Shark Bites

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 fired HC Vance Joseph, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Joseph lasted just 2 seasons in Denver, going 5-11 in his debut and 6-10 this year. We'll see who GM John Elway tabs as his replacement.

Broncos TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) isn’t listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Chargers but is a weak fantasy play.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is undergoing surgery on his wrist on Friday and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 months, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. That timeline would have Lindsay back on the field sometime between the end of March and the end of April. He'll miss some of the offseason program but should be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around. Although he won't play in the game, Lindsay became the 1st ever undrafted offensive rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He finished the season with 1,037 rushing yards and 9 TDs on 5.4 yards per carry and also showed pass-catching chops with a 35-241-1 receiving line.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay will miss Week 17 because of the wrist injury that knocked him out of Monday night's loss to the Raiders. Lindsay will have further testing on the wrist. The worry is a potential scaphoid fracture and ligament damage. We'll see about the extent, but the issue is at least serious enough that he'll also miss the Pro Bowl. It shouldn't impact his 2019, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. For Week 17, Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker should see more work against the Chargers.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay left Monday night's game against the Raiders early with a hand injury and has been ruled out. We'll see whether the issue costs him further time.

Broncos TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Raiders. He opened the week on the sideline but returned for a pair of limited practices. That leaves the Broncos with Brian Parker -- who has seen 7 targets on the year -- as their top available TE.

11:12am EST 12/16/18

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He’ll back up rookie Lamar Jackson and isn’t expected to have a package of plays. Flacco should only see the field if Jackson gets hurt or struggles mightily.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. HC John Harbaugh said earlier this week that Flacco will be active as QB Lamar Jackson’s backup. That adds a bit of risk to the rookie fantasy’s profile, but he remains a QB2 with upside.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (quad) isn't listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He missed some time with the quad injury last Sunday and was limited in practice early this week. But he put in a full workout on Thursday and should be ready for an every-down role against the Browns on Saturday. Despite last week's dud, Sutton remains in the WR3 mix.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh remained cryptic when asked Monday about QB Joe Flacco's role when healthy. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan. He's too good of a player not to be," Harbaugh said. "We have a plan. We have to talk to the guys about it. Whether we share that publicly, we'll have to decide as the week goes on." We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation. If Flacco is active for Sunday's game against the Bucs, it'll make QB Lamar Jackson a much riskier fantasy play.

11:12am EST 12/9/18

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. That makes QB Lamar Jackson a safer fantasy play.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs. He put in a full practice on Friday — his 1st since suffering that hip injury. If Flacco is active on Sunday, he’s expected to back up QB Lamar Jackson. But it’d add some risk to Jackson’s fantasy outlook because Baltimore could bench him if he struggles.

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.

11:12am EST 12/2/18

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. We’ll see if he’s ready to play next week. Lamar Jackson gets another start today and is a borderline QB1.

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.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday but is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game in Atlanta. QB Lamar Jackson will start that one. We’ll see if Flacco is ready to return — and if Baltimore goes back to him — for Week 14.

 
 
 

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