Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/26/15 4:49pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) may practice Friday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
Huddle Up: Sanders, fantasy's No. 7 WR last season, has missed the Broncos' first two preseason games, and while the team has been extra cautious with injuries, this situation is starting to grow a tad bit concerning -- especially if the wideout isn't able to return this week.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 8/26/15 8:01pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he'd like the offense to improve its chemistry and move the ball better once they start playing more together. Specifically, Manning said he wants the Broncos to convert more on third downs and find the end zone.
Huddle Up: Manning is a perfectionist and would like to see the offense clicking better in the preseason. However, the Broncos will be just fine once Emmanuel Sanders is healthy and the regular season starts. There's nothing to be concerned about here.
Connor Barth - PKPosted 8/26/15 9:33pm ET
Free-agent PK Connor Barth (Broncos) agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Aug. 26, on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Barth was released by Denver but will compete with Brandon Bogotay and Patrick Murray to be the Bucs' starting kicker. He should be considered the favorite to win the job, although there are better fantasy options out there.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/26/15 9:33pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) will not play in the team's third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Sanders has been out nursing a hamstring injury and the Broncos aren't going to take any chances with him during the preseason. Right now, there's now reason to believe that Sanders won't play in the Broncos' opener against Baltimore.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 8/25/15 3:31pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will receive more repetitions in the offense, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'He's moved himself up. He's had a really good camp,' Kubiak said. 'He deserves more reps and if he keeps playing like that he'll continue to get some more.'
Huddle Up: Hillman has rushed for a league-most 120 yards midway through the preseason, and has at least emerged as the clear C.J. Anderson handcuff at this point, if not a threat to steal some No. 1 RB work.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 8/24/15 5:54pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball has already lost the backup running back role to RB Ronnie Hillman. RB Juwan Thompson may also surpass Ball in the near future, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com.
Huddle Up: Hillman played well last season when Ball got hurt and he's having a great training camp. If C.J. Anderson goes down the Broncos may use a combination of backs but Hillman looks like he'll be first in line for the most touches.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 8/23/15 1:29pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning finished 8-of-14 for 52 yards in a preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 22, and the offense punted on all four of Manning's drives. Said head coach Gary Kubiak: 'I thought he was fine. We hurt him; we dropped two big third downs, and had a couple of penalties that stalled drives, but as far as him, he looked fine.'
Huddle Up: It definitely wasn't the start Manning wanted after his 2014 finish, but the 39-year-old QB hasn't had his typical amount of reps so far this month with the extra rest days in camp so things may take a little longer to come together. Definitely not time for any drastic moves yet.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/20/15 4:53pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) likely will not play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Supposedly it's a minor hammy issue and new coach Gary Kubiak has been proceeding very cautiously with injured players, but it might be time to worry a little if Sanders doesn't play in the third preseason contest next week.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/18/15 9:33am ET
Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) admitted he's dealing with more than a hamstring cramp that has kept him out of practice for 11 days. He's expected to sit a few more days and is doubtful for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: Guess you can put away the cramp jokes; like much of the rest of the NFL, Sanders is dealing with hamstring issues. Even if he misses this week's preseason game he'll have half the fake slate yet to go. Besides, there's no reason to rush him as it's clear where he fits into Peyton Manning's pecking order.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/17/15 10:26pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) was running and cutting at full speed in practice Monday, Aug. 17, after leaving the team's preseason game early last Friday night.
Huddle Up: Those who already has drafted Anderson as their No. 1 RB didn't like the looks of Anderson hobbling off the CenturyLink Field turf favoring his ankle, but it looks like it was nothing to be concerned about. He currently has an ADP on 24 as the 10th RB coming off the board.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/17/15 10:43pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will be held out of practice for a few more days to make sure his sore hamstring has time to heal. The team is not concerned about Sanders' status for the start of the season.
Huddle Up: With the Broncos only a fourth of the way through the preseason so far, there's no sense in pushing it with Sanders, who still may a little overvalued as a WR2 (current ADP of 39) as the team figures to shift to a more-balanced attack.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 8/13/15 5:53pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, TE Owen Daniels and WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are unlikely to play Friday, Aug. 14, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Manning had expressed a desire to play, but he appears to be adapting to Kubiak's planned off days this summer.
Huddle Up: NFL Nation and the fantasy world will have to wait at least a week for their first in-game glimpse of Manning and the other studs in the new Kubiak offense.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/9/15 1:39pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is participating in practicing Sunday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Ads training-camp hammy issues go, Sanders appears to have got off with a mild one. Coming off his career season a year ago, Sanders currently is coming off the board as low-end WR2 with an ADP of 40.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 8/7/15 6:24pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders' hamstring injury is not considered serious, and head coach Gary Kubiak expects Sanders to return to action in a few days.
Huddle Up: There's a new offense in the Mile High City to get acclimated to, but the Broncos certainly aren't going to rush Sanders back by any means. Stay tuned ...
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/6/15 11:00am ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson leads the stable of talented, young backs for the team. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he is open to using a bell cow running back. 'I can tell you this, I believe in the (bell cow). And I believe it's up to the player to prove he can do that. Do you need two guys in a season? You are darn right, in this league,' Kubiak said. 'But I think if a guy goes out there and he show he can play three downs, can protect the quarterback, and can handle it, then he should stay out there.'
Huddle Up: There is the potential for a crowded backfield in Denver, but as Kubiak says it's Anderson's gig to run with. And if he runs with it like he did last year, with the Broncos' new coaching staff and late-Peyton-career commitment to the run, big fantasy numbers await.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 8/6/15 6:19pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has had more zip on his throws this training camp, according to WR Demaryius Thomas.
Huddle Up: The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer is fully recharged from seven months away from the daily grind, but the true test will come in the second half of the season when Manning noticeably wore down a year ago.
Brandon Marshall - LBPosted 8/6/15 8:36pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall took part in a full practice Thursday, Aug. 6, and he is way ahead of schedule following surgery to fix a Lisfranc foot injury. He says he'll be ready to go for Week 1. He led the Broncos with 110 tackles last year even after missing the final two regular season games. Marshall had surgery on his foot March 11. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Marshall is slightly ahead of LB Danny Trevathan (knee) in their recoveries. Kubiak wants both defenders to take snaps in the preseason, although neither are likely to play in the exhibition Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Some IDP league owners may already have written off Marshall as a one-year wonder who's been bitten by a potentially serious injury bug (Lisfranc), but he's a player who could return some late-round value.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 8/5/15 12:26am ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson could see more opportunities in the red zone this season, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com. Klis said the Broncos, under new coach Gary Kubiak, figure to run the ball more in that area in order to help out an uncertain offensive line.
Huddle Up: Of the Broncos' 180 red-zone plays a year ago, a league-high 112 (62.2 percent) were passes, leaving 68 rushes. Anderson had 23 of those attempts, gaining 85 yards and scoring seven TDs, which tied for seventh in the league. Meanwhile, under an offensive coordinator by the name of Kubiak, the Ravens finished with a league-high 95 red-zone rushes, comprising 51.6 percent of their total plays inside the 20. Hmmm ...
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/31/15 3:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ran routes with teammate WR Emmanuel Sanders on Friday, July 31, in practice. Thomas has been eased back into the mix after a contract dispute.
Huddle Up: D.T. has some catching up to do in the team's new offense after boycotting OTAs and minicamp. It wouldn't be shocking, though, to see his workload trimmed a little after attracting a league-leading 184 targets a year ago as the team incorporates more running into 2015 attack, but he still figures to wind up in solid WR1 territory when all is said and done, barring injury of course.
Shane Ray - DLPosted 7/27/15 8:43pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Shane Ray (foot) said his foot is 100 percent, and he will be ready to fully participate in training camp.
Huddle Up: Typically, there'd be a little more IDP buzz surrounding a first-round pick who notched 22.5 tackles for losses and 14.5 sacks in the SEC last season, but Ray is expected to rotate in to spell OLBs DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller this season and won't have as high of a ceiling as a result.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 7/21/15 11:06pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had a breakout season and Pro Bowl appearance in 2014, but with a tweaked offense under head coach Gary Kubiak the receiver might see fewer passes thrown his way.
Huddle Up: Last season -- his first in the Mile High City -- Sanders garnered 28 more targets and had 34 more receptions, three more TDs and a whopping 664 more yards than he had in his best season (2013) in Pittsburgh, but don't be surprised if he regresses back to somewhere near the middle with the Broncos' passing and receiving numbers expected to fall across the board this season under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/17/15 9:56pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he wants to break the single-season receiving record this season. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson set the record in 2012 with 1,964 yards.
Huddle Up: D.T. established a Denver franchise record with his 1,619 yards on a career-high 111 receptions and league-leading 184 targets but tacking on 350 more yards seems to be beyond realistic with a now 39-year-old Manning, a rebuilt and inexperienced offensive line and the team expected to run more under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/15/15 8:39pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal that includes $43.5 million guaranteed, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Funny how two guys who weren't the victim of collusion agreed to similar deals within hours of each other. Either way Thomas is a very rich man and the Broncos have a go-to receiver for the end of the Peyton Manning era and likely the beginning of the Brock Osweiler era as well.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/14/15 4:37pm ET
The Denver Broncos and representatives for WR Demaryius Thomas have exchanged proposals, according to multiple league sources. The Broncos offered him more than the Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace received, after he signed a five-year deal averaging more than $12 million including $30 million in guarantees. Thomas is not seeking money similar to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, he is seeking more than Megatron's deal.
Huddle Up: Just about any metric says D.T. deserves to be paid as one of the league's elite WRs, but it's still largely a dependent position and as recent champs have shown, elite wideouts are not necessarily a key Super Bowl ingredient, so it's hard to imagine any WR topping Johnson's 7-year, $113.45 deal for a while.
Virgil Green - TEPosted 7/8/15 12:36am ET
Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green worked out with QB Peyton Manning during his sessions at Duke University this offseason. It is another indication he could be ready to see starter-type snaps in the regular season, even with the addition of TE Owen Daniels.
Huddle Up: Green could easily eclipse his four-year reception total (23) this coming season, and it would hardly register as a blip on the fantasy radar. Daniels is the Broncos' TE you want, unless his injury issues of recent seasons crop up.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/7/15 11:55pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is looking for a deal similar to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's deal that averages $16 million per season with $48 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Thomas has paced all NFL pass-catchers with 654.3 fantasy points over the last seasons, and while all the numbers say he and 2010 draft classmate Dez Bryant certainly have earned a long-term deals, the Megatron contract isn't likely to be approached with the prevailing league opinion seemingly being that an elite WR isn't a key ingredient in the Super Bowl-championship recipe.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 7/6/15 3:25pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to receive seven or eight carries a game, while RB C.J. Anderson serves as the bellcow with 18 per game, in the opinion of beat writer Troy E. Renck.
Huddle Up: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has been a "play the hot hand" guy before, but at least heading into the season the popular opinion is that Ball will play second fiddle to Anderson. There may be enough of a workload that even Ball's secondary role provides fantasy value, but you certainly can't bank on him being a fantasy factor at this juncture.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/2/15 5:29pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not he secures the long-term deal he's seeking, D.T. again easily figures to lead the Broncos in targets but definitely don't be shocked in the least if his overall numbers are his lowest in four years as Denver is expected to run more and throw less this coming campaign under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.
Huddle Up: Manning will also be helming an offense that's expected to run the ball more frequently than in Peyton's past seasons. Perhaps his days as an elite fantasy quarterback are over--but he's still at minimum a solid fantasy starter.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 6/27/15 12:42am ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'
Huddle Up: Latimer reportedly had trouble learning the offense a year ago as a rookie, contributing mightily to his decidedly underwhelming two-catch, 23-yard season. He's now the No. 3 WR in the Mile High City, but that doesn't figure to pack as much fantasy punch as recent seasons with the Broncos expected to run more under Kubiak.
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