Broncos Fantasy News

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.

Broncos trade for QB Mark Sanchez

Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:23pm

Mike Klis, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos acquire Mark Sanchez from Philly for conditional draft pick.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanchez is likely being brought in to be the backup for whomever the team acquires to start at quarterback, but he could hold down the fort for a year if they're unable to bring anyone better in.

Dolphins sign RB C.J. Anderson to offer sheet, Denver 'unlikely to match'

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:35pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Schefter: C.J. Anderson's offer sheet with the Dolphins: 4 years, $18 million. Denver has five days to match or lose Anderson.

Benjamin Allbright: Broncos source texts back "Unlikely to match"

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Anderson is on his way to Miami. He will be reunited with his old OC, Adam Gase, who is now the HC of the Dolphins. Gase presided over Anderson's breakout late in 2014, when Anderson was the #1 fantasy running back over the final eight weeks of the season. He wasn’t fully healthy heading into the 2015 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. Given his history with Gase, Anderson is likely to assume the RB1 role in Miami with Jay Ajayi serving as his primary backup.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:11pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos lost another member of their smothering championship defense when linebacker Danny Trevathan agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears.

Texans to sign QB Brock Osweiler

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:26pm

Rand Getlin - [Full Article]

I'm told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Osweiler averaged 16.6 FP in the six games that he started and finished. That equates to middle of the road QB2 numbers, and his receiving corps won't be quite as good as it was in Denver. DeAndre Hopkins is a nice target, but there is no Emmanuel Sanders on the Texans' roster at the moment. Osweiler will be in the streaming conversation if things go well.

Broncos release TE Owen Daniels

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 2:08pm

Mike Klis - [Full Article]

Broncos just released TE Owen Daniels.

Fantasy Impact:

Denver will be in the market for a new tight end, and it will be a good landing spot for someone like Coby Fleener or Ladarius Green. The team could also elect to promote Virgil Green.

Broncos elect to extend an original round tender to RB C.J. Anderson

Monday, March 7, 2016, 12:01pm

Nicki Jhabvala, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Broncos will use a low-round tender on restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson. Worth $1.671M for 2016.

Fantasy Impact:

This means that the Broncos won't receive any compensation if they don't choose to match an offer that Anderson gets on the open market. It's somewhat surprising, but the team is salary cap strapped at the moment. 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. If Anderson returns as the clear RB1, he’s going to be a fantastic value in the 4th round and a solid value in the 3rd.

Peyton Manning to retire on Monday

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 11:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo.

The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning's retirement clears the way for Brock Osweiler, who is in contract negotiations with the Broncos.

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