In years past, drafting Broncos’ players was a great strategy as the offensive unit was filled with producers like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Jason Elam, and Tony Scheffler. This year offers a different mix of players worthy of fantasy playing time: Knowshon Moreno, Matt Prater, and the Broncos Defense.
Picking a reciver from the team to play looks to be very challenging as Josh McDaniels had this to say:
“I hope we have a lot of guys that become our No. 1 receiver at different times during the year — a tight end that catches 10 balls, two or three different receivers that can catch that many balls in a week over the course of the season,” McDaniels said. “We’re not looking for it to be predictable or throw it to only one or two players. We’d like to attack the defense with a number of skilled players, and ultimately that’s what we’ll be when we get everybody out there and have time to practice together.”
There’s nothing wrong with this strategy from a football standpoint, but for fantasy, it is less than helpful. If you want to pick a single receiver from this corp, I would go with Jabar Gaffney as he is the most experienced and McDaniels loves him.
The quarterback position is another area of question for fantasy players. Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, or Tim Tebow.
Last year, Kyle Orton’s actual playing matched up with his fantasy results quite well. He was a safe bet for 18 points but not much over or under.
The biggest question is who will start. Also, what about Tebow? Will he hurt the starter’s stats by coming in and stealing touchdowns and playing time?
Training camp and preseason should help clear the picture for which quarterback will start. I think Josh McDaniels is fine letting all four QBs battle it out and seeing who is left in the end.
As compared to the other positions, running back, kicker, and defense are nailed down and ready to produce.
Moreno was decent last year as a rookie and should come in hot this year after a switch from zone to power offensive line blocking schemes, Prater should continue his above average scoring and prove to be a decent fantasy player, and the defense is improved and ready to compete as a top-10 defense.
Over on ESPN, Christopher Harris (link here) has Moreno as 31st overall and Prater as 158th overall. Other Broncos on the draft included Demaryius Thomas at 144 and Correll Buckhalter at 131—solid bench players.
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