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5 months ago

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky said he believes Titans LB Zach Brown will start next season. He'll likely need to beat out veteran Wesley Woodyard for a job inside next to 2014 rookie Avery Williamson. Woodyard began last year as the play-caller and full-time player inside after signing as a free agent, but he gradually lost responsibilities to Williamson and playing time in general. Brown opened last year as a starter but suffered a season-ending torn pec in the 1st game. He delivered top-20 fantasy production as a 2012 rookie before taking a step back in 2013. Brown's speed will always give him scoring potential in IDP leagues.

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11 months ago

The Titans confirmed Monday that LB Zach Brown tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday's win at Kansas City.  Brown will miss the rest of the season.  Zaviar Gooden stepped in against the Chiefs and figures to start against Dallas on Sunday.  Brown's absence adds tackle upside in IDP formats to the remaining ILB starter, Wesley Woodyard.  Losing Brown doesn't significantly alter the outlook for the Tennessee team D.

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The Titans signed LB Wesley Woodyard to a 4-year, $16 million deal Friday.  The contract appears to position him as an inside starter in what's expected to be a 3-4 front under new DC Ray Horton.  SI.com's Doug Farrar deems Woodyard an "estimable chip" for the defense.  Indeed, the versatility that helped Woodyard rack up 117 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 3 INTs for the Broncos in 2012 makes him a nice fit for Horton's scheme.  Woodyard lost his job in Denver over the 2nd half of last year, but that came after he suffered a neck stinger in October.  We expect Woodyard to emerge as an ILB starter alongside Zach Brown this summer and carry sleeper value in the 2014 IDP rankings.

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Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard has officially lost his starting job.  Veteran LB Paris Lenon started at his middle spot Sunday against Tennessee and then again Thursday night vs. the Chargers.  Woodyard began the season looking like a top 20 fantasy LB after finishing 14th at the position in a breakout 2012.  But he has failed to impress this year while also losing 2 games to injury.  We're not interested in Lenon as an IDP option over these final few weeks.

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Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard (neck) and DE Robert Ayers (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.  Both players missed the Week 6 victory over Jacksonville but appear on track to play against the Colts on Sunday night.  Of course, the biggest return for Denver will be that of LB Von Miller.  He has completed his 6-game suspension and will return to play Indy.

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The Broncos will likely go without MLB Wesley Woodyard (neck) and right DE Robert Ayers (shoulder) against Jacksonville on Sunday.  Obviously, that means they'll probably lose the game now.  In reality, it boosts the IDP profile of Denver weak-side LB Danny Trevathan, who should spend more time on the field in sub packages.  Veteran journeyman Paris Lenon is expected to start in the middle but won't play 3 downs as Woodyard does.  Derek Wolfe and Shaun Phillips will man the starting DE spots and likely see a few more snaps in Ayers' absence.

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Broncos LB Danny Trevathan left Wednesday practice on a cart after suffering a knee injury.  The Denver Post reports that the team is still evaluating the extent of the injury.  Steve Johnson would likely replace Trevathan in the lineup.  The absence of the weak-side starter could mean more tackle chances for MLB Wesley Woodyard, who already looked like an attractive IDP option this week and the rest of the way.

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The Broncos practiced Wednesday without LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle) and CB Champ Bailey (foot).  A wet field might have factored into 1 or both players skipping the workout, but each is a question mark heading into Week 2.  Bailey, of course, missed the opener.  Woodyard got hurt running after LB Danny Trevathan's idiotic intentional fumble near the goal line.  Denver could use both in the lineup against the Giants this week.

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Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports that Broncos MLB Stewart Bradley will miss several weeks following wrist surgery.  LB Wesley Woodyard will reportedly slide over from the weak side to play the middle in Bradley's place.  Nickel LB Danny Trevathan will slide into Woodyard's starting role while Bradley is out.  That means 3rd-year LB Nate Irving is locked in as a strong-side fill-in whenever Von Miller's suspension comes about.  IDP owners can forget about Irving's potential for another year -- and perhaps for good at this point.  He's expected to split Miller's reps with Shaun Phillips.  Woodyard only gains fantasy value, if anything, by moving to the middle for a while.  No other Denver LB is worth a look in your draft.

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2 years ago

The Denver Broncos reached a 1-year deal today with MLB Stewart Bradley. The former Eagles starter floundered in Arizona the past couple of years, failing to push his way into the lineup after signing a big free-agent contract. Bradley spent 1 full season as Philadelphia's starting middle man. He finished 2008 as an LB2 in IDP fantasy leagues, collecting 108 tackles. Bradley lost the 2009 season to injury and then lost his starting job before 2010 was over. The 1-year deal in Denver likely means he'll have to win the starting MLB job. Nate Irving and Steven Johnson are in-house candidates to compete for the role. WLB Wesley Woodyward, meanwhile, should have little trouble topping any of them for the team tackle lead in 2013.

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Broncos WLB Wesley Woodyard sat out today's practice because of the ankle sprain he suffered in Sunday's win over the Bucs. Woodyard looks highly unlikely to be ready for Thursday night. That should mean more playing time for both MLB Keith Brooking and WLB fill-in D.J. Williams against the Raiders. According to Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post, Brooking stayed on the field in nickel situations after Woodyard's injury Sunday. Rookie Danny Trevathan was the other LB at times. Williams reportedly saw some of those snaps as well and played as the lone LB in dime packages. All of that indicates the Broncos weren't really sure what they should do with passing-down LBs. There figures to be a clearer plan against Oakland, but it'll be tough for us to know that plan ahead of time. None of the 3 will be a strong play. Williams probably carries a bit more upside than Brooking.

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