Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders Preview

The reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in a tight three-way battle for supremacy in the AFC West and will visit the surprising Oakland Raiders on Sunday (Enter Contest) in a showdown for first place in the division. The Raiders are 5-0 on the road en route to their 6-2 mark and enter a stretch of four consecutive home games.

Derek Carr threw for a staggering 513 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-24 win at Tampa Bay as Oakland kept pace with Denver atop the division. Carr is the third player in history to throw for at least 500 yards with four TDs and zero interceptions in a game.

While the Raiders are off to their best start since 2001 behind a potent offense, the Broncos continue to flex the defensive muscles that paved their path to the Super Bowl last season. Denver is tied with Buffalo for the NFL lead with 26 sacks while linebacker Von Miller is second with 8.5. Gary Kubiak’s team has dominated the series in recent seasons, winning eight consecutive matchups before Oakland ended the streak in the Mile High City last December.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-2)

Star cornerback Aqib Talib is in danger of missing his second straight game, flying to California on Thursday to get a second opinion on his ailing back. Denver has quality depth at the position as Bradley Roby stepped in for Talib and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception for a touchdown in a 27-19 win at San Diego. Rookie running back Devontae Booker hurt his shoulder in his first start in place of an injury C.J. Anderson, but is expected to go against Oakland. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the top two targets for Trevor Siemian with 44 and 42 receptions, respectively. Thomas needs two receptions to become the fourth player in franchise history with 500.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (6-2)

Carr leads the AFC with 17 touchdown passes versus only three interceptions and is getting a lot of mileage from his wide receiver tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown last week to boost his team-leading total to 52 receptions while Crabtree hauled in his NFL high-tying sixth touchdown catch. Defense has been a nightmare for the Raiders, who are ranked 31st in the league, surrendering a total of 410.4 total yards while being equally generous against the run and pass. Khalil Mack, who has five of Oakland’s 11 sacks, recorded five in the win at Denver last season.

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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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NFL Divisional Round Value Picks

Quarterback

There are no locks at quarterback in the Divisional Round with strong pass defenses and questionable starts.  The weak link in pass defense for the weekend is Pittsburgh.  They have one of the weakest pass defenses in the league, and have only made it this far with their explosive offense (mostly just the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection).

However, there are question marks on the other side of the ball as well.  Peyton Manning has won back his starting job this game but if things go south for him, an early substitution could be made.  I personally have faith in the sheriff, he wants to leave the league on a high note and with this favorable matchup, he may be one of the best picks this week.  He comes at a bargain too as the cheapest quarterback for the week (Landry Jones and Brock Osweiller come cheaper if either of them end up starting).  However, there is the possibility Roethlisberger plays minimal minutes and in the hands of Jones, the Steelers don’t stand a chance.  If this ends up being a blowout early it could mean a lot of carries for Anderson and Hilman and Mannings numbers paying the price.

Although Roethlisberger was able to deconstruct this defense last time around in the regular season, his health is in question and it is not guaranteed he will even start.  We have seen the huge numbers Big Ben can put up against any defense, but I don’t think this will be his week.

The next chance for a shootout is Packers and Cardinals.  Vegas has this one rated as the highest scoring with an Over Under of 50, -7 point win the Cardinals favor.  An argument could be made either way on this one.  Aaron Rodgers has been here before and knows what he needs to do.  Plus the Packers looked great last weekend against the Redskins.  However, the Cardinals are not the Redskins, and we have not seen the Packer’s perform very well this year against a sound defense.

The playoff experience of Rodgers is exactly what Palmer is missing.  He has played one playoff game in his career (two if you count the quarter he played before leaving the game with a shoulder injury).  My take on it, experience is overrated, football is football.  If this were the Super Bowl then experience may take a role, but in this round, I think Palmer will continue to perform as he has all season—Very Well.

RunningBack

The other two matchups have the potential to go either way.  The top ranked matchup between Seattle and Carolina could be a high scoring shootout or a defensive battle, the only thing you can bet it won’t be is a blowout in either direction.  Marshawn Lynch is set to make his return this week (although that was the word last week as well).  With his questionable health and the matchup, I think you avoid Seattle running backs completely.  The same can be said about Jonathan Stewart,  although drastically different in running style, if Adrian Peterson can’t get any yardage against the Seahawks, I don’t expect anyone to.

Like I mentioned earlier, CJ Anderson should get plenty of carries.  I think he is the best pick of the weekend.  James White also should be a good value as well.  Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t make the same mistakes as the Texans last week.

Wide Receiver

The top picks at receiver should be Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders no matter who is playing at quarterback.  They will pay the price as well though if Denver gets ahead early and focuses on the running game.  Both of these receivers however have great synergy with both Manning and Osweiller and last time against the Steelers DT had 2 touchdowns while Sanders had well over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals receiver squad should be able to generate some good value this weekend as well.  In the playoffs it will be all Larry Fitzgerald who brings the experience that Palmer lacks.  In his 2008 playoff run he averaged 130 receiving yards per game in the 4 playoff games and had 7 receiving touchdowns.  That has to be on par with the most impressive individual postseason performance of all time.

 

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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 Week 15 Recap

Cam Newton Continues to Win

The word on the street going into this week was that the Giants may be the team to stop the Panthers dominance, with Eli having a history of upsetting undefeated teams. It did not seem that way early on with Odell being so off his game, but they turned things around in the second half, putting the Panther’s undefeated season in Jeopardy.

The Panthers were able to winning the end though. Cam Newton showed he can win with any personnel, spreading the ball out to 4 different receivers (Ginn (2), Olsen, Funchess, and Brown) for receiving touchdowns. On top of those 5 passing touchdowns he racked up 340 passing yards and 100 rushing yards for his usual, massive fantasy value.

Redskins find their passing game

Kirk Cousins showed he meant business as Washington dominated the Bills. Cousins went 22 for 28 on passes for 319 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Additionally, he ran one in himself. As far as receivers went, Cousins picked his favorites, connecting with Jordan Reed for 2 touchdown passes, DeSean Jackson for 153 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown, and Pierre Garcon for a receiving touchdown.

Bears can’t stop the pass

Teddy Bridgewater had an uncharacteristically good passing game throwing 17 for 20 with 4 passing touchdowns for 231 passing yards against Chicago. On top of that, he showed his athleticism with 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. After Peterson was limited early to an ankle injury, they were forced to rely on the passing game, which the Bears were not able stifle. Bridgewater connected with Diggs for 55 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns and with Jerick McKinnon for 76 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

Denver’s Defense can’t hold back the Steelers

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger continue to dominate, even against what may be the best defense in the NFL. Big Ben threw for 380 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns while Brown caught 16 passes for 189 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown’s numbers was beat early on by the Broncos‘ Emmanuel Sanders catching 10 passes for 181 receiving yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers rally late in the game pushed Brown ahead.

Danny Woodhead single handedly beats the Dolphins

Well maybe he needed the rest of his team out there… but it seems like Woodhead can do it all as he scored 4 total touchdowns, 3 receiving and 1 rushing. He ended the day with a total of 38 fantasy points combining those touchdowns with receptions, receiving yards, and rushing yards.

Hard to find value at Running Back

Not much value could be found at running back this week. Those who did provide value did so by combining rushing stats with receiving stats. The Patriots‘ James White did so with only 1 rush for 6 yards but 7 receptions for 71 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Similarly, Devonta Freeman had 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown for decent value, but he added on top of that 7 receptions for 45 receiving yards.

The same could be said for Matt Forte as he rushed for only 47 yards but had 6 receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The Chiefs‘ Charcandrick West logged 76 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as well to be among the weekends leaders at running back. Rashad Jennings provided some fantasy value in a high scoring loss against the Panthers with 107 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

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Green Bay Packers versus Denver Broncos

Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks 11-1-2015

It will be a matchup between undefeated teams on Sunday Night Football as the Denver Broncos are hosting the Green Bay Packers. DFS draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on November 1st at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league rosters.

Both teams are 6-0 on the year. Green Bay enters play after a bye week. They hung on two weeks ago in a 27-20 home victory to San Diego Chargers. The Packers defense came through with a huge stop late in the fourth quarter with San Diego inside the five yard line of Green Bay. The Packers successfully defended four downs in a goal to goal situation to receive the ball over on downs and preserved the victory. Even though the Packers allowed 548 yards to San Diego they were able to limit the Chargers to just 2 of 6 inside the red zone. On offense Green Bay was able to successfully move the football on the ground for 133 yards on 17 carries. The Packers have been carried on the right arm of Aaron Rodgers for several years. In 2015 the Packers are a more complete team. They are eighth in the NFL in rushing yardage at 127 yards per game. On defense Green Bay is number one in scoring defense by allowing just 16.8 points per game.

Denver also enters play after a bye week. They traveled to Cleveland two weeks ago and came away with a 26-23 victory on the road in overtime. It was another outstanding defensive performance for Denver as they held Cleveland to just 297 yards of offense. It was a sloppy game on both ends as each team had three turnovers. The much maligned Broncos offense was 0 for 3 inside the red zone. Denver has had issues offensively as the club is 29th and fourth last in the NFL in total offense as they produce 325 yards per game. This is a team that thrives on the defensive end of the field. The team is best in the league in total and passing defense. They rank fourth against the run and second in scoring defense. The Broncos are surrendering just 17 points a game.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers veteran quarterback is hitting on 68% of his throws for 1491 yards with 15 touchdowns and 2 picks. With the running game working, Rodgers becomes even more lethal as he can work play action more successfully. Rodgers had 255 yards passing against the Chargers hitting on 55% of his throws with two touchdowns and no picks.

Green Bay Packers RB:

James Starks

With Eddie Lacy batting injury problems it has been James Starks getting touches. Starks has rushed for 286 yards on 63 carries with a touchdown. Starks had his best game of the season against the Chargers with 112 yards on the ground on 10 carries with a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers WR:

James Jones

Jones leads the club with 21 catches for 424 yards with six touchdowns. He is averaging 20.2 points per game on the year.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning

Manning is completing 61.6% of his throws this season with seven touchdowns and ten picks. He threw for 290 yards in the road win at Cleveland but had a touchdown with three picks. Peyton Manning has seven interceptions over his past three games yet the team is still undefeated at 6-0.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The veteran running back has 66 carries on the year for 323 yards with two touchdowns. Hillman had a good game at Cleveland as he rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries for 5 ½ yards per rush.

Denver Broncos WR:

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders is a bit banged up with a shoulder injury but should play on Sunday. He leads the Broncos with 38 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns. In the win at Cleveland it was Sanders catching four balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders has over 100 yards receiving in two straight games.

NFL Sunday Night Fantasy Football League Picks

QB: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

RB: James Starks (Packers)

WR: James Jones (Packers), Emmanuel Sanders (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 Best Picks – Week 3

It’s the 3rd weekend of one week fantasy football and injuries already making waves in the league. It doesn’t get easier in Dallas. After losing Dez Bryant on week one, they lose their quarterback Tony Romo on week two. The Dallas Cowboys will try to stay undefeated without those players in the lineup. They will face the Atlanta Falcons who are also 2-0. The other teams who will try to keep their record clean this week are the Cincinnati Bengals, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets, the Arizona Cardinals, the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, and the Super Bowl champs, New England Patriots. Now, it’s time for some fantasy football hot picks:

QB Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

Season: 431 PassYDs, 3 TDs, 74.2 QBRate, 2 INTs

He got off to a great start this year against Kansas City, but then hit a wall in the home opener facing the Ravens (even though the Broncos won). Manning knows how to regroup and has one of the best pre-game preparation in the NFL. He also has an elite group of receivers with him. It’s no doubt that he will have a great game against the struggling Detroit Lions.

RB Alfred Morris & RB Matt Jones – Washington Redskins

Morris’ Season:  193 TotalYDs, 0 TD, 4.2 AVGRush/Jones’ Season: 174 TotalYDs, 2 TDs, 6 AVGRush, 1 FL

It’s normal that if you can’t have an efficient quarterback, you at least need a good running game. That’s what’s happening in Washington. They are using a combo of running backs to elevate their chances to win. Alfred Morris and Matt Jones will continue to share time and fantasy value against the New York Giants.

WR/PR Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns

Season: 368 TotalYDs, 4 TDs, 6 Receptions

The AFC Special Teams Player of the Week number 2 will face off against the worst defense in the league, the Oakland Raiders. He was able to return a punt for a touchdown last week. Be ready to see Benjamin all over the field on Sunday.

WR Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos

Season: 182 YDs, 2 TDs, 7 Receptions

Thomas will be the number one option in offense for Manning this weekend, especially against a team that is really struggling against the pass this season.

WR/PR Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins

Season: 282 TotalYDs, 1 TD, 16 Reception

He has shown how exceptional he can be against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Now, it’s time for another round against divisional foes, the Buffalo Bills. The 22 year-old will be one of the top receivers at the end of the season.

WR/PR Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos

Season: 172 TotalYDs, 2 TDs, 16 Receptions

He and Manning have developed a good chemistry. Manning relies on Sanders for the big plays week in and week out. Look for him to get back into a touchdown rhythm, after getting shunned by Baltimore last week.

TE Owen Daniels – Denver Broncos

Season: 24 YDs, 5 Receptions

It’s no secret that Denver offensive coach Gary Kubiak loves his tight ends. That was shown in week one against the Kansas City Chiefs, as Owen Daniels gained 19 yards in 3 receptions. Let see what Daniels can do against an underachieving defense like Detroit’s. I believe good things will happen for him.

D Denver Broncos

Season: 18.5 Pts/G, 243.5 YDs/G, 7 Sacks, 3 FF, 4 INTs, 2 TDs Returns

If it wasn’t enough to pick the Broncos to annihilate the Lions defense, here it is: I choose Denver’s D do the same thing with Detroit’s offense. The Lions are going to have a hard time holding the Broncos in every aspects of the game. Stafford is still bothered by injury and whether he is back or not, they will rely in a rookie running back (Ameer Abdullah) and an aging receiver (Calvin Johnson) for offense. That is not good enough to succeed against one of the best defense in the league.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

QB Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

RB Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins

Matt Jones – Washington Redskins

WR Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns

WR Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos

WR Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins

WR Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos

TE Owen Daniels – Denver Broncos

Defense – Denver Broncos

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Denver Broncos versus Kansas City Chiefs

Thursday Night NFL Fantasy Picks 9-17-2015

Thursday Night Football features two AFC West 2-0 clubs as the Kansas City Chiefs will welcome into town the Denver Broncos. Fantasy football GM’s can tune to CBS TV on September 17th at 8:25PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day league rosters.

The Denver Broncos opened the year at home to face the Baltimore Ravens and Denver squeaked by for a 19-13 home victory. It was not a very good offensive performance by the Broncos as they kick four field goals and scored just one touchdown in the win. Denver had 69 rushing yards and 150 yards passing in the game with just one red zone appearance.

The Kansas City Chiefs were successful in week one of the season as they traveled into Houston and came away with the 27-20 victory. The Chiefs offense relied heavily on their first half performance as they are up 27-9 at the half. Unfortunately Kansas City could not score anymore points in the game after the Texans made second half adjustments plus the Chiefs had to sweat out recovering an onside kick in the end.

These two division rivals met twice in the 2014 season. Denver won both games home and away. The Broncos carry a six game win streak against Kansas City into Thursday night. The game held in Kansas City last year was in late November and Denver came away with the 29-16 road win. Denver ran the ball effectively in the victory with 214 yards on the ground. In the Chiefs win in Week 1 at Houston the Texans were without their leading rusher in Arian Thomas who underwent surgery.

Denver Broncos QB: Peyton Manning

Entering the 2015 season fantasy football GM’s were concerned about the arm strength of Peyton Manning. He has lost weapons from previous seasons and the replacements are not of similar quality. His play last week did not sit well with Manning’s detractors. He did not appear to have the same zip on throws he has had in the past. That 39 year old body could be wearing down a bit. He missed open receivers downfield which could be a rust issue rather than age. Another issue facing Manning is the Broncos reconstructed offensive line. Manning dealt with heavy pressure last week as the Ravens on the road got to the veteran quarterback many times with hits. That is a real issue here because the Broncos will be on the road and will have to deal with the noise factor at Arrowhead Stadium. In week one Manning completed 60% of his throws for 150 yards with no touchdowns and an interception that went for a Ravens touchdown.

Denver Broncos RB: Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson

These two running backs split carries and that’s not a good sign for fantasy value. Hillman had 12 carries for 41 yards.

C.J. Anderson on 12 carries for 29 yards. The Broncos two running backs combined for just 2.8 yards a carry.

Denver Broncos WR: Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas

Sanders was targeted 12 times in week one and caught eight balls for 65 yards. His longest play went for 18 yards.

Thomas had seven grabs for 60 yards. Neither receiver had much in their yards per catch average also posting a red flag for drafting Manning in daily leagues.

Kansas City Chiefs QB: Alex Smith

The veteran quarterback was good to his draft managers last week as he hit 22 of 33 passes for 233 yards with three touchdowns passes. He had no turnovers in the game. Going on the highway facing JJ Watt and company in a road opener has to give huge confidence to this Chiefs team and starting quarterback.

Kansas City Chiefs RB: Jamaal Charles

The veteran back ran for 57 yards on 16 carries for just 3.6 yards a carry. Charles is a weapon in the passing game as he caught five balls for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Kansas City Chiefs TE: Travis Kelce

It was a nice opener for Kelce with six grabs for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five first down gains.

Kansas City Chiefs WR: Jeremy Maclin

The opener in 2015 saw no Chiefs receiver with a receiving touchdown. Jeremy Maclin acquired in the offseason had five receptions for just 52 yards with his longest catch going for 20 yards.

Thursday Night Football Daily Fantasy League Picks

QB: Alex Smith (Chiefs)

RB: Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)

WR: Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs), Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)

TE: Travis Kelce (Chiefs)

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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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