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Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that Drew Lock "can be" the team's starting QB next year but added that "he's going to have to improve." (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even if there's an eventual shake up, coaches typically show full support to their players in end-of-season interviews. Fangio stopped short of that, though. Lock failed to take a second-year leap in 2020, compiling a 16:15 TD:INT ratio across 13 games. If nothing else we should expect Denver to bring in some competition for him.

Category: Rumors

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

Broncos TE Noah Fant caught 4-of-6 targets for 48 yards in the Broncos' 32-31 loss to the Raiders in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Fant's second season ends with 62 receptions for 673 yards and three scores across 15 games. He fought through an ankle injury for much of the season and will be a top-10 TE heading into next season. His prospects would improve if he can get consistent play from the QB position.

Category: Game Recaps

Melvin Gordon III rushed 26 times for 93 yards and a score while adding four receptions for 17 receiving yards in the Broncos' 32-31 loss to the Raiders in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon III had a successful first season with the Broncos, finishing with 1,054 total yards (986 rushing, 158 receiving) and 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving). He even achieved the second-highest yards per carry of his six-year career, with 4.6. He'll be 28 next season, and if he gets some good quarterback play, he could sustain his RB2 status going into the 2021 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy caught 5-of-7 targets for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 32-31 loss to the Raiders in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Jeudy took a 92-yard pass to the house to gain a majority of his yardage, and it was his first touchdown since Week 9. His rookie season ends with 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns. He remains a valuable keeper in dynasty formats, but his redraft appeal hinges on whoever the Broncos' QB will be next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Bradley Chubb, who has been dealing with a ankle injury, will not be active Sunday afternoon against the Raiders. (Source: Brandon Krisztal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here as the Broncos have no reason to push Chubb out in a 5-10 season. He'll get to play again in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos WR KJ Hamler (concussion) won't play in Week 17 against the Raiders. (Source: Aric DiLalla on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hamler finishes his rookie campaign with 30 receptions for 381 yards and three touchdowns. The 21-year-old will be part of an exciting young trio of wideouts in Denver next year, which includes Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton.

Category: Injury Updates

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

Royce Freeman (hip) is active for Week 16's matchup against the Chargers. (Source: Denver Broncos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman makes for an intriguing flex play with Phillip Lindsay on IR. He should see a decent chunk of snaps in relief of Melvin Gordon III. Admittedly a risky start, he should do in a pinch and makes for a solid DFS target.

Category: Injury Updates

The Broncos have placed RB Phillip Lindsay (knee/hip) on IR, ending his season. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Lindsay out, Melvin Gordon III will shoulder the load out of the backfield for the Broncos in Weeks 16 and 17, with Royce Freeman acting in a complementary role.

Category: Injury Updates

The Broncos activated K Brandon McManus from the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor Russolino will head back to the practice squad. McManus didn't kick in Week 15 but he should be good to go for Week 16.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos coach Vic Fangio says that he doesn't expect Von Miller (ankle) to return this season. (Source: Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller has yet to practice, which is an obvious sign that he won't return for either of Denver's final two regular season contests. The 31-year-old underwent ankle surgery in September and hasn't played at all this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos WR Troy Fumagalli caught 4-of-5 targets for 53 yards in the Broncos' 32-27 win over the Panthers in Week 14.

Fantasy Impact: Fumagalli, a second-year player out of Wisconsin, set a new career-high with 53 receiving yards. He came into Week 14 having only two receptions for 12 yards, so fantasy managers should not expect this to be a recurring theme.

Category: Game Recaps

Broncos OT Garett Bolles (illness) was placed on the injury report this morning after waking up feeling sick, making him questionable against the Panthers in Week 14. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bolles has played well for the Broncos in the midst of an injury-filled season, allowing zero sacks until Week 9 and playing a key role in their running game that flourished against the Chiefs in Week 13. If the former first-round tackle is unable to play in Week 14, the Broncos might rely more on QB Drew Lock to air it out against a Panthers defense that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns and nearly 375 yards of offense per game.

Category: Injury Updates

Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye has been suspended six games for testing positive for PEDs. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bouye got popped for using the same banned substance (from the same source) as Will Fuller and Bradley Roby and will receive a matching six-game suspension. Bouye will miss the first two games of the 2021 season, whether or not those missed games are for Denver will be decided this offseason. The Broncos can move on from Bouye with no dead cap following the season.

Category: Injury Updates

The Denver Broncos D/ST did not force a turnover but had one sack in a 22-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos came into Week 13 as the fourth-ranked red zone defense, allowing opponents to score a TD in only 52.5% of their opportunities. The Broncos' defense held up strong against the Chiefs, limiting them to five field-goals and one touchdown. However, with the Broncos' offense continuing to struggle, it will be hard to deploy the Denver D/ST in the fantasy playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Denver Broncos QB/WR Kendall Hinton completed 1-of-9 passes for 13 yards with two interceptions in the Broncos 31-3 loss to the Saints in Week 12. He added two rushes for seven yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hinton was thrust into the starting QB role against one of the best defenses in the NFL, and it went horribly. Hinton threw two picks in nine pass attempts and did minimal on the ground. The experiment was doomed from the start, and while fantasy managers in Yahoo may have tried to exploit his position eligibility at WR, he amassed negative points. He should not be rostered or started in fantasy leagues going forward. If Drew Lock and Brett Rypien aren't cleared by next Sunday, expect the Broncos to sign a fill-in QB from the street before trotting out the former Wake Forest quarterback.

Category: Game Recaps

The Broncos placed QB Jeff Driskel on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There were reportedly no other positives within the Denver organization, which is notable for Drew Lock's Week 12 availability.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos' RG Graham Glasgow showed up on the team's injury report Friday with a calf issue. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glasgow was likely injured Friday, as he wasn't listed on previous reports. He is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Category: Injury Updates

Denver Broncos star safety Justin Simmons missed Wednesday's practice for non injury related reasons. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons is playing on the franchise tag and has been one of the lone bright spots in the secondary for the Broncos. His completion percentage against is not great, but he is well on his way to setting a new career-high in interceptions. Simmons has been a rock-solid DB2 option for IDP managers and should be one once again if he is active against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10.

Category: Injury Updates