Broncos insider Mike Klis believes the team will go pass-heavy in 2017. "It’s pretty much the same offense [OC Mike] McCoy passed down to Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, when Peyton Manning handed off only to allow receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to catch their breath," Klis wrote discussing the 2017 scheme. Those Denver offenses weren't quite as pass-happy as Klis believes. The 2013 Broncos ranked 2nd in pass attempts and 10th and pass rate. The 2014 version finished 9th in attempts and 16th in rate. If the Broncos approach that territory this year, though, it'd be a shift from last year, when they ranked 17th in attempts and 18th in rate. That'd be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who have been nice values in early fantasy football drafts.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas conceded to The Denver Post this week that a hip issue bothered him for much of last season. “It was tough. Sometimes I couldn’t stop. Sometimes I couldn’t run certain routes that I wanted to run. Sometimes I couldn’t get off press (coverage) because I had no power in it,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t my excuse. I was out there trying to help my teammates out and trying to make it not look bad on my part.” He didn't miss any games, but Thomas did post a career low in yards per reception, along with his fewest catches and TDs in his 5 seasons as a full-time starter. Thomas had no surgery in the offseason but said that the hip feels great right now. He also intimated that a hit to the wrong spot could force a recurrence. There's bounce-back potential as long as Thomas' offseason continues to go well, and he's going in value range in early drafting. We'll certainly keep an eye on the hip into the season.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is happy to have OC Mike McCoy back in the building. DT played under McCoy from 2010 to 2012. That final season produced a breakout 94-1,434-10 line -- albeit with Peyton Manning under center. Thomas is especially excited to get the ball in his hands more often on WR screens. Those helped him rank 2nd among WRs with 561 yards after the catch back in 2012. That number sunk to 336 last year -- 25th at his position. Still in his prime at 29, Thomas is certainly capable of matching or even besting last year's 16th-place PPR finish this season. He's been the 19th WR off the board in recent MFL10 drafts.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas drew a team-high 16 targets in Sunday's loss to the Titans. He caught 10 of them for 126 yards. Denver got nothing from it's run game and figures to need to lean on the pass heavily in upcoming matchups with the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders. This marked the 2nd straight game of 10+ targets for Thomas and 7th among his past 8 contests.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) is active and will start against the Titans’ 27th-ranked QB defense. He’ll play with an orthotic to help with that foot, but his mobility still figures to be limited. The matchup, though, makes him an option in 2-QB leagues. Siemian’s return is also good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will return to the starting lineup today against the Titans. He missed last week's win over the Jaguars with a foot injury, but HC Gary Kubiak said he looked good in practice all week. He'll carry upside against a Tennessee pass defense that allowed Bears QB Matt Barkley a QB6 fantasy finish last time out. Getting Siemian back should also be good news for the fantasy outlooks of WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. HC Gary Kubiak said Friday that he'll make a decision on Siemian after Saturday's walkthrough. Insider Mike Klis believes Siemian is "progressing toward playing." We'll look for an update on Sunday morning. Siemian is just a lower-end QB2, but his return would be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. First-round rookie QB Paxton Lynch will make his 2nd start after posting a 223-1-1 line vs. Atlanta back in Week 5. He’s barely on the 2-QB league radar vs. Jacksonville’s 10th-ranked QB defense. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders remain lower-end WR2s for Week 13.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian played in the Week 6 Thursday night loss to the Chargers, but he did so with his injured shoulder still bothering him. Siemian and his coach say the extra rest has helped this week. “I think he’s been much better,” coach Gary Kubiak told The Denver Post. “Obviously last week when he played in the game he was still somewhat sore. To me, watching him turn a few balls loose, he didn’t rotate the way he normally does, but he’s had some good time on his hands. It’s been a week now since that game, so you can see a difference. We knew it was going to take a little time for him to get back to himself." Siemian doesn't look attractive for fantasy lineups even at full strength, but a healthier shoulder can only help his usable WR assets, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He obviously looked good enough in pregame warmups. Go ahead and get Thomas in fantasy lineups if you were waiting on him.
The Broncos expect WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) to play against the Colts later today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But they do want to see him test it pregame to make sure," Schefter adds. We won't find out Thomas' official status until 3 pm ET, which only adds more risk to his outlook. He's at least in a plus matchup if you're forced to play him this week.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts. He made it through a limited week of practice and is expected to play. He'll be doing so at less than 100% but at least gets a sweet matchup. Thomas is a risk/reward fantasy option for Week 2.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas provided some more specifics on his bothersome hip Thursday, via Troy Renck of ABC 7 in Denver. According to Renck, Thomas "believes can play. Issue is coming out of cuts and getting hit. Said once in game can't worry about it." Renck added that Thomas is "hopeful of playing Sunday." Altogether, that's not so encouraging. Coming out of cuts and getting hit makes up a lot of what Denver will need Thomas to do in the game. And having Trevor Siemian as his QB already limits the upside. Try to avoid using Thomas this week if you can, though the terrific matchup with Indy means you shouldn't overreach for a replacement. Check our WR rankings to see exactly where we value him for Week 2.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) remained limited in Thursday's practice. He did say afterward that he felt "a lot better" than Wednesday. Thomas appears on track for this weekend's plus matchup against the Colts, but the hip issue adds risk to his fantasy outlook.
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak confirmed after Wednesday's practice that WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) is on track to play against the Colts this weekend. "He looked OK with what we asked him to do," Kubiak said. "We are going to take it a step at a time this week. We had him set for certain plays in practice. He’s on course to make it to Sunday. Today was a step in the right direction." We saw reports on Twitter of Thomas grimacing in pain during the portion of practice open to the media. It's pretty clear that he won't be at 100% this weekend, lowering his fantasy ceiling and floor.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hip) took part in Wednesday's practice. He'll likely be listed as limited but is on track to play against the Colts this weekend. The hip issue and Denver's conservative, run-heavy offense make Thomas more of a WR2, though, even in the plus matchup.
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