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.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Lions. The shoulder issue adds risk, but Fant boasts plenty of upside vs. a Detroit defense sitting 26th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He returned to play through this injury last week, so we're expecting him to play. The shoulder issue adds more risk to a guy who's already been a volatile producer. But Fant boasts plenty of upside vs. a Detroit defense sitting 26th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.
Broncos TE Noah Fant suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Kansas City and is officially questionable to return. The rookie came into this one with foot and hip injuries. We'll update his status when we learn more.
Update: Fant returned for the 2nd half.
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.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (hip, foot) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. The injuries add more risk to a guy who’s already been a boom/bust fantasy play. Fant has games of 3-115-1 and 4-113-1 among his last 5 but has totaled just 8 catches for 79 scoreless yards in the other 3.
Broncos TE Noah Fant is "looking good to play today" against the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fant is officially questionable with hip and foot injuries. Even an active Fant is risky, though. He's still sharing targets with several other TEs. Keep that in mind -- and not just his big production at Houston -- as you set your Week 15 lineup.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (hip, foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We'll get the rookie's official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy play. Fant has games of 3-115-1 and 4-113-1 among his last 5 but has totaled just 8 catches for 79 scoreless yards in the other 3.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll see what Fant does on Friday and then how Denver lists him on the final injury report.
Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. HC Vic Fangio said the rookie's status is "positive overall" but wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll get another update on Fant tomorrow.
Broncos TE Noah Fant suffered a foot injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Texans and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.
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.
Broncos HC Vic Fangio announced Monday that QB Joe Flacco will miss Week 9 with a neck injury suffered in yesterday's loss to the Colts. Rookie QB Drew Lock still isn't ready to return from his thumb injury, so it'll be Brandon Allen under center for Denver. The 2016 6th-rounder has never taken a regular-season snap and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt with 0 TDs and 3 INTs this preseason. As poorly as Flacco has played, this is a downgrade for Denver's offense.
Update: Flacco has a herniated disc in his neck, according to insider Jeff Lewold. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Flacco is expected to miss "significant time." He's droppable in all fantasy leagues.
Broncos HC Vic Fangio expects TE Noah Fant to be ready for Week 1 after spraining his ankle in Monday night's preseason game. The rookie was targeted on 3 of QB Joe Flacco's 11 attempts in that one, catching 2 for 7 yards. If healthy, Fant looks set to open the season with a significant role in this passing game. He's on the TE2 radar.
Broncos TE Noah Fant hurt his right foot in the 1st quarter of Monday night's preseason game against the 49ers. Fant left the game after a low hit by Niners S Jaquiski Tartt and did not return, but The Denver Post reports that he remained on the sideline after being examined. That makes it seem like the issue isn't too bad. We'll watch for further word on the situation from the team Tuesday.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it's an ankle injury and "is not considered serious."
The Broncos selected Iowa TE Noah Fant with the 20th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Fant was considered the best TE on Iowa a year ago at this time after posting a 30-494-11 line as a sophomore. Teammate T.J. Hockensen usurped Fant this past season, finishing with more catches and yards. Fant still tallied 39 catches for 519 yards himself, though, and led the Hawkeyes with 7 receiving scores. He ranked 6th in this TE class — just behind Hockensen — with 2.15 yards per route run. Fant blew up the Combine, clocking a 4.50-second 40 time and finishing with a 98th percentile SPARQ score. The biggest knock against him is his 12.1% drop rate over the past 2 seasons, but his hands didn’t look like a major problem on tape. Fant is also a serviceable blocker — although he’ll be a catch-first TE for the Broncos. Joining a depth chart alongside Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt, Fant has every opportunity to capture a big rookie-year role. Longer term, he has top-5 fantasy upside.
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