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Broncos Battle Chiefs

 

It feels like an eternity since the Broncos locked up their third win of the season in Arizona, a 45-10 thrashing last Thursday night. They were able to enjoy a comfortable weekend and coach Vance Joseph was able to avoid any awkward questions.Image result for chad kelly broncos

Well, until Tuesday morning anyway. It wouldn’t be the Broncos if it was smooth sailing between games. Instead, the players held their annual Halloween Party Monday night, backup quarterback Chad Kelly went off the rails and was arrested. Wednesday morning, the Broncos cut ties with Kelly. Now there are rumors Paxton Lynch might be re-signed. Ah, the Broncos, turning victory into defeat (at least in terms of PR). That’s a perfect metaphor for this 2018 season so far.

And these distractions certainly aren’t helping what looked to be a win followed by a mini bye before their second meeting with the red hot Chiefs, this time in Kansas City. When they first met in Denver on October 1, a herculean effort to contain Patrick Mahomes led to the Broncos boasting a 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter. That, instead, turned into a 27-23 loss.

But the Broncos seemed to find themselves on both offense and defense in Arizona, forcing five turnovers and seeing both Von Miller and Bradley Chubb come to life in the pass rush. If they can carry that into Kansas City, and wreak havoc on the Chiefs’ offense, they might have a chance.

That 27 points on October 1 remains the Chiefs’ low water mark for the season, too. At this point, the Broncos are looking for any reasons for optimism, as a win would not only move them to .500 on the season but pull them within two games of the Chiefs in the AFC West, while a loss would all but end their division chances at three games back having been swept by Kansas City.

Health is also an issue Denver will monitor closely. As of mid-week, linebacker Shane Ray, safety Darian Stewart, offensive lineman Jared Veldheer, rookie WR DaeSean Hamilton and rookie RB Royce Freeman were all still dealing with injuries and not practicing, which could leave Denver short-handed on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Case Keenum has some new found job security thanks to Wednesdays move with Kelly. He has had some decent games, and with bye weeks you might be feeling desperate. I’m still not starting him. But in the passing game, Emmanuel Sanders does everything (including running and throwing for TDs) and is a WR2. Demaryius Thomas is a Flex, especially against a middling KC defense, and Courtland Sutton is a boom-or-bust deep league Flex. If he gets a TD, you’re golden. If not, it could be a shallow return.

Phillip Lindsay has been a star, and is an RB2. He’s got incredible upside in this matchup, especially if Freeman sits or is limited. I wouldn’t start the Broncos D/ST, but in IDP I feel like Miller and Chubb are hitting their stride and could provide nice sack numbers. Freeman is a stay away, even if he suits up, thanks to a gimpy ankle and his lack of production this season.

Broncos Blast Cardinals

 

“I wouldn’t say it’s a must win, but we’re going to kick their ass, though.” -Von Miller

Von Miller is the Broncos’ best player. He’s an incredible talent and the heart that drives the engine on defense. That’s why he was the Super Bowl 50 MVP. But Broncos fans are used to him letting his play do the talking. That changed on Tuesday. In a press conference, following the team’s fourth loss and second straight game allowing more than 200 yards to a single rusher, Miller showed some fire. He offered a bold proclamation about Thursday’s tilt with the Cardinals.

And Thursday night his team backed it up. The Broncos came out with fire and more like the team that fans thought they’d see when the season began. The Cardinals (1-6), with dysfunction on offense and defense and a rookie quarterback still out of his depths, aren’t the class of the NFL. But a 45-10 win does plenty to boost confidence of Broncos nation and help embattled head coach Vance Joseph breathe a little easier, this weekend at least.

It’s been a season of record-setting, so it makes sense that the Broncos set marks again Thursday night. Todd Davis and Chris Harris, Jr., each had INTs returned for touchdowns. It’s the first time the Broncos have had two INT returns for touchdown in a game since 1989.

Offensively, Emmanuel Sanders continued his incredible season with two more touchdowns. The first was on an end around where he took the ball, rolled out and connected with Courtland Sutton on a 28-yard touchdown pass. He later caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum. With the passing TD, Sanders became the first Broncos’ receiver to score a touchdown rushing, receiving and passing in a season.

But everything began with Miller, and the game ended with Miller, who was a one-man wrecking crew. He hit Josh Rosen five times, sacked him twice, forced two fumbles and recovered one himself. He personally delivered on his promise to play better, and is starting to look like the defensive player of the year candidate that fans know and love. And his partner in crime, rookie Bradley Chubb, continues to shine, too. Chubb added two sacks of his own Thursday, with the team accounting for six. In short, Denver’s defense scored two touchdowns, grabbed five turnovers and kept Rosen under near constant pressure.

And about those rushing woes, David Johnson recorded 39 yards rushing on 14 carries, and the Cardinals amassed just 69 yards rushing on 21 carries as a team.

It was a big night, offensively and defensively, and now the Broncos have 10 days to prepare and show it wasn’t a one-time thing as they battle the red hot Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead on October 28.

News and Notes:

  • Phillip Lindsay continues to look like one of the best among a group of fantastic Broncos’ rookies. He rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, starting with a 22 yards scamper on his first carry and adding a 28-yard TD run.
  • Sanders threw that touchdown to Sutton, but also caught six balls of his own for 102 yards and a touchdown. He’s looking like one of the best receivers in the NFL in 2018.
  • Brandon McManus made his lone field goal attempt Thursday, a 41-yard kick. He also made all six of his extra points. Quietly, McManus has been one of the best Broncos this season, a perfect 11-for-11 on field goals and 18-for-18 on extra points.

Broncos Seek To Halt Skid

 

Four in a row. That’s what the Broncos have done. After starting 2-0 for the sixth straight season, the Broncos have lost four games in a row. Last season, a historic eight-game losing streak tanked the season. At 2-4, having dropped four in a row, the Broncos are in danger of heading that way again. And now they get to face the Arizona Cardinals on a short week.

It hasn’t been a great season for the Cardinals, either. They have new coaches and rookie Josh Rosen is still learning the NFL game. Aside from a win in San Francisco in Week 5, the Cardinals have stumbled. They come into Thursday’s home tilt 1-5, among the worse records in the NFL. But they still have David Johnson, and that might be enough.

The Broncos, in addition to losing four straight, have been historically bad against the run the past two games. They allowed Isaiah Crowell to run for 219 yards, a career high and Jets franchise record, on just 15 carries in Week 5. In Week 6 at home, while they held the Rams’ passing game in check, the Broncos allowed Todd Gurley to run for a career high 208 yards. And with only three days between games, there wasn’t much time to work on a good fix.

The Cardinals haven’t been good this season, but Johnson is an all world running back who’s starting to find his form. He got into the end zone for the Cardinals in Week 6 and now returns home against a reeling rush defense in Denver. If they can’t contain him, Johnson could make it a long night for the Broncos.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense allowed Latavius Murray to go for 155 yards on Sunday. The Broncos are averaging 5.3 yards per carry through six weeks, so if the coaches can commit to the run, it could be a good night for rookie Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. But given the recent splits, that could be a big if. And if the Broncos’ losing streak extends to five games, it’s going to be a long 10 days before the Broncos head to Kansas City to face the red hot Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact:

  • It’s hard to feel great about the Broncos’ passing game, however Emmanuel Sanders has been a solid WR2 and Demaryius Thomas, especially given bye weeks, has been a decent flex of late. Case Keenum, while not being a great NFL quarterback, has been decent for fantasy the past two weeks, and the Cardinals’ defense isn’t what it once was. He might be a streaming consideration in deep 2 QB leagues.
  • I like both Lindsay and Freeman as starts this week. I know Freeman disappointed last week, but this should be a better match-up and he should be relatively fresh after getting less than 10 carries Sunday. If the Broncos can keep it close, or build a lead, they can keep it on the ground. And Lindsay provides explosive burst in the rushing and receiving game, showing he doesn’t need a lot of touches to return flex-worthy value.
  • If you are in a deep league and desperate, Courtland Sutton remains an interesting dart throw. He had a long gain on Sunday, and had a TD catch in Week 5. He’s getting plenty of snaps, and only needs one or two to salvage an OK deep league flex day.

Broncos Drop Fourth Straight

 

There was a moment near the end of the first half, with the Broncos trailing 13-3 and just a few seconds left, when the crowd let out a roar. Chad Kelly, backup quarterback, stepped on the field. All he did was kneel down to take the game to the locker room, and it was only because starter Case Keenum was being evaluated for a concussion. But on a cold, snowy Sunday in Denver, it was a sign of hope to fans desperate to see a spark.

The Broncos showed some spark in the second half. Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and Courtland Sutton all had 40-plus yard receptions. Bradley Chubb, the No. 5 overall pick in April, had three sacks, and Von Miller added 1.5 sacks. And the Broncos hung tough, closing the lead to 23-20 with just under 1:30 left in the game. But in the end it wasn’t enough. The Rams moved to 6-0, and the Broncos dropped to 2-4, losers of four straight games.

And for a team that was once 2-0, and had entered the team with playoff hopes, there are more questions than answers. And not much time to get things fixed before their next contest, a Thursday night game in Arizona.

It was a game of highs and lows, as has been the case for much of the season for Denver. The offense kept it close, and Keenum tossed two touchdowns and threw for more than 300 yards. But he also threw an interception for the sixth straight game, and neither rookie Royce Freeman nor rookie Phillip Lindsay was able to do much on the ground.

On defense, the Broncos held the high-scoring Rams to 23 points, and recorded five sacks. Jared Goff was held without a touchdown pass, and to barely 200 yards. But the Broncos allowed a 200 yard rusher for the second week in a row, as Todd Gurley went for a career high 208 yards and two touchdowns.

Now the Broncos have a short week to lick their wounds, both physically and metaphorically, before trying to halt their skid in Arizona.

News and Notes:

  • Emmanuel Sanders needed three receptions to record his 500th career catch heading into Sunday, and he got it. He finished with seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
  • The Broncos played the hottest home game in team history on September 16, and less than a month later Sunday’s game was the coldest home game in October since 1969. It’s been a wild weather season for the Broncos and the season is only six weeks old.
  • The Broncos’ rushing attack cooled Sunday, as Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay combined for just 40 rushing yards on 13 carries. Lindsay did add 48 yards on six receptions to salvage his fantasy day.

Broncos Host Rams

 

The 2-3 Broncos return home, fresh off a 34-16 pounding at the hands of the New York Jets, riding a three game losing streak and hosting the best team in the NFL, the 5-0 Los Angeles Rams. Normally that would be cause for major alarm, and while the Broncos are still likely to drop their fourth straight, there is reason for optimism.

That optimism comes in one word: snow! The forecast for Sunday calls for temperatures in the 20s and snowfall on Sunday afternoon. That combined with the altitude gives the Broncos somewhat of a chance to cool off the red hot Rams offense. It might be a stretch, but for those who saw the Broncos give up long play after long play to Sam Darnold and the Jets on Sunday, hope is all we have left.

The Broncos also need to be better on offense. The weather might force the coaches to give more carries to Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, which isn’t a bad thing. If the Broncos can use the elements and put up a defensive show similar to what they did against the Chiefs, while maximizing potential on offense, they have a chance.

Stranger things have happened in the NFL in 2018, just ask the Vikings about that home game against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Advice:

The Broncos have been rough for fantasy. I’m staying away from Case Keenum, though it might be an OK match-up. He hasn’t been consistent, and the elements won’t be great. I’m not high on starting any Broncos’ receivers, but if pressed I still think Sanders has the most potential. He’s more of a flex range for this game. I do like the Broncos backs given the conditions. I think Freeman might finally get more carries, and could have a chance to get a TD. But that might also be some wishful thinking.

Broncos Embarrassed In The Meadowlands

 

The Broncos slumped to 2-3 on the season, losing their third straight game 34-16 in the Meadowlands on Sunday. It was the team’s worst performance of the season, and one that seriously calls into question what to expect from this team the rest of the regular season.

Case Keenum, who put up some numbers in garbage time, does not appear to be the answer. The calls from fans to consider giving second year man Chad Kelly a shot are getting louder, as are calls from fans to change coaches. Last season Vance Joseph led the Broncos to an eight-game losing streak in the middle of a 5-11 season. This three game losing streak has had many feeling the Broncos are in similar peril in 2018.

Prior to the season I predicted this team could have an improved offense, a re-ignited defense and a chance to finish around 9-7 and make the playoffs. That seems like an ill-conceived pipe dream at this point.

The Broncos gave up a 77 yard rushing TD to Isaiah Crowell then a 75 yard passing TD to Robby Anderson on the next play. They surrendered more than 500 yards to the Jets’ offense, including 219 yards to Crowell, a Jets franchise record.

The Broncos host the red-hot, and undefeated, Los Angeles Rams on Sunday and then travel to play the Chiefs again on October 28. So it could be a very long month for a Broncos team that leaves New York with more questions than answers.

News and Notes:

  • It was a big day for Broncos receivers. Demaryius Thomas grabbed five passes for 105 yards and a TD, while Emmanuel Sanders grabbed nine for 72 yards. Rookie Courtland Sutton grabbed two passes for 18 yards and his first TD as a pro, while fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton caught all three of his targets for 44 yards. All that was a promising sign on a dim day.
  • It was a frustrating day for running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, who simply didn’t get enough touches. Lindsay had 61 yards on 12 carries, adding 20 more on three catches. Freeman had just 31 yards, but got just five carries. In a promising sign he did catch three passes for 16 yards.
  • Punter Marquette King could be done as a Bronco. He was placed on IR Saturday with an injury, and reports are the Broncos may release him in the next few weeks. If true, it’s a disappointing end to the tenure of one of the Broncos’ biggest off-season signings.

2018 MLB Fantasy Report Card – The Good The Bad and The Ugly

 

This year’s season ends and it’s now time for the MLB playoffs! At the end of the fantasy season I always like to take the year into review and brag about where I was right, and admit where I was wrong. Last year’s 2017 edition can be found here .

So first The Good

Trevor Story – Last year my hidden diamond prediction was Travis Shaw, who went from irrelevance, to a 30 hr, .270+ ba stud. For those of you following my twitter account, @baseballalan, you received a gem of a SS as I was very bullish on Trevor story all the way back in March. In fact I went so far as to say he could be a top 3 SS

After Trevor’s story began slow as a cellular mitosis lecture, Story ratcheted things up with a final of 37 home runs 27 stolen bases and a .291/.348/.567 slash line. In almost any league, this is good enough to be a top 3 or 4 SS. That’s nuts considering this was competing with other breakouts such as Baez and Bregman (who was SS eligible in most leagues). It’s been fascinating to watch how many shortstops have broken out in what used to be a weak position. And Story’s breakout was legit. While this year may not be the norm if Story becomes more of an injury concern in future years, this sort of production is reminiscent of Tulowitzky, and shouldn’t be ignored, as with what I saw, we could very soon be calling him the number 1 shortstop.

Josh James – The man who had struggled with restless nights showed that we can’t sleep on him. James was called up for our playoff run this year, and control was the only concern I had as his stuff was legit as I pointed out here:

Playoff Preparations

After his call up, we got to see that stuff on full display. Throwing 100+ multiple times this late in the season, showing a 2.35 era, .96 whip with 29 ks in 23 innings, James showed he’s the real deal talent-wise, and I’ll definitely be drafting him on multiple teams next year. His stuff is good, and I like his makeup as a pitcher who will adjust his mechanics. Health is always a concern with the flamethrowers, but James hasn’t shown any fatigue thus far. His build suggests he could be more durable as larger pitchers tend to last even if they do throw harder. Houston is a playoff team, so that is a concern as if they choose to use James in the playoffs, that could mean significant innings over what he’s thrown in past years. Houston has the depth however to treat James with kid gloves, even during playoffs, and it appears they’re doing just that.

Shohei Ohtani – My guy Ohtani is on his way to a ROY type season! As I noted, the stuff is real, and would continue as long as he pitched. As I also noted, it probably wouldn’t last throughout this year due to health. Hopefully if you had him or the pitching version of him, you sold high before his inevitable injury. One thing I may have been low on though, was his hitting. I believed he could hit, but I’m amazed how quickly he adjusted to the MLB. I thought he would struggle initially, maybe for the entire year, but his ability truly is transcendent. This guy is a superstar. I hear mumblings of keeping him as only a hitter or as a closer, and I really hope the Angels don’t do that. I understand he’s going to have to come off inevitable Tommy John surgery, but the Angels need quality starters far more than a closer, and it would be silly to not give Ohtani a chance to bounce back as Ohtani showed how special of a pitcher he can be. I look forward to seeing more of Ohtani as a hitter and pitcher in future years.

The Bad

Tyler Glasnow – This one is tough for me to put here because I truly think Glasnow made real strides but the stat line really doesn’t show it. I made the statement that he was reborn, which I think is true. The problem was one start Glasnow gave up 7 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning! That aint cutting it. I’m usually not one for “but if you take out blah blah amount of starts”, however the difference is so stark it’s hard to ignore. That one start gave him a 4.20 era since moving to Tampa Bay, but without it, he had a 3.09 era. We’re talking GlasNOW though and I don’t really count that as a win for fantasy teams as it would still hurt your team this year, but for future seasons, Glasnow is still very interesting to me. He’s not a locked in 3.20 era guy, but his ceiling is really high. With 64 ks in 55.2 inning along with nearly half the walks he had before the trade, his value is trending is a very good direction.

Vlad Guerro Jr./Eloy Jimenez – This one hurt. I had Eloy from the beginning of the season. I thought he’d spent enough time in the minors, hence there’s no way they’d be foolish enough to keep him through the end of the season! I was wrong. Both these guys are obvious call ups for next year, but their parent clubs clearly ignored the talent for financial reasons, and unfortunately those of us who bought in to the talent, wasted a roster spot.

The Ugly

Joey Votto – This is heartbreaking, as I’ve been a fan of Votto for awhile. He struggled early to show power, and as the season went on, and I predicted that he would turn it around. But it only got worse. I tried to hamper concerns as he’s bounced back strong in the past, but at 35 years of age, he may finally be reaching that age where he’s starting to fall off. We’ll see next year. He’s certainly had down years before and bounced back, but this was clearly his worst full season, and without hearing much in terms of injury, this could be a downward spiral for Votto.

Zach Godly – I still love me some Godly, but he was flat out awful. He really lost his command this year, and I had hopes that he would figure it out. He consistently found himself literally falling off the side of the mound as he threw. His stuff is still some of the best, but as the league adjusted, it seemed he lost some of his confidence. I still think he can be a great pitcher in the future, but if you were bullish on the bull, you got the horns.

Brian Dozier – Another golden oldie who I pointed out has a knack for turning it on late in the season, turned it off. His production never picked up and while injuries could have played some part in it, there really wasn’t even a spark of life worth savoring his value. Dozier is just 30 unlike the once timeless Joey Votto who is 35, but 30 is often times a turning year, so Dozier could be someone fading as well. We’ll see but he certainly didn’t look good this year.

 

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Broncos Fall in Baltimore

 

Well, the team was likely not going to go undefeated. Now we know they won’t after a 27-14 loss in Baltimore. The Broncos dropped to 2-1, and the flaws that dogged them in a pair of close wins came home to roost in their first road game of the season. The team now has just a few days to get things cleaned up before they host the red hot Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. And after yesterday’s demonstration in Baltimore, there is plenty to clean up.

Things started well for the Broncos, who forced a three and out, including a big sack of Joe Flacco by rookie Bradley Chubb. On the ensuing punt, reserve linebacker Joe Jones blocked it, setting up a first and goal. And rookie Royce Freeman strolled in on the first carry of the game, giving Denver a 7-0 lead.

After the Ravens scored a touchdown on their next drive, the Broncos’ offense went back to work. The team finished an eight play, 70-yard drive with a 35-yard TD run from Emmanuel Sanders. That put the Broncos up 14-7, but was sadly the high point of the game for the team.

The Broncos later blocked a Justin Tucker field goal attempt, but the offense couldn’t get going. And penalties were a big reason why. The Broncos incurred 120 yards of penalties in the game, including a number of personal foul penalties. One of which was a personal foul on rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, which led to his ejection. He had just four carries and 20 yards prior to being ejected. And without him, the Broncos’ offense lacked some spark.

The defense also had its share of struggles. Adam “Pacman” Jones didn’t play, and during the game Tramaine Brock was injured. That left the Broncos secondary thin as they had only Chris Harris, Jr., Bradley Roby and rookie Isaac Yiadom at cornerback. That didn’t prove to be enough as Flacco was able to keep the offense moving enough to put points on the board, while the Ravens’ defense smothered the Broncos’ offense for the final three quarters.

John Brown caught five passes for 86 yards, while Michael Crabtree caught seven passes for 61 yards. And Javorius Allen scored a pair of touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) for the Ravens, who held on for the 27-14 victory. Now the Ravens prepare for their division rivals, the Steelers, on Sunday Night Football, while the Broncos will go back to the drawing board before meeting the 3-0 Chiefs.

News and Notes:

  • There were some questions about the final 53, namely fan-favorite players who were left off. One of those who made the cut was Jones, who did so on the basis of his great work on Special Teams. He continues to pay dividends, making several plays yesterday including the blocked punt to spark the Broncos’ offense early.
  • Freeman ran better on Sunday, arguably his best game so far. He ran hard on his 13 carries against a stout Ravens’ rush defense. He only recorded 53 yards, but I was encouraged by what I saw.
  • Demaryius Thomas bounced back well from a down game in Week 2. He caught all five of his targets for 63 yards and had another 39-yard play called back due to penalty. And he made some tough catches in traffic.
  • Quarterback Case Keenum has struggled to start the season. After a three-interception game in Week 1, he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the past two games. But he has thrown an interception in each, now sitting with three TD passes and five INTs through three games. He had two TD passes reversed by officials in Week 2, and did add a rushing TD, but the Broncos need more consistent production. Sunday he threw for just 192 yards and was sacked three times in addition to his interception.
  • Von Miller was held without a sack for the first time this season. After three sacks on opening day, and one in Week 2, he was limited to just two tackles in the game against the Ravens.

Broncos Hit The Road

 

The Broncos face their first road test of the season on Sunday as they travel to battle the Baltimore Ravens (1-1). The Broncos started the season 2-0, squeaking out a 27-24 win over the Seahawks in Week 1 and a 20-19 win over the division rival Raiders in Week 2. While it’s nice to be 2-0, the wins were hardly impressive.

In fact, on Sunday, the Broncos’ offense struggled to do anything in the first half. The Raiders built a 12-0 lead thanks to a bend but don’t break approach from the defense. And while the Broncos accounted for six sacks against Russell Wilson in Week 1, they mustered just a single sack against Derek Carr in Week 2 while allowing him to complete 29-of-32 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown.

But they made the plays they needed to when it mattered, including a blocked extra point by Shaq Barrett in the first half that ended up being the difference in the game. And now they face a Ravens’ team that was barely tested in their home opener and looked sloppy in a divisional loss to the Bengals last Thursday night. Flacco was sacked four times and committed three turnovers against the Bengals, something that the Broncos’ defense must seek to replicate if the team wants to win Sunday.

The Ravens will have had 10 days to prepare for the game, and get to return home, but their defense was hardly imposing in Week 2, surrendering four touchdowns to Bengals QB Andy Dalton. Case Keenum has started slowly, tossing three TDs against four INTs in two games (and adding one rushing), but his came could have looked much different. He had two touchdown passes reversed by officials Sunday, including a beautiful throw to Courtland Sutton that appeared to have been a missed call on replay. If he can have better luck, and avoid costly mistakes, Keenum can take the Broncos’ offense to the next level.

Much of that also depends on Demaryius Thomas, who struggled mightily in Week 2. He led the team with 11 targets, but grabbed just five of them for 18 yards, dropping a number of passes and eliciting boos from the home crowd in the fourth quarter. He can play better, and must if the Broncos are going to get their first road win of the season.

On the flip side, Emmanuel Sanders has started red hot. He caught 10 passes for 135 yards in Week 1 and grabbed all four of his targets for 96 yards in Week 2. He appears to have found some good chemistry with Keenum, and appears to be the Broncos’ go-to man for big plays. Also stepping up big is undrafted rookie free agent Phillip Lindsay, who ran for 107 yards on 14 carries. He leads the team with 178 yards rushing in two games, and has the third highest rushing total of any running back in the NFL through two weeks.

Fantasy Impact

Keenum hasn’t been incredible, but he’s produced decent numbers. He is QB 18 through two games, and is worthy of consideration in deep and two QB leagues, especially considering this week’s match-up. On the ground, I’m staying away from rookie Royce Freeman. He has just 99 yards in two games despite plenty of work, and is really only a value if he can find the end zone. Considering the Bengals had their best success throwing, that seems less likely. And the way Lindsay has played, I expect Freeman to cede work unless the Broncos build a lead. Lindsay is currently RB14 in PPR and should be in your lineup.

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Among receivers, Sanders is a must start. As for the rest, I think it depends on your options. I expect Thomas to be better than he was a week ago, and he and Sutton should get some opportunities in the Red Zone. But I want to see them bounce back a bit before I feel good playing them. At tight end, I liked what I saw from Jake Butt, who caught four of six targets in Week 2 for 48 yards. I expect the Broncos to keep getting him involved, and he could be an upside play in deeper leagues in a position that’s kind of a toss up.

Prediction

The Broncos are 2-0 but haven’t looked dominant. Yet I think they’ve done some good things, and I think they can match up well with the Ravens. Baltimore started hot by routing the Bills at home, but they showed their weaknesses in that Thursday night game against the Bengals. I think the Broncos will move to 3-0 with another close win.

Notable Fantasy Football Players to Sell Now

After week one of the NFL and the Thursday night game of week two, some players have had an amazing showing while others aren’t preforming up to where they’re expected. There are some players who you should try to sell now that they’re stock may be the highest it’ll ever reach, and some players that have under preformed that will more than likely turn around their slow start to the season. Of course, after one week your views on players shouldn’t change too much but like always some players have a huge spike either positive or negative and people freak out about what has happened.

There are many players who had an amazing week 1 performance that you should sell high on after such a good performance that more than likely will not repeat/continue throughout the rest of the season. Of course, Fitzpatrick is not going to go through the rest of the season and produce a ridiculously good season, but he had such an amazing week 1 performance that I’ve seen a few people take the bait and trade decent assets to acquire him hoping for that 40+ point performance again.

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Unlike QBs there are a ton of RBs that have had good week one performances that I’m sure won’t continue. For example: James Conner, Jay Ajayi, Austin Ekeler, and Philip Lindsey. Personally, I only see James Conner having very limited short term value. He had a great week one and I’m sure he will perform well until Bell comes back but then again, the instant the report that Bell shows up he loses practically all of his value, yet currently Conner holds value similar to a Jordan Howard caliber player who is an absolute stud and will be amazing for many years to come. Also, I’m sure the Steelers will go out and get Tevin Coleman or a different RB stud this offseason when Bell departs from the team at the end of the year. Jay Ajayi had a reasonable week one but took limited stats, and only had 15 carries which isn’t great for where he is valued at after week 1. If you take away those 2 TDs he only would have accumulated 6 points which is not great. But you cannot be starting a player confidently and making blockbuster trades for a guy who is so touchdown reliant. Austin Ekeler had a good week one but still has such a handicap due to him never going to be able to move up to become the starting RB or even the 3rd down back due to Gordon’s great pass catching ability. If it wasn’t for a TD and a 30 yard reception, Ekeler wouldn’t have been much especially due to his 10 touches compared to Gordon’s 24. He had a good game and might be a decent guy to keep on your bench if the benches are deep. Lastly, and most controversially Philip Lindsey has a very high amount of value yet who truly knows how this year will continue for him. You might as well just sell him for the good safe value instead of risking him being a week 1 wonder. With Booker and Freeman both there, I can only see such limited value from him and a ton of uncertainty.

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Just like the RBs, there are a ton of WRs that have a fair amount of value that you should try to move and get some better players. Some players I would try to move while they have some good value would be: Desean Jackson, Ted Ginn, Emmanuel Sanders, Kenny Stills, and Quincey Enunwa. With most of these players my biggest question is consistency as the year continues. Before the game Desean Jackson wasn’t even listed as the WR2 for the Bucs, he was listed to be tied with Godwin but continued to have a great game, but then Jackson got hurt which has always been an issue in his career as well as a severe doubt that the Bucs will have another game this year that replicated their week one let alone to continue this for multiple games. Ted Ginn played a great game with a fair number of targets and a touchdown. But with all of the other options the saints have and the high doubt that they’ll score that very high total of points again makes me have a ton of concerns about him. Emmanuel Sanders has a high chance of continuing to be viable as the season progresses but after such an amazing game I personally just don’t see him putting up such amazing stats again. He is week to week startable player for a team with weak WRs but the trade value for him is very high after such a great performance. Kenny Stills has always been a decent WR to have on the bench in my opinion, but he’s always been a guy who produces 2-4 amazing games and then 12-14 Bad to average games. It has always been a struggle to determine the games he is going to perform well in, and with Parker coming back the reliance on Still should go down some. Lastly Quincey Enunwa is on my list to sell now. He had an amazing game that has drawn a ton of looks from fantasy owners for has availability in most leagues. But I see him as a high upside player with a very low floor. In that game he played well but Robby Anderson didn’t as well as Kearse coming back I see him losing some touches. With a rookie QB there are so many questions around him and I feel you could get some great value off of him so you should take the smaller risk and move him for a reliable piece.

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