Congrats, you get to read my first WATOFFB Team preview. We’re traveling through the AFC West and taking a look at the Denver Broncos. The Broncos will be better than last year…thanks for coming out!
Ok, so there is a little more to the story I guess I should cover. A Lot of Viking fans were hurt when the team let Keenum walk away after such a successful season. I on the other hand was not on that ship and it was hard for me to see Keenum reproducing the magic he had in 2017 for the Vikings. I was happy to see him land in Denver and get the starting job. Although he will be an upgrade over what Denver has had at the QB position in years, I don’t see him putting up the numbers he did in 2017 for the team. You probably aren’t drafting Keenum in any leagues with only one QB, but he could provide some matchup bye week help as he has the 9th best schedule for QBs.
We’re moving on to the more notable fantasy assets in Denver and that is the WRs. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Courtland Sutton are the guys to own in Denver. This is the year we see Thomas and Sanders finally get to play with a competent QB again and I look for both to be fantasy relevant out of the gate.
The current ADP for both WRs scream value and I look to scoop them up if they remain at their current spots. Thomas is currently being draft as the WR 18, going after guys like Amari Cooper, Brandin Cooks, and Adam Thielen. Last year Thomas finished with 83 receptions, 949 yards, and five touchdowns. How he did that with the QB play he had is amazing to me. Thomas will be a solid WR2 for your team and offers low end WR1 upside and I’m taking him over guys like Cooks and Thielen.
Emmanuel Sanders’s ADP is even better! This guy has slipped all the way to WR35 and is being taken after guys like Devin Funchess, Will Fuller, and a hurt Alshon Jeffery. His production has dropped off the last 3 seasons but so has his QB play. Keenum showed last year that he was more than capable of producing multiple fantasy relevant WRs. Sanders has looked great in camp and is healthy. I feel like his game pairs well with the type of WRs Keenum likes. I look for Sanders to be a solid WR3 and has low end WR2 upside.
The final WR I’d like to talk about is a very talented and BIG athlete. Courtland Sutton is a rookie that was drafted by Denver in the 2nd round. Hyped as one of the best if not the best WRs in the draft class, I look for Sutton to get some looks in the RedZone in his rookie season. In their first pre-season game vs the Vikings, Sutton ran with the first team as the WR3. The first play of the game, Keenum targeted Sutton on a sideline route but Denver couldn’t get much going against that Viking Defense. He doesn’t offer the best speed at the WR, but he has the build to jump and catch contested balls all over the field. Currently being drafted as the WR 69, Sutton is worth a flier late in drafts.
The running back position in Denver comes down to a name we already know and a rookie we haven’t seen. Davonte Booker is the returning vet in the Denver Backfield that is currently slated as the starter. Royce Freeman is a big back that Denver that is lined up to become one of the rookies that can be the true starter week 1. We have seen what Booker can do and let’s face it, he’s not the guy. Freeman is a rookie RB I’m targeting in my drafts and I wouldn’t be afraid to reach on him. He is currently being drafted as the RB25, going after guys like fellow rookie Ronald Jones. Freeman looked great against the Vikings and he was one of the lone bright spots in the Denver Offense. Freeman rushed four times for 38 yards and one touchdown, while Booker failed to do anything worth writing home about. I look for Freeman to get the first crack at the starting job and have him as a solid RB2 this season.
You aren’t drafting a TE in Denver, unless you accidentally put one in your queue and your WIFI takes a crap on you and you automatically get one. The days of Manning to Julius Thomas are gone but Jake Butt is a real person and could be streamed against defenses shaky against the TE.
It will be an interesting AFC West race this season, but Denver has some fantasy relevant pieces that can help your team out.
Bold North Prediction: Royce Freeman is this year’s Kareem Hunt!