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11:10am EDT 10/18/20

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. His return is a boost for Denver's offense, but Lock isn’t a Week 6 fantasy option.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) will start today's game against the Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's been the expectation since Lock put in a full week of practice. His return is good news for Denver's skill-position guys, but Lock is a low-end QB2 for Week 6 fantasy lineups.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He put in a full week of practice, though, so expect him to play. Lock's return is a boost for Denver's offense, but he's not a Week 6 fantasy option.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That presumably puts him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Lock will be just a low-end QB2 for that one, but his return is excellent news for Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Patriots. Insider Benjamin Allbright expects QB Brett Rypien to get the start vs. New England and Lock to return for Week 6. Avoid this situation in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos QB Drew Lock sustained a "severe" rotator-cuff strain and will miss at least 2 weeks. Doctors will then re-evaluate the injury to determine whether the QB will need to miss more time. That matches up with the initial timeline reported. Jeff Driskel will take over the job for at least this Sunday against Tampa Bay and the Week 4 visit to the Jets (a Thursday night).

ESPN reports that Broncos QB Drew Lock sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. He's expected to miss 2-6 weeks. A Monday MRI will help determine the extent of the damage and his return timeline. Jeff Driskel relieved Lock at Pittsburgh and threw for 256 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. He's worth a pickup in superflex and 2-QB leagues.

Broncos QB Drew Lock injured his right shoulder in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. That's his throwing shoulder. Lock is officially questionable to return, but we'd be surprised to see him back out there. QB Jeff Driskel is Denver's backup.

Update: Lock has been ruled out.

The Broncos selected Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Albert O brings a freaky combination of size and speed. The 6’5, 258-pounder blazed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. His 127.0 Speed Score is 3rd best among all TEs since 2000 — notably ahead of guys like Evan Engram, O.J. Howard and Noah Fant. Okwuegbunam disappointed with a 23-306-6 line without QB Drew Lock last year. But he tallied 415 yards and a 11 scores as a true freshman in 2017 and then caught 43 balls for 466 yards and 6 scores in 2018. Okwuegbunam missed 5 games over the last 2 seasons with shoulder injuries and looks a bit straight-linish on tape. But that size-speed combo makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect. He reunites with Lock in Denver and, alongside Noah Fant, gives the Broncos the fastest TE duo in the league.

The Broncos added Penn State WR K.J. Hamler in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joins 1st-rounder Jerry Jeudy in Denver. A hamstring injury prevented Hamler from running at the Combine. But if he had, he might have challenged Henry Ruggs for the fastest man in Indy. He’s a blur on tape and is also lightning quick in and out of his breaks. A 2016 torn ACL cost him his final high school season and had him redshirted for his 1st year at Penn State. But Hamler led the Nittany Lions with 42 catches and 754 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Then he posted a 56-904-8 line this past year, accounting for 26% of the team’s receptions, 31% of the receiving yards and 32% of the receiving TDs. Not turning 21 until July, Hamler is 1 of the youngest WR prospects in this year’s class. The big concern is his size: 5’11 and 178 pounds with 17th percentile arm length. Only 3 sub-180-pound WRs — DeSean Jackson, John Brown and Jamison Crowder — have posted multiple 800+ yard seasons over the past 10 years.

The Broncos selected Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy with the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. We learned on Wednesday that Jeudy had surgery in the spring of 2018 to repair a torn meniscus. He didn’t miss a single game over the past 2 seasons, but some teams are reportedly concerned about arthritis developing down the road. The Broncos apparently aren’t one of those teams. A route-running savant, Jeudy has drawn comparisons ranging from Keenan Allen to Stefon Diggs to Odell Beckham. He broke out in 2018, leading a loaded ‘Bama squad with 68 catches, 1,315 yards and 14 TDs and becoming just the 8th WR to win the Biletnikoff Award as a freshman or sophomore. Jeudy’s numbers took a slight step back this past year, but he still finished inside the top 25 in receptions, receiving yards and TDs. His 3.3 yards per route run ranked 4th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. Jeudy is on the smallish side at 6’1 and 193 pounds, tested as just a 22nd percentile athlete and didn’t show much in contested situations in college. But none of that stopped him from producing at Alabama — and we’re not expecting those things to be problems in the NFL. He should immediately slide into Denver’s starting lineup alongside WR Courtland Sutton and has a chance to be a big 2020 fantasy factor.

The Broncos have released QB Joe Flacco. The 35-year-old is expected to be ready for the 2020 season after missing the 2nd half of 2019 with a neck injury but will surely need to settle for a backup job on the open market. Denver is moving forward with QB Drew Lock, who has some upside as a late-round fantasy pick after an encouraging finish to his rookie campaign.

The Broncos have fired OC Rich Scangarello after 1 year on the job and replaced him with Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has struggled as a HC but had some strong seasons as an OC with the Eagles and Vikings. He's a pass-leaning play-caller, with 9 of his 11 teams ranking higher in pass attempts than rush attempts. Shurmur's top priority in Denver will be maximizing QB Drew Lock's skill set.

Snow is expected throughout today's Broncos-Chiefs game. There are already multiple inches of snow on the field. We're not adjusting projections for this game because there's no evidence that snow impacts scoring. But you can certainly use the weather as a tiebreaker between 2 closely ranked players.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Broncos QB Drew Lock will make his 1st career start against the Chargers today. The 42nd overall pick of this spring's draft had an up-and-down career at Missouri, completing 57% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt with 99 TDs vs. 39 INTs across 4 seasons. Lock boasts plenty of arm strength and is a plus athlete -- but accuracy and decision-making are the concerns. He's just a QB2 flier in Week 13 fantasy lineups. The Chargers DST remains a strong play today.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (thumb) is expected to be activated from the IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie has taken the majority of the 1st-team reps in practice this week and seems to be in line to make his debut against the Chargers on Sunday. Lock struggled to a 60.8% completion rate and 5.0 yards per attempt this preseason. Pro Football Focus ranked him 35th in their preseason passing grades among 39 qualifying QBs. Lock is a bottom-barrel QB2 for Week 13. We'll see if he's an upgrade over QB Brandon Allen for Denver's pass-catchers.

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