Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
AFC West | 6-9-0
Rank: 30th
Avg Yds
Rank: 28th
Avg PYds
Rank: 29th
Avg RYds
Rank: 19th
Posted 7/31/2020 5:37 pm UTC
Denver Broncos LB Bradley Chubb (knee) said Friday, July 31, his recovery from ACL surgery has gone well and said he'll be ready for Week 1. 'No doubt about it,' Chubb said in a Zoom media conference call.
Huddle Up: Chubb should be good to go as his injury occurred in Week 4 of last season, giving him nearly a calendar year to recover.
Posted 7/23/2020 3:45 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy agreed to terms Thursday, July 23, on his four-year, $15.192 million rookie deal that includes a team option for a fifth year, per NFL rules. He will receive 71 percent of his $8.61 million signing bonus upfront, and the entire contract is fully guaranteed.
Huddle Up: We're on the verge of training camps opening, so it's nice to see the first-rounder ready to get to work. The Broncos will be counting on Jeudy to start opposite Courtland Sutton, and fantasy footballers are looking at one of the few rookies worth taking a chance on during this pandemic-stricken offseason.
Posted 7/01/2020 3:40 pm UTC
Denver Broncos FS Justin Simmons is expected to sign his franchise tender if a long-term deal isn't reached, in the opinion of beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: Simmons was 10th in fantasy points among DBs last season, and he figures to be motivated for a new deal in 2020. Keep an eye on him as a low-end DB1 with some upside.
Posted 6/22/2020 2:16 am UTC
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant's 8.3 yards after catch in 2019 ranked 15th in the NFL and was the best mark among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Fant had an inconsistent rookie campaign, but he finished with 40 catches for 562 yards and flashed the big-play ability that could make him a future fantasy stud. He could creep into TE1 status as soon as 2020, and his long-term stock remains strong.
Posted 6/20/2020 5:10 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton has drawn 12 pass-interference penalties in coverage since 2018 -- the second most in the league over that span according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Some of those who are arguing for pass-interference yardage to count in fantasy undoubtedly have been Sutton owners. Regardless, Sutton still finished as fantasy's 17th-best wideout in 2019, and even with the Broncos' new pass-catching additions, keep valuing him as a WR2 in drafts this summer.
Posted 6/12/2020 5:12 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay will still be involved in the team's passing game despite the ballyhooed offseason signing of RB Melvin Grordon, according to new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'Listen, I'm all for adding good players at every position,' Shurmur said Thursday, June 11 in a Zoom media conference. 'I feel like Phillip Lindsay's an outstanding player (who) we can hand the ball to or throw the ball to. The fact that we have two running backs now (who) can be very explosive with the ball in their hands, whether you throw it or run it, I think is a good thing.'
Huddle Up: Lindsay was the lead back a year ago in the Broncos' committee with Royce Freeman, but he now shifts to the change-of-pace role with Gordon coming aboard as the new lead back. Value Gordon as a RB2 and Lindsay as a high-end RB4, who needs to improve as a receiver.
Posted 6/09/2020 2:43 pm UTC
Denver Broncos second-round pick WR KJ Hamler had nine drops last season at Penn State. 'That was something that we looked at,' said Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway. 'I think that when you looked at his ability to catch the ball, it's not because he doesn't have good ball skills. Obviously, he's got just the concentration drops, which are the easy drops that you don't concentrate looking in. ... We felt like we could coach him through that.'
Huddle Up: Hamler is going to work in the slot, and he could be worth a late-round flyer if he catches on quickly.
Posted 6/06/2020 5:01 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy has been among the players catching passes daily from QB Drew Lock at a Denver-area field.
Huddle Up: Good move with rookies needing all the reps they can get with the NFL's offseason program wiped out. With Courtland Sutton still the top target in the Mile High City, value Jeudy as a late-round WR4/5 flier.
Posted 6/04/2020 1:44 am UTC
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy may not 'prove to be the best wide receiver in this draft, but he has definitely got a chance,' in the opinion of the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. 'Courtland Sutton has Pro Bowl skills, yet I don't think he's quite at the level of a game-changer. Jeudy could be a game-changer,' Kiszla wrote in a recent mailbag post for the Denver Post.
Huddle Up: Kiszla is not alone in thinking that Jeudy has a chance to be great, as ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. compared him favorably to Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison prior to the draft. The Alabama product is a bit on the light side and had a few more drops in 2019 than some other top receiver prospects, but he was arguably the best in his class in terms of creating separation and running routes. No one should be surprised if Jeudy emerges as Drew Lock's favorite receiver before the end of the season.
Posted 6/02/2020 9:05 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay said he feels the team's new offense will be better suited to him in 2020. He also said he added about eight pounds this offseason.
Huddle Up: The offense may fit Lindsay's style, but he'll be competing with Royce Freeman for work behind No. 1 option Melvin Gordon. Lindsay followed up his 2018 Pro Bowl campaign with 1,207 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns across 16 games last year, but he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a handcuff in 2020 drafts.
Posted 5/24/2020 6:18 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler may be asked to return some kicks and punts this upcoming season but likely will not have the role on a full-time basis because of his role in the offense.
Huddle Up: Hamler likely will be used as the slot receiver for the Broncos, so his special teams play likely will be limited. He has a chance to be a late round pick in fantasy leagues but probably will not be a weekly starting option.
Posted 5/19/2020 7:21 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon says his new team's offensive system will 'help me get back to what I do best' and the Los Angeles Chargers' system 'wasn't built for me.'
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to total 4,240 rushing yards, 1,873 receiving yards and 47 combined touchdowns over 67 games with the Chargers while earning two Pro Bowl appearances in the last five years. An expected timeshare with RB(s) Royce Freeman and/or Phillip Lindsay will likely limit his potential slightly, but he should have little trouble returning value as a mid-tier RB2.
Posted 5/16/2020 1:21 am UTC
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman accounted for 32.3 percent of the carries in 2019 and 33 percent in 2018, and he 'appears to be the odd man out' of the running back rotation in 2020 following the addition of RB Melvin Gordon, according to Jeff Legwold of
Huddle Up: Freeman was already playing second fiddle to Phillip Lindsay, and with Gordon expected to lead the backfield, it pushes Freeman even further down the pecking order. Gordon owners should target Lindsay as an insurance policy, but Freeman can be left on waivers outside of deeper leagues.
Posted 5/12/2020 9:46 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock said recently he's motivated by the faith his high-profile general manager, John Elway, has bestowed in him. 'I know there's been a lot of talk about the quarterbacks in Denver,' Lock said. 'You know, Peyton (Manning) was the man there, obviously. We've had some good ones, and up-and-down (QBs) in there, and I didn't want to be that for John. I wanted to be a steady guy for him. I wanted to show everybody that they drafted the right quarterback.'
Huddle Up: Lock certainly showed that over a five-start stint in his rookie 2019 campaign. He went 4-1 after replacing veteran Joe Flacco under center. He completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. The Broncos bolstered their receiving corps in the 2020 NFL Draft and Lock could now flirt with low-end QB1 status in his sophomore year. He should be drafted as a top-end QB2.
Posted 5/11/2020 11:05 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler appears to be the leading candidate for the slot receiver job this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Hamler was selected in the second round, so the team likely will give him every opportunity to win a big role in the passing game. Fantasy players should monitor his progress during the preseason, but he can be a late round pick in drafts.
Posted 5/11/2020 10:49 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton may be a candidate to be released or traded before the start of the season since he likely will be the fourth or fifth receiver and does not play on special teams, in the opinion of's Bill Barnwell.
Huddle Up: Hamilton posted 297 yards this past season but likely will drop down the depth chart after the team added Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler this offseason. He probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues no matter where he plays in 2020.
Posted 5/09/2020 6:03 pm UTC
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton led all wide receivers in 2019 with 42.93 percent of his team's air yards, according to's Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: Sutton finished with career highs in targets (124), receptions (72) and yards (1,112) to finish 18th among fantasy wideouts, but with the Broncos using their first two draft picks on wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler and TE Noah Fant entering his second season, don't be surprised to see Sutton's air yards and target shares dip noticeably. Value him as a low-end WR2 at best.
Posted 5/06/2020 2:10 am UTC
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy was the top-ranked player on the team's draft board, according to general manager John Elway. 'We met with him in Indianapolis (at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine) and really liked him and liked his mentality. ... Jerry was our guy from the get-go,' Elway said.
Huddle Up: The Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb was reportedly second on the Broncos' board. There was plenty of debate prior to the draft as to whether Jeudy, Lamb or Henry Ruggs was the best receiver in the draft, but it's not hard to see why Elway took the one he did. Few in college football created separation as easily as Jeudy, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he overtakes Courtland Sutton as Drew Lock's favorite target in 2020. He should be a solid WR3 as a rookie and is a fantastic first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Posted 5/05/2020 11:51 pm UTC
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock addressed what he has learned about offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's system after studying it since the pandemic shutdown began. 'There's definitely more possibilities for us to press the ball downfield, which I definitely think plays into my strengths and the receivers we have on this team,' said Lock Tuesday, May 5. 'We have guys who can fly down the field. It gives me the option of changing a curl route to a go route if we get man (coverage). I think we will press the ball downfield more than we did last year.'
Huddle Up: Denver's offense in 2019 had only three touchdown passes of 20 or more yards, whereas the Shurmur-coached New York Giants generated 10 such scoring plays. Given all of the weapons, as well as the aerial speed in the new-look offense, Lock's fantasy football needle is pointing due north. He's among the top backup targets in standard drafts, and gamers willing to roll the dice can give him the low-end QB1 treatment, as long as a reliable quarterback is paired with the second-year passer.
Posted 5/03/2020 9:17 pm UTC
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant is going to emerge as a 'headache for defensive coordinators and show his more game-changing talent on a far more frequent basis,' according to Aric DiLalla of the team's website.
Huddle Up: DiLalla suspects Fant could nearly double last year's 40 catches, much in the same George Kittle did from his first to his second season. The difference between the two situations, however, is that Kittle didn't have players like Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy to share targets with at that time. Fant should have no problem beating last year's production and be a serviceable TE1, but the likelihood he explodes to the degree Kittle did as a sophomore is very unlikely.
Posted 4/28/2020 4:30 am UTC
Denver Broncos rookie WR Jerry Jeudy is expected to immediately step into a starting role with Denver. Jeudy isn't lacking confidence as he takes the step from the college ranks to the NFL. 'I feel like I'm the best wide receiver because I've got the ability to separate. You need to find a way to get open and I feel like that's what I can do. I feel like if I'm getting open and creating 5, 6 yards of separation every time, that means more yards and yards after the catch,' Jeudy said. He believes he is one of the top route-runners in this year's class of rookie wideouts. Jeudy added that he can play inside, outside or whereever the team puts him to make a play on the ball. 'I don't feel like I'm a better inside receiver than an outside receiver. I'm a receiver overall. I know how to get open -- against press, against off, against whoever guards me. I know how to get open. That's it,' Jeudy added.
Huddle Up: The Broncos rook has a ton of upside, but the current limits to working with his teammates could slow him out of the gate. He'll also be relying on second-year QB Drew Lock to take the next step in his development. Consider Jeudy a low-end WR3 with plenty of upside as the season plays out. He, of course, has higher value in dynasty formats.
Posted 4/28/2020 4:15 am UTC
Denver Broncos rookie WR KJ Hamler was surprised when the Broncos drafted him, especially after they took a receiver (Jerry Jeudy) at 15th overall in the first round. He also talked with the Broncos just one time leading up to the NFL Draft and said he thought he would end up with the Philadelphia Eagles or Chicago Bears. With the Broncos, he has home-run speed to bring a different dimension to the offense they have lacked for years. The Broncos have noticed Hamler has struggled with drops, but they believe they can coach that out of him. Hamler is likely to play in the slot along side WRs Courtland Sutton and Jeudy.
Huddle Up: Second-year QB Drew Lock has to be smiling with the new weapons the Denver front-office handed him. It'll take some time for all of it to gel due to the players not being able to workout together right now, but Hamler has big-play ability. In single-year formats, he may be best left to the waiver wire but he'll have his chances and definitely should be on your radar in dynasty leagues or as spot-plays for DFS gaming.
Posted 4/18/2020 5:45 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon said recently he's relishing the opportunity to face his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers, twice a year. 'Ah man, I'm looking forward to it,' Gordon said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. 'I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's gonna be exciting. I still hang out with them, they talk trash to me. It is what it is, I'll see them boys on Sunday.'
Huddle Up: Gordon was a top-eight fantasy back in three of his last four seasons with the Bolts, but with another Austin Ekeler-type in Phillip Lindsay to help share the workload, Gordon is more of a RB2 option now.
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 3/15/2020 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 5:20 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.
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