New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 3:05 pm, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will face-off with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady is in the running for 2015 league MVP. Peyton Manning is starting for the second consecutive week after taking the job back from Brock Osweiler. My Point? The Patriots will go as far as Brady takes them. The Broncos will go as far as their defense takes them.

While I don’t expect Julian Edelman or Brandon LaFell to beat those long, rangy Denver CBs over the top, Edelman has the potential to catch a ton of short, underneath passes. He’s definitely a WR1,  as Brady could easily target him 12+ times in such an important game. Something along the lines of 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD could be what you’re looking at in return of the high price tag. It would be a surprise to me if LaFell can muster up anything DFS relevant in his matchup against Harris Jr. (though battling an injury) and Talib.

Danny Amendola working the slot has a much better shot at putting up a big game than the Patriots official #2 wideout. Though he only caught two balls on three targets last week and has been limited in practice due to a knee injury all week, he provides the same kind of quick twitch inside ability as Edelman does, which is how you want to attack this stout defense.

Finally, the man you all want to hear about: Rob Grrrrronkowski. Gronk could have a MONSTER game here. With the ferocious pass-rushing ability that the Broncos possess, Bill Belichick will want to feature his star TE up the seam to take the pressure off Tom Brady. There is no better way to keep the linebackers at home than to force them to drop into coverage because the Gronk is just destroying you. Maybe he won’t have monster yardage, but I’m banking on two TDs on Sunday.

Steven Jackson definitely won’t be a DFS factor, so James White is the Pats back to own. His pass-caching ability on swings, screens and checkdowns will also be instrumental in slowing down Demarcus Ware, Von Miller and co. He should have his fair share of chances to make plays.

 

On the home team’s side, the Sheriff Peyton Manning will need to execute flawlessly to lead his Broncos to the Super Bowl contest. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will need to bust out some major YAC’s to spearhead this attack, while CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman churn out chunks on the ground.

Demaryius Thomas will face a big matchup with Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Ryan shut him down in Week 12, with three pass breakups and as Brock Osweiler went 1-of-8 for 36 yards when targeting Thomas. He is a big target and constant red-zone threat, but isn’t always the dominant factor you’re looking for.

Sanders most likely will be face-to-face with Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Sunday. The very same Butler that he beat deep in November when he piled up 113 yards. His work in tight and quickness allow him to get separation against a tight Patriots D, and he works hard to run after the catch and eat up yardage.

CJ Anderson and Hillman are always a toss up, but Anderson had his best game of the year against New England with 113 yards of his own and two TDs. The run game can be inconsistent, but the Broncos need it to be on point on Sunday.

Advice: Brady, Gronkowski, Sanders, Edelman, and Anderson should be the top performers. Of course that comes with a hefty price tag, so discounts like James White could be the key to your DFS victory.

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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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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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