Broncos Fantasy News

Patriots sign WR Demaryius Thomas

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:05pm

Rap Sheet - [Full Article]

The Patriots are giving former Broncos and Texans WR Demaryius Thomas a 1-year deal worth up $6M, source said. They discussed trading for him last year, signed him this year.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas caught 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns last year playing for the Broncos and Texans. He is coming off his second Achilles tear of his career, so the first order of business will be for Thomas to get healthy and to make New England's roster.

Washington trades for QB Case Keenum

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:19pm

Mike Klis - [Full Article]

Broncos have trade parameters with Washington for QB Case Keenum: Broncos get WAS 6th in 2020, WAS gets Broncos 7th in '20, per source. Keenum's contract reworked. Broncos pay him $500K restructure bonus and pay $3.5 million of his $7M salary. Washington pays $3.5 mi.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington expects Alex Smith to miss the entire season, so Keenum is the Plan B. They could also draft a quarterback or make a run at a passer in free agency.

Broncos agree to trade for QB Joe Flacco

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Albert Breer reported that the Broncos will send a fourth rounder for Flacco. Flacco's best fantasy finish was back in 2010, when he finished No. 11. He had back-to-back No. 14 finishes in 2011 and 2012, but he has finished No. 19 or worse in four of the last five seasons (from 2013 to 2017). He's a competent quarterback, so compared to Case Keenum, Flacco is probably a wash for Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton. The Broncos may use an early draft pick on a rookie quarterback as well.

Gary Kubiak will join Vikings coaching staff

Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:31pm - [Full Article]

Gary Kubiak is back on an NFL coaching staff, but it's not in Denver.

The Minnesota Vikings hired the former Broncos and Texans coach on Monday, though his exact title is still to be determined, sources told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Fantasy Impact:

Kubiak interviewed earlier Monday in Minnesota and was scheduled to travel to Jacksonville to interview with the Jaguars on Tuesday. The Vikings apparently didn't let him out of the building. In addition to adding Kubiak to the coaching staff, Minnesota is bringing in his son, Klint Kubiak, to be its quarterbacks coach under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

Elway: Broncos QB Case Keenum a 'short-term fix'

Monday, January 14, 2019, 2:17pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

John Elway offered more specificity about Case Keenum's future.

"[W]e've got to -- Case is probably a short-term fix -- find the long-term guy for us," Elway told Peter King of "Football Morning in America." "When we do find that guy, we've got to have the continuity on the offensive side to where we can train him and develop him and get him there. This is our fourth offense in probably three or four years. Quarterbacks need to be developed. You don't find one ready-made. We got to have a solid system in place for when we do go after whatever guy it may be, a young guy or a trade or whatnot."

Fantasy Impact:

Former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was named the new coach last week and said during his introductory press conference that Keenum is his quarterback "right now," the story said. Denver was 5-11 in 2017 while going 6-10 this past season with Keenum.

Broncos Beat: 2018 rookie class gives reason for optimism

Monday, January 14, 2019, 9:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Best rookie: The Broncos had plenty of candidates here, including Bradley Chubb (first round) and wide receiver Courtland Sutton (second round) -- they were 1-2 among Denver's rookies as each played more than 800 snaps this season -- but undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay is the pick. Lindsay, who missed the finale after wrist surgery, finished ninth in the league in rushing (1,037 yards) and was second in the league in yards per carry (5.4). He was the most consistent player in the Broncos' offense.

Related players: DaeSean Hamilton

Fantasy Impact:

The story gave the nod to Hamilton as the most improved rookie. He didn't have a catch the first six games out of seven but then became a reliable target to finish up the season. Sutton, a second round pick, also showed flashes, especially through the first half of the season, but from a fantasy standpoint, he perhaps disappointed a little toward the end of the year when Demaryius Thomas was traded and Emmanuel Sanders was hurt and Sutton was expected to be a top target. Both Hamilton and Sutton will be in the mix as potential top targets in 2019.

Bears hire Chuck Pagano to run the defense

Friday, January 11, 2019, 9:36pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The Bears needed just two days to find their replacement after defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left to coach the Broncos.

Coach Matt Nagy announced Friday night he hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to step into the team’s top defensive role. Pagano has 16 years of NFL coaching experience, most recently as the Colts coach from 2012-17.

Pagano, 58, was the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011, when they went 12-4 and ranked third in total defense, third in points allowed, second against the run, fourth against the pass and third in sacks. Before that he served as defensive backs coach for the Ravens, Raiders and Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentions, Pagano guided the Ravens to the No. 3 overall finish in 2011 before jetting to Indianapolis to take over the Colts. There, his defenses finished higher than No. 20 just once (in 2014) in six seasons. Otherwise, the defense was a perennial problem. Given all the talent on that side of the ball, the Bears should be fine defensively.

Broncos tab Bears DC Vic Fangio as new head coach, Gary Kubiak as OC

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 2:16pm - [Full Article]

Vic Fangio is getting his first shot to be a head coach in the Mile High City. He's walked at least that far to get there.

The Denver Broncos are expected to hire the longtime defensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero added Fangio is getting a four-year deal with a fifth-year option.

The 60-year-old Fangio has spent more than half his life coaching in the NFL, including five stops and 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator. His four-year stint with the Chicago Bears culminated in the league's top scoring defense in 2018.

In addition, Gary Kubiak will leave his front office duties to run the offense, per Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

Fangio's departure is a blow to the Bears defense, but fantasy-wise the unit should be OK assuming the team hires a good defensive coordinator. His arrival should help get the Denver defense back on track to elite status. As for the offense, Kubiak has a long and great record as a play-caller. In his 22 years, his offenses have an average ranking of 9.3 in total yards and 11.5 in points scored. They have had an average ranking of 10.5 in rush attempts versus 15.8 in pass attempts, though in the last 11 years, his rush attempt ranking (14.7) and pass attempt ranking (14.1) evened out.

Broncos fire HC Vance Joseph

Monday, December 31, 2018, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Having just completed their first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s, the Denver Broncos fired Vance Joseph on Monday, a day after the team finished 6-10.

Fantasy Impact:

Joseph, who still has two years remaining on the four-year deal he signed in 2017, lasted just 32 games with the team. The Broncos now are on the hunt for the fourth head coach in John Elway's tenure as the Broncos' top football executive. Denver was 5-11 in his first year.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 3:32pm

Chargers Inactives
Dylan Cantrell WR
Anthony Lanier DE
T.Y. McGill DT
Detrez Newsome RB
Troymaine Pope RB
Jeff Richards DB
Cole Toner OT

Broncos Inactives
Su'a Cravens DB
Nico Falah C
Craig Mager CB
Shane Ray LB
Horace Richardson CB
DeMarcus Walker DE
Aaron Wallace LB

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Broncos TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Broncos WR Andre Holmes (ankle) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) was removed from the injury report Friday. Royce Freeman should get most of the carries though Devontae Booker may see most of Lindsay’s passing game role.

Rapoport: Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) faces lengthy recovery

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 9:23pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lindsay is dealing with a possible scaphoid fracture, along with ligament damage. Unless additional tests present a more positive outlook, he faces a lengthy recovery.

Related players: Royce Freeman

Fantasy Impact:

Originally Lindsay was said to have a shot to play in Week 17, but his season is now over as the injury is believed to be more serious. Lindsay was an undrafted free agent who turned into a Pro Bowler this year. Freeman should get a shot at a big workload against the Chargers in Week 17.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) hopeful to play Week 17

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 12:33pm - [Full Article]

Running back Phillip Lindsay is optimistic that the injury he suffered to his right wrist is “probably just a sprain,” he said after the Broncos’ 27-14 loss to the Raiders.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced after the game.

Related players: Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker

Fantasy Impact:

Lindsay, who exited the game after a carry in the third quarter, said he would try to play in Week 17 against the Chargers, even though the Broncos don’t have playoff implications on the line. Freeman would likely have a bigger role in Week 17 if the Broncos hold out Lindsay.