The Denver Broncos are the team to watch in Week 5 as it pertains to DraftKings players. The AFC West leaders will be on the road taking on their division rivals, the Oakland Raiders. On both sides of the ball, the Broncos should please DK players who tab them.
On offense, it all starts with quarterback Peyton Manning. Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. It's true that he's not having the greatest start—especially by his own lofty standards—but he's still capable of dissecting a defense. Manning averaged 264 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last three games.
In Week 4, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears had their way with the Raiders defense with a variety of short-to-intermediate throws. This is a perfect approach for Manning at this stage of his career, and it keeps the ball away from the crafty Charles Woodson at safety.
The Raiders are ranked 31st in the NFL in pass defense, and that ranking may drop after Manning and Co. are done with them. If there's one QB to tab on Sunday, it's No. 18.
Justin Forsett, RB
In Week 4, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett had a breakout performance against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. He ran for 150 yards on 27 attempts in the Ravens' 23-20 overtime win. There's every reason to believe he'll continue his strong play in Week 5 when the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.
Through four weeks, teams have averaged 141.5 rushing yards per game against the Browns. Only the Miami Dolphins have been worse. With the Ravens riding Forsett and the running game to their first win of the season last week, it stands to reason Baltimore would again lean on its feature back against one of the league's worst run defenses.
Demaryius Thomas, WR
Manning has to throw the ball to someone, right?
Demaryius Thomas is not just the team's leading receiver with 361 yards and three touchdowns, he's also the most targeted. Manning has thrown to him an average of 12.5 times per game this season. Against the Raiders' marginal cornerbacks, Thomas should have a field day.
Expect a double-digit reception day with a touchdown for Thomas as the Broncos put up a good number of first-half points on their way to a rout.
Delanie Walker, TE
In Week 3, the Tennessee Titans' Delanie Walker caught seven of 10 passes thrown his way as he worked himself back from a wrist injury that hampered him early in the season. The Titans had a bye week this past weekend, and that rest should have provided Walker with even more time to heal.
A rookie quarterback's best friend is a dependable tight end, so Marcus Mariota should be especially glad to have Walker returning to health. Perhaps the next best thing for a first-year signal-caller is facing a poor pass defense. The Buffalo Bills have struggled to stop the pass this season despite a studly defensive line under the tutelage of head coach Rex Ryan.
Buffalo is allowing 297.5 passing yards per game this season. Ryan will probably try to rattle Mariota with blitzes, but the rookie's tight end should be a dependable safety valve. The situation is set up for Walker to have a big day.
OK, this is the last Broncos pick, I promise.
While Manning has struggled at times this season, the Broncos defense hasn't missed a beat. Denver is No. 3 against the pass, No. 11 against the run and third overall in total yards allowed.
Denver has forced the second-most turnovers in the league and has the most sacks with 18. The Bears defense held Oakland to just 243 yards of total offense and sacked quarterback Derek Carr twice on Sunday. One can only imagine what the Broncos defense will do.
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