Denver Broncos

DEF, Denver Broncos

2022 Fantasy Rankings

DEF # 5 (Tier 1)
ADP (12-team PPR): 13.10, 156th

Position Rankings

RankNameByeAgeADP1PPG2Comment
Tier 1
3Los Angeles Rams, LAR7 -11.11
4San Francisco 49ers, SF9 -12.12
5Denver Broncos, DEN9 -13.10
6Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB11 -12.11
7Los Angeles Chargers, LAC8 -13.08
1 Fantasy Football Calculator (12-team PPR)
2 2021 season, PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Broncos Defense Is A Bust Against Carolina

    The Denver Broncos defense came into their Week 12 matchup against the Carolina Panthers as a strong streaming option versus quarterback Sam Darnold, who was making his first start of the season. However, one of the stingiest defenses in the league in terms of giving up points and total yards fell flat on Sunday in Carolina and allowed the Darnold-led Panthers offense to put up 23 points. They allowed 349 total yards, including 185 on the ground. The Broncos defense also failed to sack Darnold and created just one turnover on the day in a highly disappointing performance. The Denver D will have their hands full with the Baltimore Ravens and dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson in Week 13, where they will be a very shaky low-upside streaming option in fantasy.

    Nov 27 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense A Top-Five Unit In Week 12

    The Denver Broncos defense may only be tied for 23rd in the NFL in overall fantasy points through 11 weeks, but they set up as a top-five defensive unit in fantasy in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will be giving quarterback Sam Darnold his first start of the season, and they have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to team defenses in 2022. Denver's D has been one of the best all year, allowing the second-fewest points per game (17.1) and the third-fewest total yards per game (302.1), while Carolina's offense is scoring just 18.8 points per game. They've been turnover-prone, too, giving the ball away 15 times, and having Darnold under center could make things worse. The Broncos defense/special teams unit needs to be started this Sunday.

    Nov 26 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Unimpressive In Overtime Loss

    The Denver Broncos' defense struggled against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11, forcing zero turnovers and amassing just one sack, courtesy of Josey Jewell. When all was said and done, Jewell and teammate Alex Singleton tied for the most tackles on the team, recording 11 apiece. The unit ultimately fell apart, allowing a game-ending Davante Adams touchdown in overtime. Despite Denver's struggles on Sunday, they're worth streaming against the woeful, Baker Mayfield-led Panthers in Week 12.

    Nov 20 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Is A Top-10 Fantasy Unit This Week

    The Denver Broncos defense may only be tied for 17th in the NFL in total fantasy points through the first 10 weeks of 2022, but you can't overlook the fact that they're allowing the fewest points per game (16.6), the fewest passing yards per game (174.4) and the second-fewest total yards per game (290.4) in nine games played. They've been lacking in takeaways (just 10), but they'll be facing a Las Vegas Raiders team that is reeling heading into Week 11. Two of their better playmakers on offense, tight end Darren Waller (hamstring) and receiver Hunter Renfrow (oblique), are on Injured Reserve. Running back Josh Jacobs gashed Denver's D for 144 rushing yards and two TDs back in Week 4, but if they can slow him down on Sunday, they should be a solid unit for fantasy managers.

    Nov 17 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Doesn't Do Much For Fantasy Managers

    The Denver Broncos defense limited the league's leading rusher, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, to just 53 rushing yards in the 17-10 loss in Week 10 on Sunday. They surrendered just over 300 total yards to Tennessee and once again gave the offense a chance to win the game. But in fantasy leagues, they didn't do much, sacking quarterback Ryan Tannehill only once while creating just one turnover (a fumble recovery). Denver's pass rush probably won't be as potent without Bradley Chubb the rest of the way, and they've struggled to generate consistent takeaways all year. However, a Week 11 date with the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders will likely put them on the streaming radar yet again. The Raiders offense has both tight end Darren Waller (hamstring) and receiver Hunter Renfrow (oblique) on Injured Reserve.

    Nov 14 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Must Stop NFL's Leading Rusher

    The Denver Broncos defense has been strong this year while limiting opponents to just 16.5 points per game in eight contests, which is the second-best mark in the NFL. They also allow the second-fewest total yards per game at 288.4. And they'll be facing a Tennessee Titans offense that scores just 18.6 points per game. How well they fare in Week 10 will come down to whether they can stop the NFL's leading rusher, Derrick Henry, on the ground. Denver's D won't be as potent after trading away top pass-rusher Bradley Chubb last week, and they're allowing 122.6 rushing yards per game. They'll be worth streaming in fantasy this weekend for their ability to limit points, but they will need to create turnovers, something they've struggled with in 2022, in order to post a big game against Tennessee.

    Nov 11 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has Another Solid Showing Against Jaguars

    The Denver Broncos defense didn't go crazy for fantasy managers in their Week 8 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, but they put up a solid effort nonetheless in the 21-17 victory. The Denver D, which has been one of the stingiest units in football this year, held Jacksonville's offense to 17 points. They also picked off second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence twice, including once at the goal line, and got to him for two sacks. They were gashed on the ground by running back Travis Etienne Jr. (156 yards and a score), but they limited the damage overall and held the Jaguars offense to 305 total yards (4.7 yards per play). The Broncos defense is on bye in Week 9 before they face a tough challenge in the run-first Tennessee Titans and All-Pro running back Derrick Henry in Week 10.

    Oct 30 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has Real Potential This Week

    The Denver Broncos defense has been better in real life than fantasy through the first seven weeks, but they have some real fantasy upside in a Week 8 matchup in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags offense is much more potent this year under second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence -- they're averaging 22.1 points per game -- but they've also given the ball away 10 times, which is tied for ninth-most in football. Meanwhile, Denver's D has allowed the third-fewest points per game (16.4) in the NFL and the second-fewest yards per game (286) per game. Lawrence has only been sacked 10 times in 2022, but the Broncos defense should pose plenty of issues for the former No. 1 overall pick in London this weekend.

    Oct 28 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Fails To Record Turnover Against Jets

    The Denver Broncos defense continues to do enough to give the team a chance to win games, but the offense can't do its part. That trend continued in the 16-9 Week 7 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Despite allowing just 16 points, Denver's D didn't do much for fantasy managers streaming them, as they scored just four points in most leagues. They got to Jets quarterback Zach Wilson for three sacks and held their offense to just 260 total yards, but they were unable to come away with any turnovers, which has been another trend so far in 2022. The Broncos defense/special teams has been a strong real-life defense through seven weeks, but a lack of takeaways has made them a low-upside fantasy streaming unit. They'll have plenty of appeal in a Week 8 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but can they deliver?

    Oct 24 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has Potential To Impress In Week 7

    The Denver Broncos defense is no doubt the strength of their team so far in 2022. They're limiting opponents to the fourth-fewest points per game (16.5) and the third-fewest total yards per game (290.3). But they are currently ranked No. 14 in overall fantasy points thanks to a lack of turnovers (three fumble recoveries, four interceptions and zero defensive scores). However, they'll be at home in Week 7 against the New York Jets, an offense that has given the ball away a total of nine times through six weeks, which is tied for seventh-most in the NFL. Jets quarterback Zach Wilson isn't scaring many defenses, and he's thrown only one touchdown and two interceptions in his three games to this point. Denver's D is a solid starting option for fantasy managers this week.

    Oct 21 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Holds Chargers To 19 Points

    The Denver Broncos defense is definitely the strength of this team, because the offense certainly isn't holding up their end of the deal through six weeks. While the Broncos D looked great once again in holding the Los Angeles Chargers to 19 points in a Monday night loss in overtime, they once again didn't do a whole lot for fantasy managers. The Denver defense only recorded two sacks on quarterback Justin Herbert and had one interception in the game. They are limiting opponents to the third-fewest yards per game (290.3) and fourth-fewest points per game (16.5), yet they rank just 14th on overall fantasy points so far in the 2022 season. Denver's defense will need to get to the QB more often and create more turnovers to become a more consistent starting fantasy option.

    Oct 18 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Should Be Avoided In Week 6

    The Denver Broncos defense has played very well in four of their first five games. In fantasy, they're actually ranked 10th in the league in overall points heading into a Monday night matchup in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. They are tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed per game (16.0). But the Chargers have one of the best offenses in the league and score 24.4 points per game. Against a similar offense in the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 4 on the road, the Broncos defense collapsed and allowed both a 100-yard rusher and receiver while surrendering a season-high 32 points. Denver's D will be on the road once again on prime time and will be in for a tough challenge. It'll be best to look for better-upside options on defense/special teams in Week 6.

    Oct 14 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Does All It Can Against Colts

    The Denver Broncos defense did its job in the Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. They limited the Colts offense to just 12 points, sacked quarterback Matt Ryan six times and picked him off twice for a solid fantasy showing to begin Week 5 action. They limited Indianapolis to just 306 yards of total offense, but Denver's offense wasn't able to help them out at all in the overtime loss. It was a costly game in terms of injuries as well for Denver's D, as cornerback Ronald Darby (knee) and linebackers Joey Jewell (knee) and Baron Browning (wrist) all left the game at some point with injuries. The team is already without pass-rusher Randy Gregory (knee) for at least the next three games. Denver's D will have their hands full next week against the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Oct 7 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Worth A Look As A Streamer Against Colts

    Most fantasy managers probably will want nothing to do with the Denver Broncos defense/special teams after they allowed 32 points and 385 yards of total offense to the Las Vegas Raiders in the Week 4 loss. The Broncos D is tied for 18th in the league through four weeks with 21 overall points. The good news is they've allowed the fourth-fewest total yards per game (284.8), the fifth-fewest passing yards per game (170.8) and the fifth-fewest yards per game (17.0) in the early going. They'll be facing an Indianapolis Colts offense on Thursday night that has posted just 339.8 total yards per game and the fewest points per game (14.3). The Colts have also turned the ball over nine times (tied for second-most) and could be without one of the best RBs in football in Jonathan Taylor (ankle).

    Oct 4 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has Worst Showing Of The Season

    The Denver Broncos defense was exposed in the Week 4 loss to the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in a 32-23 defeat. They entered the game having not allowed more than 17 points in three games played, but they gave up over 30-plus in this one while surrendering a whopping 385 yards of total offense. Josh Jacobs became the first RB to go over 100 yards on the ground against them (144 yards and two touchdowns), and Davante Adams became the first wideout to go over 100 yards against them. In addition, they only sacked Derek Carr twice and were unable to force a turnover. If pass-rusher Randy Gregory's knee injury turns out to be serious, they'll also be without one of their better defensive linemen for Thursday night's tilt against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5.

    Oct 3 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has Been Stingy

    The Denver Broncos defense is the reason why the team has a winning record through the first three games. They are currently ranked third in total yards allowed per game (251.3) and second in points allowed per game (12.0), but they haven't faced any real potent offenses yet in the Seahawks, Texans and 49ers. Despite their solid D, they are only tied for 12th in overall fantasy points through three weeks and have produced only four turnovers. While their defense/special teams unit has been very solid at limiting opponents from getting into the end zone, it hasn't exactly translated to excellence in the fantasy football realm. In a divisional clash against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 4, they'll be on the streaming radar.

    Sep 30 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Flexes Its Muscles Against 49ers

    The Denver Broncos defense entered the Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night as one of the most stingy units in the league in terms of points allowed, albeit against two pretty weak offenses of the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans. They continued that trend in the 11-10 victory while sacking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo four times, picking him off once, recovering two fumbles and recording a safety in which Jimmy G accidentally ran out of the back of the end zone. Denver's D limited San Fran to 267 total yards of offense and they've allowed just 251.3 total yards per game through three weeks, third-best in the NFL. They should be firmly on the streaming radar for defenses in a Week 4 meeting with the Las Vegas Raiders, a team that has given the ball away five times through three weeks.

    Sep 26 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense A Borderline Starting Option In Week 3

    The Denver Broncos defense has allowed just 26 points (third-fewest in the NFL) through the first two weeks, albeit against below-average offenses of the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans. In Week 3 on Sunday night they'll be going against a San Francisco 49ers offense that has scored only 18.5 points per game, and they're now turning to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with Trey Lance (ankle) out for the year. The Niners offense might actually be more efficient under Jimmy G, though, and the Broncos D has struggled to turn the ball over so far with only one takeaway in two games. They've also recorded just five sacks. Against a QB that normally takes care of the football, Denver's defense/special teams is a borderline starting unit in 12-team leagues this week.

    Sep 23 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Holds Texans To Nine Points

    The Denver Broncos defense has been good at limiting their opponents on the scoreboard through two weeks, but they haven't given fantasy managers much outside of that. The Denver D didn't allow a single touchdown in the 16-9 Week 2 win on Sunday, but they failed to record a takeaway despite two forced fumbles on the Davis Mills-led offense of the Texans and recorded only three sacks in the game. It was another very mediocre showing from their defensive unit, which will likely lead to them being dropped in most fantasy formats heading into a Week 3 meeting with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. They'll be facing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in that one after Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2.

    Sep 18 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Has A Chance To Redeem Itself

    The Denver Broncos defense/special teams had a prime opportunity in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and the Geno Smith-led offense, and although they allowed only 17 points and 253 yards of total offense, they didn't perform up to fantasy expectations with just two sacks and a fumble recovery. They got off to a bad start early on but stiffened up late to give the offense a chance to win the game. Against the Houston Texans and second-year quarterback Davis Mills in Week 2, the Broncos defense will once again be a high-end streaming unit in fantasy. In 2021, the Texans offense ranked dead-last in total yards per game at just 278.1.

    Sep 17 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense Disappoints Against Seattle

    The Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit was a popular streaming choice in fantasy football in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Geno Smith, but they fell flat in a 17-16 loss on Monday night. Although they only allowed 17 points and 253 total yards of offense on the night, given the opposing QB, more was expected out of them. They forced three fumbles but only recovered one, while defensive end Bradley Chubb notched their only two sacks of Smith in the losing effort. At halftime, Smith was a surprising 17-for-18 on his pass attempts. Both of Smith's passing touchdowns were on busted plays to wide-open tight ends. The Broncos D will have a bounce-back opportunity at home in Week 2 against the Texans, where they'll be on the streaming radar yet again.

    Sep 13 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Defense A High-End Play In Week 1

    The Denver Broncos defense will be an excellent high-end fantasy option for a Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Seattle is expected to start two rookies at offensive tackle in first-rounder Charles Cross and third-round right tackle Abraham Lucas. They'll also be facing quarterback Geno Smith, who is considered one of the weaker starting signal-callers in the league. Denver's D was the strength of their team in 2021, but they only ranked 24th in fantasy points with 36 sacks (tied for 18th), six fumble recoveries (tied for 26th) and 13 interceptions (tied for 15th). They'll be hoping the addition of defensive end Randy Gregory can help them get after the QB more while being paired with Bradley Chubb.

    Sep 10 · Source via Broncos Denver Broncos
  • Team Defense Stats

    SeasonTeamGFPtsFP/GSackINTRetFRDefTDSafetyPtsAllow
    2012DEN16114.07.15216861289
    2013DEN1681.05.14117921399
    2014DEN1686.05.44118731354
    2015DEN16110.06.951141351296
    2016DEN1693.05.842141340297
    2017DEN1674.04.63310740382
    2018DEN1684.05.344171120349
    2019DEN1657.03.64010700326
    2020DEN1658.03.64210600446
    2021DEN1760.03.53513610322
    2022DEN1148.04.42661600194

    2022

    WkVsScoreFPtsSackINTRetFRDefTDSafetyPtsAllow
    1@SEAL 16-173.02010017
    2HOUW 16-93.0300009
    3SFW 11-109.04140010
    4@LVL 23-322.02000032
    5INDL 9-1210.06220012
    6@LACL 16-195.02120019
    7NYJL 9-164.03010016
    8@JACW 21-174.02200017
    10@TENL 10-175.01040017
    11LVL 16-222.01010022
    12@CARL 10-231.00010023

    2021

    WkVsScoreFPtsSackINTRetFRDefTDSafetyPtsAllow
    1@NYGW 27-133.02010013
    2@JACW 23-133.01200013
    3NYJW 26-07.0520000
    4BALL 7-233.03000023
    5@PITL 19-272.01010027
    6LVL 24-342.02000034
    7@CLEL 14-171.01000017
    8WASW 17-107.05200010
    9@DALW 30-164.02110016
    10PHIL 13-302.01100030
    12LACW 28-1311.03201013
    13@KCL 9-222.01100022
    14DETW 38-104.02110010
    15CINL 10-153.03000015
    16@LVL 13-175.02120017
    17@LACL 13-340.00000034
    18KCL 24-281.01000028

    2020

    WkVsScoreFPtsSackINTRetFRDefTDSafetyPtsAllow
    1TENL 14-161.01000016
    2@PITL 21-263.01110026
    3TBL 10-282.02000028
    4@NYJW 37-286.06000028
    6@NEW 18-127.04210012
    7KCL 16-435.04010043
    8LACW 31-304.02200030
    9@ATLL 27-343.02100034
    10@LVL 12-370.00000037
    11MIAW 20-137.06100013
    12NOL 3-314.03100031
    13@KCL 16-221.01000022
    14@CARW 32-274.04000027
    15BUFL 19-482.01010048
    16@LACL 16-192.02000019
    17LVL 31-327.03220032

    2019

    WkVsScoreFPtsSackINTRetFRDefTDSafetyPtsAllow
    1@OAKL 16-240.00000024
    2CHIL 14-160.00000016
    3@GBL 16-270.00000027
    4JACL 24-265.05000026
    5@LACW 20-133.00210013
    6TENW 16-010.0730000
    7KCL 6-301.01000030
    8@INDL 13-155.04010015
    9CLEW 24-192.02000019
    11@MINL 23-277.05020027
    12@BUFL 3-202.01100020
    13LACW 23-205.03110020
    14@HOUW 38-2412.03211024
    15@KCL 3-234.03100023
    16DETL 17-274.04000027
    17OAKW 16-153.02010015

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