Von Miller Fantasy Football News 2019

Broncos OLB Von Miller (ankle) and ILB Brandon Marshall (knee) are active for today's game against the Chiefs.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. HC Vance Joseph said Miller will be in the lineup, though, according to Pro Football Talk. If you're planning to use Miller, then he should be good to go. LB Brandon Marshall (knee) is also questionable. He has become a weak IDP contributor.

To the surprise of probably no one, Broncos OLB Von Miller landed the largest-ever contract for a defensive player before Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players. The 6-year deal includes $70 million in guarantees and just might lock in the 27-year-old as a Bronco for the life of his NFL career. It removes concern on Miller's 2016 status for IDP owners and keeps the best player in a Denver defense that belongs among the top 5 in fantasy football drafts.

The NFL's deadline for franchised players to sign a long-term contract -- or wait until after the season to resume negotiations -- looms this Friday. That day might be more important for Broncos OLB Von Miller than other tagged players. “No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,” Miller told ESPN on Monday. “I’ve never really played for money. It’s bigger than that for me. It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with.” That sounds fairly serious -- more serious than the usual player simply (and understandably) trying to maximize his earning potential during a short career. It should worry IDP owners about Miller's 2016 outlook if he doesn't agree to a deal by Friday. The Broncos reportedly increased the guaranteed money recently in a contract offer worth more than $100 million total, so we'll see what happens this week.

The Broncos on Tuesday placed the exclusive franchise tag on OLB Von Miller. That means he can't even negotiate with other teams in free agency. It also makes clear what all have expected: that the Broncos intend to keep Miller around long term.

Broncos OLB Von Miller came away from Week 2 with a sore groin muscle that found him on the sideline late in the game.  According to The Denver Post, though, it doesn't seem like a significant issue.  Miller actually played through the issue for a while Sunday afternoon before coming out.  We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Week 3, but don't panic if your IDP lineup features Denver's star pass rusher.

Dr. James Andrews has cleared Broncos LB Von Miller to take the field for the start of camp, according to The Denver Post.  GM John Elway said Miller won't take part in contact drills until the week of the 3rd preseason game in late August.  But the news is encouraging for a star player who tore his right ACL in the 2nd-to-last regular-season game.  Broncos CB Chris Harris, on the other hand, will start camp on the PUP thanks to his Jan. 12 ACL tear.  Both are key to the Denver D, though Miller's return should mean more to the unit's fantasy value.

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The Broncos placed OLB Von Miller on IR Tuesday for the right ACL tear he suffered in Sunday's win at Houston.  The team promoted LB Brandon Marshall from the practice squad to fill his roster spot.  We'll see whether Miller can get back to full strength in time for the start of next season.  Still just 24 until March, Miller shouldn't see much change in dynasty-league value.  Even if the knee slows him early in 2014, there'll be plenty of time for top-notch pass-rushing production thereafter.  Perhaps the rehab work this offseason can also help him avoid off-field issues following his 6-game suspension early this year.
The Denver Post reports that the Broncos fear a torn ACL for OLB Von Miller.  We'll see whether Monday testing confirms those fears.  Nate Irving replaced Miller against the Texans.
Broncos OLB Von Miller left Sunday's game at Houston with a knee injury, and the team has ruled him out for the rest of the game.  That's a big blow for fantasy owners who included him in their IDP lineups.  Miller left the field under his own power, so we're not expecting any long-term issue.  We'll see about the star pass-rusher's Week 17 availability.

Broncos LB Von Miller added 16 pounds of muscle during his 6-game suspension, according to FOX's Jay Glazer.  Wow.  That puts the former 250-pound OLB and pass-rusher around 270.  We'll be interested to see whether the added upper-body bulk inhibits his pass-rushing.  Miller's a quick-twitch speed guy.  As long as he maintains his previous level of flexibility, though, the extra muscle could help in 1-on-1 combat with blockers.

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.

Broncos LB Von Miller has an open warrant for his arrest in California after failing to appear on a speeding ticket last year.  Just like his more recent failure to appear, it doesn't seem like a huge issue on its own.  But Miller seems to be showing a habit of flaunting the law.  It's particularly worrisome in light of his 6-game drug-related suspension.  As long as nothing more serious comes up before Miller returns to the field, there should be no impact on his IDP value.  But we'll see what happens between now and then.
It's official.  Broncos LB Von Miller will miss the season's 1st 6 games for his violation of the league drug policy.  We've already knocked Miller way down our LB rankings.  He shouldn't come off the board until late in your IDP draft, and even then only if the scoring favors sacks.  Miller's 6-game absence also crushes a Denver D that already looked tenuous for fantasy purposes.  Miller and departed DE Elvis Dumervil combined for 29.5 of the team's 52 sacks last season.  The Broncos will have a tough time making up for that.  Don't draft this unit as a starter in your fantasy football league.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that Broncos LB Von Miller could be suspended for as many as 6 games as soon as today.  This adds 2 more games to the original reports of an impending 2-game ban.  That would knock Miller out for more than one-third of the regular season in many fantasy football leagues.  We'll await an official announcement before adjusting his projection, but don't look at Miller until the late rounds of your IDP draft if you're picking in the meantime.  MLB Nate Irving and free-agent OLB Shaun Phillips are among the candidates to replace Miller whenever he's out.

Update: Schefter's report says the suspension -- for drug-policy violation -- is expected to be "at least" 6 games.  The 2 sides are reportedly "negotiating" a settled length that Miller will not appeal.  We'll move him down as soon as the official length gets announced.
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Broncos LB Von Miller was arrested Sunday and charged with failing to appear in court on a traffic misdemeanor.  That particular charge doesn't seem like a big deal, but it won't help a guy trying to shake off a 4-game league suspension.  If Miller weren't such a supreme talent, this might be grounds to start sliding him well down the LB rankings.  But he is, so we'll wait and see how his appeal goes.  Let's hope that Miller turns the year around from here.
ESPN reports that the league expects to review Broncos LB Von Miller's appeal in mid-August.  News leaked this week that Miller faces a 4-game ban under the league substance-abuse policy, but the player has claimed no wrongdoing.  The Denver Post has reported that Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana as a 2011 rookie, but we don't know the substance in question this time.  An August appeal date should clarify the situation before the regular season, but it won't do so before many of us draft our fantasy football teams.  For now, we'll have to stick with drafting Miller near his normal position in your IDP league.  He's such a special talent that we're willing to put up with a few missed weeks.  Of course, you'll also have to grab some insurance.  And the uncertainty might be enough to swing the balance if you're weighing him against another defender on draft day.

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