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Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports that Noah Fant is seeing a wider variety of routes being ran in Broncos camp. (Source: The Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: “Not just specifically me, but our offense as a whole, I think we all know the offense a lot better this year, so we’re having a better understanding conceptually of what we’re trying to do,” Fant said. “Guys can interchange with different positions. I could be split out wide. I could be in the backfield. I think that’s for everybody. I think everybody is getting utilized in their own specific ways. I’m definitely happy with where we’re going.” Fant lined up in a number of different ways on Friday at practice as he comes off a season where he led the team in receptions (62). In what is a relativley crowded wide receiver room with questions remaining at quarterback, Fant's role and involvement will be worth monitoring throughout training camp.

Denver Broncos HC Vic Fangio says he sees "no separation" between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater in their QB competition through three practices, per Kyle Newman of the Denver Post (Source: Kyle Newman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos seem intent on letting this competition play out as long as possible. It would be surprising to see a starter named before the end of preseason games. This should be a positive sign for Drew Lock, as Bridgewater is the more experienced player. Whichever player wins will be on a short leash to begin the season.

Melvin Gordon is clearly the RB1 in the Broncos offense, according to KOA NewsRadio's Benjamin Allbright. The insider went as far as to capitalize clearly. (Source: Benjamin Allbright on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allbright added that he believes his observation is being glossed over. Earlier in the offseason, there was hype surrounding Javonte Williams. The Broncos traded up in the second round to draft the rookie RB. But as Allbright reported before the draft, Melvin Gordon is "the feature back this year." At the time, the insider added that the Broncos could draft a back and they did. So, everything Allbright's reported thus far has come to fruition. With a depressed ADP, now is the time to buy the dip on Melvin Gordon. The veteran RB averaged 20.8 touches per game - 18.4 carries and 2.4 receptions on 3.6 targets - in five games without Phillip Lindsay last season as the feature back. For context, he averaged 15.7 fantasy points per game and that would've been good for RB11 - not factoring in injuries at the position.

Category: Rumors

Courtland Sutton is reportedly still "holding back a little" in camp as he continues to work his way back from last year's torn ACL injury. (Source: AJ Schulte on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: "He worked in the offseason, but all his work in the offseason was on air," Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said. "Now you put the defenders out there and it's a totally different ball game... I see a little hesitancy." This will be a situation to continue to monitor as training camp moves along. It is sounding like he might be on track to be a little limited early in the season.

Category: Injury Updates

Nick Kosmider with The Athletic picked Jerry Jeudy as the most likely breakout candidate for the Denver Broncos, stating that the second-year receiver "looked sharp during offseason workouts open to media members, and recently, new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he was impressed by the professionalism and work ethic he has seen from Jeudy." (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: While much ado was made about Jeudy's drops as a rookie, he impressed fans by leading the Broncos in targets and yards last season. Heading into 2021, the Broncos will get Courtland Sutton back, who suffered an ACL tear in Week 1 of last year. Sutton was a Pro Bowler in 2019 and could help open up the field for Jeudy, who was selected 15th overall in 2020. Noah Fant, another former first-rounder (tight end), will also be around this year. Jeudy, Sutton, and Fant make for one of the best pass-catching trios in the league. Still, the lack of certainty surrounding the quarterback situation is causing some trepidation from people drafting in fantasy football. Question marks are surrounding who will be atop the pecking order as a receiver. Additionally, a quarterback competition between Bridgewater and Drew Lock complicates projections. Jeudy looked polished as a route runner last year and totaled 856 passing yards, fifth among the loaded rookie class. Early camp reports are stating that Jeudy and Bridgewater have developed a strong rapport, so Bridgewater winning the job would likely cause Jeudy's stock to rise. Jeudy and Sutton are in the same tier according to our Expert Consensus Rankings, but Jeudy is WR38 compared to Sutton's WR29. Both young receivers have a chance to outperform that in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Bradley Chubb is expected to be ready for training camp. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Chubb underwent surgery back in May to remove bone spurs from his ankle. It isn't expected to have a significant impact on his involvement leading into training camp, though his conditioning will be monitored early on.

Category: Injury Updates

Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post said rookie RB Javonte Williams could be the Broncos' Week 1 starter. (Source: Fantasy Sports Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: O'Halloran believes that Denver wouldn't have traded up in to the second round to take a running back who wasn't going to be their top guy. The Dolphins were rumored to have been interested in Williams, and the Broncos wanted to make sure they landed him. Regardless of whether or not he actually receives the Week 1 start, most everyone believes he'll usurp Melvin Gordon as the year goes on.

Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler (hamstring) reportedly tweaked his hamstring, which has led to the team being cautious with his usage, per head coach Vic Fangio. (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hamler emerged as a promising young wideout for the Broncos during his rookie season, drawing 56 targets as the team's vertical deep threat with a 10.4 yard ADOT. With the return of a healthy Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, Hamler will compete for the WR3 role alongside Tim Patrick while dealing with a question mark at quarterback. Continue monitoring Hamler's hamstring, as OTAs are set to continue into the first couple weeks of June.

Category: Injury Updates

Ian Rapoport reports that CB Patrick Surtain II has agreed to terms for his rookie deal with the Broncos. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Surtain II was the Broncos first-round selection and is locked up for the next four-years. He is extremely talented and will boost the Broncos secondary as a result. The Broncos have one of the best secondaries in the NFL and will be a pain for opposing wide receivers to deal with.

Category: Transactions

Former New York Giants OT Cameron Fleming is signing a one-year, $3.67 million deal with the Denver Broncos, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fleming started all 16 games at right tackle for the Giants in 2020 but allowed the sixth most pressures in the league at the position. The tackle joins his fourth team entering his eighth season and will look to improve his play on a Broncos' offensive line that ranked 25th in Pro Football Focus' final 2020 offensive line rankings.

Category: Transactions

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network is reporting that the Broncos are waiving WR DaeSean Hamilton. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos reportedly had trade talks involving Hamilton. Denver was unable to finalize a deal and ultimately decided to waive him, saving $2.8 million in cap space. Hamilton was the odd man out in a loaded Broncos receiving group. The 26-year-old will most likely be claimed by another NFL team within the next few days. He caught 23-of-44 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games in 2020. Hamilton is 189th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings and is mainly a stash in dynasty leagues formats.

Category: Transactions

Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post is reporting that TE Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) is progressing well, but may not be ready for the start of training camp. (Source: Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Okwuegbunam suffered a torn ACL in Week 9 against the Falcons last season. He was productive before suffering an ACL tear. The 23-year-old TE hauled in 11 receptions on 15 targets for 121 yards and one touchdown across four games in 2020. Albert O “probably” won't be ready for the start of training camp, but is progressing well in his recovery. When healthy, Okwuegbunam is expected to serve as the Broncos backup TE behind breakout tight end Noah Fant.

Category: Injury Updates

Justin Simmons and the Broncos have agreed to a long-term deal, according to Benjamin Allbright. The Safety was tagged for a second time earlier in the off-season. (Source: Benjamin Allbright on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons' contract is reportedly a four-year, $61 million deal, with $35 million in guarantees. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' eighth-best Safety last season.

Category: Transactions

The Denver Broncos have rescinded their original-round tender on RB Phillip Lindsay. (Source: Mike McCartney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was reportedly a mutual decision between the two sides and it means that Lindsay is now a free agent. Denver replaced him by agreeing to terms with former Vikings RB Mike Boone earlier this week. Lindsay's landing spot will determine his fantasy value, but it'll be tough for him to be a dependable option regardless of where he goes.

Category: Transactions

Per James Palmer of NFL Network, LB Von Miller will be returning to the Broncos after having his 2021 option exercised. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After Miller reportedly declined a restructured deal with Denver, the Broncos have decided to exercise his 2021 option. This means that Miller will not be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent this year and will be back staying put in Denver. Miller has a $17.5M base salary for 2021, with $7M guaranteed. The All Pro LB didn't play in 2020 due to an early season ankle injury, but should be an instrumental part of the Denver defense as always, at least for this year.

Category: Transactions

Per Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos and lineman Shelby Harris have agreed to a three-year/$27M contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harris was a top free agent heading into 2020 but signed a one-year deal in the midst of the uncertainty due to how the NFL season would progress with COVID-19. The risk he took on himself paid off and he'll secure a great contract that will keep him with Denver through 2023.

Category: Transactions

The Broncos' defensive cutdown continues. After releasing A.J. Bouye last week, Denver is now parting ways with veteran defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, too. (Source: Denver Broncos)

Fantasy Impact: Casey was traded from the Titans to Denver for a seventh-round pick last offseason. He appeared in just three games before suffering a season-ending biceps injury. He made 14 tackles, including two on the quarterback and one for loss, before being shut down for the year. His absence was felt in a defensive line that also lost Mike Purcell (foot) and Shelby Harris (COVID-19) for a solid chunk of time. The five-time Pro Bowler will look to bounce back as he plays for his third team in three years next season.

Category: Transactions

The Denver Broncos have released veteran corner A.J. Bouye, saving $13.2 million in cap space. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos traded a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars last season for Bouye. The 30-year-old appeared in just seven games for Denver last year.

Category: Transactions

Broncos WR Tim Patrick caught 2-of-4 targets for 46 yards in the Broncos' 32-31 loss to the Raiders in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Patrick ends the season on a low-end, failing to clear 50 yards in his last six games. Still, he proved to be a useful wideout for fantasy managers this season, collecting 51 receptions for 742 yards and six scores in his third NFL season.

Category: Game Recaps

QB Blake Bortles will reportedly sign with the Rams from the Denver Broncos' practice squad and will back-up starter John Wolford against the Cardinals in Week 17. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jared Goff underwent thumb surgery on Monday and will be replaced by newcomer John Wolford against the Cardinals in a pivotal Week 17 matchup. Bortles finds himself in a familiar role, as the former first-round draft pick spent 2019 backing up Jared Goff on the Rams roster before being cut and picked up by the Broncos this offseason. Bortles has not yet officially signed but is expected to return to his former team this week. Fantasy managers should avoid Bortles unless an unforeseen injury befalls Wolford prior to Sunday's matchup.

Category: Transactions, Rumors