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.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/26/14 8:39pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) is still not at 100 percent in his recovery from an injured right quadriceps. Sanders takes breaks during practice to avoid aggravating the injury.
Huddle Up: Sanders looked more than OK Saturday night, hauling in 5 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs in essentially what was his preseason debut, and he'll have an extra week to get ready for Week 1 with most of the Broncos' regulars not expected to play in the preseason finale.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/25/14 12:36am ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. Welker suffered a concussion in the team's third preseason game, but his 'concussion helmet' helped absorb the blow.
Huddle Up: Some optimistic news for Welker owners, but the overriding concern is that the WR is simply prone to too many hard hits and possible concussions given his size and fearless play in the midst of midfield traffic.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 8/24/14 10:25am ET
NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. According to the Denver Post, the violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI. The 4 game suspension was part of an agreement reached between Prater's attorney and the league, so an appeal is not expected. The NFL had initially threatened a one-year suspension.
Huddle Up: For those that still take kickers before the last round, you can scratch one of those worthy of that pick off your list. In fact, Prater may need to be dropped from your draft board all together. Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos will likely search for a veteran to pick up once teams make final cuts. Prater is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker suffered a concussion in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach John Fox. After making a catch across the middle late in the first half, Welker took a shoulder to the helmet and then his head hit the ground. He immediately came out of the contest and headed into the lockerroom and was later diagnosed with his third concussion in less than a year.
Huddle Up: Welker missed 3 games due to a pair of concussions last season, and with his small stature and fearless work between the numbers he is at constant risk. Not only is his short-term availability in question, but his future in the game is in doubt, and he needs to be moved down all draft boards, while the likes of Emmanuel Sanders, Andree Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer all deserve corresponding upticks.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/22/14 2:11pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in his first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Sanders, with a current ADP of 32 among WRs, is going to need to play Sat. and get his in-game timing in sync with Peyton and Co. if he's going to approach his fantasy expectations this season.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/21/14 12:07am ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sanders should be ready for the season opener which is the most important thing to fantasy owners. Sanders won't put up the kind of productions Eric Decker did and is being overvalued right now with an ADP of Round 6.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Welker was excused for an undisclosed reason Wednesday, and that's likely the case again today, but inquiring fantasy minds would like to know what's up. Stay tuned ...
Jordan Norwood - WRPosted 8/20/14 5:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Rugged break for the young wideout who was having a strong preseason and was in line to make the team as a return man/fifth or sixth WR. Andre Caldwell and/or Isaiah Burse now stand better chances to survive the final cut.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/20/14 11:11pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, he was wearing pads and working individually with QB Peyton Manning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and his workload is scheduled to increase. Ball might be ready to get some action in the preseason finale.
Huddle Up: Ball looks ready to roll for Week 1. He could actually end up being a bit of a bargain at his Round 2 ADP. Ball will see a majority of the touches in Denver's backfield this season and put up big fantasy numbers.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) participated in drills with a helmet on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Despite his appendectomy, Ball remains a hot commodity in fantasy drafts, and his return to the practice field two weeks after the procedure is welcome news to a number of fantasy GMs. It remains very iffy, though, that the Broncos will green light their No. 1 back to play in either of the two remaining preseason contests.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) has received full medical clearance, but did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: This counters an earlier news item which said Ball was a practice participant Tuesday, but it sounds like the Broncos are taking the cautious road with their starting RB. Don't expect to see him in a game prior to the Sept. 7 regular-season opener.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/18/14 9:42am ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) is making good progress and said there is a chance he could return to practice at some point this week.
Huddle Up: Ball's fantasy value has slipped into the second round since news of his appendix surgery broke; his return to the practice field likely vaults him back into the first round, as the Broncos have made no moves to replace or insure him other than what's currently on their roster.
Von Miller - LBPosted 8/15/14 2:44pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) said his knee is responding well, although he is not sure if he will play in the team's third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Miller reportedly has looked strong in camp, and if he returns to anywhere close to his form of his first 2 seasons, the Denver D will be one to own in any size fantasy league.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/14/14 2:40pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 14 after earlier in the day being cleared to resume action. Anderson suffered a concussion last week in the Broncos' preseason opener.
Huddle Up: Anderson, who's trying to overtake Ronnie Hillman for the team's No. 2 RB job, is back on the practice field but it remains iffy that he'll be able to play Sunday in the team's second preseason contest.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/14/14 6:56pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) was doing some jogging during practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Ball's surgery was Aug. 4, and although not ideal for the Broncos or his fantasy owners, his next game action might not come until the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against Indy.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/13/14 4:18pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play in the second preseason game even though he has been dealing with a quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: The FA acquisition played in the Broncos' exhibition opener but wasn't targeted. Fantasy GMs, meanwhile, would like to see the WR get a little more involved with his new offense this preseason to better gauge the fantasy fit.
Danny Trevathan - LBPosted 8/12/14 2:53pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan was carted off the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 12 with a knee injury, but initial tests are said to be encouraging. Trevathan will undergo more tests to find out the severity of the injury.
Huddle Up: Definitely a situation to monitor as Trevathan, A 2012 6th-round pick, was an IDP surprise last season, starting all 16 games on the weak side and leading the Broncos in total tackles (152), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (3).
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