Denver Broncos Players to Watch for Weekly Fantasy Football Leagues
Denver wrapped up the 2009 season with an 8-8 record. The Broncos started their season off strong, winning their first six games. But in week seven, Denver had a bye week, and that's when things started to fall apart. After the bye, the Broncos lost four straight games by an average of 20 points. Despite their 8-8 record, Denver had the seventh best defense in the league, only allowing 315 yards per game. The offense struggled somewhat, ranking No. 15 in the league with only 341.4 yards per game. Key Draft Picks to Watch for Weekly Fantasy Football Leagues: ● Tim Tebow: While there is some debate over whether Tebow's throwing motion is suitable for the NFL, Head Coach Josh McDaniels chose Tebow for his "team-first" mentality. Tebow has great examples in Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn to help him develop. ●
Demaryius Thomas: Thomas had a great career at Georgia Tech, with 2,339 receiving yards and 14 TDs. The only problem with Thomas is his route-running skills as he tends to round off his breaks and occasionally telegraphs his routes. But at 6'3", he has the size of a TE and the speed of a CB.
Zane Beadles: Originally an OT at Utah, Beadles will likely move to G and help the Broncos' running game, which was 18th in the NFL with 114.8 yards per game. Beadles also adds solid depth to Denver's offensive line.
Eric Decker: Decker had a phenomenal career at Minnesota with 3,119 receiving yards and 24 TDs. While a broken foot caused him to miss the last four games of the season in 2009, still has a lot of potential. He possesses great speed and can separate from the defender, but there are concerns that he can't maintain that separation and doesn't have the big-play ability to take all that many passes to the house. Either way, he's a solid
Perrish Cox: The CB out of Oklahoma St. gives the Broncos an excellent weapon in the return game, which is where the Broncos will probably use him his rookie season. He has great open field ability as a returner, but struggles shedding blocks when on defense. Cox has great ability to jam receivers at the line, but needs to improve his skills at reading route progression. Overall, a good pick for the Broncos.
Key Free Agents to watch for Weekly Fantasy Football Leagues: ● Akin Ayodele: Released by the Dolphins in 2010, the Broncos snatched Ayodele up in April. Ayodele has nine years experience in the NFL, and has played four seasons with theJacksonville Jaguars, two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Ayodele is a key defensive player, as he has 493 solo tackles, 9.5 sacks, 9 FF, and 7 INTs. ●
Justin Bannan: Denver looks to bolster its defense with the signing of DL Justin Bannan. Bannan and the Broncos came to terms on March 5. Bannan has 141 solo tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF, and 1 INT.
Nathan Jones: Jones has seven years experience at the CB position, and has 130 solo tackles, 6 sacks, 3 FF, and 3 INT in his career. Along with Ayodele, Jones should help strengthen the Broncos' defense.
Russ Hochstein: Denver gets an experienced G here in Hochstein. Hochstein has 10 years playing as a G in the NFL, and will help the Broncos' depth along the offensive line.
Brandon Lloyd: Lloyd brings eight years of experience to Denver, and some considerable talent, too. In his eight years, Lloyd has 164 receptions, 2,370 yards, and 15 TDs.
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