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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The Denver Broncos have rescinded their original-round tender on RB Phillip Lindsay.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

DUI charges against Broncos RB Melvin Gordon III have been dismissed due to evidentiary concerns. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon was arrested back in October for going 25-39 mph over the speed limit while intoxicated. It remains to be seen how the NFL will react to the incident.

WR Courtland Sutton (knee) is running passing routes while rehabbing from a torn ACL. (Source: Zac Stevens on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sutton initially tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee on September 20th. He’s progressing well in his recovery and could be all systems go barring any setbacks by training camp. Sutton is entering the final year of his rookie deal and will be joining a crowded Broncos wideout corps, which includes Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. The 25-year-old is currently 31st among all WRs in the latest expert consensus rankings. Sutton could be a late-round steal if he’s able to stay healthy and replicate or come close to his breakout 2019 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates

Mike Klis of 9 News is reporting that the Broncos are bringing in competition for QB Drew Lock. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: “Until Drew proves to be the next great quarterback like the ones Denver has been used to in years past, or ones certain teams around the league have, we’re going to always try and bring in competition,” said Broncos HC Vic Fangio. “But I have confidence Drew can continue to improve.” Lock finished the 2020 season completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with a 16:15 TD:INT ratio across 13 games. He added 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Lock has the tools and a talented supporting cast to be a successful QB, but will need to put all together if he plans on being the Broncos QB of the future. Lock will try to improve on his 2020 sophomore campaign and is currently 28th among all QBs in the latest expert consensus rankings for 2021.

Category: Rumors

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

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

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 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 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

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