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  • Brett Rypien Expected To Start Against Jets

    Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien is expected to get the start on Thursday against the Jets over Jeff Driskel, according to sources. Driskel looked terrible, albeit against a strong Buccaneers Defense, in the Week 3 loss, and Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss at least another week of action while he recovers from his injury. Rypien, 24, saw his first game action last Sunday with the game out of hand, going 8-for-9 for 53 yards and one interception. Even against a Jets Defense that has looked terrible, Rypien won't have much upside in an offense missing their top receiver for the rest of the season. Downgrade rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant for this one. If Rypien struggles early, don't be surprised if Denver goes back to Driskel.

    Sep 29 · Source via Broncos Brett Rypien
  • Drew Lock Could Return In Week 5

    There is a chance that Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) could play in Week 5 against the Patriots, but the Broncos have more hope that he'll return in Week 6 in a more favorable matchup against the Dolphins. This is why Denver didn't place the 23-year-old on short-term Injured Reserve. The offense was just unable to get into any kind of flow in Week 3 against a tough Buccaneers Defense, and it also doesn't help that wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) is lost for the season. Lock's return should make rookie Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant more attractive in season-long and DFS leagues, but the second-year signal-caller will remain a midrange QB2 until further notice with the Broncos dealing with so many injuries. Until Lock returns, Jeff Driskel is a desperation QB2 streamer in superflex setups.

    Sep 29 · Source via Broncos Drew Lock
  • Broncos Place Elijah Wilkinson On IR

    Sep 29 · Pro Football Rumors Broncos
  • Phillip Lindsay Trending In The Right Direction

    Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is "trending in the right direction" to play on Thursday night against the Jets. However, if Lindsay does play after missing the last two weeks, he'll be on a limited snap count. Even against a weak Jets Defense in Week 4, Lindsay would be a stretch as a flex option in standard 12-team fantasy leagues if he returns. It's good news for a Broncos team that has been decimated by injuries to key positions in 2020, but it'll be bad news for Melvin Gordon III, who was splitting touches with Lindsay almost evenly in the first half of Week 1 before Lindsay suffered his injury.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • Broncos Defense Loses Jurrell Casey For The Season

    Denver Broncos starting defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (biceps) suffered a torn biceps in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers and will miss the rest of the season. The Broncos traded for Casey this offseason, hoping that he'd be a key cog in the middle of the defensive line. Coupled with the season-ending injury to linebacker Von Miller right before the start of the season, Denver's defense is a shell of its former self at this point. Even with a mouthwatering matchup against the Jets this Thursday night upcoming, the Broncos Defense is, at best, a desperation streaming option in Week 4.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos Jurrell Casey
  • Brandon McManus Sees Little Work In Week 3 Loss

    Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus only attempted two kicks in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers -- a successful 56-yard kick and an extra point. The 56-yarder was nice and might've awarded fantasy managers with bonus points, but the bottom line is that Denver's weakened offense just isn't providing the strong-legged kicker with enough opportunities to make him fantasy relevant. That could be a different story on Thursday night in Week 4 against the Jets, but even then, McManus makes for a desperation fantasy streamer in an offense led by backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Brandon McManus
  • Noah Fant Doesn't Do Much With 10 Targets

    Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant was targeted a team-high 10 times in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers, but he was only able to reel in five catches for 46 yards. It was evident that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel is a clear step down from Drew Lock (shoulder) under center, which will negatively affect Fant's upside for as long as Lock remains sidelined. The good news is that Fant should continue to be targeted heavily in the passing game. He probably shouldn't be looked at as a strong TE1 option for however long Driskel is the starter, but Fant will have some TE2 sleeper appeal this Thursday night against a woeful Jets team.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Noah Fant
  • K.J. Hamler Quiet In Week 3 Loss

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler caught three of his five targets for only 30 yards in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. Hamler ran the ball once but lost two yards in the process. The speedy youngster has big-play ability, but it'll probably be few and far between that he can take advantage of that with backup quarterback Jeff Driskel leading the team right now with Drew Lock (shoulder) injured. Hamler could do some damage against a poor Jets Defense on Thursday night in Week 4, but he'll be a hail mary in terms of DFS and season-long leagues as long as Driskel remains the starter.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos KJ Hamler
  • Tim Patrick Scores Team's Lone Week 3 Touchdown

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick caught all four of his passes for 43 yards and the team's only touchdown in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday by a score of 28-10. The efficiency was nice, but both the ceiling and floor are incredibly low for Patrick in an offense currently led by backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. There will be more opportunities for the 26-year-old the rest of the season with Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the year, but Patrick should probably remain on the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy leagues. Don't expect another trip to paydirt when the Broncos face the 0-3 Jets on Thursday night in Week 4.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Tim Patrick
  • Jerry Jeudy Leads Denver In Receiving In Loss To Bucs

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy finished the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers with five catches on nine targets for a team-leading 55 yards. Jeudy has yet to find the end zone in his rookie season, but he was second on the team in targets and will continue to serve as the No. 1 receiver the rest of the season with Courtland Sutton (knee) out. The Alabama product is an exceptional talent with big-play ability, but his upside is limited with backup Jeff Driskel under center for now with Drew Lock (shoulder) hurt. Jeudy could find the end zone for the first time in his career against the Jets this Thursday, but he'll be a risky WR4/5 in deeper leagues.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Jerry Jeudy
  • Royce Freeman Has Just Four Touches In Week 3

    Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman tallied only four touches -- two carries for four yards and two catches for 31 yards -- in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. Even with Phillip Lindsay (toe) sidelined by turf toe, Freeman continues to be an afterthought in this offense behind Melvin Gordon III, and it didn't help that the Broncos were down by multiple scores throughout the day against Tampa. There might be more chances for Freeman to make some noise this Thursday night against a woeful Jets team, but fantasy managers shouldn't count on it. Freeman just isn't seeing enough snaps or touches to merit a roster spot on your fantasy squad.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Royce Freeman
  • Melvin Gordon III Held Out Of End Zone

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III carried the ball just eight times for 26 yards and caught four of his six targets for an additional 12 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. The Broncos weren't able to get anything going on offense under backup quarterback Jeff Driskel and were playing from behind all day, which led to single-digit carries for Gordon. He was more involved in the passing game, but Gordon still disappointed his fantasy managers in this tough matchup. Things will get a lot easier this Thursday against the winless Jets, but Denver's offense doesn't have much upside as long as Drew Lock (shoulder) remains sidelined.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Melvin Gordon
  • Jeff Driskel Has A Rough Game Against Buccaneers

    Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel looked like a backup in the 28-10 Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers, completing just 17 of his 30 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times and has been sacked a whopping 11 times in the last two weeks after being forced into action because of Drew Lock's (shoulder) injury. It got so bad that Brett Rypien came into the contest in the fourth quarter. Even though Driskel is set to get another start this Thursday against the similarly 0-3 Jets, he should be avoided in fantasy leagues, even those that start two quarterbacks.

    Sep 28 · Source via Broncos Jeff Driskel
  • Jerry Jeudy Expected To Play Against Buccaneers

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ribs) is expected to suit up against the Buccaneers in Week 3. Jeudy is as important as ever with fellow wideout Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the remainder of the season. The rookie wideout leads the team in targets and ranks second in receiving yards ahead of a date with an improved Tampa Bay defense. Jeudy's upside is limited a bit with Jeff Driskel throwing him passes, though he needs to be in lineups if active, with the potential volume coming his way.

    Sep 27 · Source via Broncos Jerry Jeudy
  • Broncos Defense No Longer In Streaming Consideration

    The Denver Broncos Defense must disrupt Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in Week 3 to have a chance at avoiding an 0-3 start on the season. Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu has stepped up in Von Miller's (ankle) absence, starting across from former fifth overall pick Bradley Chubb. The young secondary of Essang Bassey and Michael Ojemudia will surely be tested by Brady, with Tampa wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who is returning from a concussion, having the clear advantage. Denver's D has just two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception through two games, good for three fantasy points per game. Until the Broncos get a better matchup, you should look elsewhere for your starting defensive unit.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Brandon McManus Remains Off The Fantasy Radar

    Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has a big leg and kicks half of his games in altitude, but he just hasn't been worth putting in starting lineups just yet in 2020. McManus didn't attempt a field goal in the season-opening loss to the Titans, but he connected on two of his three tries in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers. With quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) and running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) out this week and receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) out the rest of the season, Denver's offense isn't expected to move the ball consistently enough to give McManus enough chances for points. In a matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 3 where Denver is the clear underdog, it's wise to avoid McManus.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Brandon McManus
  • Noah Fant Becoming Trustworthy Tight End Option

    Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant has caught nine of his 11 targets for 138 yards and two touchdowns through two games this season and has even more fantasy upside now that receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) is out for the rest of the year. Even with quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) out and backup Jeff Driskel in this Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fant should see a healthy array of targets, putting him at least on the TE1/2 borderline for fantasy managers. Saints tight end Jared Cook had five catches for 80 yards in the season-opener against rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr., so Fant could easily match or exceed that kind of production.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Noah Fant
  • Tim Patrick Can Be Avoided Against Buccaneers

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick will be in three-receiver sets moving forward now that Courtland Sutton (knee) is done for the rest of the 2020 season. Patrick will be behind rookie wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant in the passing-game pecking order, though, which will leave him very few targets on a weekly basis in this offense. On top of that, quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss multiple weeks with his injury. The 26-year-old has six catches (10 targets) for 54 scoreless yards through two weeks and should remain on waiver wires in the majority of fantasy leagues.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Tim Patrick
  • K.J. Hamler's Role To Increase Without Courtland Sutton

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler, who caught three of his seven targets in his NFL debut in Week 2 against the Steelers for 48 yards, will have an expanded role moving forward with Courtland Sutton (knee) done for the year. Hamler played the second-most snaps of any Broncos receiver last week and had a healthy seven targets, so he'll be involved. The speedy 21-year-old can play in the slot or outside, but he'll be facing a stingy Tampa secondary this Sunday and won't have quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) under center either. There is a chance that Hamler can use his speed to get behind the defense and break a big play or two, but he'll have a low floor as a WR4/5 in deeper leagues.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos KJ Hamler
  • Jerry Jeudy Suddenly Denver's No. 1 Receiver

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy has become the team's top wideout now that Courtland Sutton (knee) is out for the rest of the year. Jeudy was limited in practice on Wednesday, but he's expected to be ready for the Week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers. The Alabama product has eight catches (15 targets) for 118 yards through the first two games, and he should be a low-end WR3/flex moving forward, but losing quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) for a couple of weeks definitely makes Jeudy a little less attractive. The 21-year-old's talent alone makes him a fantasy commodity that could shine on any given week, but the Bucs defense has also been pretty solid against opposing receivers so far in 2020.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Jerry Jeudy
  • Royce Freeman Can't Be Trusted In Fantasy

    Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman is likely to operate as the backup to Melvin Gordon in Week 3 against the Buccaneers with Phillip Lindsay (toe) on the shelf with turf toe. However, Freeman saw just three carries for 20 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers and just isn't seeing enough touches, even as the No. 2, to hold any fantasy weight. Tampa's defense has been vulnerable to running backs through the air in the first two weeks, but that's not really Freeman's forte. The 24-year-old should be left to the waiver wire in the majority of leagues.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Royce Freeman
  • Phillip Lindsay Not On Track To Return In Week 3

    Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) missed practice on Wednesday and doesn't appear likely to return to action in Week 3 against the Buccaneers after sitting out in Week 2 with turf toe. Lindsay initially suffered the injury in the season-opener, and his timetable was set for two to four weeks. His injury makes Melvin Gordon more of an RB2 because of his guaranteed larger workload, with Royce Freeman picking up scraps behind him. Lindsay is probably only worth holding onto right now in shallow leagues if you own Gordon. The two were in a near-even timeshare in Week 1 before Lindsay was injured, which means that Lindsay could have some deep league RB3/flex appeal in PPR formats when he returns.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • Melvin Gordon III Will Be Usage-Based RB2

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon should continue to see a heavy workload with Phillip Lindsay (toe) on the shelf. Gordon ran the ball 19 times for 70 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers. The Buccaneers Defense has allowed 26.4 fantasy points per game to running backs in the first two weeks, but those running backs were also Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey, and most of the damage came through the air. Gordon has just six aerial targets through two weeks, but his guaranteed heavy workload should give him RB2 upside despite the less-than-ideal matchup with a backup quarterback under center.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Melvin Gordon
  • Jeff Driskel Facing Tough Challenge In Week 3 Start

    Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel will be the starter heading into Week 3 against the Buccaneers with Drew Lock (shoulder) out for a while. Driskel held his own in a comeback attempt against a very tough Steelers Defense last week in relief, throwing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. The 27-year-old can run a bit and shouldn't be completely ruled out in a David versus Goliath matchup against Tom Brady, but he'll also be facing a tough Tampa defense without wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee). The Bucs have held both Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater to fewer than 15 fantasy points each of the first two weeks, so Driskel is, at best, a low-end QB2 streamer in superflex leagues this Sunday.

    Sep 24 · Source via Broncos Jeff Driskel
  • Broncos Place Mark Barron, DeMarcus Walker On IR

    Sep 23 · Pro Football Rumors Broncos Mark Barron DeMarcus Walker
  • Broncos Sign Blake Bortles To One-Year Deal

    The Denver Broncos signed free-agent quarterback Blake Bortles to a one-year deal on Tuesday morning. The former Jaguars signal-caller will officially sign once he passes his COVID-19 protocols and will serve as some much-needed depth in the absence of Drew Lock (shoulder). Bortles owns an 80.6 career passer rating in 73 starts along with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions. Backup Jeff Driskel looked good in relief of Lock on Sunday and should remain the starter for the near future, though if he falters, Bortles could step in as a serviceable backup. You can continue to ignore Bortles in all fantasy formats.

    Sep 22 · Source via Broncos Blake Bortles Jeff Driskel Drew Lock
  • Broncos Defense Keeps Team In The Game In Week 2

    The Denver Broncos Defense was respectable in the Week 2 loss against a powerful Steelers offense with two rookies in the secondary. Safety Justin Simmons had two passes defensed, including an interception of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Fellow safety Kareem Jackson also recovered a fumble that led to a fourth-quarter touchdown that cut Pittsburgh's lead to five. The defense had a total of six tackles for loss, with their lone sack coming courtesy of defensive tackle Mike Purcell. They did, however, allow two passing touchdowns and gave up over 100 yards on the ground to James Conner, the second straight week allowing a back to go for over 100 rushing yards. Against Tampa and Tom Brady with receiver Chris Godwin (concussion) back in the fold, Denver's D will be a risky streaming option.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Brandon McManus Makes Two Of Three Field Goals In Week 2

    Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus was 2-for-3 on his field-goal attempts and made his lone extra-point try in the 26-21 Week 2 loss to the Steelers. McManus connected from 49 yards and 28 yards out and missed his lone attempt from 58 yards out. Denver's offense has potential, but they are dealing with injuries to quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) and running back Phillip Lindsay (toe), while receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) will miss the rest of the season. McManus isn't much of a fantasy option at the kicking position until further notice, despite his big leg.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Brandon McManus
  • Tim Patrick Has Just Two Catches Against Steelers

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick secured just two of his five targets for 24 yards in the 26-21 Week 2 loss to the Steelers on the road. It was a slight step down for the 26-year-old, as he caught four of five targets for 29 yards in the season-opening loss to the Titans. There will be more opportunities for Patrick the rest of the year with Courtland Sutton (knee) suffering a torn ACL, but even so, Noah Fant and rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler will likely be ahead of him in the pecking order. Also, quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) is out for two to six weeks.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Tim Patrick
  • K.J. Hamler Sees Seven Targets In NFL Debut

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler was targeted seven times and caught three passes for 48 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers in his first NFL game after missing the season-opener with an injury. Despite the lackluster overall line, it's worth noting that Hamler was tied for the team lead in targets with fellow rookie Jerry Jeudy. The small yet speedy young receiver can break plays deep down the field, but it'll likely be few and far between this year. However, he could be worth a look in much deeper leagues as a flex option moving forward with Courtland Sutton (knee) done for the season.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos KJ Hamler
  • Noah Fant Scores Second Touchdown Of Season

    Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant caught four of his five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the 26-21 Week 2 loss to the Steelers. He now has nine catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, just one short of his rookie-season total, through two games in 2020. Quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) will be out anywhere from two to six weeks, but the drop-off to Jeff Driskel may not affect Fant all that much. In fact, Driskel could lean heavily on Fant moving forward. As one of the top receivers in Denver's offense with Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the year, Fant has become a solid TE1.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Noah Fant
  • Jerry Jeudy Catches Four Passes In Loss To Steelers

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy caught four of his seven targets for 62 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers. Even though Jeudy has yet to score a touchdown in his first year in the NFL, he was tied for the team lead in catches and targets in this game. There's a lot to like about his route-running ability, which helps him gain plenty of separation, but he won't be as exciting as a WR4/flex for fantasy managers with quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) expected to miss anywhere from two to six weeks.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Jerry Jeudy
  • Royce Freeman Very Quiet Against Steelers

    Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman attempted just three rushes for 20 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers with Phillip Lindsay (toe) inactive. Even with Lindsay on the sidelines for this one, Freeman just wasn't a part of the offense as Melvin Gordon III's backup. Lindsay could miss more time, but Freeman just won't see enough touches to be fantasy relevant unless Gordon also suffers an injury that causes him to miss time.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Royce Freeman
  • Melvin Gordon III Salvages Fantasy Day With Receiving TD

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III carried the ball 19 times for 70 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers with Phillip Lindsay (toe) inactive, but he salvaged his day for fantasy managers with two catches for 14 yards and his second touchdown of the season. The good news for Gordon is that he should continue to be a big part of this offense with Lindsay potentially out for another game and receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the remainder of the year. He'll be facing a Buccaneers Defense in Week 3 that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the running back position through the first two weeks. Consider Gordon a usage-based RB2 until Lindsay is back in the fold.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Melvin Gordon
  • Jeff Driskel Efficient In Relief Of Drew Lock

    Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel led an unlikely comeback against the Steelers in Week 2 that ultimately fell short after Drew Lock (shoulder) was injured. Driskel took six sacks and absorbed 17 hits from a ferocious Pittsburgh defense, but the Broncos were 15 yards away from a stunning upset on the road. With Lock out at least several weeks, Driskel will continue to lead Denver's offense, beginning in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. In the end, he completed 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 26-21 loss, adding two rushes for five yards. Even though Driskel exceeded expectations in a tough situation, he'll be low-end QB2 streamer going forward in superflex leagues.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Jeff Driskel Drew Lock
  • Courtland Sutton Suffers Torn ACL, Out For Season

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) tore his ACL in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, according to a source. It's a brutal injury for Sutton and the Broncos just as he returned to action after missing the season-opening loss to the Titans with a shoulder injury. Denver also lost quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) for a few weeks, so it'll be Jeff Driskel under center moving forward throwing to rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, Tim Patrick and tight end Noah Fant, who has become the best fantasy asset on this team through two weeks. Sutton was in play as a strong WR2 this year after a breakout 2019 performance.

    Sep 21 · Source via Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Drew Lock Out Two-To-Six Weeks With Sprained AC Joint

    Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss two-to-six weeks with a sprained AC joint. Lock took a big hit from behind and was forced to leave Sunday's game early. The second-year pro was seen in a sling after the game and he spoke about how it felt "funny" to throw the ball after the hit he took. Backup Jeff Driskel looked more than serviceable after coming into the game, as he threw for 256 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Pittsburgh's secondary. Driskel will be a streaming option in Week 3 against the Buccaneers, though it won't be an easy matchup for the 27-year-old.

    Sep 20 · Source via Broncos Drew Lock
  • Courtland Sutton Ruled Out For Rest Of Week 2

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. With the team also already down quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) and Jerry Jeudy (ribs) getting banged up earlier in the day, this is not good news for the team. Look for Noah Fant to get more looks from No. 2 signal-caller Jeff Driskel in addition to Melvin Gordon getting some additional carries.

    Sep 20 · Source via Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Courtland Sutton Will Play In Week 2

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will play against the Steelers on Sunday, according to James Palmer of the NFL Network. Sutton sat out in Week 1. His return should boost the Broncos offense, who threw for just 216 yards in the team's opener. Sutton's probably not at 100 percent, so don't expect Sutton to be a reliable fantasy option right out of the gate, but if you need a flex option with upside, there are worse options. With Sutton back, wide receiver Tim Patrick likely sees a lot less playing time and is no longer a viable deep league option.

    Sep 20 · Source via Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Phillip Lindsay Out Two-To-Four Weeks

    Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is likely looking at a two-to-four week absence, as reported by Ian Rapoport. Lindsay sustained the injury in the first half of their Week 1 game with the Titans and he was initially listed as week-to-week. After getting a second opinion, his chances of suiting up for Week 3 aren't looking great either. It's unfortunate for fantasy managers because Lindsay was seeing a near-even split with Melvin Gordon III. Gordon III will see a boost in fantasy value while his fellow backfield mate is out, though he has tough matchups against the Steelers and Buccaneers on deck.

    Sep 20 · Source via Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • Courtland Sutton Has Good Chance To Play

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) has a good chance to play on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Sutton is dealing with an AC joint sprain, which sidelined him for Week 1. The second-year pro was limited for all three practice sessions this week, certainly an improvement from Week 1 when he wasn't able to participate in the team's final two sessions. Sutton will work out prior to the game to make sure he's good to go, but he appears to be trending in the right direction. Unfortunately, the matchup against the Steelers Defense is a tough one, so he shouldn't be considered anything more than a risky WR3.

    Sep 20 · Source via Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Courtland Sutton (shoulder) a game-time decision for Week 2

    Sep 20 · FantasyPros Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Brandon McManus Looking For First Field-Goal Attempt

    Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus didn't attempt a single field goal in the 16-14 Week 1 loss to the Titans, but he did make both of his extra-point tries. McManus has a very strong leg and kicks half the time in high altitude, but he'll be on the road this week and just can't be trusted in fantasy yet while the Broncos offense tries to get in sync. Quarterback Drew Lock showed potential last week, though, and he has plenty of talented weapons to work with in 2020. The 29-year-old kicker will become a streaming option at some point this year, but it won't be in Week 2 against the Steelers, especially if wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) misses another game.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Brandon McManus
  • Broncos Defense Faces Stiff Test On The Road

    The Denver Broncos won't have any rowdy fans to worry about on their trip to Pittsburgh in Week 2, but a healthy quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his cast of weapons will pose a big challenge to a defense missing Von Miller (ankle) for the year and cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder) for at least three weeks. Inside linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring) will also be out. Denver's run D didn't allow Derrick Henry to run wild last week, but their inexperienced rookie cornerbacks Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey will surely be tested by Big Ben with talented wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson leading the charge. While the Broncos Defense was worth starting last week, they should be avoided this week with key injuries mounting.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Noah Fant Could Pace The Passing Game Yet Again

    Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant caught five of his six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 loss to the Titans, leading the team in receiving yards with Courtland Sutton (shoulder) inactive. Sutton is questionable heading into Week 2 against the Steelers, so Fant could once again be the team's leading receiver this Sunday. He'll obviously be a better upside TE1 if Sutton sits out, but at the very least, Fant will have some low-end TE1 appeal as one of quarterback Drew Lock's favorite targets. Some people believe the second-year tight end is primed for a breakout season with Lock under center for a full year.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Noah Fant
  • Jerry Jeudy Will Look To Build On His First Performance

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy showed off some of his trademark route-running ability and quick feet in the team's Week 1 loss to the Titans, but he also had a couple uncharacteristic drops in his NFL debut. The 21-year-old from Alabama caught only four of his eight targets for 56 yards as the team's lead wideout last Monday with Courtland Sutton (shoulder) inactive. There's a lot to like in the long-term with Jeudy in this offense, but there will continue to be some growing pains throughout his rookie campaign. He'll be a more attractive upside WR4/flex in deeper leagues if Sutton misses another game, but the matchup against the Steelers is a difficult one regardless.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Jerry Jeudy
  • Royce Freeman Will Spell Melvin Gordon In Week 2

    Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman will be the primary backup to Melvin Gordon in the team's Week 2 matchup against the Steelers after Denver ruled Phillip Lindsay (toe) out for the week. Freeman won't have any standalone fantasy value, though, after he saw just two touches -- a carry for no gain and a 12-yard reception -- in the second half of the Week 1 loss to the Titans when Lindsay didn't return after the first half. On top of it, Pittsburgh's rush defense was one of the best in the league last year and held Saquon Barkley down in their season opener. The 24-year-old will see more than two touches over the full game, but he should be ignored in pretty much any fantasy format.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Royce Freeman Melvin Gordon
  • K.J. Hamler Set To Make NFL Debut

    Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) practiced in full all week and was taken off the final injury report for Week 2, meaning he's poised to make his NFL debut against the Steelers. The second-round speedster is an explosive playmaker at just 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, but he should remain out of fantasy lineups in his NFL debut, even if Courtland Sutton (shoulder) misses his second straight game. Hamler is certainly intriguing in dynasty/keeper leagues in this up-and-coming offense out of the slot with fellow rookie Jerry Jeudy and Sutton on the outside when everyone is healthy, but he's unlikely to see enough targets to make him relevant in standard-sized leagues.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos KJ Hamler
  • Courtland Sutton Questionable For Week 2

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Steelers. Sutton is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday after he missed the season-opening loss to the Titans. If Sutton winds up playing, he probably won't be 100 percent and could have his snaps limited, which makes him an extremely risky flex option against a stingy Steelers Defense. Quarterback Drew Lock would certainly benefit from the return of his top wideout, but even then we can't recommend the second-year QB in standard leagues. Without Sutton last week, tight end Noah Fant led the team in receiving and scored their lone aerial touchdown.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Phillip Lindsay Won't Play In Week 2

    Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Steelers. Lindsay hurt his toe in the first half of the Week 1 loss to the Steelers and was diagnosed with turf toe. He's listed as week-to-week for now, but the good news is that he had a near-even split of the workload with Melvin Gordon III before he went down with his injury. Gordon will be more of a low-end RB2 this Sunday with Lindsay out, despite the tough matchup against Pittsburgh's defense. Expect Royce Freeman to spell Gordon when he needs a breather, but he won't have any standalone fantasy value in this matchup.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • Melvin Gordon III Should See Bigger Workload In Week 2

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III has more upside as an RB2 this weekend against the Steelers with teammate Phillip Lindsay (toe) week-to-week with turf toe. The matchup is a daunting one, though, as the Steelers Defense held Saquon Barkley in check (15 carries for six yards) in Week 1. But the extra touches that Gordon should receive on Sunday push him from a flex play to more of a low-end RB2. Royce Freeman should help spell Gordon when he needs a breather. In his first game with Denver, the 27-year-old had 86 total yards and a touchdown on 18 touches, but he also had a costly lost fumble in the first half. Gordon had 18 yards in eight carries against Pittsburgh last year while with the Chargers.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Melvin Gordon
  • Drew Lock Faces Tough Pittsburgh Defense In Week 2

    Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock faces a stiff test in Week 2 on the road against the Steelers Defense. The 23-year-old second-year signal-caller had his ups and downs in the Week 1 Monday night loss to the Titans. His mobility and arm strength were on display, but he was hurt by some drops and overthrows and he also fumbled the ball twice but recovered. His final line was 22-for-33 for 216 yards and one touchdown. Lock should get both Courtland Sutton (shoulder) and rookie K.J. Hamler (hamstring) back for this one, but the matchup is too tough to consider him as anything more than a low-end QB2 in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Drew Lock
  • Courtland Sutton (shoulder) to be a game-time decision

    Sep 18 · FantasyPros Broncos Steelers Courtland Sutton
  • Courtland Sutton (shoulder) practices Thursday, updated to questionable

    Sep 17 · FantasyPros Broncos Courtland Sutton
  • Phillip Lindsay (toe) will not practice Thursday

    Sep 17 · FantasyPros Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • A.J. Bouye (shoulder) placed on Injured Reserve

    Sep 17 · FantasyPros Broncos A.J. Bouye
  • Broncos Place CB A.J. Bouye On IR

    Sep 16 · Pro Football Rumors Broncos A.J. Bouye
  • Phillip Lindsay Could Be On The Shelf For A Few Games

    Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is still receiving a second opinion on his turf-toe injury, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss the next few weeks based on the nature of the injury and the position he plays. But the good news is that his injury isn't considered to be long-term. Lindsay is almost certainly going to sit out in Week 2 against the Steelers, so you should be making other plans if you were planning on starting him as an RB3/flex. Royce Freeman will spell Melvin Gordon III for however long Lindsay is out, but he doesn't have any real standalone fantasy value. Gordon will be facing a tough Steelers defensive front, making him more of an RB3/flex in his second game with Denver.

    Sep 16 · Source via Broncos Phillip Lindsay
  • A.J. Bouye Expected To Miss A Few Weeks

    Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder) doesn't have surgery planned for his dislocated shoulder, according to a source. However, he'll likely be out a few weeks as he rehabs the injury. The Broncos will likely place him on Injured Reserve, which means he'd miss at least three weeks. It's a tough early season blow to a Denver defense that lost Chris Harris Jr. to free agency in the offseason. With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on the schedule for Week 2, Denver's secondary could be vulnerable with two rookies starting. The Broncos Defense looked good in the Monday night opener against the Titans, but Bouye's injury makes them much more risky as a starting unit this weekend.

    Sep 16 · Source via Broncos A.J. Bouye