Broncos Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jeffery should play, but he has a bad matchup against a talented Broncos secondary.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) did not practice Wednesday. Sanders sat out much of the second half against the Chiefs after a hard hit. He was cleared of a concussion, but we’d like to see him participate in a practice or two before starting him on Sunday. He doesn’t have a built-in rapport with new QB Brock Osweiler.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Broncos TE Owen Daniels (knee, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Broncos TE Virgil Green (finger) practiced fully Wednesday.

Broncos Beat: Brock Osweiler expected to 'manage the game'

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:58pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Beat writer Troy E. Renck on the struggles of the Denver running game:

Ronnie Hillman made some good cuts but was neutralized. And C.J. Anderson finished with two carries. Kansas City showed Peyton Manning no respect. The Chiefs squatted on short passing routes, crowded the line of scrimmage, creating few openings for the Broncos to run or pass. The offensive line remains wildly inconsistent. This week provides an interesting scenario. I would expect the Broncos to ask Brock Osweiler to manage the game, meaning more reliance on the run against a week Bears' rush defense, followed by a handful of play-action shots down field. If the Broncos don't run well against Chicago, it should be a chilling concern.

Fantasy Impact:

Osweiler completed six-of-six passes to Demaryius Thomas for 54 yards in a quarter and a half, but the Broncos were in catch up mode after falling behind the Chiefs.

Pagano: Andrew Luck can't play QB 'like a linebacker'

Monday, November 16, 2015, 8:32pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts returned to work Monday following their Week 10 bye, marking, in earnest, the beginning of a prolonged period without injured franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.

But Luck was still a topic of discussion.

Coach Chuck Pagano finally addressed the elephant in the room: The fact that Luck, according to the Colts, was injured while scrambling in the open field versus the Denver Broncos last week. His reluctance to avoid contact — and his preference to take on defenders — could have contributed to his sustaining a lacerated kidney.

And, that, Pagano said, simply can't happen.

"We're going to talk every day until he figures it out and we figure it out as a team," Pagano said. "He knows full well that he can't do that. He can't put himself and this team in jeopardy. You love the grit, and you love the toughness and all that stuff. But playing the position like a linebacker? You can't."

Fantasy Impact:

Luck absorbed a direct shot to his midsection from Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan on the play on which the Colts said he was injured. It was a second-and-9 play, and Luck was well short of the first down, gaining just four yards. Yet he still barreled forward, choosing not to slide and take advantage of the protections afforded NFL quarterbacks. Luck owners probably love the bonus of few points worth of rushing yards, but not at the expense of longterm injuries. Luck often chooses not to slide feet first to give himself up.

Peyton Manning won't play Week 11

Monday, November 16, 2015, 4:45pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears, head coach Gary Kubiak announced Monday.

Kubiak informed the team Monday afternoon that Brock Osweiler will start this week.

“All of our full attention is going to be to getting Peyton back and healthy,” Kubiak said. "That decision has been made. I know that's the best decision for him, to get him back and healthy, and we need to know where we're heading this week with Brock and get our football team ready to play Chicago.”

Manning, 39, has never missed a game in the middle of a season because of injury. He was inactive the entire 2011 season while recovering from four neck surgeries while with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning will not practice this week, and he will be inactive on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

The team has not made any determinations about Manning’s status beyond Week 11, the story said. Manning is currently dealing with an issue to the plantar fascia in his foot. Kubiak said Manning was extremely sore after the Broncos game against the Colts, and Manning was pulled from Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter after throwing his fourth interception. Rookie Trevor Siemian will back up Osweiler on Sunday.

Peyton Manning (torn plantar fascia) in doubt Week 11

Monday, November 16, 2015, 9:59am - [Full Article]

Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Broncos QB Peyton Manning has a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Plantar fascia is the tissue connects a person's heel to their toes, and can cause immense pain and swelling when disturbed.

Essentially, Manning had no arch in one of his feet against the Chiefs on Sunday, severely limiting his ability to create power or push from his lower body.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning amassed a 0.0 quarterback rating and hurled four awful interceptions, eventually getting replaced by Brock Osweiler so it perhaps explains some of the struggles against KC. Manning's status for Week 11 is now in doubt meaning Osweiler could get the start. It's an early afternoon matchup at Chicago, which is a fairly favorable matchup. Osweiler certainly will have some weapons to work with and may have QB2 potential when our rankings come out.

Emmanuel Sanders ACTIVE vs. Chiefs

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 3:12pm

Broncos Inactives
Jordan Norwood WR
Trevor Siemian QB
Richard Gordon TE
Darius Kilgo NT
Shelly Smith G
DeMarcus Ware LB

Fantasy Impact:

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) will play in Week 10 but likely won't be 100-percent in this contest. He was listed as questionable during the week. As expected, Peyton Manning and C.J. Anderson are active.

Peyton Manning also has rib cage injury

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2:03pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning has landed on the Broncos' injury report with three different issues this season.

On Saturday, a fourth was listed. In addition to the foot injury he's been dealing with "for a couple of weeks now," according to coach Gary Kubiak, Manning also has a rib cage injury.

"He looked good, threw the ball around good and moved good," Kubiak said Friday, before the rib cage injury was announced. "He had a good day."

Fantasy Impact:

Manning did not practice Wednesday and was limited both Thursday and Friday. He is still listed as probable to play Sunday, when the Broncos (7-1) host the Chiefs (3-5).

Broncos look to get Vernon Davis more snaps

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:25am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is promising to get new tight end Vernon Davis more involved in the offense.

Which is good, because Davis could hardly be less involved than he was in his first game as a Bronco, when he was limited to half a dozen snaps and no catches. Obviously, that wasn’t what Kubiak had in mind when the Broncos traded for Davis, but Kubiak said Davis’s limited playing time was largely because the Broncos fell behind early and had to play no-huddle most of the game, and Davis doesn’t know the offense well enough yet to know all of Peyton Manning’s calls at the line.

“Yeah, he’s definitely going to play more,” Kubiak said of Davis. “We got down and got into some hurry-up verbiage at the line of scrimmage. Those are the things that he wasn’t up with us on, so that’s why he kind of got the lost [snaps] there at times. He’s much more available this week from the standpoint of what he knows.”

Fantasy Impact:

There is some potential for Davis in Denver but he needed some time to learn the offense. He'll also have to deal with Owen Daniels at the position. For now, a wait-and-see approach is probably the best approach.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 10. Manning will be fine to face the Chiefs, though he may be without Emmanuel Sanders.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Anderson has looked good since the bye and is gaining on Ronnie Hillman, who was ineffective in Week 9.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Hillman played through the injury but wasn’t effective in the Broncos’ last game. C.J. Anderson is once again pushing for RB1-type carries, but we expect Hillman to get another start.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. Norwood has served as the team’s WR3 when healthy and may play a bigger role if Emmanuel Sanders is out against the Chiefs.

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