Description: Broncos running backs C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball are splitting first-team reps at Denver OTAs this week according to 9 News Denver.
Insight: The Broncos new coaching staff wants to have an open competition at the position, but Anderson is still the heavy favorite to start. Owners must have whoever start in Peyton Manning's backfield, especially in Gary Kubiak's running back friendly offense.
Description: Former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said running back C.J. Anderson was not in great shape, struggling with his conditioning at times last season according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: That would make sense as Anderson seemed to tire over the season. He had just a 3.8 yard per carry average in December. Still, he averaged 4.7 yards per attempt over the whole season, rushing for 849 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns. That wasn't bad for a waiver wire pickup midway through the season, but it will be intriguing where he lands on the Denver depth chart this year and consequently, where he falls in fantasy drafts. New coach Gary Kubiak has not assured Anderson a starting role in the backfield.
Description: A report in the Denver Post has Broncos tight end Julius Thomas as not likely to re-sign with the team.
Insight: Denver has 12 unrestricted free agents in all and Demaryius Thomas tops the list as a must sign. Julius Thomas appears to be headed elsewhere as the team won't be able to meet his high salary request. Jacksonville or Atlanta could be his landing spot.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning plans to return for another season according to Denver Post's Woody Paige.
Insight: Paige is a well-respected Denver sports journalist and cites "three trustworthy sources" in his report. Paige says as long as Manning passes his annual spring physical, he will be back with the team in 2015 under new coordinator Gary Kubiak. That should make all fantasy owners happy.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played with a torn right quad over the last month, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: This would explain his significant drop in production. There could be a lot of movement in the front office with Denver, but assuming Manning returns the offense should be potent once again next season.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas looked poised to have another big day versus the Colts after the first drive, but had just an average fantasy day overall.
Insight: Thomas made a 32-yard catch on the opening offensive drive for Denver that brought the Broncos down to the two-yard line. On the next play, Peyton Manning targeted Thomas again in the end zone, and defensive holding was called on the incomplete pass. Remember, Thomas destroyed the Colts in the red zone during the Week 1 contest with three touchdown catches. That drive, however, ended with a Demaryius Thomas touchdown catch, and it was the only one of the day for Denver. J. Thomas finished with six catches and 53 yards.
Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas had a decent fantasy day with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Thomas caught the touchdown on the first offensive possession of the game, so he did little after that. Thomas also had two drops on screen passes in the second quarter, which owners say too often from him this season. There are a lot of question marks heading into the 2015 fantasy season for Thomas: will he be back in Denver and will Peyton Manning be the team's signal caller?
Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches to lead all Denver receivers.
Insight: Peyton Manning was really trying to get Sanders the ball on a deep pattern in the second quarter, but nothing was working. Sanders led the team with 15 targets but caught fewer than half of them for 46 yards. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great first season in the Mile High City.
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson carried the Denver offense at times on Sunday, but it wasn't enough.
Insight: Anderson gained 91 yards on 19 carries and had 29 more yards in the passing game. Anderson displayed great individual effort when he picked up a huge first down on the last play of the third quarter. On the play, the Colts had Anderson wrapped up for a five-yard loss, but Anderson wiggled out of the tackle and was able to pick up more than a yard. Just prior to that, Anderson helped the Broncos avoid a 15-yard penalty when he pushed offensive lineman Orlando Franklin away from the Colts defenders. Despite Anderson's intangibles, the Broncos lost, 24-13.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not look like himself, throwing for just 187 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts.
Insight: Credit the Colts defense for an excellent game plan. They tackled so well that the Broncos wide receiver screen game gained very few yards, and the down the field passing game for Denver was nonexistant. This could have very well been Manning's final game. Not the way fantasy owners or Broncos fans would like him to go out, but if it is his final game, there are a lot of regular season memories for fantasy owners. Unfortunately for Manning, not enough postseason memories.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has practiced all week, but there are conflicting reports as to the health of his ankle.
Insight: Some say it's less than 100 percent even with the week off. It should be noted that he torched the Colts in Week 1 for 104 yards and three touchdowns and Indianapolis gave up the fourth-most points to opposing tight ends this season.
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has played through an ankle issue and he will be ready to go in the playoffs.
Insight: Anderson has put together a great resume over the last six games rushing for 648 yards and eight touchdowns. he's also caught 33 passes over the last nine games including two more scores. He appears to fit the Manning offense perfectly.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (thigh) has been practicing in full this week.
Insight: Manning's participation in Sunday's game was never in question, but he's better when he gets in his practices. He was very average down the stretch as the team featured the run game because of some blocking issues in front of Manning.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas said the bye week did his ankle a lot of good, according to Larry Hartstein of cbssports.
Insight: Considering Thomas was a non-factor for the final over the final six games of the season (five receptions, 66 yards, zero touchdowns), it could signal his return to a first half production level.
Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught six of nine targets for 73 yards.
Insight: Not a great day, but a breakout season for Sanders who racked up 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns - all career highs. It must be fun to play for a quarterback like Peyton Manning.
Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas caught just eight of 17 targets, but racked up 115 yards.
Insight: Ho hum. Another 100-yard receiving day for Demaryius Thomas. That's 10 of them in the last 13 games. he'll finish the regular season with a career-high 111 receptions for 1,619 yards. He scored 11 times, down from 14 last season.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 273 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Manning has become a mediocre fantasy quarterback over the past month and we blame the solid running of C.J. Anderson and an offensive line that has problems pass protecting. Mannings TD pass total went from 55 to 39 this season.
Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was only a partial participant in Wednesday's practice due to a hip issue.
Insight: Sanders shook off the flu to catch six of seven passes for 70 yards and two scores last weekend. He's posting the best numbers of his career (95-1,331-9) and is perfect in the "Eric Decker" role.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was completely off his game Monday night against Cincinnati.
Insight: Manning still threw for 311 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes to Emmanuel Sanders, but he was also picked off four times. The rain didn't help, but it was a sieve-like offensive line that hurt the most.
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders did not practice on Saturday due to flu-like symptoms according to The Denver Post.
Insight: Denver Post Broncos beatwriter Troy Renck also reported there is "no reason to think he won't play", so owners shouldn't be too concerned yet. Fortunately, he has until Monday to get ready, but unfortunately, if he doesn't go, owners won't be left with many other choices. Check his status before the 1 p.m. games on Sunday.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had his fantasy owners in a panic when he headed to the locker room two minutes before the end of the first half and backup Brock Osweiler ran the final series.
Insight: Manning did return for the first series of the second half and played the remainder of the game. He was dealing with a thigh issue and flu-like symptoms. He should be good to go in Week 16. Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, not up to his high standards, but better than Week 14.
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders caught four of six targets for just 56 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Like the rest of the Broncos passing game, Sanders didn't do much as the team featured C.J. Anderson and the running game. When will this infatuation with the running game end and the Denver offense get back to playing Denver football?
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson didn't post the big yardage total this weekend, but scored three times.
Insight: Anderson was noticably limping, but still gave fantasy owners a nice point total. He's averaging 27 rushing attempts over the past three games and has turned Peyton Manning into a game manager.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was just a "game manager" again this weekend.
Insight: That's three games in a row that he hasn't attempted more than 35 passes or thrown for more than 257 yards. We don't like where this is headed for fantasy owners. The team has become infatuated with the running game behind C.J. Anderson.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited all week, but is active for Week 14.
Insight: We expected him to return for Week 14, but that doesn't mean he'll see a lot of targets. Peyton Manning has plenty of other options. The Broncos tight end leads all pass catchers with 12 touchdown receptions.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was just a "game manager" against the Chiefs.
Insight: Manning didn't need to do any more because the Broncos offensive line blew giant holes in the Kansas City defense and C.J. Anderson ran through them. Manning passed for just 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns. I'm sure this running "fad" will fade soon and Manning with throw for 300 yards again.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker was actually sighted catching a touchdown pass.
Insight: That's as rare as spotting a Yeti. It was just his second score of the season. The problem is that Emmanuel Sanders has taken over the Welker role ,so the real Welker, has become a non-factor for fantasy owners.
Description: Just another day at the office for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Insight: Manning threw for just 257 yards, but did toss four touchdown passes. The Broncos tried to show more balance this weekend, but we doubt that will continue as their best advantage over opposing teams is their passing game.
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson gained 167 yards on the ground and added 28 receiving against the tough Dolphins defense.
Insight: Anderson has cracked 100 total yards in three straight games. It's always fun to run when defenses have to concentrate on stopping a Hall of Fame quarterback and great receivers. It's why Peyton Manning almost always has a 1,000 yard back behind him.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas' ankle injury is "not as bad as initially feared," according to The Denver Post.
Insight: The reports also states that it "might be difficult" for him to play in Week 12. As a result, Thomas will likely sit out Wednesday's practice, so we probably will not have a good sense of his availability until Thursday or Friday.
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders did not return on Sunday against the Rams.
Insight: The medical staff ruled him out after he suffered a concussion in the first half. Despite missig time, he finished with five catches for 102 yards and caught Peyton Manning's only touchdown pass.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas caught seven passes for 103 yards to lead the team in receiving.
Insight: Thomas was Manning's only big target left after Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas left with injuries. Thomas eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the season, but his fantasy owners would like him to find the end zone more often.
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson gained 115 total yards on offense versus the Rams.
Insight: The Broncos did not run the ball well at all, only attempting 10 rushing all game, but Anderson had an impact in the passing game. He caught eight passes for 86 yards. Anderson has fantasy value as long as he is the starter.
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders headed to the locker room to be checked out for a concussion after a hard hit he took on the first drive of the third quarter and is not expected to return
Insight: Sanders had five receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown so fantasy owners will still have solid numbers today, but next week will be a huge question mark.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (groin) is active for Week 11.
Insight: It is anybody's guess who will lead Denver in carries this week, but we will give C.J Anderson the edge heading into Week 11. However, expect the Broncos to use the "hot hand" approach, with Anderson, Ball, and Juwan Thompson all being mixed in.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (groin) is listed as probable for Week 11 versus St. Louis.
Insight: It is anybody's guess who will lead Denver in carries this week, but we will give C.J Anderson the edge heading into Week 11. However, expect the Broncos to use the "hot hand" approach, with Anderson, Ball, and Juwan Thompson all being mixed in.
Description: Coach John Fox was considering Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman day-to-day, but he's changed that to out for Week 11.
Insight: It was reported by The Denver Post that Hillman would be sidelined for two weeks and we believe that number to be correct. C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball and Juwan Thompson should get the work with Anderson the starting role.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected back in Week 11 against the Rams according to the Denver Post.
Insight: This comes at an excellet time for fantasy owners who have Ball and his handcuff, Ronnie Hillman. Hillman suffered a foot sprain in Week 10 and will miss two-to-three weeks. C.J. Anderson had a huge game on Sunday, so he will likely lead the way with touches, but Ball should be invovled.
Description: Updating on a previous item, coach John Fox is considering Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman day-to-day.
Insight: It was reported by The Denver Post that Hillman would be sidelined for two weeks, but that does not seem to be the case. However, after carrying borderline RB1 status, Hillman's value is completely up in the air, as all four Denver tailbacks are worth having on rosters. Expect the Broncos to use the "hot-hand" approach.
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders caught five balls for 67 yards and two scores.
Insight: Sanders has scored six touchdowns in the past four games and has completely taken over the "Wes Welker role." The versatility of being a "move-the-chains" guy and a scorer makes Sanders a must start WR1.
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson got a big change to contribute and he took advantage, combining for 163 yards and a touchdown against Oakland.
Insight: Andreson got the chance because Montee Ball was still inactive and Ronnie Hillman apparently aggravated an ankle. Though Hillman likely didn't lose his starting gig, with Ball ready to return and Anderson impressive the Broncos backfield rotation could be in flux.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is expected to be a bigger part of the offense, according to OC Adam gase.
Insight: Thomas has lived off touchdown passes without many yards. He hasn't topped 66 yards receiving since opening day, so his fantasy owners wouls appreciate some more love, anf targets, heading his way.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball is listed as questionable for Week 10 after he practiced in limited fashion on Friday.
Insight: Ball got some practices in this week, so that is a positive sign, but fantasy owners should prepare for Ball to sit out one more game and return in Week 11. Even when he returns, everyone expects Ball to share time in the backfield with Ronnie Hillman.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker's best contributions Thursday noght didn't include catching the ball.
Insight: He blocked well on flanker screens and recovered an Emmanuel Sanders fumble late in the game. Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
Description: Just another solid performance from Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday night's 35-21 win over the Chargers.
Insight: Zero interceptions again for the third consecutive game. He could have easily had five touchdowns and 300 yards, but the team didn't need it. His average game of 304 passing yards and 3.14 touchdown passes has his fantasy smiling.
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and caught three balls for 29 more yards.
Insight: Hillman also had a long touchdown run called back by a holding penalty and he appeared to be the fastest man on the field. Fantasy owners can't be happy, however, when Juwan Thompson vultured two short touchdown runs.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas' expectations were so high heading into the Thursday night game against San Diego that his eight receptions for 105 yards almost feels like he let fantasy owners down.
Insight: After 521 yards and five touchdowns in the three previous weeks, his night was still a solid points producer and fantasy owners should continue be on him every week.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday night.
Insight: That's three huge days in a row since Wes Welker came back to play the slot and Thomas moved back to the outside. Sunday he caught eight of nine targets for 171 yards and two scores. That's 521 yards and five touchdowns in three weeks.
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has taken full advantage of the starting opportunity and Montee Ball may not get it back when he returns from injury.
Insight: Hillman rushed 14 times for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught four balls for 29 yards. Coming on top of last week's 100-yard game, he's going to be tough to move out of the starting lineup.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (groin) may not retain his role as the featured back upon his return, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis.
Insight: He has not played well during the time he has been healthy, and now with Ronnie Hillman running well, it is looking likely that Denver will employ a committee approach. If that is the case, Ball will be a player dependent on scoring touchdowns. Owners should hang onto Ball, and expect him to return Week 9 at the earliest, but may be disappointed in his production for the rest of the season.
Description: Receiver Emmanuel Sanders was the forgotten man in the Broncos receiving game on Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Unless it is a close game, it is hard for Peyton Manning to share the ball enough with all his weapons. Demaryius Thomas had 10 catches, 124 yards and a touchdown, Julius Thomas caught two touchdowns and Ronnie Hillman ran 24 times for 100 yards. Sanders was third on the team with three receptions and 38 yards.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had four catches for 51 yards and two more touchdowns in Week 6 against the Jets.
Insight: Thomas is no longer putting up huge yardage totals, but he has scored in every game this season. In the first five games, Thomas has an incredible nine touchdown catches. That's a ridiculous pace to keep up, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday.
Insight: After totaling 226 last week, Thomas was back at it, with 10 receptions for 124 yards, and a touchdown. He now has 18 catches, 350 yards, and two touchdowns over the pass two weeks. Julius Thomas added two touchdowns for Denver, as well.
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman will start against the Jets.
Insight: If Hillman can produce early in the game, he could be in line for a big day. However, owners should note that Denver could use the "hot-hand" approach. Look for C.J Anderson and Juwan Thompson to get some snaps as well.
Description: Denverbroncos.com reports that the team could use a running back by committee approach against the Jets in Week 6.
Insight: Specifically, the website said the team plans to use the "hot hand". Ronnie Hillman is expected to start, but C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson will also receive carries. That makes none of them very good fantasy plays.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball is going to miss two-to-three weeks with a groin injury according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Originally, the Broncos expected Ball to be out for awhile, so this is actually positive news. It is likely fantasy owners wouldn't use Ball much over the next couple weeks anyway because Denver has tough matchups the next two weeks against the Jets and 49ers run defense. Ball will get to rest and hopefully be effective for the fantasy stretch-run, which is a much more favorable schedule. In the meatime, Ball owners must pick up Ronnie Hillman.
Description: Wide receiver Andre Caldwell left Sunday's game with a knee injury and will have further tests on Monday.
Insight: Caldwell isn't seeing much playing time behind Demaryius Thomas Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker, but if he's out for any length of time rookie Cody latimer (healthy scratch) would move into the No. 4 role.
Description: Kicker Matt Prater suspended for four games due to an alcohol-related violation the league's substance-abuse policy, has been released.
Insight: Its a bit surprising, considering his performance last season, but he did have a big salary and Brandon McManus has been has yet to miss a kick this season, though he hasn't tried on from more than 24 yards.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker returned to the field Sunday, catching six balls for 60 yards.
Insight: Welker should become a bigger part of the offense as time goes by and Peyton Manning remembers how easy it is to complete passing the the slot receiver. His return may also open up space for Demaryius Thomas who has been frustated over the first few weekends.
Description: Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is reaping the benefit of teams keying on Demaryius Thomas.
Insight: Sunday, Sanders caught 11 of 15 targets for 149 yards, but didn't get into the end zone. That's the difference between Sanders and Thomas ... Thomas can take any reception 80 yards for a score and Sanders is basically a possession receiver.
Description: Was Broncos Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas even in the game for the first 59 minutes?
Insight: Defenses are obviously taking Thomas away and letting Emmanuel Sanders run free. That just won't due for Thomas' owners and Denver's offense hasn't looked anything like last year's juggernaut. Hopefully the return of Wes Welker will open up some space for Thomas.
Description: Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is tied with Demaryius Thomas for team high targets with 18 through two games.
Insight: Sanders has been a big part of the offense over the first two weeks with 14 catches for 185 yards, but he hasn't scored which limits his fantasy value. The return of Wes Welker will likely force a significant drop in his opportunities and when Welker is in midseason form Sanders may lose most of his fantasy value as the team's fourth receiver.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball has 25 touches in Week 1, but only 15 last Sunday.
Insight: Ball totaled 89 yards from scrimmage, which is certainly respectable, but didn't get into the end zone. We need him to be more like Knowshon Moreno was last season to validate his high fantasy selection.
Description: Broncos Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas has yet to play like one through the first two games this season.
Insight: Thomas was invisible in the season opener (4-48-0) and only a little better in Week 2 against the Chiefs (5-62-1). This could be because the Broncos are missing two big threats from last season (Eric Decker and Wes Welker). They could get Welker back soon and that may open up some room for Thomas, so don't give up on him.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker may be able to play this weekend upon being reinstated after the NFLPA approved the terms of the new drug policy.
Insight: The biggest changes in the new policy is HGH testing and a higher threshold for a positive marjuana test. If finalized by Sunday, Wes Welker and Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick will be reinstated and available to play this week if there teams decide to activate them. Cleveland's Josh Gordon's suspension is 10 weeks.
The NFL and NFLPA met to discuss reforms to the substance abuse policy, but the sides did not come to an agreement on Friday. NFL.com's Albert Breer has previously called this Sunday a "soft deadline" in the negotiations. Either way, Welker will not be playing this week.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball has 25 touches in Week 1 which should make his fantasy owners smile.
Insight: Ball didn't havce a great day, but 83 totals yards and a touchdown is solid work. Backup C.J. Anderson saw just four rushes and Ronnie Hillman was inactive. Peyton Manning's running backs are always a good value and Ball should continue to produce double-digits every weekend.
Description: Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer did not get more playing time with Wes Welker suspended the first four games of the season.
Insight: In fact, he played zero snaps. Denver stuck with the veterans - Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Andre Caldwell and used tight end Julius Thomas like a wideout. If you were stashing Latimer in a non-keeper league, you can let him go.
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught seven passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 1 victory against the Colts.
Insight: Thomas seemed to be Peyton Manning's favorite goal-line target with receiver Wes Welker out with a suspension. He created matchup problems in the secondary, catching seven of eight targets and all three of Manning's touchdowns. As long as Manning is quarterback, Thomas is a no-brainer No. 1 tight end every week.
Description: Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) is listed as probable for Sunday night's game against the Colts.
Insight: Sanders has been dealing with a thigh issue all week, but he was never in doubt to play on Sunday. He will start in place of Wes Welker and play in the slot on three-wide sets. We expect him to have a big day.
Description: Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports "there's no chance" that any of the suspended players that violated the substance abuse policy will be suiting up this week.
Insight: The NFL and NFLPA met to discuss reforms to the substance abuse policy, but the sides did not come to an agreement on Friday. NFL.com's Albert Breer has previously called this Sunday a "soft deadline" in the negotiations. Either way, Welker will not be playing this week.
Description: Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer will likely get more playing time with Wes Welker suspended the first four games of the season according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Denver plans to move Emmanuel Sanders into the slot in the absence of Welker, so Latimer will line up opposite DeMaryius Thomas. With the way Peyton Manning likes to spread the ball around, Latimer could see major production the first four weeks of the season. This also means that the rookie has moved in front of Andre Caldwell on the receivers depth chart.
Description: The NFL suspended Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for violating the substance abuse policy, but The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports the team believes Welker will be able to play Week 1.
Insight: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Welker tested positive due to taking amphetamines. Welker is not supposed to be reinstated until Week 6, but the Broncos have already said Welker is likely to play Week 1 because "suspensions are never announced this late in the week" with the "game plan" already "in place". It's not exactly late in the week especially since Monday was a holiday, but definitely check back this week to see an updated status on Welker.
Description: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker ran some routes on the field before Denver's preseason finale on Thursday but still has multiple evaluations to clear in concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play Week 1 according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.
Insight: Welker is on the right track in terms of returning to the field and its a great sign he felt well enough to fly with the team but like Legwold reported, the receiver has a long way to go. Stay tuned.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Broncos coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener and it looks like he's going to be ready. However, he's extremely risky because one hit could end his career. Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent, if Welker goes down.
Description: Broncos coach John Fox says receiver Wes Welker (concussion) hasn't said anything about retirement, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener. If Welker cannot play, Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent.
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker was diagnosed with another concussion after Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Welker caught a pass over the middle and took a shoulder to the head from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. The 33-year-old sustained two concussions late in the 2013 season and missed three games. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas will see more targets if Welker is out.
Description: Broncos kicker Matt Prater will miss the first four games of the season due to a league suspension for an alcohol-related violation the league's substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Prater was in danger of a one-year suspension but apparently has a good lawyer. In the Denver offense any kicker will see a lot of work and Prater's four-week replacement should have solid fantasy value for the first month. He'll be eligible to return Week 6 against the New York Jets as the Broncos have a bye in Week 4.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: The Broncos had a non-contact practice on Tuesday, so it was just individual drills. It is still a step in the right direction for Ball. The running back should still be ready for Week 1, but don't plan on seeomg how he looks in the third preseason game.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) is hoping the doctors will give his clearance to return to practice Monday, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: He's still expected to be ready for Week 1 and it's obviously not a long-term injury concern. Much is expected of Ball, who will take over for Knowshon Moreno in the Peyton Manning-led Denver offense. Manning's backs have always had a good production history due to defenses fearing the quarterback's passing ability.
Description: After going 10-for-13 in his preseason debut, Broncos QB Peyton Manning was 12-for-14 for 102 yards and a score against the San Francisco 49ers.
Insight: Ho-hum. The 38-year-old set several NFL records last season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season and we expect more of the same in 2014. The five-time MVP will be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Description: Ronnie Hillman started Denver's preseason opener Thursday night against Seattle ahead of C.J. Anderson.
Insight: Montee Ball could miss the entire preseason while recovering from an appendectomy. He's in no danger of losing the starting job, but Hillman could cement himself as the top backup, particularly after Anderson suffered a concussion Thursday night.
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning was his usual efficient self, going 10-for-13 in his preseason debut.
Insight: The 38-year-old set several NFL records last season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season and we expect more of the same in 2014. The five-time MVP will be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball may miss the preseason after undergoing an appendectomy on Monday.
Insight: He's expected to be ready for Week 1 and it's not a long-term injury concern, but we'd like Ball to get as many reps as possible with the first-team offense in game action. He's going seventh among running backs in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts at an ADP of 10.3.
Description: Denver tight end Julius Thomas says the Broncos will use him "a lot more creatively" in 2014 because he's more familiar with OC Adam Gase's system, according to foxsports.com.
Insight: Thomas caught 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 14 games last season and the Broncos will look to him to replace some of the production they lost with Eric Decker's departure. He played just one season of college football at Portland State and thinks he's just scratching the surface of his potential. He should be drafted as a top-three tight end in all leagues.
Description: According to Jeff Legwold of espn.com, Broncos running back Montee Ball is making huge strides as a receiver.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno had 241 carries and 60 catches last season as Denver's starter. Ball's value could be even better than expected if the Broncos get him 40-50 catches in addition to the 250-270 carries we expect him to get.
Description: The Broncos have offered Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas a five-year contract extension. SOURCE: Nate Lundy, 104.3 The Fan
Insight: Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract and Denver's priority is obviously to lock him up long-term. He's finished fourth in the league in receiving yards each of the last two seasons.