Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders ran in cleats on Friday for the 1st time since tearing his Achilles in December, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. "He’s coming along nicely," Palmer adds. Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to return from -- especially for a 32-year-old WR like Sanders. We're still considering him questionable for Week 1 and are generally avoiding him in early fantasy drafts. Denver has a pair of young, promising WRs in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton who should claim big roles this season.
The Broncos on Tuesday exercised their 2019 option on WR Emmanuel Sanders. That keeps the veteran wideout around for the final year of his contract at a cap hit of about $12.9 million. GM John Elway had previously said the team planned to do so. The big remaining question for Sanders, of course, is how he'll rebound from his December Achilles' tear. That situation makes Sanders not worth the risk in early best-ball drafting. We'll see how soon he gets back onto the field. Denver sports a pair of intriguing 2nd-year wideouts in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton.
The Ravens and Broncos have agreed to a trade that will send QB Joe Flacco to Denver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal can't be made official until the new league year starts on March 13. Flacco had flashes of elite play in Baltimore, but his 11 seasons there are best described as mediocre. He sports a career 61.7% completion rate, 6.7 yards per attempt and 212 TDs vs. 136 INTs. Flacco is clearly heading to Denver to take over as the Broncos' starter, though, which means the end of the Case Keenum Era. Considering Flacco is 34, this move shouldn't take Denver out of the running to select a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft. Note that the Broncos can get out of Flacco's contract after the 2019 season with 0 dead money.
Update: The Ravens will receive Denver's 4th-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Flacco.
The Broncos have hired Rich Scangarello as OC. He's bounced around to multiple college programs over the past 2 decades and also spent time with the Raiders, Falcons and 49ers. Scangarello worked under Kyle Shanahan in those last 2 stops, which is promising. He's never called plays at the NFL level, though, making this a tough hire to decipher for fantasy purposes.
The Broncos are set to hire Vic Fangio as their HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fangio has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator but has never been a HC at any level. We'll see who he tabs to run his offense.
Update: Denver has named Gary Kubiak its new OC. Kubiak has 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC, including 13 with the Broncos. He's landed an impressive 19 units inside the top 16 in total yards and 11 in the top 5.
The Broncos have placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles. It's a massive loss for a team with playoff aspirations. Sanders leads Denver in all major receiving categories, accounting for 23.7% of the team's targets, 27.5% of the catches, 29.0% of the receiving yards and 26.7% of the receiving TDs. Sanders' target share rose to 28.6% without Demaryius Thomas over the past 4 games. So there's a lot of meat on the bone for WRs Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick to pick. Sutton is easily the best target bet going forward and looks like a weekly WR3 with upside the rest of the way. Hamilton is worth adding in deeper leagues -- although it's getting late in the season to be rolling the dice on a guy like him.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders injured his left leg in Wednesday's practice. "Not putting any weight on his left leg. Not good," The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala tweeted. We'll update Sanders' status when we learn more, but he obviously appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the 49ers. His absence would leave Courtland Sutton as Denver's #1 WR, with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick behind him on the depth chart.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team believes Sanders tore his Achilles. That'd be a season-ending injury. We'll look for confirmation.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (heel) is not listed on the final injury report. He was added on Thursday as a limited practice participant and limited again on Friday. But being left off the final report means the heel isn’t a major concern. Sanders remains a rock-solid WR2.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders was added to the injury report on Thursday with a heel. He was limited in practice. We'll see whether this is more of a rest day or a real concern when Denver gets back to work tomorrow.
The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.
WR Emmanuel Sanders has looked like "the best player on the field" early in Broncos training camp, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. The addition of rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton has "energized" Sanders, Palmer adds. Crappy QB play and an ankle injury sunk Sanders to a 60th-place PPR finish last year. But he ranked among the top 20 each of the previous 3 seasons. Healthy now and with a QB upgrade in Case Keenum, Sanders is capable of bouncing back into WR2 territory. He's a bargain at his current 7th-round, WR34 ADP.
The Broncos selected SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the 40th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sutton certainly checks the size and athleticism boxes. He measured 6’3, 218 pounds and registered a 94th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He was particularly impressive in the agility drills, which matches the tape. Sutton is extremely quick and agile for a man of his size. He’s coming off back-to-back 1,000+ yard, 10+ TD campaigns — although it’s worth noting that LSU transfer Trey Quinn finished with more targets, catches, yards and TDs this past year. Sutton isn’t a finished product — his route running needs work and he should be better in contested situations — but that frame and athleticism give him 1 of the highest ceilings in this WR class. Sutton is blocked by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for now and doesn’t project to have much 2018 fantasy value. But Thomas will be 31 in December and Sanders turned 31 this past March. Both guys are also cuttable next offseason with less than $3 million in dead money.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. WR Cody Latimer (thigh) is also out. That leaves Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor behind Demaryius Thomas on Denver’s WR depth chart.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. WR Cody Latimer (thigh) is also out, leaving Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor behind Demaryius Thomas on the depth chart. Thomas is a volume-based WR2 for Week 16.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is "all but certain" to miss Sunday's game against the Redskins, according to insider Mike Klis. Sanders only got in a limited practice on Friday after aggravating his ankle injury last week. WR Demaryius Thomas should dominate targets for Denver tomorrow.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Redskins. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. Insider Mike Klis considers Sanders “on the doubtful side of questionable.” We’ll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday, but Sanders will be a shaky fantasy play if active.
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