The Broncos are a team built around their strong defense, which is bad news for fantasy owners. With Mike McCoy back in charge of the offense, can the Broncos offense produce fantasy stars?
BUST: C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson finally had the Broncos’ backfield all to himself last year, until an injury cut his season short. Coming off an injury, the Broncos want to be sure he doesn’t get overworked, which explains the signing of Jamaal Charles. Anderson will likely see a 60/40 share of touches over Charles and goal line work.
With the Broncos preparing for a fast pace offense, Anderson may not see as many snaps as Charles. Anderson is being drafted before Paul Perkins and Bilal Powell, who will get more touches this season. Anderson is a low-end RB2 entering the season.
Jamaal Charles — with brace on knee — fully participating in drills. No noticeable limitation to his game pic.twitter.com/NvN0Cel60o
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 27, 2017
Jamaal Charles is coming off another lost season due to injury. It took a while for Charles to land this offseason, due to his injury history and age. The Broncos won’t ask Charles to touch the ball 20 times per game, which is smart. But also limits his fantasy value. Charles is a FLEX in standard leagues and a potential RB2 in PPR. Devontae Booker struggled in his opportunity last season and is now dealing with an injury. With a fractured wrist, Booker is going to miss all of training camp and the preseason. Without reps, Booker will be a backup to Anderson and Charles who’s value is only if an injury occurs ahead of him, which is likely, so be on waiver wire patrol regarding him.
Since 2014, Emmanuel Sanders has finished within five spots of teammate DT ever year. ADP separation in ’17: 32 picks. Manny underrated.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) August 1, 2017
Demaryius Thomas turned in another solid season in 2016. With his fifth consecutive season catching at least 90 passes and 1,000 receiving yards. Thomas saw another single digit touchdown season, mainly due to the quarterback play in Denver. With a new offense, Thomas should see his numbers improve this season. In standard leagues Thomas is WR2, and a WR1 in PPR who could have 100+ catches this season.
Like Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders was able to continue his consistent play last season; posting his third consecutive 1,000 yard season in Denver. With an improved passing attack this season, Sanders should have another solid season. Being drafted in the eight round, Sanders offers an extremely solid option off your bench with upside.
SLEEPER: Jake Butt
Jake Butt will start the year injured but offers upside when he returns and in dynasty leagues. Keep Butt on your radar and pick him up when he is cleared to play.