C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 12/17/14 4:45pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has averaged 27.25 carries in the last four games, and his workload may need to be monitored by the team as the playoffs approach. However, it helps that Anderson started his midseason run with a completely fresh body since not being a featured back since his sophomore year in college. Denver had planned to cut Anderson's carries in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, but QB Peyton Manning falling ill changed the game plan. In the last two weeks, Anderson has 50 carries for 143 yards for a 2.9 yards-per-carry average. Before that, he was averaging 5.4 yards per carry. RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) is hoping to return in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals, which could take some pressure off Anderson.
Huddle Up: Even if he has some of his workload trimmed, Anderson remains a must-start in all fantasy formats as the lead back in what's become one of the league's more run-committed offenses.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 12/15/14 10:18am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) is not expected to be in danger of missing Week 16. The thigh injury is believed to be related to his illness, and the team isn't concerned.
Huddle Up: You may recall Manning panicking Broncos fans and fantasy owners by exiting the first half early to reportedly get an IV, but he played the second half and should be just fine for championship week.
Quinton Carter - SPosted 12/13/14 3:26pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) was placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Saturday, Dec. 13. SS Quinton Carter (knee) was also placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured.
Huddle Up: A Top 10 pick in most fantasy leagues this year, Ball was a huge disappointment. He finishes the season with just 172 yards and one touchdown. With the emergence of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, Ball's future role in Denver's offense is unclear. He'll have to fight for playing time in 2015.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/12/14 2:39pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Unlike last week, Thomas is looking like he'll actually be active AND play against the Chargers on Sunday.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 12/12/14 5:51pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Green light for Anderson owners after the RB caused some consternation by sitting out Wednesday's practice. Anderson should again see the majority of the RB touches with Juwan Thompson mixed in.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/11/14 2:47pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) looked more comfortable running routes during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: All signs continue to point toward Thomas returning Sunday following essentially a four-game absence.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 12/11/14 10:54pm ET
Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and Wes Welker (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 11, after sitting out Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: A number of Broncos were held out of Wednesday's light practice, and those Thomas owners who weren't KO'd by Thomas' 2-11 performance last week are hoping for a big bounce-back week.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 12/10/14 4:04pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Despite his three-touchdown day Sunday, Anderson was in and out of the game. At this point, there's no reason not to expect him to play Sunday in San Diego, but backup Juwon Thompson might be in line for extra work even if he does.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 12/10/14 4:04pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Thomas played Sunday after getting his ankle stepped on in practice last week, but he clearly wasn't himself with 2 catches for 11 yards. He should be able to show something more in practice the rest of the week if he's going to avoid a repeat.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/10/14 6:20pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10 but expects to play in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: For those Thomas owners who've survived despite the TE's month-long absence, it's looking like this will be the week he returns barring any practice setbacks.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/9/14 4:14pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is planning to play Sunday, Dec. 14, after being held out of much of Week 14.
Huddle Up: Thomas has essentially missed the last month after going out early in Week 11, and his return will be welcomed by the fantasy owners who have managed to survive without him.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's fine with the team running the football more. 'If you're still playing in January and February, it seems like every good football team has some kind of running game,' Thomas said. 'If you get that balance between run and pass, I think we can go deeper and deeper.'
Huddle Up: Complicating matters for Thomas last Sunday was that he was less than 100 percent after having his ankle stepped on in practice last week, and he finished the game with season lows in targets (5), receptions (2) and receiving yards (11). If that didn't seal your playoff fate, thank the rest of your team and count on Thomas bouncing back quickly.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 12/7/14 8:01pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass in the Week 14 win against the Buffalo Bills, ending his streak at 54 straight games with a scoring strike.
Huddle Up: The Broncos went to the running game for the second straight week. Manning picked a bad time to end his touchdown streak from a fantasy perspective with playoffs starting this week. For owners who survived, hopefully Denver will return to throwing the ball more in Week 14 against San Diego.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing again and moving around well Friday, Dec. 5, but there is no guarantee he plays in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Thomas has a better shot than last week, but it looks like it's headed to another dreaded Sunday-afternoon game-time decision.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 12/5/14 6:19pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who had his ankle stepped on in practice Wednesday and sat out Thursday, returned to limited action Friday but will play in Week 14 barring an unforeseen reversal of fortune.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 12/4/14 2:24pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 4, after he had his ankle stepped on during practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: Ouch! Definitely something to keep a close eye on with one of fantasy's true elite wideouts sustaining a mid-week injury.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/4/14 3:54pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: Unlike the team's other pass-catching Thomas, the TE was able to get in limited work for the second straight day. His status, though, for Sunday is still yet to be determined.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/3/14 4:13pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: The Broncos are cautiously optimistic Thomas will be able to play Sunday following a two-game absence, but nothing is going to be decided until later in the week.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 12/1/14 8:38pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) said he is closing in on a return to action. He also stated that his current ankle injury is not similar in any way to the right ankle problem that slowed his first two seasons. "It's nothing like the last one,'"Thomas said. "No crutches, no boots, I've been able to move the whole time. It's just getting that strength back. No, I won't be flying out for surgery in a couple days.' He did some core work with trainers before the Week 13 game and didn't play.
Huddle Up: Thomas was a game-time decision in Week 13, and you would think that would make him a good bet to return Sunday after a two-game absence. See, though, what he can do in practice this week. Despite the missed games, Thomas still leads all NFL pass-catchers with 12 receiving TDs.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/30/14 8:19pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for the Week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Jacob Tamme will get the start once again but he plays on less than 50 percent of the offense snaps. Tamme is a TE2 at best unless he catches a touchdown pass.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/28/14 2:50pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is in attendance for practice Friday, Nov. 28, but is not participating in drills.
Huddle Up: Well, Friday is here, and it sounds like Thomas wasn't even able to get in the limited work he had in the previous two practices. In other words, it's looking like the TE will miss a second straight game.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/28/14 8:28pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Thomas will be a game-time decision but it's looking like he'll miss another game with an ankle injury. Jacob Tamme would start in his place. Tamme isn't on the fantasy radar.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/27/14 8:03pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Another practice, same status for Thomas is trying to make it back after missing Week 11. See if Friday's practice report is any more illuminating.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/26/14 4:05pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: It's the first practice of the week for the Broncos, and Thomas will likely have to show more later in the week to avoid missing a second straight game.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 11/26/14 6:49pm ET
Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Ball and Hillman are likely out another week or two at the minimum, leaving late-season standout C.J. Anderson firmly in charge of the starting gig.
Connor Barth - PKPosted 11/25/14 6:45pm ET
The Denver Broncos signed free-agent PK Connor Barth (Buccaneers) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 25, after waiving PK Brandon McManus, according to a source.
Huddle Up: For those who prefer kickers playing for high-scoring teams, Barth is the new man in the Mile High City.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 11/21/14 2:53pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach John Fox.
Huddle Up: Sanders will be good to go Sunday but does face a Miami D that surrenders the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/21/14 3:00pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle), who appeared limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, figures to be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Thomas said his ankle is improving, though: 'If I can go, I will go.'
Huddle Up: Thomas has made small strides throughout the week, but his status obviously remains very much in question. The big problem for his fantasy owners is the Broncos' late-afternoon kickoff so plan your lineup arrangements accordingly.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 11/20/14 3:48pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is able to exercise as part of his concussion protocol. He missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Getting exercise clearance is a good sign, but fantasy owners are going to have wait and see on the final call for Week 12, which will likely come Friday.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 11/20/14 3:48pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Thomas missed a second straight day, but still has a chance to play Sunday, especially if he can get in some work Friday.
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