Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball should be the primary ballcarrier for Denver in 2014.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno agreed with Miami to a one-year deal. Ball ran for 4.7 yards per carry on 120 attempts and finished with 559 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He'll be a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 in 2014 because the Broncos' passing game is so potent that it leaves gaps in the opposition run defense.
Description: Denver exercised its 2014 option on receiver Wes Welker.
Insight: Welker figures to improve on last year's numbers (73-778-10). He'll be more familiar with QB Peyton Manning and the loss of Eric Decker won't be completely compensated for by the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Welker also missed three games due to a concussion.
Description: Emmanuel Sanders' new deal with the Broncos should become official later today. However, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Sanders had already agreed to a contract with Kansas City before Denver came into the picture.
Insight: An anonymous team official has accused Sanders' agent Steve Weinberg of breaking "every rule in negotiations." Supposedly, Weinberg accepted a deal from the Chiefs before opening negotiations with Tampa Bay and Denver. He also blew off a meeting with San Francisco. Weinberg is already on thin ice after a series of violations in the early 2000s and this sequence of events should only further damage his reputation. Fantasy-wise, it's an ideal spot for Sanders who will now be catching passes from Peyton Manning. He'll be replacing Eric Decker, who put up 1,288 yards and 11 TD last season.
Description: One day after being cut by the Cowboys, All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with Denver.
Insight: By signing Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib all in the last 24 hours, it's clear that defense is a priority for the Broncos this offseason. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, $20 million of Ware's deal is guaranteed.
Description: T.J. Ward's new deal with the Broncos will pay him $23 million over the next four seasons. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Ward had spent his previous four seasons in Cleveland, logging five picks, five forced fumbles and 342 tackles over that span. The additions of Ward and Aqib Talib should make Denver's secondary one of the league's best.
Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib agreed to a six-year, $57 million deal with Denver late Tuesday night. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Talib lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship so naturally he decided to sign with them as a free agent. The $26 million Talib is getting in guaranteed money is the most ever by a cornerback. Now that Talib and Alterraun Verner are off the market, the Patriots will probably go after Antonio Cromartie or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to fill their vacant corner slot. Of course, the biggest prize would be soon-to-be free agent Darrelle Revis. It remains to be seen if that's a real possibility for New England.
Description: Wide receiver Andre Caldwell will return to the Broncos after agreeing to a two-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Caldwell caught 16 balls for 200 yards (11 over the final three games) and could move up the depth chart if Denver doesn't bring in a big name to replace Eric Decker. Anyone catching balls from Peyton Manning has a chance to be fantasy worthy.
Description: Champ Bailey's ten-year tenure with Denver ended on Thursday when the Broncos released him. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: The move saves Denver $10 million that they can now spend on a top-tier free agent. Bailey has told teams he's willing to move to safety despite playing cornerback for the last 15 seasons. Regardless of how this plays out, Bailey should be a Hall of Famer when his career is over.
Description: According to the Denver Post, the Broncos believe it's time to take the training wheels off their young running backs, Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno is a free agent and will likely be let go after picking up 1,500+ yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2013. Ball ran for 4.7 yards per carry on 120 attempts and finished with 559 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He'll be a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 in 2014.
Description: Receiver Eric Decker said money won't be the only factor when it comes to his free agency decision, according to espn.com. "It's not all about the money for me. It's about going to work every day and having fun and enjoying my job," Decker said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If we can get on the same page, I will welcome a call from the Broncos, but I need to do what is best for my family," he said.
Insight: Decker has put together two straight seasons with 85+ catches, 1,000+ yards and 10+ touchdowns with the Denver Broncos. Signing with another team would mean no longer having to share targets with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, but Denver remains one of the best spots for his fantasy value.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas set an NFL record with his 13 catches Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII. Unfortunately, he also separated his shoulder. SOURCE: Vic Lombardi, CBS Denver
Insight: Thomas never missed a snap so fantasy owners have no need to panic. The 26-year-old is coming off a brilliant season and might actually have an even greater impact in 2014 if Denver is unable to retain Eric Decker in free agency.
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning was named NFL MVP for the fifth time on Saturday.
Insight: He's won this award more times than any player in NFL history. Manning took 49 of the 50 first place votes with one vote going to Tom Brady. Manning last one the MVP award in 2009 back when he was with Indianapolis. The 37-year-old set several NFL records this season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season.
Description: Broncos kicker Matt Prater was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Prater was ill for most of last week, but appears to be ready to go. He was 25-for-26 on field goal attempts, including 6-for-7 from 50-yards or more. He also forced touchbacks on 60 percent of his kickoffs.
Description: Broncos starting running back Knowshon Moreno practiced in full on Wednesday.
Insight: Moreno injured his ribs in the AFC Championship game, but was always expected to play in the Super Bowl. This is just confirmation that Moreno will be ready. Moreno was one of the biggest surprises this season, buried on the depth chart in preseason, but emerging as the best guy in the backfield with 1,038 yards rushing, 548 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.
Description: According to NFL.com's Kevin Patra, the Broncos aren't likely to re-sign impending free agent Knowshon Moreno.
Insight: Moreno is going to get a huge payday this offseason but it probably won't come from Denver. Obviously this is great news for Montee Ball, who figures to be the workhorse when Moreno inevitably signs elsewhere.
Description: Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he would accept a long-term contract if he gets offered one this offseason. Yesterday, Rodgers-Cromartie said that he would consider retiring if Denver wins the Super Bowl on Sunday. SOURCE: Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Insight: It's not a surprise as we figured DRC would come to his senses sooner or later. Rodgers-Cromartie is in the prime of his career and should earn millions as a free agent this offseason. The Broncos would be crazy not to re-sign him.
Description: Regardless of Super Bowl XLVIII's outcome, Peyton Manning intends to play at least one more season for the Broncos. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Many have speculated that Super Bowl XLVIII could be Manning's last game but Peyton says that won't be the case. Manning had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2013 and many of his receivers are still in their prime. Plus, Manning would be walking away from $53 million if he decided to throw in the towel. Fantasy owners holding Peyton in keeper leagues can feel safe about their investment.
Description: Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, is already thinking about retirement. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: The impending free agent says he's given the idea some serious thought and may hang up his cleats if Denver wins the Super Bowl this Sunday. It's very rare to see a player of this caliber retire at such an early age. If Rodgers-Cromartie does call it quits he'll be leaving an awful lot of money on the table. For what it's worth, Rodgers-Cromartie has recorded 38 tackles and three interceptions this season (playoffs included).
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship Game, but has practiced Wednesday and Thursday this week, so figures to be ready for next Sunday's game.
Insight: Moreno obviously didn't need the full two weeks to get healthy for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Plan to start him as always.
Description: Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) came up big just when the team needed him, playing almost every snap on defense.
Insight: Facing Tom Brady and without starter Chris Harris could have been a problem, but Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played well in holding the Pats passing game in check. Bailey appears to have come out of the game healthy and will have two weeks to rest up for his first Super Bowl.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship Game, but X-rays were negative.
Insight: Moreno will have two weeks to get healthy for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium and should be ready to go. If not, Montee Ball would carry most of the workload, but he's not the receiver Moreno is.
Description: Broncos nickle cornerback Tony Carter suffered a concussion in the AFC Campionship game against New England, but is expected to be ready for the Super Bowl, according to a FOX Sports report.
Insight: The Broncos defense has been missing a number of pieces (Von Miller, Chris Harris, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe), but is getting the job done. Having Carter available will certainly help to stop Percy Harvin, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno suffered a chest injury in the fourth quarter during Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Insight: Moreno has two weeks to get healthy for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. He had 14 carries for 59 yards and two catches for 22 yards Sunday against the Patriots, while Montee Ball had 56 total yards on 15 touches.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is listed on the injury report due to his ongoing sore ankle, but fantasy owners should have no fear that he'll miss this matchup with Tom Brady and the Pats.
Insight: Manning set records for passing yards and passing touchdowns this season , but none of that will matter if he doesn't beat his rival and make it back to another Super Bowl.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have his neck evaluated after the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: If everything checks out, he should be able to continue his career as planned. But if tests reveal any more damage to his neck, it could force the future Hall of Famer into early retirement. For now, Manning's main focus is Denver's next opponent, the New England Patriots, who beat the Broncos in Week 12.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas finished with a team-high 76 receiving yards Sunday in a win against San Diego.
Insight: Thomas lost a fumble but made up for it by coming down with a pair of clutch third down catches to seal the victory. The Broncos will host New England next Sunday in the AFC Championship. The 25-year-old Thomas has never played against the Patriots.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker is wearing a specialized helmet in today's game against San Diego. Welker has suffered two concussions this season and hasn't played since December 8th. SOURCE: Vic Lombardi, CBS4 Denver
Insight: The helmet looks gigantic. It's a necessary precaution, however, as another head injury could end Welker's career. He only caught three passes for 21 yards when these teams squared off in Week 10.
Description: Broncos starting defensive end Derek Wolfe won't play Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: He's out with an illness. Wolfe will sit on the sidelines with Von Miller making the Broncos' defense much more vulnerable. Of course with Peyton Manning & Co. on the other side of the ball, they don't have to be dominant.
Description: Bad news for the Chargers secondary, Broncos wideout Wes Welker was cleared last week to play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Insight: Welker had missed the past three games with a concussion. Though the 778 yards he recorded this year were his fewest since 2006, Welker's 10 touchdown receptions in 2013 were a career-high. Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas make a formidable receiving corps.
Description: Denver wideout Demaryius Thomas finished the regular season in style by hauling in six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over Oakland.
Insight: Thomas did all of his damage in the first half as Denver jumped out to a 31-0 lead before the break. He finished with four yards fewer than last season (1,430) though he had four more touchdowns in 2013 (14) than he did in 2012 (10).
Description: Denver QB Peyton Manning is the NFL's all-time single-season passing yards leader.
Insight: Manning needed 266 yards for the record and that's exactly how many he got. He passed Drew Brees for the all-time mark on a five-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas at the end of the first half. Manning set the single-season touchdown record last week in a win over Houston. With Denver up big, Peyton has taken a seat in favor of backup Brock Osweiler. Barring a collapse of epic proportions, the Broncos will have homefield advantage throughout the postseason.
Description: Confirming an earlier report, Broncos wideout Wes Welker will be back for the team's first playoff game in two weeks. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Welker has missed the past three games with a concussion. He practiced on a limited basis this week and should get full reps during the team's upcoming bye week. Though the 778 yards he recorded this year were his fewest since 2006, Welker's ten touchdown receptions in 2013 were a career-high.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out for the final game of the regular season, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and will end up missing the last three games of the regular season. He returned to practice this week, however, and should be ready to go for Denver's first playoff game in two weeks.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) practiced Wednesday which is an obvious indication that he's getting better.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and is not expected to play in the season finale, but is encouraging news in regards to the Broncos' first playoff game in three weeks.
Description: Von Miller's torn ACL was confirmed with an MRI on Monday. His season is over. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Miller will certainly be missed but it's worth mentioning that Denver went undefeated in his absence earlier in the year (he was suspended six games for a failed drug test). Look for Nate Irving to replace Miller as Denver's starting strong side linebacker.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the single-season record by throwing his 51st touchdown pass with 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Manning threw four touchdowns and had 400 yards to put himself over 5,000 for the first time in his career. The man has been money for the whole season and he likely brought home a fantasy title for many owners with this performance.
Description: According to espn.com, Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to miss the final two games of the regular season.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego last Thursday, will be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week at Houston and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues. Welker will finish with 73 receptions for 778 yards, both his lowest since 2006, and a career-high 10 touchdowns in 13 games.
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Houston.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and will miss his second straight game this weekend. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego last Thursday, will be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues.
Description: According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) still has not been medically cleared to return to practice.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8. It's obviously not a good sign for his Week 16 availability that he isn't ready to return after sitting out last Thursday's game against San Diego. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego, would be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues.
Description: In a surprise move, the Broncos are going to start tight end Virgil Green in the slot Thursday against San Diego. Wide receiver Wes Welker usually plays the slot but is out with a concussion. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: Jacob Tamme was expected to start in Welker's place but instead the Broncos are going with Green, the third-year tight end from Nevada. Green has never caught a touchdown pass in 40 NFL games but with Manning throwing, there's always that possibility.
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) will miss Thursday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion in the last month Sunday against the Titans and had a slim chance of being ready during this short week. Fantasy owners should expect an increase in targets for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and possibly Jacob Tamme who saw additional snaps Sunday after Welker went down.
Description: Denver tight end Jacob Tamme is expected to pick up most of the work at the slot position if Wes Welker is inactive for Thursday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Tamme saw 45-of-46 snaps after Welker went down last Sunday and caught four balls for 47 yards. Peyton Manning obviously has plenty of confidence in his backup tight end going back to their days in Indianapolis.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (73-778-10) suffered another concussion Sunday against Tennessee and should be considered unlikely to play in Thursday's game against San Diego.
Insight: That's his second concussion this season. Fantasy owners should expect an increase in targets for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and possibly Jacob Tamme who saw additional snaps Sunday after Welker went down.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Tennessee.
Insight: Thomas had missed the last two games with a knee injury. His return couldn't have come at a better time for the Broncos, who need Thomas to work the middle of the field with tough cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty on the outside. He's a top-five tight end option.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (knee) is probable to play Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Thomas missed the last two games with a knee injury but is ready to return. And just in time for Denver, who need Thomas to work the middle of the field with tough cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty on the outside. He's a top-five tight end option.
Description: The Chiefs held Knowshon Moreno to 18 rushing yards on 15 carries but he had 72 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches in Week 13.
Insight: Moreno suffered a bruised ankle while carrying the football 37 times for 224 yards and a touchdown Sunday night at New England. The Broncos mixed in Montee Ball more and the rookie had 117 yards on 13 carries. Due to his role in the passing game and near the goal line, Moreno has an extremely high floor.
Description: Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker was Peyton Manning's favorite receiver Sunday at Kansas City. He caught eight of his 12 targets for 174 yards and four touchdowns.
Insight: Decker had his way with rookie CB Marcus Cooper all day. He came in with just three touchdowns all season after catching 13 in 2012, but he now has 63 catches, 971 yards and seven scores with four games to go.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, but returned to action in the second quarter.
Insight: The Broncos already are playing without Julius Thomas (knee) so they could ill-afford to be without both. While he was gone Eric Decker took advantage and scored from 41-yards out. The Broncos are down 14 points in the second quarter and Demaryius figures to see plenty of targets.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (ankle) will play Sunday against the Chiefs, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Insight: Moreno suffered a bruised ankle while carrying the football 37 times for 224 yards and a touchdown Sunday night at New England. He may not see 25 touches Sunday due to his injury but 20 are likely.
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Broncos don't expect tight end Julius Thomas (knee) to play Sunday.
Insight: Thomas missed Week 12 against New England with a knee injury and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports his chances of playing in Week 13 are "iffy" at best. Have another tight end playing after the 1 p.m. slate ready to go if you are planning on using Thomas. Jacob Tamme caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Pats and could be a decent fill-in for desperate owners.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas (knee) will be a game-time decision Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Thomas missed Week 12 against New England with a knee injury and Schefter reports his chances of playing in Week 13 are "iffy" at best. Have another tight end playing after the 1 p.m. slate ready to go if you are planning on using Thomas. Jacob Tamme caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Pats and could be a decent fill-in for desperate owners.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas (knee) practiced for a third consecutive day and is fully expected to play Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs.
Insight: He missed last night's game in New England because of a knee injury. Thomas is tied with teammate Demaryius Thomas for third in the league with ten receiving touchdowns. He caught three balls for 43 yards and a TD when he faced the Chiefs in Week 11.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (ankle) returned to practice Thursday and was out there again on Friday.
Insight: Moreno had a sensational game Sunday against New England (career-high 224 rushing yards) but his body paid the price. Officially, he's been diagnosed with an ankle bruise. Moreno has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (ankle) returned to practice Thursday. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: Moreno had a sensational game Sunday against New England (career-high 224 rushing yards) but his body paid the price. Officially, he's been diagnosed with an ankle bruise. Moreno will carry the questionable label into Sunday's contest against the Chiefs, but his participation Thursday gives him a good chance to suit up.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas (knee) practiced Wednesday and is fully expected to play Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs.
Insight: He missed last night's game in New England because of a knee injury. Thomas is tied with teammate Demaryius Thomas for third in the league with ten receiving touchdowns. He caught three balls for 43 yards and a TD when he faced the Chiefs in Week 11.
Description: Injured Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno wasn't at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: Moreno had a sensational game Sunday against New England (career-high 224 rushing yards) but his body paid the price. Officially, he's been diagnosed with an ankle bruise. Moreno will carry the questionable label into Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas is expected to play Sunday at Kansas City. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: He missed last night's game in New England because of a knee injury. Thomas is tied with teammate Demaryius Thomas for third in the league with ten receiving touchdowns. He caught three balls for 43 yards when he faced the Chiefs in Week 11.
Description: ESPN fantasy expert Matthew Berry says Broncos halfback Knowshon Moreno is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs despite leaving last night's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: Moreno had the game of his life Sunday against New England, rushing for 224 yards on 37 carries. He bowed out in overtime after bruising his ankle. If Moreno is limited at all next week in Kansas City, C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball would both see more carries.
Description: According to Fox's Jay Glazer, Denver tight end Julius Thomas (knee) will need a miracle to play in Sunday night's game against the Patriots.
Insight: Hopefully you had a backup plan in place. Joel Dreessen is likely to start in Thomas' place. With temperatures in the low 20s and wind gusts upwards of 25 mph, playing conditions will be far from ideal Sunday night in Foxboro.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will be a game-time decision for Sunday night's game in Foxboro. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: Because of the 8:30 start time, fantasy owners would be wise to look for another tight end to fill out the roster. Houston's Garrett Graham and Tennessee's Delanie Walker are both widely available in ESPN leagues if you need some insurance (30.6 percent and 27.2 percent ownership respectively).
Description: Denver interim coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that receiver Wes Welker (concussion) will play Sunday night against the Patriots, according to the Denver Post. "It's kind of like Peyton (Manning) was a while back -- if you had the 'definitely will go' category, (Welker would) probably be on there too," Del Rio said.
Insight: Welker got in a full practice Friday and is good to go for the Week 12 showdown with his former team. He's a must-start as usual.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas (knee) was limited again in Friday's practice, according to Adam Schefter of espn.com.
Insight: Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said the team will "just have to make a determination." It looks like Thomas will be a game-time decision Sunday night against the Patriots. Fantasy owners who are planning to start him should make sure they have Denver backup Jacob Tamme or Washington's Fred Davis, who will likely start in place of a concussed Jordan Reed Monday night, on the roster in case Thomas is ruled out.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker was back at practice on Thursday. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: You didn't think Welker was going to miss Denver's Week 12 opponent, his former team the New England Patriots, did you? Peyton Manning will feed him a larger workload because he knows how to keep his receivers happy.
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker didn't participate in practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mike Klis, Denver Post
Insight: Denver's Week 12 opponent, the New England Patriots (his former team), should give Welker plenty of incentive to play on Sunday. Unfortunately, it's not up to him. Because of the league's new policy for head injuries, he'll need to pass a series of concussion tests before he is cleared to play.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker left Sunday's game with a concussion but according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he's hoping to play next week against the Patriots.
Insight: He'll go through the necessary protocol for head injuries throughout the week. Welker hasn't caught 100 yards worth of passes in any game this season but he's made up for it by hauling in a career-high nine touchdowns.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, but returned in limited fashion on Thursday.
Insight: Interim coach Jack Del Rio said earlier this week that Manning would "definitely" play in Week 11 in a key matchup versus the 9-0 Chiefs. The quarterback aggravated an ankle sprain Sunday against the Chargers. Fantasy owners can breathe again.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: Interim coach Jack Del Rio said earlier this week that Manning would "definitely" play in Week 11 in a key matchup versus the 9-0 Chiefs. The quarterback aggravated an ankle sprain Sunday against the Chargers. If he plays, he's a must-start for fantasy purposes.
Description: Fantasy owners can breath easy. Broncos QB Peyton Manning went for an MRI on Monday to check out his right ankle, but there was just an aggravation of his high ankle sprain and no new damage, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: He tossed four touchdown passes Sunday with each going to a player named Thomas (That has to be some kind of record, right?). With 33 touchdowns in nine games, Manning is well on his way to passing the all-time single-season TD mark set by Tom Brady in 2007 (50). He's also on pace for 5,776 passing yards.
Description: Demaryius Thomas was Peyton Manning's preferred target on Sunday.
Insight: Thomas exploded for 108 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 28-20 victory at San Diego. Despite all the success Thomas has had this season, this was just his second 100-yard performance in nine starts.
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning picked the Chargers apart in Sunday's win at Qualcomm Stadium.
Insight: He tossed four touchdown passes with each going to a player with the last name Thomas (That has to be some kind of record, right?). With 33 touchdowns in nine games, Manning is well on his way to setting the all-time single-season TD mark set by Tom Brady in 2007 (50).
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is active for Week 10 against San Diego.
Insight: Thomas injured his ankle in Denver's Week 8 win over Washington. He's back, though not likely at 100 percent. Peyton Manning won't force the ball to him with the loaded talent the Broncos have at wideout. Thomas will be a risky start this Sunday.
Description: The MRI on Denver tight end Julius Thomas' ankle came back negative, according to Lindsay Jones of USAToday.com.
Insight: Thomas left Sunday's game early in the second half, but he appears to have a serious sprain. He tweeted Monday afternoon that his MRI "showed it wasn't a high ankle sprain." The Broncos have a bye in Week 9, so it's possible Thomas won't miss any games.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas left Sunday's contest against the Redskins with an ankle injury and didn't return for the remainder of the game.
Insight: Thomas will have an MRI on Monday. He's been a great fantasy discovery this season catching 39 balls for 451 yards and eight TDs. Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen will slide in at tight end if Thomas remains sidelined.
Description: Denver cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) is a no-go for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Insight: He's hoping to be back in two weeks. Without Bailey, it's going to be very difficult for the Broncos to contain Robert Griffin III in the passing game. Denver's D/ST is not a recommended fantasy play in Week 8.
Description: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will play through a high ankle sprain on Sunday. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: Manning wasn't a terribly mobile quarterback to begin with but Sunday he's going to look like a statue out there. With that said, he has a dream matchup this week against a helpless Redskins secondary. Injury or not, he's still must-start material.
Description: According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Ronnie Hillman will not dress for the Broncos in Week 8 versus the Redskins.
Insight: Hillman's fourth-quarter fumble at the 2-yard line Sunday against the Colts put a stop to Denver's comeback attempt. The team will go with rookie Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson as backups to Knowshon Moreno, making Ball one of the top handcuffs in fantasy.
Description: Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, suspended for trying to corrupt the league's drug testing program, has served his six-game suspension and should be back for Week 7 versus Indianapolis.
Insight: The rich get richer. Miller will add his 30 career sacks and 134 tackles to the mix as the undefeated Broncos face Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Description: Denver halfback Knowshon Moreno registered three touchdowns Sunday in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville.
Insight: This one wasn't quite the blowout that we all expected but it could have been even closer if not for Moreno's contributions. Moreno now has seven touchdowns for the season, which ties a career-high he set as a rookie in 2009. He will be a must-start every week that the Broncos play.
Description: Denver All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Jacksonville, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today.
Insight: The Broncos probably won't need him to beat the Jaguars, but it would be good to get him back on the field as Denver has yielded a league-high 1,735 yards passing. Expect that he'll be on a play count for the first couple weeks back.
Description: Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno had 150 yards from scrimmage (93 rushing, 57 receiving) and one touchdown on 24 touches Sunday at Dallas.
Insight: Moreno started the preseason as the third man on the depth chart but it soon became clear he was more reliable than rookie Montee Ball or second-year man Ronnie Hillman. Moreno has scored four touchdowns and produced 458 yards from scrimmage in five games.
Description: Looks like another week ithout Denver All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey.
Insight: Ed Werder is reporting that Bailey will miss his fifth consecutive game. Considering the team hasn't lost yet and has barely been challenged in the first four games, they can afford to let Bailey sit for as long as it takes.
Description: Denver wideout Wes Welker already has as many touchdowns as he did last season and it's only Week 4.
Insight: After years of doing all the work and then letting someone else score the points, Welker is finally piling on the touchdowns. He's now scored at least once in every game this season with 266 receiving yards over that stretch. Welker's fantasy value has never been higher.
Description: After a rough opener, Denver receiver Eric Decker has returned to form.
Insight: He had 88 yards on five receptions Sunday against the Eagles and is averaging 7.3 catches and 103 receiving yards over the last three games. The only thing we can ask for is more touchdowns, as he has just one compared to six for Wes Welker and four apiece for Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas.
Description: The wheel spun in favor of Demaryius Thomas Sunday, as the Denver receiver caught nine passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Peyton Manning continues to put up prolific numbers and has spread the wealth around to Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas. Demaryius had gone two weeks without a touchdown prior to Sunday.
Description: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning maintained his pace of four passing touchdowns per game Sunday against the Eagles.
Insight: Manning had 12 touchdowns and no picks over the first three games and carved up the Eagles for 327 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday afternoon in Denver. Manning, who sat out most of the fourth quarter, is now tied with Milt Plum for the most touchdowns to start a season without throwing an interception.
Description: Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller was suspended for trying to corrupt the league's drug testing program. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Miller and his urine collector tried to skew the results in his favor. Talented as he may be, Miller clearly has an appetite for his own self-destruction. Let's hope he can find a way to get his off-the-field life back under control.
Description: Peyton Manning's new favorite weapon, Wes Welker, practiced in full on Friday and should be ready to go against the Giants.
Insight: Welker has been dealing an ankle sprain since before the season began, but he was always expected to be ready. In his first game with Manning, Welker caught nine balls for 67 yards and two scores. Wait till they get to know one another better!
Description: Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has been ruled out for Week 2.
Insight: Bailey sat out Week 1 with a sprained foot, but facing Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz they could have used him. The Broncos will start Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Tony Carter at the two cornerback slots.
Description: Broncos halfback Knowshon Moreno started Thursday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: It basically means nothing since head coach John Fox already indicated that Denver would be giving Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball an equal amount of snaps. Out of the three, we still think Ball has the most upside.
Description: Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen (knee surgery) will not be available for Week 1 against Baltimore.
Insight: Dreessen previously had his knee scoped back in May and apparently it never fully healed. Denver is starting Julius Thomas with Manning favorite Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green backing him up. The addition of Wes Welker to an already strong receiving corps probably makes all Denver tight ends non-factors.
Description: Denver rookie running back Montee Ball should eventually take control of the Broncos' backfield, but fantasy owners may have to stay away from him early on.
Insight: Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starter and Knowshon Moreno is the best pass blocker of the group, so until the team feels the rookie can pick up the blitz and keep Peyton Manning safe and upright he likely won't be a top fantasy value.
Description: Though currently listed as Denver's starting running back, Ronnie Hillman may not get a majority of the work in Week 1, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
Insight: The reasoning is that the Ravens' pass rush with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will force the Broncos to use their best pass blocker who is thought to be Knowshon Moreno. The Denver running back situation is clouded with three backs expected to share time - Hillman, Montee Ball and Moreno. Fantasy owners will have to stay away until it becomes more clear.
Description: According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, Knowshon Moreno could be the starter and play the most of any of Denver's running backs Thursday against Baltimore in the season opener.
Insight: Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starter, but the team plans on using a drive-by-drive committee with Hillman, Moreno and rookie Montee Ball. Ball is the best long-term option, but he needs to work on his pass protection. Meanwhile, Hillman fumbled several times during the preseason. That means Moreno could be the best option for Denver early on this season. None of the running backs is a trustworthy fantasy play in Week 1.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Broncos plan to use a running back committtee on a drive-by-drive basis rather than a play-by-play so the team can use its up-tempo approach.
Insight: The key word here is committee, regardless of whether they plan to keep one running back on the field for an entire drive or not. Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno should be owned but kept out of fantasy lineups early this season.
Description: Denver announced Julius Thomas as its starting tight end, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Insight: Thomas beat out Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen. The athletic 25-year-old will struggle to have consistent fantasy value as the fourth option behind Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker but is worth adding in two-TE leagues.
Description: According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, the Broncos announced that Ronnie Hillman will start at running back in Week 1.
Insight: Hillman took most of the first-team reps in training camp but fumbled three times this preseason. Denver will use a committee of Hillman, rookie Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno. Ball has the highest upside long term.
Description: According to the Denver Post, Peyton Manning said that Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball "is going to play a lot" this season.
Insight: Ball and Ronnie Hillman have both worked with the first-team offense this week but both have their issues -- Ball with pass protection and Hillman with fumbling. Knowshon Moreno is also in the mix as a third-down back. Ball likely will lead the committee, but he's not going to be the lone back right off the bat.
Description: According to the Denver Post, Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman returned to the first team during Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Back and forth we go. Rookie Montee Ball received first-team reps for the first time all camp Monday after Hillman fumbled for the third time this preseason Saturday. Ball, Hillman and Knowshon Moreno figure to all be in the mix for playing time in Denver early this season, which means none of them will have fantasy value early on. If you're looking for a long-term move, Ball is likely the guy who will lead the committee.
Description: Even though Montee Ball was working with Denver's starters Monday, Broncos OC Adam Gase said the team will use a running back committee and stated that they have "never shied away from that." SOURCE: Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com
Insight: Ronnie Hillman started training camp as the starter but fumbled three times this preseason. The Broncos likely will give Ball every chance to lead the committee, and Knowshon Moreno could end getting more snaps than Hillman as the third-down back, but none of the three will make for a good RB2 early this season.
Description: Denver rookie running Montee Ball was working with Peyton Manning and the first team on Monday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: Ball has always been expected to win the starting role and push Ronnie Hillman into a third-down receiving role. We just didn't know it could happen as early as Week 1 since coach John Fox has never been quick to trust rookies.
Description: Denver linebacker Von Miller has been hit with a six-game suspension. Miller's initial suspension was four games, but the NFL increased it for further violations during the appeal process, according to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com.
Insight: Miller will return for Week 7 against the Colts. Denver's defense, which already took a hit during the offseason with the loss of Elvis Dumervil, could potentially play Week 1 without Miller, Champ Bailey and Derek Wolfe.
Description: Denver linebacker Stewart Bradley will miss a couple of weeks after wrist surgery, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: By itself that wouldn't mean much, but add in the Von Miller suspension and the Broncos are getting mighty thin at linebacker. Denver opens the season with a couple of tough assignments - Super Bowl champion Baltimore and the New York Giants.
Description: Denver linebacker Von Miller's four-game suspension may turn into a six-gamer if the latest rumors are true. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It might have to do with his recent arrest for missing a court appearance on traffic charges. Whatever the reason, the Broncos could be without their most athletic defender for almost half the season.
Description: Denver cornerback Champ Bailey has a serious foot sprain that could take several weeks to heal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Things are looking down for Denver's defense. After losing Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens, the team could potentially start the season without Von Miller (suspended), Bailey and projected defensive end starter Derek Wolfe (spine).
Description: Wes Welker scored the Broncos' only touchdown on Saturday night. Unfortunately, he also got injured.
Insight: According to the Broncos' Twitter page, Welker suffered a sprained right ankle. Champ Bailey, Derek Wolfe and Louis Vasquez also got hurt for the Broncos on Saturday. To make matters worse, they lost by 30 points. For now, Welker is day-to-day.
Description: Denver left end Derek Wolfe suffered a scary injury Saturday night against Seattle.
Insight: Wolfe was taken off in an ambulance after injuring his neck, though it looks like he's going to be okay. All his tests came back negative and Denver Post reporter Mike Klis says Wolfe was able to rejoin the team on their flight back to Colorado. The 2012 second round pick is questionable for next week's tuneup against the Rams.
Description: The appeal for Von Miller's four-game suspension has been postponed.
Insight: It was supposed to be held on Thursday. Now, ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the two sides are likely to meet on Tuesday. Miller was suspended last month for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension may have been triggered by missing or showing up late to a drug test as multiple sources have repoorted that Miller never failed a drug test.
Description: Broncos linebacker Von Miller was arrested on Sunday. SOURCE: ABC Denver
Insight: Miller committed a traffic violation last October but missed his court date. Miller has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. In addition to this arrest, Miller is currently appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Supposedly, Miller's appeal will be heard tomorrow. Despite the turbulent offseason he's had, Miller is still one of the best outside linebackers in all of football.
Description: Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com says that "every indication on the practice field -- as in EVERY indication -- is that Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are going to share the workload in a variety of down-and-distance situations," with Knowshon Moreno and Jacob Hester being worked in on third downs.
Insight: The high-powered Broncos still found time to run the football 481 times last season, ninth most in the NFL, so a split workload between Hillman and Ball could yield some positive fantasy results for both players. However, those drafting Ball at his current ADP of 44.9 (fantasyfootballcalculator.com) are sure to be disappointed. Hillman's ADP is 88.3. We could see a situation similar to the Colts in 2006, when Joseph Addai received 226 carries and 40 receptions and Dominic Rhodes ran 187 times and caught 36 passes.
Description: Denver linebacker Von Miller, who was suspended for the first four games of the season, will have his appeal heard next Thursday.
Insight: If Miller's appeal is successful, he could have the suspension reduced or taken away completely. Miller was suspended for violating the league's drug policy, though it's been reported that he never failed a drug test. Denver's season opener is September 5th against the Ravens.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker revealed to Sports Illustrated that his rocky relationship with Bill Belichick was one of the reasons he left New England this past offseason.
Insight: Welker told Chris Ballard that his relationship with Belichick had "deteriorated" by the end of his six-year tenure with the Patriots while adding, "When I'm answering questions for the Denver media, I'm not worried about what the Broncos' people are going to think. I'm worried about what Belichick will think. Isn't that crazy?" Welker and Tom Brady had incredible chemistry in New England but with Peyton Manning throwing to him in Denver, he should be in for another excellent season.
Description: According to the Denver Post, Broncos coach John Fox basically called the team's first running back depth chart meaningless. "Again, it’s going to be based on performance," Fox said. "We’ve got four preseason games to take a look at them. We have a depth chart. We released a depth chart only because the league makes us, but as it sorts out they’ll define where they fit on the depth chart."
Insight: Rookie Montee Ball is currently behind Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. Hillman had trouble getting playing time as a rookie due to pass blocking issues and Ball could have the same problem this year if he can't pick up the protection schemes.
Description: Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a high ankle sprain at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: Darren McFadden missed a month with a similar injury last season. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Rodgers-Cromartie should be ready for Denver's season opener September 5th against the Ravens.
Description: According to the Denver Post, Ronnie Hillman is still considered the starting running back after three padded practices.
Insight: The team expects Montee Ball, a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, to eventually be the feature back, but Hillman is getting the first-team reps due to his improvements in pass protection from last season. As a rookie, Hillman struggled with that aspect of the game and was passed over by Knowshon Moreno when Willis McGahee went down with an injury. Fantasy owners should probably back off that early fourth round ADP on Ball.
Description: According to the Denver Post, Broncos linebacker Von Miller did not fail a drug test.
Insight: Miller was recently handed a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy but apparently it wasn't because of a failed test. The report suggests that Miller's suspension could be because he missed a test or showed up late on a day that tests were being administered. Miller could have his suspension reduced or even dropped completely if he wins his appeal next month.
Description: Broncos pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Miller has produced 30 sacks (18.5 in 2012-13), nine forced fumbles and an INT for a touchdown in two seasons with Denver. He's a tough challenge for any offensive line and any amount of time he misses will be a blow to the Denver defense. The Broncos open with Baltimore, the New York Giants, Oakland and Philadelphia.
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman will open training camp as the starter, according to the Denver Post. Rookie second-rounder Montee Ball will start out as the third-down option and rotation runner on early downs.
Insight: Hillman, who rushed for 330 yards on 85 carries (3.9 ypc) in 14 games as a rookie last season, had trouble cracking the running back rotation due to pass-blocking issues. We expect Ball to be the starter, but he might be held back by the same issues. Ball is currently being drafted at an ADP of 38.9 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mocks, while Hillman is going at 132.3.
Description: Left tackle Ryan Clady and the Broncos have agreed to a five-year, $52.5 million extension. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Well that ought to make Peyton Manning happy. The three-time Pro Bowler has started every game since the Broncos drafted him with the 12th overall pick back in 2008. Clady will receive $33 million in guaranteed money and his contact could be worth an extra five million if he reaches the Pro Bowl two or more times.
Description: The Broncos have offered left tackle Ryan Clady a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN
Insight: The two sides have been working on a deal since Clady was franchise-tagged in March. Previously, the Broncos had offered five years and $50 million so this new deal would pay Clady an additional half million a year.
Description: A note on the Broncos' website makes reference to the fact that Peyton Manning has studied Wes Welker's best plays in New England and the team is planning to integrate some of them into the Denver offense.
Insight: We always knew Manning was a smart guy, but now we know he'll be using Welker the right way. His current fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP is 46.1.
Description: Denver signed center Dan Koppen to a one-year deal.
Insight: The Broncos starting center, J.D. Walton, needed more ankle surgery and is expected to miss most, or all, of this season, which makes this signing important to fantasy owners. Peyton Manning can't throw if he's on his back.
Description: Willis McGahee's release was not performance based. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Broncos let McGahee go because his health raised too many red flags.
Insight: McGahee has put together quite a career, posting 1,000 yard seasons with three different teams. His last 1,000 yard campaign was only two years ago so it would seem he still has plenty left in the tank. We'd be shocked if McGahee doesn't at least get a tryout with another team in the next few weeks.