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Everything was looking great for the Broncos last season until one blown
assignment happened and Denver found themselves watching the rest of
the playoffs from home. This year they reloaded and Peyton starts the season more than a whole
year removed from multiple neck surgeries. The Broncos look to finish
what they started last year.
Peyton Manning - Regardless if Peyton wins another playoff game or not,
he's still a top three quarterback for fantasy. With plenty of weapons
at his disposal, Peyton should continue to rack up fantasy points for
his owners. With another year in the same offense plus the additions of Wes Welker and Montee Ball, it's possible to
think Peyton can be even better in 2013. I wouldn't rule out 40
touchdown passes this year... Just look at who he has to throw to.
Demaryius Thomas - Thomas is a physical specimen. He's big and athletic
and he can get downfield in a hurry. He's a threat between the 20's as
well as the red zone. He was good before Manning got to Denver and with
another year together and a fully healthy Peyton, the sky is the limit
for Thomas. Draft him as your number one with confidence.
Eric Decker - Call him option 1B. Decker saw his share of red zone
targets last year and should see another fair amount this year as well.
Some are worried that the acquisition of Welker could cut into Decker's
targets but even if it does, he should have another fine season with
Peyton throwing to him. I'd draft Decker without worrying about his loss
of targets knowing that he has the chance to score double digit touchdowns again.
Wes Welker - How lucky is Welker? First he gets to catch passes from Tom
Brady and now he gets targets from Peyton Manning. Welker is
getting up there in age but can still produce at an elite level. He's
gold in PPR leagues and will catch 90 balls in that offense. There is a
legitimate concern that there are too many mouths to feed but Peyton
Manning will find a way to distribute the ball. The plethora of
receivers in Denver shouldn't cut into Welker's production. He's signed
for two years and he should be just as effective for Denver as he was
for New England.
Montee Ball - Ball was an absolute beast at Wisconsin so naturally it is
believed he will succeed at the next level as well. He has all the
talent to be the workhorse in Denver but still hasn't emerged with the
starting job. With Ronnie Hilman and Knowshon Moreno still pushing Ball
for the job, the Denver backfield looks a little crowded right now.
Ultimately I think Ball emerges as the lead back and could be drafted in
middle rounds of your draft.
Ronnie Hilman/Knowshon Moreno - In the end, one of these two backs ends
up being the backup to Ball. Which one is the question? I'm not taking
either just for that reason. It's not worth guessing which will win the
backup job. If you draft in a week, it's possible that question is
answered but I believe Montee Ball is the only back to own in Denver. (Note from Dave: This is one where Adam and I disagree. Ronnie Hillman is listed as the starter right now and he is better in pass protection than Ball and a better runner than Moreno. It will be a 3-headed monster, but I personally believe that Hillman has the best draft-day value.)
D/ST - The defense saw a steady climb in drafts earlier in the offseason.
But then the defense started to take their hits. First there was an
error regarding the contract of Elvis Dumervil that caused him to leave
for Baltimore. Then there was the six game suspension to Von Miller.
Suddenly this defense doesn't look as appealing. They should still be an
effective fantasy defense but they aren't going as high in fantasy
drafts anymore. Play them every week but you may want to draft another
defense in case the losses to them start to take their toll.