Denver Broncos Week Four Fantasy Options

Alex StewartContributor IOctober 3, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Along with you, I am a fantasy football fanatic. I started playing last year, won my league, and am off to a 3-0 start this year. I credit much of my success this year to some solid fantasy points from my Denver Broncos.

First, here is a brief list of the viable fantasy options on the Broncos along with the ESPN projected points:

  • Kyle Orton (19)
  • Knowshon Moreno (12)
  • Correll Buckhalter (14)
  • Brandon Marshall (7)
  • Brandon Stokely (5)
  • Eddie Royal (2)
  • Jabar Gaffney (13)
  • Tony Sheffler (0)
  • Daniel Graham (9)
  • Matt Prater (4)
  • Broncos D/ST (6)

Now, I currently have Kyle Orton, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Prater, and the Broncos D/ST on my team and am starting all of them.

After watching the first three games, I feel like 19 points for Kyle Orton is a little high, but if history tells us anything, we can expect 300 yards and a touchdown from him.

ESPN credits the high projection to Dallas' defense giving up yardage on the dump-offs the Broncos love to run. One other consideration is that Orton has been reported as playing without his glove so we could possibly see some deep balls and an overall better performance.

Moreno and Buckhalter should face a stronger run defense this week but I see both backs having at least 75 yards and a touchdown each. Both are decent flex plays this week.

The Broncos' receivers have been nothing like what we all expected. With a new offensive scheme that spreads the ball around and the lack of a need to run the score up, Royal and Marshall have been major disappointments so far. This week I think the passing offense will perform well but it is near impossible to determine which receiver will get the touchdowns.

Tight ends have been most affected by the loss of Jay Cutler. Tony Sheffler and Daniel Graham have had two touchdowns and less than 150 yards combined. Graham is projected to get 9 points this weekend but unless you have a tight end with a bye, he's not worth the start.

On the weekend following his award for AFC Special Teams Player of the Month, Matt Prater has been projected to score 4 points. This is a guy that has been a major victim of skepticism, but overall has been a productive kicker. If you agree that Denver will be able to move the ball, Prater is a decent option for a starter.

Lastly, I am very pleased with the Denver D/ST. This unit was upgraded in a major way this offseason and is still under the radar. Start 'em if you've got 'em.