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- Kansas City Chiefs
- Oakland Raiders
- San Diego Chargers
I don't remember a Super Bowl winning team going into the following season with as many question marks as the Broncos.
They have a new quarterback situation, and they are transitioning from a pseudo-Kubiak system to a full-Kubiak system. The defense should still be awesome with the signing of Von Miller, but we don't care much about defense, though. It's all about points scored.
This offense is going to be highly dependent on the QB position. Yes, that's something you can say about every team in the NFL, but more so with the Broncos this year. I will like the Broncos' offense much better if Mark Sanchez wins the starting job. I wouldn't be surprised if Paxton Lynch does get some run by the end of the season, though. Keep an eye on this situation in the preseason.
These are the Denver Broncos to pay attention to for the 2016 fantasy football season.
Mark Sanchez (QB) - 3500 yards, 20 TDs, 15 INTs.
There's not much to say about Sanchez except that he should be able to get the ball to the two stud wide outs. Kubiak should be able to limit his mistakes, but he's always good for a butt fumble or two. He's purely a streaming option and a low-end one at that.
Demaryius Thomas (WR) - 100 catches, 1200 yards, 7 TDs.
DT just might be the biggest steal in PPR (point per reception) drafts this season. He's going to catch a lot of passes like Andre Johnson did in Houston. If you are playing in a touchdown-only league, he will be severely over drafted. He didn't score much his first season under Kubiak (6). I would expect Thomas to get peppered with targets and still fail to score anywhere near his career norm for TDs. He's still a great pick in the 3rd or 4th round.
EMMANUEL SANDERS (WR) - 80 CATCHES, 1050 YARDS, 6 TDS.
There's probably not a player outside of my favorite teams, or who's not an elite player, I like watching more than Sanders. Unfortunately, he's on a team that targets the WR1 a ton. He also plays with a QB that won't be good enough to find match-ups very well. Sanders won't be on many of my teams, and I hate that. I am scared of this passing game outside of DT. I hope Denver proves me wrong.
C.J. ANDERSON (RB) - 1100 YARDS, 9 TDS, 40 CATCHES, 350 YARDS, 1 TD.
Different verse, same as the first, kind of.
Last season, I was all in on C.J. This season, I'm going to call, I might raise, but only enough to get you to fold. Anderson had a great second half, and with Kubiak getting his way totally in Denver now, he should be the stud I was hoping for last season. He's going in the 4th round and I am drafting him every time I can in that slot.
Sleeper - Devontae Booker (RB).
As much as I love C.J. Anderson, I know he has a bit of an injury history. Booker was great in college at Utah, but he also has injury concerns. I'm hoping that between these two backs, you'll have an elite backfield.
Bust - Ronnie Hillman (RB).
Yes, the Broncos resigned Hillman. He's not in the same area code as Anderson or Booker when it comes to talent. Don't draft Hillman as Anderson's handcuff. Use that pick for Booker.
If the Broncos are to repeat, most of what is written here will have to be wrong, and whichever QB wins the starting job will have to do a great job of getting all the playmakers involved. This might be the year of the Raiders...