Denver Broncos 2021 Fantasy Previewby Charlie Parent August 21, 2021 0 comments
After getting mutilated by the injury bug in 2020, the Denver Broncos are back and ready to roll with a team that packs a good amount of fantasy value. The big move this offseason fantasy-wise was picking up Teddy Bridgewater to compete with Drew Lock in training camp, but we will get into that a little later. Another major acquisition was acquiring Javonte Williams in the draft, as he should create a huge boost in the run game.
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Quarterbacks – Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater
Obviously, we just mentioned these two, but the battle in camp is real. It seems, so far, that Lock has done enough to keep his job, but with two more preseason games to go, only time will tell. If it is the case that Lock starts, we are looking at our QB23 last year and a player who averaged 14 points per game. He could be a nice quarterback to select in the later rounds but is clearly not a top-tier guy. Now, with a whole host of weapons fully healed from injury, we could seriously see a four-plus point boost with him, making Lock a quarterback really worth starting.
Running Backs – Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams
This will be a bit of an interesting duo to keep track of across the season. Williams may spell Gordon or vice-versa but both can give some nice production. Even after a disappointing 2020, Gordon was still RB14 and averaged 13.2 points per game. With Williams, Gordon’s number will go down, but he’s still worth drafting. Williams is also worthy of a pickup for sure. The guy is incredibly explosive, averaging 7.2 yards per carry at North Carolina, and can fill up the score sheet every week.
Wide Receivers – Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler
A lot of the situation here rests on how good to go Sutton really is after coming off of a torn ACL. If he’s at full strength, he’ll be the main guy on the outside all season long and will look to pick up right where he left off averaging 14 points per game in 2019. Jeudy is the young star of this team, looking to breakout immensely this year. Hamler is a big deep threat for Denver who will land some nice explosive scores here and there. Sutton and Jeudy are certainly worth drafting relatively early, but hold back on Hamler until we see how his touches start coming.
Tight Ends – Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam
Fant isn’t the greatest fantasy tight end in the world, but he’s not a bad starter at all. He was TE10 last season and averaged 10 points per game. He’s out of the range for tight ends to draft super early, but he’s inside that second-tier level with a Mike Gesicki per se. Okwuegbunam is a very solid backup to Fant as well. He averaged 7.3 points per game last year and if Fant goes down to injury, he would be a wonderful pick-up off of waivers.
Denver’s D/ST was pretty mediocre in their 2020 campaign. They had 4.5 points per game and hit double digits three times. This year’s unit should be a little better with the acquisitions of Patrick Surtain, Kyle Fuller, and Ronald Darby. The secondary has immediately gone from one of the worst to one of the best in the league and they’ll see a significant point increase because of that.
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