As Sunday’s second game creeps up on us, we will update you on today’s first game, and take a deeper look at the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos.

  • At 1 pm the Seattle Seahawks kicked off with Carolina to take on the Panthers in a clash of football titans. The two are going head-to-head to see who can earn a trip to the NFC Championship game next week.

Earlier this week we broke down the game as such…

“This game is going to have its fair share of scuffles and heavy hits. There won’t be much room out there for anyone, but with the apparent return of Marshwn Lynch, the Seahawks’ ground game just became one to keep an eye on. In a game like this Ted Ginn is the type of player who can hurt Seattle with his ability to take the top off the defense against this group of highly and sometimes over-aggressive defensive backs. That is IF he even plays. He says he will suit-up despite soreness in his knee (suffered vs Atlanta Week 16). Without him, Cam Newton could struggle to find open runners other than Greg Olsen in the short to intermediate spots, and a hot Russell Wilson may be just enough to squeeze by the regular season champs. ”

Update: Tyler Lockett has two touchdown receptions and Russell’s birds are fighting hard to claw their way back in this one. Super Cam has been contained, though efficient and the Panthers hold a fourth quarter 31-21 lead. Don’t miss this exciting ending to get you pumped for game two!!

  • At 4:40 pm the shorthanded Pittsburgh Steelers go to Mile High to visit Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Antonio Brown has officially been ruled out with a concussion, no matter what Pacman Jones thought, DeAngelo Williams can’t play and Big Ben will be playing with torn muscles around his separated shoulder. This does not bode well for #SteelerNation, as Roethlisberger couldn’t muster up enough power to send the ball 10 yards in the air in the dramatic closing moments of last week’s Divisional Round instant classic in Cincinnati. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton will do much of their work on screens, and while they do have the stuff to make some plays (especially Bryant)  the Broncos do possess two very good, physical CB’s in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Fitzgerald Toussaint could be a big contributor in this game, and he needs to be if the Steelers hope to have a chance. He had four catches for 60 yards vs the Bengals last week and checkdowns and screens will be the name of the game for Pittsburgh. Jordan Todman was a personal favorite of mine coming out of college (he was a monster), as his quick feet and burst allow him to rip off big chunks at a time. He could be worth a gamble if your looking to roll the dice.

CJ Anderson seems to be the popular name around DFS circles today, but Ronnie Hillman may be able to do some damage on with his speed against the aggressive Steeler front-seven. While Anderson is often more consistent inside the tackles, they are both legitimate options and a long touchdown run by Hillman could be the difference in how much money you make this week!

While Ben can’t throw because his shoulder’s are a mess, Peyton Manning just doesn’t have any juice left in his. Demaryius Thomas is one of the leagues premier wide receivers, but Emmanuel Sanders ripped his former team for 10 catches, 181 yards and a touchdown in Week 15. Play Sanders as his ability to find the seam could prove lethal to Pittsburgh.

 

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Cincinnati Bengals versus Denver Broncos Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-28-2015

It will be a battle between division rivals on Monday Night Football as the Denver Broncos will face the Cincinnati Bengals. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on December 28th to track the results of their one day real money fantasy leagues.

The Cincinnati Bengals will have to navigate through the remainder of the regular season behind backup quarterback A.J. McCarron. Andy Dalton with his broken thumb is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The Bengals have played very well on the defensive side of the football ranking tops in the league in scoring defense as their opponents average only 17.4 points per game.

The Denver Broncos will continue to start backup Brock Osweiler for an injured Peyton Manning. The veteran signal caller Manning has plantar fascia in his foot and has been ruled out and is on a week to week basis with the team. Like the Bengals the Broncos are strong defensively. The team is number one in the league against the pass and run and limits opponents to only 279.9 yards per game.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

A.J. McCarron

The second year quarterback is completing 70.2% of his passes for 494 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. In his first start for the Bengals the signal caller hit on 71.4% of his throws for 192 yards with a touchdown. In relief at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 McCarron threw for 280 yard with two touchdowns and two picks.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovanni Bernard

Bernard has been the most efficient running back on the roster in 2015. Unfortunately for fantasy draft managers Bernard is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. He has rushed 140 times for 680 yards with two touchdowns. Giovanni Bernard is running for 4.9 yards per carry on the campaign.

Jeremy Hill

Hill is in his second year with the Bengals. He had great rookie season where he rushed for 1124 yards and nine touchdowns with 5.1 yards per carry. In 2015 Hill is not having the same success. He has 180 rushing attempts for 635 yards with ten touchdowns. Jeremy Hill is rushing for just 3.4 yards a carry on the season.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The Bengals leading receiver has caught 77 balls for 1206 yards with eight touchdowns. Green is averaging 15.7 yards per catch on the campaign which is his highest total since his rookie season. He had a big game in Week 14 at home to Pittsburgh with six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Jones

Jones has contributed for Cincinnati in 2015 as he has career high 57 receptions for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He is coming off a nice performance at San Francisco last week with four catches for 89 yards.

Denver Broncos QB:

Brock Osweiler

The fourth year backup has five starts and one relief appearance for Denver. Osweiler is completing 60.3% of his throws for 1436 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He had a good game last week at Pittsburgh in defeat as he threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Two weeks ago at home to Oakland Osweiler passed for 308 yards.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

Hillman is sharing carries with C.J. Anderson. He has 183 rushing attempts for 711 yards with six touchdowns. He is rushing for just 3.9 yards per carry on the season. Ronnie Hillman has rushed for below 3.5 yards per carry over his past three games.

C.J. Anderson

The three year back has run 128 times for 552 yards with three touchdowns. He is running for 4.3 yards per carry which is a career low.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos wide out leads the team with 93 catches for 1128 yards with five touchdowns. His 12.1 yards per catch average is a career worst and 2 ½ yards fewer than his average in 2014.

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders have caught 67 balls for 969 yards with five touchdowns. His 14.5 yards per catch average is his highest over his six year career. He is coming off a great game at Pittsburgh with ten grabs for 181 yards with a touchdown.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Brock Osweiler (Broncos)

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)

TE: Vernon Davis (Broncos)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-3-2015 

Minnesota Vikings versus Denver Broncos NFL Fantasy Preview 10-3-2015 

The undefeated Denver Broncos are at home to face the Minnesota Vikings from week four action from the NFL. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 4:25PM Eastern Time on Sunday October 4th to follow the results of their roster picks.

After a 20-3 road loss at San Francisco in week one the Minnesota Vikings returned for two home dates. They came away with wins in both games as they defeated NFC North rivals the Detroit Lions 26-16 then in week three they got past the San Diego Chargers 31-14. After a bad week one the Vikings running game turned around and Adrian Peterson shook off the rust and got back to his good form. Minnesota is the third ranked running team in the NFL as they rush for 144 yards per game. Over on defense the team sits fifth best in points allowed as opponents push across just 16.7 points a game on their defense.

Denver is a 3-0 team at the moment. Their offense begun slow but has shown signs improving in week two and three with wins on the road to Kansas City and Detroit. The constant all season has been the play of the Broncos defense. This unit is the number one ranked team in yards allowed per game (259) and passing yards allowed (176). They hold opponents to just 16.3 points a game ranking fourth best in the league. The run game has sputtered with new offensive lineman trying to get acquainted with the system. Denver rushes for 57 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings QB:

Teddy Bridgewater

The second year quarterback is hitting on 67% of his throws for 505 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He struggled against the Chargers passing for 121 yards completing 13 of 24 throws with an interception.

Minnesota Vikings RB:

Adrian Peterson

The pro bowler is back in 2015 and has rushed 59 times for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He has broken off three runs for twenty or more yards and is averaging nearly five yard a carry. Last week against San Diego Peterson rushed 20 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for over six yards a carry.

Minnesota Vikings WR:

Mike Wallace

The deep threat was acquired in the offseason and has grabbed 12 passes for 150 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown reception as he tries and build chemistry with Bridgewater. In Game 1 he caught six passes but had only three catches in games against the Lions and Chargers.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning:

Manning is completing 63.8% of his passes this year for 755 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. He was accurate in the Detroit game last week hitting on 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns and one pick..

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The running backs have not performed well this year. Hillman has 28 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging just 3.1 yards a carry.

C.J. Anderson

The third year back has run for 74 yards on 32 carries. That is a miniscule 2.3 yards per rush attempt.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos veteran wide receiver has 24 receptions for 268 yards with a touchdown. He caught nine balls against Detroit last week for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders have been targeted 35 times on the campaign and caught 22 balls for 239 yards with two touchdowns. He had six catches for 87 yards against the Lions.

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Denver Broncos versus Detroit Lions
Sunday Night Fantasy NFL Picks 9-27-2015

Sunday Night Football features the Detroit Lions at home welcoming into town Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Fantasy Football draft managers will tune to NBC TV on September 27th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.

Denver enters play with a mark of 2-0. After an ugly 19-13 home win to Baltimore in Week 1 the team traveled to Kansas City on a short week for a Thursday night battle they won 31-24. Peyton Manning had a touchdown pass in the closing seconds to tie it and the Broncos returned a Chiefs fumble for a touchdown just seconds later for the outright win. The Broncos have defended very well this year as they are at the top of the league in total defense as they surrender just 255 yards per game. Denver is number one against the pass by allowing 145 yards passing per game to their opponents. The running game has sputtered this year as the team runs for just 65 yards per game ranking 29th in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions are a desperate 0-2 team as the take the field in their home opener. They began the year with road games at San Diego and Detroit to start the year. The Lions blew a big lead to San Diego in week one by getting outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 road defeat. Last week the Lions traveled to division rival Minnesota Vikings and were defeated 26-16. The Lions have struggled on the defensive side of the football by ranking 31st and second to last in total defense by giving up 416 yards per game. Teams run for 147 yards and average 29 points per game on the Lions ranking the club amongst the bottom teams at 28th this year.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning

The veteran signal caller threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has thrown a pick in each game of this season. Manning was clutch in that Thursday night game as he threw a game tying touchdown in the final seconds of the game.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The Broncos continue to play running back by committee which hurts NFL fantasy draft managers. Hillman leads the club with 75 yards rushing on 21 carries for just 3.6 yards per run.

C.J. Anderson

The third year pro running back has 24 carries for just 56 yards which averages out to 2.3 yards per run. He ran for 27 yards on Thursday night against Kansas City on 12 carries.

Denver Broncos WR:

Demaryius Thomas

Thomas leads the Broncos with 15 catches for 176 yards. He longest catch was for 22 yards and has no touchdown receptions on the campaign.

Emmanuel Sanders:

Sanders have 16 catches for 152 yards with two touchdowns. He is well below his 13 yards per catch average during his career.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

It has been a tough start of the year for Stafford who has thrown for four touchdowns but has three picks on the year. He has completed 61% of his throws this year for 532 yards.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie running back had much of his potential shine in the preseason. Now in the regular season Abdullah had 13 carries for 59 yards with a touchdown and a long run for 24 yards.

Joique Bell

Looks like Bell will be losing his carries to Abdullah as Bell has run for just 16 yards on ten carries for 1.6 yards a carry.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

The veteran wide out has 12 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Johnson averages 16 yards per catch in his career but just 10 yards a catch in 2015. He was targeted 17 times last week at Minnesota and caught ten balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Golden Tate

Tate has ten catches for 104 yards. In the Vikings game last week Tate in his six catches averaged 13.3 yards per reception.

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Fantasy Football – NFL Preview – Denver Broncos

All sports fans around the world, come learn How to Play Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. So be very excited and make your selections in Fantasy Football Cash Drafts, starting September 10th.

The Denver Broncos have dominated the AFC West for the last four years, under head coach John Fox. Fox is now a member of the Chicago Bears. His replacement, Gary Kubiak, will bring a totally different personality to the team. It will be interesting how Manning and the Broncos performs under his instructions.

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Peyton Manning isn’t what he used to be, but he is still among the top 5 quarterbacks this year. He’s one of the best play action passer in the league, but the art of running has always eluded him. Last year, he has collected 395 completions for 4727 yards and 39 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. His numbers started to drop a little bit in the latter part of the season. Manning will need all the help he can get from his offensive line again this year. The problem is that they’ve lost their best linesman OT Ryan Clady for the season.

RB C.J. Anderson took charge of the back end in the second half of last season. He ran for 849 yards and also caught another 34 passes for 324 yards. Anderson had a total of 10 touchdowns in 2014. The 2013 undrafted free agent was the first Broncos running back to have two games in a season with more than 150 rushing yards, since 2004.

Peyton Manning’s favorite target, Wes Welker, is no longer with the club. That means that both WR’s Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will battle it out to be in Manning’s bubble. Thomas has just signed a lucrative contract, after accumulating 111 receptions for 1619 yards and 11 touchdown. While Sanders had a breakout season with 101 receptions for 1404 yards and 9 touchdown. He was also a solid rusher, acquiring 8 carries 44 yards (5.5 yards per game). They are probably the best combo of receivers in the NFL this year.

TE Owen Daniels has played under coach Kubiak since 2006, and has got consistent numbers every year when he’s not injured. So there is good chemistry there, and that could reflect onto this year. Daniels had 48 receptions for 527 yards and 4 touchdowns. Manning has a tendency to use is tight ends more often than not. This season could be Daniels best yet.

 Cash Draft Defensive analysis

DE Derek Wolfe will be missing the first four weeks of action because of performance enhancing drugs. His absence weakens the left side a little. DE Antonio Smith, who has been solid in a weak Oakland defense last year, will take his place. DT Malik Jackson will be a threat from the right side. He had 42 combined tackle last year.

OLB Von Miller will be a force to be wrecking with at 26 year-old. He has 49 sacks already in his 4 year NFL career. The other outside linebacker spot will go to veteran DeMarcus Ware. He is not the same player he was in Dallas. But with 10 sacks last year, he’s still a threat.

Chris Harris Jr leads a very good corner back group with Aquib Talib and Bradley Roby. Both Harris and Talib had their ticket to the pro bowl last year. SS T.J. Ward who also participated to the pro bowl will be back in this excellent secondary squad.

Fantasy Football Outlook

The Broncos may have a few holes here and there, but they still looks great to win the AFC West division… as long as Manning stays healthy, of course. If Manning gets injured or shows signs of his age, then it could spell trouble for Denver with no good backup to rely on. And with Ryan Clady missing the first few weeks, it will allow opposing team easier access to sack and hurt the 39 year-old.

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