Drew Lock Fantasy Football News 2020

2:11pm EST 11/22/20

Broncos QB Drew Lock (ribs) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. We’re not expecting the rib injury to be a factor — but Lock is a low-end QB2 vs. a tough Miami pass defense.

Broncos QB Drew Lock will start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver. Lock is officially questionable with a rib injury, but it sounds like he has healed enough to play. That likely helps the upside of the Broncos' passing game -- assuming he's near full strength in what he can do.

Broncos QB Drew Lock (ribs) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. He reportedly looked good in Friday’s practice and seems on track to start. But Lock is a lower-end QB2 vs. a sneaky tough Miami pass defense.

Broncos QB Drew Lock has a "chance" to play against the Dolphins this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lock is reportedly dealing with an injury to a muscle around his ribs -- "kind of an oblique-type injury," Rapoport adds. Lock isn't expected to do much in practice on Wednesday but should get out there on Thursday and/or Friday. We'll monitor his progress.

Broncos QB Drew Lock is "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after suffering a rib injury in yesterday's loss to the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Denver would turn to either Brett Rypien or Jeff Driskel under center if Lock is out. We'll watch his practice participation this week.

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.


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