Devontae Booker - RBPosted 7/19/17 9:03am ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker had at least 18 carries in four of the first five games following C.J. Anderson's season-ending knee injury in late October. In those four games, he averaged 2.8, 3.2, 3.3 and 1.9 yards per carry. 'I think everybody's fatigued (late in the season). As a pro, you have to push through it. That's part of it ... But I feel more ready this time,' Booker said.
Huddle Up: To be fair, Booker was less than a year removed from two knee surgeries and head coach Gary Kubiak's outside-zone running system may have not been the best fit for him. New offensive coordinator Mike McCoy intends to include more power-based concepts in his offense, the offensive line should be improved and Booker has pronounced himself fully healthy, so he should perform better in 2017. Consider him a RB5 with fairly significant upside on draft day.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 7/12/17 5:40pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he would like to know the team's starting quarterback now if he was up to him but understands that the coaching staff will make the decision when they are ready. Sanders said it would be easier to build chemistry with the starting quarterback if he were able to practice with him all of the time.
Huddle Up: Sanders should be productive no matter the quarterback because he has posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. He should be a solid No. 3 fantasy receiver in 2017 as long as he stays healthy.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 7/11/17 11:10am ET
Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and others will attend a passing camp in Los Angeles prior to the start of training camp. Head coach Vance Joseph has reiterated that Siemian and Lynch are in the midst of a heated battle for the starting job.
Huddle Up: Whoever wins the job will assuredly deserve it, but they won't deserve a starting job on any fantasy rosters, aside from two-quarterback leagues. Even then, they should only be started in good matchups.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 7/11/17 1:46pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has made some changes this offseason, including his diet. Sanders admitted that he was eating poorly but has been listening to his body more and physically feels like a rookie again.
Huddle Up: Sanders is going for a fourth straight season of at least 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. Those are attainable numbers in 201, especially with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy back in Denver. Sanders is worthy of WR3 consideration despite subpar quarterback play.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/10/17 7:52am ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) said the pain in his hip that bothered him last season is gone.
Huddle Up: DT has been declining each of the last three years, and he turns 30 late in the season. There's no reason to believe he'll return to the WR1 area after combining for 11 touchdowns the last two years, but he's a solid WR2 in fantasy.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 7/10/17 4:23pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he believes he can produce with either QB Trevor Siemian or QB Paxton Lynch as the starter because they throw catchable passes. 'Both of those guys throw catchable passes,' Sanders said. 'When it comes to the deep ball, Paxton loves to throw the deep ball. Big, strong arm. Trevor, he loves to throw the out routes, the in-routes. He's a checkdown, all-around type guy.'
Huddle Up: Sanders posted 1,032 yards with Siemian and Lynch last season and should be able to post similar numbers again in 2017 no matter which quarterback starts. He was posted at least 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons and can be a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/9/17 6:30pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is one of three players in NFL history with five or more consecutive seasons with at least 90 receptions and at least 1,000 yards, and he said he thinks he still has a couple of good years left.
Huddle Up: Thomas was able to put up solid numbers again last year despite a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, and he is a borderline WR1 with a high floor.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/7/17 5:56pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he hopes the Broncos decide on a starting quarterback before their second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. QB Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will be competing for the job when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Thomas probably wants an early decision so he can build chemistry with the starting quarterback but may have to wait until after the third preseason game. Thomas will be the No. 1 receiver for the Broncos no matter the quarterback and should be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver. Owners should consider the winner of the quarterback competition as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/29/17 5:11am ET
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) said he has been cutting and doing everything on his surgically repaired left knee, and he finally feels normal. 'I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again,' said Charles, who was limited to eight games the past two seasons because of knee injuries. 'I have (known) this the whole offseason (that the knee was fine). Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do.'
Huddle Up: Charles won't be asked to do a whole lot unless something happens to C.J. Anderson, which could peg him for a third-down role. Charles is, at best, a RB4 in fantasy until further notice.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 6/27/17 2:23pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker performed well during offseason workouts, and the team believes Booker has the potential to become a solid receiver out of the backfield. Booker may receive work with the first-team offense during training camp.
Huddle Up: Booker likely will be part of a committee at running back this season and could be a candidate to start if he plays well during the preseason. He posted 612 running yards and 265 receiving yards in 2016 and should see more touches. Owners can consider Booker as a No. 3 running back this season.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 6/25/17 9:01am ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch 'played with greater fearlessness' and made significant strides over the final two weeks of the team's offseason program, according to Mike Klis of 9News Denver.
Huddle Up: Klis has been solidly in Trevor Siemian's corner all offseason, so this is a fairly big deal. While Klis is not suggesting Lynch has overtaken Siemian, he does acknowledge the second-year quarterback's 'game is now in legitimate position to compete once training camp opens July 27.' If Lynch can wrestle the starting job away from Siemian, he should be considered a low-end fantasy QB2 option.
Brandon McManus - PKPosted 6/14/17 1:49pm ET
Denver Broncos restricted free-agent PK Brandon McManus signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, June 14, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $2.8 million in 2017.
Huddle Up: McManus made 85.3 percent of his field goal attempts in 2016 and probably can be a bye week option for fantasy owners this season.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/13/17 11:33am ET
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will not participate in team drills during the Broncos' three-day minicamp. He will do some work with his helmet on, however.
Huddle Up: The Broncos will be careful with their fragile veteran running back this offseason. Don't be surprised to see him limited in the preseason, too, after two consecutive serious knee injuries. Charles still has more value in PPR formats, but he's a high risk, medium reward player.
Brandon McManus - PKPosted 6/13/17 7:47pm ET
Denver Broncos restricted free-agent PK Brandon McManus is participating in the minicamp this week even though he has not signed his tender offer.
Huddle Up: McManus made 29 of his 34 field goal attempts this past season and should be the Broncos kicker again this season. McManus probably should be considered a bye week option in fantasy leagues.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 6/13/17 8:39pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) said he has not had any problems with his surgically repaired shoulder during practice.
Huddle Up: Siemian will be competing with Paxton Lynch for the starting quarterback job during training camp but may have the edge at this point. He threw for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns in 14 games in 2016 and will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with this season. Siemian should be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 6/11/17 5:49pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch 'remains a work in progress' heading into minicamp, according to beat writer Mike Klis.
Huddle Up: Trevor Siemian has to be considered the frontrunner to open the year as the starter, but regardless of who is under center for the Broncos, fantasy owners should be able to find a better option. Lynch could be worth stashing in keeper formats.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 6/5/17 3:43pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) participated in some light drills with the running backs during organized team activities Monday, June 5.
Huddle Up: Charles will not be the starting running back but will have a role in the offense if he is healthy. He probably will be used as a receiver out of the backfield and could also receive some carries. He probably should be considered a late-round pick in fantasy leagues but will have more value in point-per-reception leagues.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 6/5/17 8:21pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has had 'more good days overall' than QB Paxton Lynch during organized team activity sessions, by 'all accounts.' Lynch, however, is coming off his best showing thus far in OTAs with his performance Monday, June 5.
Huddle Up: It's looking like Siemian will keep his hold on the starting quarterback job in Denver going into the new season, but Lynch at least is showing signs of progress after a disappointing rookie campaign in 2016. Either way, this isn't a situation to invest in concerning standard leagues with far better QB1 options available at various points in fantasy drafts.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 5/30/17 4:23pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (personal) missed organized team activities Tuesday, May 30, due to a personal issue, according to head coach Vance Joseph. Joseph expects Thomas to return to practice this week. WR Cody Latimer practiced with the first-team in Thomas's place.
Huddle Up: The extent of the personal issue is unknown, but Thomas is healthy and is ready to lead the Broncos in receiving again this year. He's comfortably sitting in WR2 territory despite subpar quarterback play.
Jeff Heuerman - TEPosted 5/30/17 5:12pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman - a third-round pick in 2015 - is not assured a roster spot, according to general manager John Elway.
Huddle Up: Heuerman flashed a bit toward the end of last season, but the tight end room is getting crowded in Denver. The Broncos like A.J. Derby, drafted Jake Butt in the fifth round and also have Virgil Green in the stable. Heuerman's best bet to secure a roster spot might be to have Butt spend his rookie season on the Reserve/Injured list to fully hear his torn ACL. Either way, he is a long way from fantasy relevance.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 5/25/17 2:29pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's feeling the best he's felt in his entire career.
Huddle Up: Thomas hasn't missed a game in five straight seasons despite dealing with a fair share of bumps and bruises. Thomas's numbers were gaudy with Peyton Manning, but he still managed to record a season of 90 catches, 1000-plus yards and five touchdowns last year without Manning. As such, he sits comfortably in high-end WR2 territory.
Brandon McManus - PKPosted 5/24/17 1:25pm ET
Denver Broncos restricted free-agent PK Brandon McManus has not signed his tender offer at this point because he is hoping to receive a long-term contract this offseason. He has been participating in offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: McManus made 85.3 percent of the field goals this past season, which ranked 14th in the NFL. He plays for a solid offensive team but may only be a bye week option for owners in 2017.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 5/23/17 11:06am ET
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian worked with the first-team offense on the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Not a surprise, but second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch isn't too far behind. Lynch could be breathing down Siemian's neck all offseason, so keep an eye on this battle. For now, Siemian is only a bye-week replacement at best.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 5/23/17 1:34pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) hopes to be ready for action by training camp, according to head coach Vance Joseph. Charles will rehabilitate and get back to good health during organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Charles will be part of a committee in Denver, primarily with C.J. Anderson, and should be on the field mostly in passing situations and on third downs. Health is a huge risk in Charles' case and he can't be drafted as more than a flex in PPR formats.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 5/22/17 9:36pm ET
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is planning on using a running-back-by-committee system in the upcoming season. 'You need two or three guys that can carry the load,' Joseph said. 'It is no longer a one-guy position. I?m excited to have Jamaal (Charles), C.J. (Anderson), (Devontae Booker), even De'Angelo (Henderson) in the mix there. It's a good group. It's going to be competitive, and that's the way it should be.'
Huddle Up: Anderson figures to lead the way throughout the campaign, but it looks like he may not get as much work as his fantasy owners will desire, especially since he's coming back from a significant injury. With Charles and Booker also in town, it looks like this will be a tricky situation to deal with in 2017.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 5/21/17 12:51pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had little trouble holding off 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch last season, and 9News' Mike Klis would be 'surprised' if the quarterback competition plays out the same way this season.
Huddle Up: Siemian performed better than expected in his first season as the starter, especially considering he was dealing with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery for a good part of it. Lynch is said to be much further along than he was as a rookie, and new head coach Vance Joseph has said the quarterback competition is one he hopes go down to the wire. Siemian should be considered the favorite for now, but he figures to be on a fairly short leash.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 5/18/17 11:36am ET
Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will need to make good decisions in order to win the starting position, according to head coach Vance Joseph. 'The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the ball over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that's the guy I want to lead our football team,' Joseph said. '[Decisions-making] is the biggest factor in this decision I'm going to make.'
Huddle Up: Overall, Siemian made mostly productive decisions in his first season as starter last year. Lynch may be more prone to turnovers since he is just in his second season, but he's still in a good position to win the starting gig. As has been said previously, though, neither one of these guys deserves the starting nod for fantasy purposes except for as a bye-week replacement.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 5/18/17 6:09pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles has a 50 percent chance to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Mike Klis.
Huddle Up: If Charles can prove he is healthy during camp, he should land a spot in the running back rotation. Even in that scenario, he is only worth taking a chance on in the later rounds.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 5/12/17 12:14pm ET
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told reporters Friday, May 12, there will be competition for the starting running back job in training camp, presumably between C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker.
Huddle Up: Joseph may actually be leaning toward a committee approach based on his comments Friday. Assuming Charles is anywhere close to his former self, he should be considered the leader, although his recent injury woes makes him a poor bet to hold up all season. Anderson is most likely going to be the most valuable player in this bunch in 2017, but he has yet to prove he can handle a heavy workload for a full season. As a result, none of these backs may be worth anything more than flex consideration in 2017.
Carlos Henderson - WRPosted 5/11/17 7:52pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson might be the 'answer at the slot,' according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
Huddle Up: If Henderson can break camp as Denver's No. 3 receiver, he may be worth a flier in the final rounds of drafts. He would have plenty of favorable matchups with defenses focusing on Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
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