Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/21/14 6:20pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) was not at practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Reports have placed Ball's likely return in Week 10 or 11, but in the meantime, Ronnie Hillman looks to be tightening his grip on the No. 1 RB role, coming off back-to-back strong performances.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw his third touchdown of the first half of Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers to WR Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. It was the 509th touchdown pass of Manning's career, as he moved into the top spot in NFL history for career touchdown passes.
Huddle Up: Manning carved up the 49ers all night, quickly securing the record before calling it an evening with the Broncos up by a healthy margin. He remains the top fantasy quarterback in the game, even without the record to pursue.
Juwan Thompson - RBPosted 10/18/14 8:38pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Juwan Thompson is slotted behind RB Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart, and he is a versatile back. He never rushed for more than 500 yards in a season in college, but he caught the ball well, blocked well and played special teams. He even started a game at linebacker in college.
Huddle Up: Thompson will back up Ronnie Hillman on Sunday. He currently has little fantasy value though unless Hillman gets hurt.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/18/14 8:38pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) will have a difficult time regaining the featured-back role this season after his injury. It's beat writer Mike Klis' opinion that Ball never fully recovered from his appendectomy, which could have been a precursor to his groin injury.
Huddle Up: Ball was ineffective as the starter and Ronnie Hillman rushed for 100 yards in his first game as the No. 1 back against the Jets. It's likely the Broncos will use both running backs when Ball returns, with Hillman remaining the starter.
Von Miller - LBPosted 10/17/14 10:14am ET
Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) has shed the brace on his knee, which is an indicator he's all the way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Miller has five sacks in six games thus far.
Huddle Up: Good sign for Miller as he continues to work his way back from last season's ACL injury. Perhaps no brace equals an uptick in sack rate, which would certainly make his IDP fantasy owners happy.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/17/14 8:11pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Ronnie Hillman will get his second straight start. Hillman is coming off a 100-yard performance and is a strong RB2 against the 49ers this week.
Danny Trevathan - LBPosted 10/14/14 7:44pm ET
The Denver Broncos placed LB Danny Trevathan (knee) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 14, with a designation to return.
Huddle Up: Trevathan's second knee-area bone fracture will cost him 8 weeks this time, and the Broncoss' 2013 leading tackler won't be eligible to return until the team's Week 15 game at San Diego.
Danny Trevathan - LBPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) will have an MRI Monday, Oct. 13, to determine the extent of the left knee injury suffered in the Week 6 game against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Another hit to the Denver linebacking corps. Fantasy-wise this might not be awful, as it means Peyton Manning and mates will have to put up that many more points on a weekly basis.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 10/13/14 3:46pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman ran for 100 yards Sunday, Oct. 12, against the New York Jets while RB Juwan Thompson gained 38 yards on the ground. It was the team's highest single-game rushing total so far this season.
Huddle Up: Hillman played well in hist first start against a tough Jets rush defense. He'll be an RB2 this week against the 49ers.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/11/14 9:24pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman, RB C.J. Anderson and RB Juwan Thompson (knee) will all be leaned on while RB Montee Ball (groin) is out with a groin injury, according to head coach John Fox. Anderson said he feels that the back that has the hot hand will receive a majority of the carries.
Huddle Up: Hillman will get first crack at getting the hot hand but will have to produce in order to stay on the field. Hillman is a RB3/flex play this week but will need to prove himself to remain there going forward. Hillman is the best fantasy option this week.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 10/9/14 4:37pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will serve as the lead running back in RB Montee Ball's (groin) absence. 'Ronnie has played at different times, in different amounts, but when you're the starting back and running out there in pregame warm-ups as a starting back, it's a different hat that you wear,' said QB Peyton Manning. 'There's no question he has a burst that is pretty unique when he gets the ball in his hands. It's our job to give him space.'
Huddle Up: Hillman stepped in for the injured Ball last week and led Denver RBs with 64 yards on 15 carries, but it won't be an easy first start as the Jets are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs so far this season. Hillman must also guard against the fumbling issues which have curtailed his playing time in past seasons.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/7/14 11:28am ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) is likely to miss the next three games because the team plays those three games in a span of 12 days.
Huddle Up: Now we have a timetable for Ball's return. Expect Ronnie Hillman to be the Broncos' primary ballcarrier, with Juwon Thompson and CJ Anderson also in the mix.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/6/14 12:31pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) could miss multiple weeks due to a groin injury, according to an NFL source. He'll undergo an MRI Monday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Ronnie Hillman will take over as the Broncos lead back. He should be the top waiver priority this week in fantasy leagues.
Andre Caldwell - WRPosted 10/6/14 8:13pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (knee) is dealing with a knee injury, and his status will be updated later this week. If he's limited or can't go in Week 6 against the New York Jets, Rookie WR Cody Latimer would return to the active roster for the first time since Week 1.
Huddle Up: Caldwell has been active as the team's fourth WR instead of Latimer because of his role as a kickoff returner, but it hasn't meant much fantasy-wise with Caldwell catching only 2 passes for 16 yards in the Broncos' first 4 games. So, the bottom line is that Latimer, the second-round pick, can't be counted on for any kind of usable fantasy production even if he is active.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 10/5/14 9:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) suffered a groin injury in the third quarter of the Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Early reports suggest Ball will be out for "a while." Ronnie Hillman will get the first shot to replace him. Hillman should be owned in all leagues now.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 10/3/14 2:35pm ET
Denver Broncos PK Matt Prater is being released before he comes off his four-game suspension following this Sunday's game, according to a source. PK Brandon McManus has won the team's kicking job.
Huddle Up: Somewhat of a surprise given Prater's stellar on-field track record but his off-field issues and high-$ salary apparently were too much to stomach -- especially for a kicker who would be facing at least a season-long suspension upon his next transgression. McManus has performed well, booming kickoffs and hitting all 3 of his field goals -- although none has been longer than 24 yards or has been an especially high-pressure kick. The Broncos' PK usually is high fantasy demand, but keep in mind that this is a team that doesn't kick a lot of FGs -- a league-low 3 this year and only 28 (21st in the league) since the start of last season.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 10/1/14 8:01am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has struggled against current Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in the past, throwing eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in five meetings with Bowles-coached defenses.
Huddle Up: Interesting angle, and the Cardinals are certainly no slouch defensively. Not that you'll want to bench Peyton, but you may need to dial back expectations a little bit.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/16/14 11:42pm ET
With the NFL finally ratifying its new drug-policy Tuesday, Sept. 16, the remainder of Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker's 4-game suspension has been lifted and he'll be able to practice with the team this week and play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's time to add Welker to back into the Broncos' offensive mix, and he'll return to his customary role as a between-the-numbers target for Peyton Manning. He figures to take a few targets away from Emmanuel Sanders and RB Montee Ball, but nobody really takes a deep hit with Welker's return. The specter of a hard hit and another concussion, however, remains a big issue for the diminutive slot man.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/13/14 12:07am ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is unlikely to play in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, as he has not gone through a full practice since Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: It looks as if owners will have to wait until Week 3 for Welker's return but overall they still make out. Welker will once again be a WR2/3 depending on scoring system whenever he returns to the Broncos lineup.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/13/14 5:06pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is not on the 53-man roster Saturday, Sept. 13, and will not play Sunday, Sept. 14, in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Welker should return next week. Andre Caldwell will once again see most of the reps in the slot but he isn't much of a fantasy factor with all the other weapons Peyton Manning has at his disposal.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/12/14 8:51pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker is eligible to return to the field in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Sept. 14, following the agreement between the league and NFLPA on terms for the new drug policy.
Huddle Up: There's no reason to believe Welker won't be on the field Sunday against the Chiefs where he'll resume his role as one of Peyton Manning's favorite receivers. Welker is locked in as a WR2/3 this week depending on your scoring system.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 9/11/14 2:22pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball rushed for 69 yards in the team's Week 1 game, but 55 of those yards came after contact.
Huddle Up: Ball definitely demonstrated a lot of fight and determination, but he could also use some better blocking up front as he still only averaged 2.9 yards per carry overall on the night.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas opened the 2014 regular season with seven receptions, 104 yards and three touchdowns (3, 35, 5) in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Thomas was definitely Peyton Manning's target of choice in the season opener, proving why he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski as elite fantasy tight ends.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 9/7/14 7:55pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (illness) is inactive for the Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 7, due to illness. Hillman is expected to play in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: C.J. Anderson will serve as Montee Ball's backup versus the Colts. Look for Ball to see most of the touches Sunday night.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/7/14 7:55pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell is listed as a starter for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 7, in place of the suspended WR Wes Welker. The team is expected to use a combination of WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and even their running backs in the slot for Week 1. The team might also use two tight ends while using flex TE Jacob Tamme in the slot.
Huddle Up: Caldwell is a risky play this week but any receiver on the field with Peyton Manning has a chance to put up strong fantasy numbers. Caldwell should see plenty of work in the slot with Welker out.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/5/14 10:28am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker could have their suspensions reduced if the players and owners agree on a new drug testing policy. The new policy that may be forthcoming would include testing for human growth hormone. Offseason use of amphetamines would move from the performance-enhancing substance policy to the substance-abuse policy. Welker would go from a first-time offender in the PED policy to a first-time offender in the substance-abuse policy, which means he would not be subject to suspension. The threshold to trigger a positive result on a marijuana test would rise. Gordon's positive marijuana test was barely above the NFL's current threshold for a positive test.
Huddle Up: Interesting news and worth keeping an eye on. It is unclear at this time when this possible agreement could be reached, or when it would take affect. But some believe a resolution could come as early as Sunday.
Jacob Tamme - TEPosted 9/5/14 2:11pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Jacob Tamme has reworked his contract with the club to lower his base salary. Tamme was set to earn $3 million this season but will now earn $1.25 million. He will earn up to $1.3 million in incentives and $450,000 in roster bonuses.
Huddle Up: If you're searching for a deep Week 1 flyer at TE, take a shot with Tamme, who figures to see some work in the slot with Wes Welker suspended.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 9/2/14 7:25pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use. Amphetamines can be used to help speed the recovery from concussions.
Huddle Up: Well, that solves the issue as to whether the slot wideout will be able to play in Week 1. For immediate fantasy purposes, however, look to see either Emmanuel Sanders or Jacob Tamme lined up in the slot, and second-rounder Cody Latimer possibly used earlier than expected outside.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/31/14 5:44pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level when the team returns to practice Monday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Despite all the risk, Welker is determined to get back on the field as soon as medically possible. Of course, the key fantasy question is how long he'll be able to stay on field once he resumes action, but monitor the situation throughout the week if you're counting on him Week 1.
Brandon McManus - PKPosted 8/26/14 8:21pm ET
New York Giants PK Brandon McManus was traded to the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Aug. 26, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. The Broncos then waived rookie PK Mitch Ewald.
Huddle Up: McManus, who gave Josh Brown a strong run for the Giants' starting job, will handle the PK duties for the Broncos while Matt Prater is suspended for the first four games, and will certainly be a draftable commodity given the Broncos' high-scoring offense. McManus has made all 3 of his career preseason FG attempts -- each from 46 yards or longer.
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