Paxton Lynch Fantasy Football News 2017

The Broncos have signed QB Brock Osweiler. It's a homecoming after he began his career in Denver. There's a new HC and OC since he left after the 2015 season, though. Osweiler will back up QB Trevor Siemian at least until QB Paxton Lynch (shoulder) is available.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will miss "at least a few weeks" with a sprained shoulder suffered in Saturday's preseason game, according to insider Mike Klis. Lynch doesn't need surgery. He'd already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian, so there's no fantasy impact here.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch left Saturday night's game against the Packers with a right shoulder injury. HC Vance Joseph said afterward that it was merely a bruise, though. Lynch, of course, had already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian. So this situation shouldn't impact the Broncos or fantasy. It might affect his availability for the 4th preseason game, though.

The Broncos have named QB Trevor Siemian their starter. The news was 1st reported by 104.3 The Fan in Denver and has since been confirmed by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Vance Joseph is expected to announce the decision later today. The team really had no choice here. QB Paxton Lynch hasn't taken a step forward in his 2nd season, struggling in practice and averaging an ugly 3.7 yards per attempt through 2 preseason games. Siemian, meanwhile, has been solid-if-unspectacular. He's connected on 14 of 18 preseason passes for 144 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Siemian is conservative but generally accurate and safe with the football. He ranked 26th among QBs in fantasy points per game last year and isn't more than a low-end QB2 in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian entered Saturday night's 2nd preseason game after QB Paxton Lynch but might have emerged from it atop the team's depth chart. Lynch threw for a lackluster 39 yards on 9-of-13 passing against the 49ers. He piloted 3 scoring drives, but they accounted for just 11, 26 and 12 total yards. Siemian then marched the team in for a TD -- a nice back-shoulder throw to WR Jordan Payton to beat coverage -- on his 1st possession. He finished 8-of-9 for 93 yards and a 128.2 QB rating (vs. Lynch's 72.3). Neither option looks stellar as a fantasy football target, but Siemian continues to look like the steadier play for Denver, which can't be a bad thing for the WRs' fantasy values.

Broncos HC Vance Joseph announced that QB Trevor Siemian will start Thursday night's preseason opener. But QB Paxton Lynch will start the 2nd exhibition. This remains an open competition. But Siemian drawing the 1st start does nothing to dispel this morning's report that he's in the lead. Preseason performance figures to determine who's under center come Week 1.

Yahoo's Charlie Robinson hears from Broncos staffers that Trevor Siemian is winning the team's QB competition "by default." He's been steady-if-unspectacular early in camp, while Paxton Lynch has failed to take a step forward. "If you believe the practice tape that others have watched, Lynch has lost every single practice session to Siemian," Robinson writes. "His sparse collection of good days has been – at best – on par with Siemian’s good days. Lynch’s bad days have been exponentially worse." Denver's front office would prefer their 2016 first-rounder to win this job, but they'll go with Siemian if he gives them a better chance to win. It sounds like that's still the case at this point. Neither of these guys is a fantasy option outside of 2-QB leagues, but Siemian is the target if you're dabbling in Broncos QBs.

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.

The Broncos closed out the 2017 NFL Draft by drafting Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly at the end of Round 7. NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Kelly a 1st- or 2nd-round pick "all day" without his off-field issues. In Denver, he'll enter an interesting QB situation. Trevor Siemian will again compete with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch under new HC Vance Joseph. There's at least the chance that Lynch never pans out and Kelly works past Siemian. That makes Kelly worth considering at the end of rookie drafts in dynasty leagues, if you're not fired up about the other available talent.

What was originally believed to be a Grade 3 shoulder separation for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian turned out to be a Grade 5 injury. When he went under the knife in January, his doctor discovered torn ligaments where the clavicle, scapula and AC joint connect. Siemian was slapped with a 4-6 month recovery timeline but still expects to be ready for the start of OTAs in May. He's slated to compete for the starting job with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch. It's certainly worth noting that Siemian played through the serious shoulder injury for much of this past season after it occurred in Week 4.

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 insider Mike Klis hears that QB Trevor Siemian will start Sunday's finale against the Raiders but that QB Paxton Lynch will also play. It makes sense for Denver to get a look at both guys -- against the same opponent -- heading into the offseason. Siemian and Lynch figure to battle for the 2017 starting job next summer. Neither guy is a Week 17 fantasy option.

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 was held out of Wednesday's practice with a foot sprain he reportedly suffered in overtime on Monday night. He's dealing with swelling and is currently in a walking boot. HC Gary Kubiak labeled Siemian "day-to-day." If he can't play this weekend, rookie QB Paxton Lynch would make his 2nd start. Neither guy is more than a low-end QB2 vs. a solid Jacksonville pass D.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Rookie QB Paxton Lynch will make his 1st career start and is an intriguing QB2 vs. the league's 32nd-ranked QB defense. With a strong performance, he could hang on to the starting gig going forward. Lynch isn't a downgrade to Denver's pass-catchers.

The Broncos have listed QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Falcons. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday but was reportedly still favoring that injured left shoulder. Broncos-Falcons doesn’t kick off until 4:05 pm ET, but we’ll see if we get word on Denver’s starter before then. Whoever is under center -- Siemian or Paxton Lynch -- will get an Atlanta defense that’s allowed the most fantasy points to QBs through 4 weeks.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) was not participating in the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, according to insider Mike Klis. That doesn't kill his chances of playing against the Falcons this weekend. But at this point, we're betting on QB Paxton Lynch getting the start.

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said on Monday that a healthy Trevor Siemian remains his team's starting QB. We wouldn't expect him to say anything else after Siemian's solid performance so far and Denver's 4-0 record. QB Paxton Lynch was impressive in relief of Siemian on Sunday, though. Denver could use Siemian's shoulder injury as a reason to get at least 1 more look at the rookie. We'll keep an eye on the situation throughout the week. Whoever is under center for the Broncos will have a plus matchup at home for the Falcons.

Pro Football Talk hears that Broncos QB Trevor Siemian could miss a game or 2 with his left shoulder injury. HC Gary Kubiak said after Sunday's win that Siemian could have re-entered. But Denver opted to stick with rookie Paxton Lynch, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. The rookie flashed a big arm and good mobility. He looks like a great fit in Kubiak's offense. It's certainly within the realm of possibility that Lynch takes this starting job and runs with it. He's worth adding in all 2-QB leagues and even deeper 1-QB setups.

 
 
 

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