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Despite losing one of the best signal callers the NFL has ever seen, the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos will still enter the season as a favourite to repeat. However, these projections will come based off their elite defence, which is basically what got them to the promised land last year.
Let’s face it, with all due respect to the Sheriff as he rides off into the sunset, it will be hard for any of the Broncos’ options at QB this season to play worse than Manning did down the stretch last year. Mark Sanchez is the current favourite to win the job, and could fill the vacant position just fine, based on his wide-range of experience. After all, Sanchez was able to take a very similarly built team, in the New York Jets, to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010.
While it won’t happen right away, highly touted rookie Paxton Lynch could also find himself in the position of starting QB at some point down the stretch. Lynch, Sanchez or even 2015 7th round pick Trevor Siemian could all find themselves succeeding as Broncos’ QB. It is a very easy job, possibly the easiest in the league, which entails sitting back, avoiding turnovers and allowing the more talented pieces of the team (both offence and defence) to run the show. Don’t expect anyone who handles the ball behind centre for the Broncos this year to be fantasy relevant.
RB C.J. Anderson will be the Broncos starter out of the backfield heading into this season. Despite being viewed by many as a fantasy bust for much of last year, Anderson came up clutch down the stretch and in the playoffs and should remain a consistent option for fantasy owners. Ronnie Hillman and rookie RB Devontae Booker should provide some competition, but not enough to push Anderson out of his starting job.
While WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will most likely be drafted high and viewed at WR2s on most teams, don’t expect them to consistently produce at that level. They have the talent, we all know that, but it’s who is throwing them the ball that is going to be the problem. With either the inconsistent Sanchez or the rookie Lynch starting at QB, the results don’t bode well for these 2.
But, someone still has to catch the passes, so Thomas and Sanders will still generate some value. While it may be at an inconsistent basis, expect both of them to still have some big games (successfully predicting which games will be one of the most enraging fantasy situations all year). Do not expect either to have a career year, but still draft them in the mid-rounds.
Denver’ D/ST, led by Super Bowl 50 MVP and forced-fumble machine Von Miller, just might be the best D in the league, while K Brandon McManus will continue to provide top 5 value at his position.
QB Mark Sanchez; QB Paxton Lynch; RB C.J. Anderson; WR Demaryius Thomas; WR Emmanuel Sanders; K Brandon McManus; Denver D/ST