broncos would look to upgrade over Sanchez, who can be a serviceable backup.

Redskins sign TE Vernon Davis

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 1:47pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Vernon Davis is signing a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, per a source informed of the situation. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported the news.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis won't be much of a fantasy option behind Jordan Reed and Niles Paul.

Broncos match offer sheet, re-sign RB C.J. Anderson

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday matched the offer sheet that running back C.J. Anderson signed from the Miami Dolphins last week.

Anderson told ESPN he had "mixed emotions" when he was informed he would be staying with the Broncos.

"I felt disrespected, of course, but that's what put me in the position I'm in today. You know, always grinding and always working hard for that opportunity."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson wasn’t fully healthy heading into the season and struggled at the onset, averaging just 2.69 YPC on 11.4 rushing attempts through the first six weeks of the season. He turned it around in a big way after the Week 7 bye, however, racking up an average of 64.5 yards on 11.6 carries (5.57 YPC) and 0.58 TD over his final 12 games, including the playoffs. Those are mid-level RB1 numbers in standard formats and low-end RB1 numbers in PPR. Moreover, the Broncos committed to Anderson down the stretch, feeding him 15.6 carries over the final five games. In that span, he averaged 13.7 fantasy points in standard (and 15.9 FP in PPR). Those averages would have been good enough to finish #3 in both formats. Even though he finished strong, playoff numbers don’t count for fantasy, so the fact remains that Anderson burned his owners in 2015. As a result, his ADP is likely to remain depressed heading into 2016 fantasy drafts. But Ronnie Hillman is unlikely to return after a poor finish (while Anderson is a restricted free agent), so the Denver backfield is one to monitor in the offseason. As the clear RB1, he’s going to be a fantastic value in the 4th round and a solid value in the 3rd.

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