Our Fantasy Projections for the Denver Broncos in 2015
The Broncos had yet another impressive season in 2014 but failed to make it a memorable one by losing in the divisional playoffs and missing out on a second Super Bowl spot. The team finished 12-4 in the regular season, with older players like Peyton Manning continuing to lead the line while younger stars like C.J. Anderson made a name for themselves on the big stage. The 2014 season could’ve been much greater for a squad with so much talent, so the Broncos will be out to show what they’re really made of in 2015.
For fantasy players, the Denver roster is full of interesting potential selections. There are some high floor players who will be sure to offer plenty of points to your squad along with some decent value picks. Let’s take a closer look at the Broncos as we approach week 1 of the new season and analyze some of the players you might be considering for your fantasy team.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
Let’s kick things off with Denver’s star signal caller Peyton Manning. Manning has been a popular fantasy pick for several years now, with his consistently excellent form guaranteeing owners plenty of points every season. The 2011 season aside, Manning has started every single game since 1998 and in spite of his age he continues to put up incredible numbers year in and year out. We can expect to see another fantastic performance from one of the NFL’s finest ever quarterbacks in 2015 and he’ll surely finish the season as a top five QB. However, his age simply cannot be ignored at this point. The 39-year-old is losing some of the strength he once had and it could be time for long-term owners to consider younger alternatives.
Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer
Demaryius Thomas is another popular pick from the Denver roster. He’ll undoubtedly have a big role to play in the 2015 season and has been in very impressive form over the last few years. In fact, he’s been a top-five fantasy WR for three seasons in a row and still has room to improve. Despite being one of the best receivers in the NFL in 2014, his red-zone efficiency was pretty poor and he’ll hope to develop that side of his game for the new season. The departure of Julius Thomas from the roster opens up even more scoring opportunities for Demaryius, who will not face too much competition from the likes of Emmanuel Sanders. Speaking of Sanders, he had a real breakout season in 2014 and developed a good understanding with Manning. Still, with Steve Smith Sr., Andre Johnson and Demaryius fighting for those wide spots, Sanders might struggle for fantasy points.
It’s also worth mentioning young WR Cody Latimer here. After an unsuccessful rookie season in which Latimer was quite widely criticized for failing to make sufficient efforts to adapt to Denver’s style of play, many fans are wondering how the future will pan out for the 22-year-old. He has potential and could be an important part of the roster in a couple of years, but with so much competition on the squad he just can’t be recommended as a fantasy pick for 2015.
Denver Broncos Tight End Depth
The Broncos have also picked up Owen Daniels and extended the contract of Virgil Green, who will both add to that competition even further. These guys will play and both have proven track records of putting up decent numbers. However, they are expected to share game time and this could destroy any value they might have as fantasy selections. If you have to pick one, Daniels is recommended for the high amount of receptions he should earn.
Running Back: C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball
C.J. Anderson didn’t play as much as he would have liked at the start of last season, but the running back is scheduled to be a major player in 2015. In the last ten games of the Broncos’ 2014 season, he showed what he could do with some very impressive numbers including 8 touchdowns on 183 carries. He’s a strong and reasonably fast player who, like most other members of the Denver roster, will benefit greatly from working with Peyton Manning. Anderson will begin the season as the Broncos’ first choice RB and could provide excellent value for fantasy owners.
That said, he’ll have to win the battle against the potentially impressive Montee Ball. After a solid rookie campaign that seemed to set him up for great things, an injury completely curtailed Ball’s 2014 season. He isn’t entering this season as a genuine rival for Anderson, but he does have the potential to improve as a player and could take his chance if ever C.J. suffers an injury. Finally, we have Ronnie Hillman, another player who struggled with injury troubles in 2014. He did well when called upon last season and remains the number 3 RB on the roster. Injuries aside, he’s a reliable player and could be a good value pick for your fantasy squad.