Comments: 2013 Team Outlook: Denver Broncos
There is no question that Denver will be the team to beat in the AFC West and likley the AFC. Under Manning's direction, this offense should be potent and there should be some solid fantasy numbers to capitalize upon, especially in the receiving core. Look for Denver to control the pace of every game this season and play smart. Denver's 13-3 record last season before their divisional exit from the playoffs was impressive. There are some excellent fantasy options coming out of Denver this season. I think the interesting things to watch will be the Montee Ball, Moreno and Hillman with the exit of McGahee in the running schemes and the depth at receiver beyond Thomas, Welker, Decker and Tamme. It will be very interesting to see if Welker detracts from the production of Thomas and Decker or if his presence helps boost their numbers by opening coverage options. From any vantage, players in Denver this season will have some very positive fantasy value.
Update 8/23/13 - Hillman's fumble - Ball or Moreno better? TE Julius Thomas should be on your radar.
The running game in Denver is under question. The two young backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball split first-string duties in pre-season to-date and have both proved valuable. However, both have their faults - Hillman's goal line fumble really hurt, but then Peyton Manning felt Montee Ball's error of missed blocking coverage. The big question now is: Can Hillman stay at the top or will there be a Hillman - Ball committee? or maybe a Knowshon Moreno comeback? All three backs will be drafted, but in what order appears to be across the board in mock drafts and reports.
Update 8/31/13 - Hillman has been named the Week 1 starter atop the depth chart. This does not mean he is a better play than Montee Ball, especially since the team reports state that the offense will feature a running by committee approach. Hillman, Ball and Knowshon Moreno will all likely be utilized over the first few weeks of the season. Most experts are predicting that Ball will see the majority of the carries, but you have to wonder if Ball's inexperience and Hillman's lost fumbles will continue to plague their grasp on carries. Moreno is still a gamble, although he could surprise.
Update 9/4/13 - Knowshon Moreno may be the primary back in Week1 according to sources.
Update 9/12/13 - Knowshon Moreno and Julius Thomas are on most fantasy watch and add lists after Week 1. Peyton Manning looked every bit of his old self and ready for a playoff run even in Week 1. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are guys that are sitting fantasy benches this week as Denver's running game is focused on picking up coverage and running when needed. This role should go to Moreno until he is injured or fails to produce. Watch Hillman and Ball as the weeks progress, but they have disappointed so far given their hype in the preseason. Julius Thomas is the guy I think you should grab if you can. He looked like a young Antonio Gates last week and I think his productivity will continue.
Update 9/25/13 - Ronnie Hillman jumps back onto the fantasy radar this week after a solid outing in Week 3. Hillman will likely split more time with Knowshon Moreno in coming weeks as Montee Ball's fumble woes continue. I like Hillman as a deep league option at flex as he will see action in the backfield on third downs and goal line looks. Keep an eye on Hillman as the weeks progress. He might be worth more in the coming future, but for now he is just one cog in Denver's ever-evoling running-back-by-committee approach.
Julius Thomas continues to impress and moves from sleeper to solid/safe pick and maybe even to fantasy stud status.Players listed in this article:
- QB Peyton Manning, DEN
- QB Brock Osweiler, DEN
- RB Montee Ball, DEN
- RB Ronnie Hillman, DEN
- RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN
- WR Andre Caldwell, DEN
- WR Eric Decker, DEN
- WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN
- WR Wes Welker, DEN
- TE Joel Dreessen, DEN
- TE Jacob Tamme, DEN
- TE Julius Thomas, DEN
- PK Matt Prater, DEN
- Denver Defense
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