Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
AFC West | 6-9-0
Rank: 30th
Avg Yds
Rank: 28th
Avg PYds
Rank: 29th
Avg RYds
Rank: 19th
Posted 4/03/2020 6:35 pm UTC
Denver Broncos TE Nick Vannett on Friday, April 3, discussed his run blocking on a media conference call. 'I have always thought one of the traits need to have, you have to have some nasty,' Vannett said. 'It's not a cute job. It's not an attractive job. You are not going to get any stats from it. You know what, it's all mentality.'
Huddle Up: Vannett only caught passes in 16 games with the Seahawks and Steelers last season, and he'll play the blocking tight end role in Denver with 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant and veteran Jeff Heuerman serving as the primary pass-catching tight ends and only viable fantasy options.
Posted 4/03/2020 4:02 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock is throwing five days a week at a spot near his parents' home in Kansas City, during the coronavirus shutdown and has been studying the team's new offensive playbook while watching recent New York Giants film with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur coming aboard.
Huddle Up: Lock's real-life performance (7 TDs, 3 INTs; 4-1 record) was better than his fantasy one as he averaged only 17.2 fantasy points per contest (32nd among QBs) over his five starts to end the 2019 season. He's a QB2 consideration, though, entering his second season with a new three-WR-based offense which should lead to more throwing.
Posted 3/27/2020 5:33 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon said during a conference call Friday, March 27, that he's carrying a chip on his shoulder entering the 2020 season. 'It's huge,' Gordon said. 'A lot of people doubt my talent as a back. ... I'm going to use that as fuel. I know the player I am, I want to show that, and I'm going to show that. I'm going to show everybody I'm better than just average.'
Huddle Up: After missing four games during his early-season holdout, Gordon did average 12.1 fantasy points over his final 12 contests -- good for 16th among all RBs. That was while also sharing the workload with Austin Ekeler, and the situation will be similar in Denver with Phillip Lindsay also getting his share of the touches. Still, Gordon figures to be the lead back so pencil him in as a highly motivated RB2.
Posted 3/19/2020 9:54 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Joe Flacco (Broncos) wants to keep playing, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Thursday, March 19.
Huddle Up: Flacco doesn't have much fantasy appeal left at this point after totaling 18 touchdowns against 11 interceptions over those 17 combined games in 2018 and 2019. He'd be a low-end QB2 if given a starting opportunity.
Posted 3/19/2020 4:43 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco (neck) on THursday, March 19 was informed that he is being waived with a failed physical designation, per source.
Huddle Up: Flacco, who turned 35 in January, averaged only 227.8 passing yards per game in 2019 with six total TDs and five interceptions in eight starts in Denver, and it's becoming clear that his days as an NFL starter are past.
Posted 3/15/2020 4:24 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent RB Melvin Gordon is expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins, according to sources, and Gordon would have interest in joining Miami 'at the right price.'
Huddle Up: While Miami doesn't exactly project to be an offensive juggernaut, Gordon would likely be the unquestioned workhorse if he joined the Dolphins. He'd likely be a volume-based, low-end RB1 in Miami.
Posted 3/06/2020 5:29 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker, a pending free agent, isn't expected to be re-signed in Denver, per source. He is expected to draw second-wave interest in free agency.
Huddle Up: Booker, a 2016 fourth-round pick, generated some fantasy buzz as a rookie with 877 total yards and five TDs on 205 touches. But he's only had 189 touches for 1,098 yards and two scores in the three seasons since, and isn't likely to be anything more than a end-of-the-bench reserve back wherever he lands.
Posted 3/06/2020 5:20 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Theo Riddick, a pending free agent, has been medically cleared after missing the entire 2019 season with a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason. He isn't expected back with the Broncos and will test the market.
Huddle Up: Riddick could be an intriguing 2020 PPR sleeper after missing 2019. He's still a year away from turning 30, and he averaged a productive 61.8 receptions per season during his final four seasons (2015-18) with the Lions.
Posted 3/05/2020 6:10 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, a pending free agent, is planning to test the market, per source, according to a report Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: Gordon held out for a big contract he never received last season, and wound up averaging 12.1 fantasy points per game (tied for 15th among RBs) in 12 contests after reporting while sharing touches with Austin Ekeler. He could challenge for RB1 status if he finds a team willing to commit to him as more of a bellcow back.
Posted 3/01/2020 4:42 pm UTC
The Denver Broncos are not expected to discuss a potential contract extension with RB Phillip Lindsay until after free agency has opened and the draft has been completed, according to general manager John Elway.
Huddle Up: Lindsay has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons but only has 70 catches over that span. The team is considering using him as an every-down back and including him more in their passing game in 2020, which would make him worthy of consideration as a high-end RB2 option in most fantasy formats.
Posted 2/26/2020 6:46 pm UTC
Denver Broncos LB Bradley Chubb (knee) won't be ready for organized team activities, but he is expected for training camp.
Huddle Up: Chubb had 60 tackles and 12 sacks as a rookie two years ago, and he could be a flex option in IDP leagues if he exhibits his burst after ACL surgery.
Posted 2/25/2020 8:49 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock will be the team's starting quarterback to begin the 2020 season, according to general manager John Elway Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: Lock showed potential while going 4-1 over five starts in a lost season for the Broncos. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns against three interceptions. He'll likely enter the 2020 season as a high-end QB2.
Posted 2/24/2020 3:16 am UTC
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant needs to add some 'diversity to his route tree' by improving his short-to-intermediate routes, according to Jeff Legwold of
Huddle Up: Fant had a few big games in an otherwise inconsistent rookie year. He still has long-term TE1 potential, but fantasy owners shouldn't bank on that leap coming in 2020.
Posted 2/14/2020 6:17 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Theo Riddick (shoulder), a pending free agent, will rely on his resume in free agency after failing to play a regular-season snap in 2019 due to a preseason shoulder injury. 'Hopefully my resume speaks for itself and we go from there,' Riddick said. 'I know I'll be somewhere. ... You have to be open to everything and what (stinks) the most is that I'm a committed person and I wanted to show Broncos fans what I had and what I could do for this team and unfortunately, it didn't work out. Hopefully, the coaches still think highly of me and give me another shot.'
Huddle Up: Riddick will still be only 29 in May and had averaged 612.8 receptions over his final four seasons in Detroit prior to 2019. He remains in prime position to capitalize on the league's pass-catching running-back trend, and could be a 2020 fantasy sleeper depending on his landing spot and, of course, better health fortune.
Posted 2/13/2020 5:53 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught 72 passes for 1,112 yards with three drops in 2019 after finishing with a 42-704 stat line with nine drops in his rookie season of 2018.
Huddle Up: Sutton finished 18th among fantasy wideouts in 2019, but that was with three different quarterbacks and not many other targets to divert defensive attention after fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders was traded. If all falls right in 2020, Sutton could challenge for back-end WR1 status.
Posted 2/07/2020 5:22 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco (neck) might need offseason surgery to deal with the herniated disc in his neck and has said he'd be open to remaining with the team a backup, but new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said there's much remaining up in the air with Flacco. 'I don't know, and I wouldn't get into that in this setting,' Shurmur said Thursday, Feb. 6. 'I'm just getting to know the players, the ones that were here a year ago, and I'm not sure who's going to be here moving forward. I think (Flacco has) had an outstanding career. I thought he did a lot of good things last year, but unfortunately he was injured and couldn't finish the season.'
Huddle Up: If Flacco, 35, isn't at the end of his run as an NFL starter, it's awfully close, and don't be surprised if the Broncos cut him loose this offseason and opt for a cheaper backup.
Posted 2/07/2020 2:14 am UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay will be used more as a receiver out of the backfield in 2020, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Huddle Up: Lindsay has topped 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons, but he only has 70 combined catches for 437 yards in that same span. If he is deployed as more of an every-down back in 2020, he could push towards the top of the RB2 tier.
Posted 2/06/2020 7:59 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock was on the New York Giants' radar during the 2019 draft, and now Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, the former Giants head coach, says he's eager to pair with Lock. 'I'm very excited about being able to work with Drew Lock,' Shurmur said Thursday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: Lock averaged 17.2 points per game during his five starts as a rookie last season, and should be on the low-end QB2 radar heading into 2020.
Posted 2/03/2020 2:10 am UTC
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton said he is 'looking forward' to working in offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's system. 'Hearing that we're going to be in a lot of 11 personnel and throwing the ball a lot,' Sutton said. 'I'm excited about that.'
Huddle Up: Sutton enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign, finishing with 1,112 yards and six scores. He has WR2 potential, but it is probably best to draft him as a WR3 with the unproven Drew Lock likely to be under center in 2020.
Posted 1/31/2020 7:24 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock said Friday, Jan. 31, he is excited about the potential of the team's offense with the hiring of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Mike Shula., both formerly with the New York Giants. 'I tried to watch as many New York games [as possible], with Daniel (Jones) being a friend of mine,' Lock said. 'It's pretty explosive. They throw the ball down the field. Daniel did himself some running. I'm excited to be able to scoot around a little bit. We'll see how they morph it to fit our personnel and our style and what they think might be best for our team, but I'm confident that they're going to put together a good plan and be ready to go for us.'
Huddle Up: Lock went 4-1 as a starter after taking over late in the season in 2019, but didn't exactly set the fantasy world on fire, averaging only 17.2 fantasy points per outing. He'll be a low-end QB2 consideration with upside in drafts this summer.
Posted 1/26/2020 12:12 am UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) said Saturday, Jan. 25, has already recovered from a minor scope he had done on his wrist three weeks ago. 'The procedure definitely helped, because it gave me a lot more flexibility and less pain,' Lindsay said. 'The cleanup was to take out some scar tissue that built up over time, which I knew was going to have to happen. I knew about it since day one that I was going to have to get some cleanup done, especially after a season of getting hit. ... Honestly, I feel really good. I could play today if I needed to.'
Huddle Up: Lindsay totaled 1,207 yards from scrimmage with seven rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2019. He's expected to have a full offseason workload and will be a fantasy RB2 in both standard and PPR formats next season.
Posted 1/24/2020 6:14 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock had his wisdom teeth surgically removed this week, postponing an offseason advice-seeking visit with retired QB Peyton Manning, the latter said Friday, Jan. 24, in a radio interview.
Huddle Up: Lock started the final five games of his rookie season, and showed well, winning four of them while throwing for 1,020 yards, seven TD passes and three interceptions. He should enter the 2020 season as the Broncos' starter and a lower-end QB2 prospect in fantasy.
Posted 1/16/2020 10:37 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) underwent surgery on his right wrist, according to a source Thursday, Jan. 16. It was a clean-up arthroscopic procedure, according to the source, and he's expected to be fully ready for the beginning of offseason work.
Huddle Up: Lindsay took a slight step back in his sophomore season, but he still topped 1,000 rushing yards and now has 17 total touchdowns across his first two NFL campaigns. He'll be a low-end RB2 in 2020 fantasy drafts.
Posted 1/08/2020 6:11 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is 'unlikely to return' to the club in 2020, in the opinion of ESPN's Eric D. Williams. Gordon is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Huddle Up: Gordon's ill-fated holdout doubtless cost him some money, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of market he has in free agency. In the right spot, the Wisconsin product could still be an RB1 entering next season.
Posted 12/23/2019 3:34 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed nine times for 15 yards and two touchdowns and caught six of his seven targets for 32 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Huddle Up: His yardage totals have been down in recent weeks, but Gordon has seven rushing touchdowns in the last eight games and has logged at least a dozen touches in seven straight contests. The volume makes him a RB2 candidate.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:43 am UTC
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant caught both of his targets for 10 yards in a 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Fant's up-and-down season continued, and in his last seven games, he has topped 50 yards four times and been held below 15 yards three times. He will be a high-risk, high-reward streaming option in the season finale.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:39 am UTC
Denver Broncos WR Daesean Hamilton caught all six of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Hamilton scored for the first time this year and set season highs in receptions and yards. After logging a season-high nine targets in Week 15, it appears Hamilton may be building a little momentum late in the year. He could be worth a flier as a flex option against Oakland in the finale.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:34 am UTC
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught five of his 10 targets for 41 yards in a 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Sutton continues to see plenty of targets, but his efficiency and yardage totals have taken a dip with Drew Lock under center. He's become more of a WR3 or flex option.
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