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Broncos S Justin Simmons has officially accepted his franchise tender for the 2020 season and he is expected to sign it shortly. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons has been an effective player on defense for the Broncos over the past four seasons. The former third-round pick in 2016 has played in 58 games, recording 288 tackles and 11 interceptions. Simmons has been holding out for a long-term extension, but the deadline to come to an agreement is July 15. If that doesn’t happen, Simmons will officially play the upcoming season on his franchise tender.

Category: Transactions

Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post writes that he doesn't believe Royce Freeman's role as the Broncos' number-three RB is secure. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman is well behind Melvin Gordon and Philip Lindsay on the team's depth chart entering training camp. The 2018 third-round pick hasn't been a disaster through two seasons by any means, but he also hasn't done much to truly stand out as an above-average back. We would still bet on Freeman making the team this season but it doesn't help that he doesn't contribute to special teams either.

Category: Rumors

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell recently declared LB Bradley Chubb “ready to go” ahead of training camp this season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Chubb, the 5th overall pick in 2018, tore his ACL after playing in just four games for the Broncos last season. In his rookie year, he accumulated 60 tackles to go along with 12 sacks. He’s a force to be reckoned with on the Broncos front seven and the Denver defense should be much improved from last season given a healthy Chubb in 2020. Chubb and teammate Von Miller should wreak havoc for opposing offensive lines this season.

Category: Injury Updates

According to Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, CB Bryce Callahan is “good to go” for training camp after missing the 2019 season due to a foot injury. (Source: Ryan O’Halloran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Callahan was a rotational guy for the Bears between 2015 and 2018, recording 123 tackles, four sacks, and four interceptions in 45 games played. After missing all of last season due to the foot injury, he’ll look to become a big piece of the Broncos secondary, and the coaching staff is hopeful he can become the team’s number two corner.

Category: Injury Updates

QB Drew Lock has been throwing to WR Jerry Jeudy daily at an area field in Denver. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Lock has had throwing sessions with Jeudy the past two weeks at an area field in Denver. The Broncos’ facilities should be opening sometime in the near future. Lock is entering his first year as the Broncos’ starting QB and is building a rapport with the rookie wideout. Jeudy is expected to start opposite Cortland Sutton as Denver’s WR2. He is currently 54th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings, but a strong rapport with Lock will only increase his fantasy value.

After missing the entire 2019 season following complications stemming from his ACL surgery in September 2018 it seems that Jake Butt is finally ready to compete at full health for the Broncos. Once touted as one of the top tight end prospects entering the 2017 Draft Butt tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl during the last collegiate game of his career (Butt had previously torn his ACL in 2014 with Michigan). He then missed his entire rookie season recovering from the injury and related surgery. Butt played in only two games in 2018 before suffering a torn ACL during a non-contact drill during practice in 2018. Now entering his fourth season in the league Butt has only played in three games catching eight passes for 85 yards. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for Jake Butt, but not unsurprisingly, the Broncos have added more talent to their tight end group with Noah Fant entering his second season in the league, and more recently selecting Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth round of the 2020 Draft. Butt will have his work cut out for him as he will likely have to compete with veterans Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett for a roster spot.

Category: Injury Updates

Devontae Booker agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday. (Source: Scott Bair on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The terms of the deal are unknown at this time, but Booker will have a chance to compete for a roster spot. Booker logged two carries for nine yards and hauled in six receptions for 57 yards across 16 games for the Broncos in 2019. If he makes the team, the 27-year-old will most likely be fourth on the RB depth chart behind Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richards and Lynn Bowden.

Category: Transactions

Two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, Broncos LB took to Twitter Thursday night to inform everyone that he has recovered from the virus and officially tested negative. (Source: Von Miller on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Miller and the NFL community. He has a history of asthma, so to hear that Miller has been cleared from COVID-19 is a relief. Saints head coach Sean Payton and Rams OL Brian Allen were the only two other people in the NFL to have knowingly tested positive for the virus. While we have yet to hear if Allen has fully recovered, both Miller and Payton have confirmed their recoveries from the virus. Miller should be a full-go for training camp heading into the upcoming season.

RB Melvin Gordon is now officially a member of the Denver Broncos after his free agent deal from back in March officially processed Monday with the NFL. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Denver waited until April 27 at 4:00 PM to officially process the Gordon signing so as to not have it count against the Broncos compensatory picks formula. Strategic move on their part - and now Gordon can officially get to work with his new team. He’s currently ranked #21 in the FantasyPros consensus RB rankings.

Category: Transactions

CB Shakial Taylor has officially signed his exclusive rights free agent tender and will return to Denver in 2020. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor went undrafted in 2019 out of Kansas, but got picked up by the Colts that year. He appeared in five games and recorded seven tackles before joining the Broncos after being released by Indianapolis. He’ll be back with Denver in 2020 to compete for a roster spot and playing time on both defense and special teams.

Category: Transactions

WR Tim Patrick has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender on Wednesday and will return as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2020. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Patrick has played the past two seasons with the Broncos, playing 16 games in 2018 and eight games in 2019 after suffering a broken hand. In 24 games, he has a total of 33 receptions for 533 yards and just one touchdown. The 26-year old out of Utah has the opportunity to carve out a role for himself in a shallow but talented WR group in Denver that includes Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. At this point, Patrick is nothing more than a player to keep an eye on this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions

ProFootball Talk is reporting that agent David Canter has stated that wide receiver Diontae Spencer has signed his tender with the Broncos. (Source: ProFootball Talk on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Spencer is an intricate part of the Broncos’ special team. He had six receptions for 31 yards and a fumble recovery last year for the Broncos. Spencer can be left on waiver wires as he mostly contributes on special teams.

Category: Transactions

DE Joel Heath has re-signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heath was claimed by the Broncos last season after he was released by the Texans. He played in Houston for three years prior to his release. Heath only has 34 tackles and three sacks during his three-year career, but the product out of Michigan State will get an opportunity to further his career as a defensive end in Denver.

Category: Transactions

Former Broncos S Will Parks has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A homecoming for the former 2016 sixth-round selection out of Arizona. Parks is from Philadelphia and went to Germantown HS. He’ll look to bolster up the Eagles secondary after playing four seasons with the Broncos. The Eagles are in need of safety help after losing Malcolm Jenkins in free agency to the Saints.

Category: Transactions

QB Joe Flacco has been told he’ll be waived by the Broncos with a failed physical designation. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Flacco started just eight games in 2019 for the Broncos, and after one year with the team, he is on his way out. The former Super-Bowl MVP is now a free agent and will look to join a team that needs a veteran presence on the offensive side of the ball. The Broncos appear to be handing the reigns over to QB Drew Lock, who impressed late last season after stepping in for Flacco.

Category: Transactions

Speaking with the media about a potential contract extension with running back Phillip Lindsay, Broncos general manager John Elway said “we’ll see where everything falls after free agency, after the draft (and) how much money we have. We would like to be able to do something. Obviously, Phillip’s been great. If we can do something, we’ll try.” (Source: The Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: As an undrafted free agent, Lindsay could sign an extension this year versus the need to wait until after his third year. Lindsay is currently in line to play for close to the league minimum in 2020 at a position that is notorious for short careers and injuries. Of course, if he turns in another strong campaign in 2020 his price would only go up in 2021. It will be interesting to see what the team does with Lindsay, who has made no indication that he will hold out for a new deal. Lindsay is currently the RB24 in our early expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors

The Denver Broncos D/ST allowed 477 yards and had two sacks and one fumble recovery in a 16-15 win over the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't the best fantasy day for the Broncos Sunday as they allowed big yardage to the Raiders while posting just two sacks and one turnover. They did manage to repeatedly turn Oakland away in the red zone to come away with their fourth win in the last five games. This unit will be drafted as a top-12 option next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon McManus was 3-for-4 on field goal and 1-for-1 on extra point attempts in the Broncos' 16-15 win over the Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: McManus heads into next season as a potential fantasy starter if Denver can find more consistency on offense through developing Drew Lock and upgrading the offensive line.

Category: Game Recaps

DaeSean Hamilton had five receptions for 65 yards on six targets in the Broncos' 16-15 win over the Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hamilton lead Denver in receiving Sunday and was second in targets. He will merit late-round consideration in drafts next season if Denver does not bring in another option to play along with Courtland Sutton.

Category: Game Recaps

Noah Fant had one reception for four yards on two targets in the Broncos' 16-15 win over the Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It was another terrible game for Denver's promising rookie tight end. Despite his struggles at the end of the season, he flashed enough to merit low-end TE1 status heading into next season.

Category: Game Recaps