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Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Chargers. (Source: Aric DiLalla on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lindsay did some non-contact drills during Thursday's practice but was ultimately listed as "DNP." His absence would certainly increase the fantasy outlook of Melvin Gordon. Tim Patrick (hamstring) is also listed as questionable.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos WR Tim Patrick (hamstring) is absent from Thursday's practice. (Source: Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Patrick left the Broncos' Week 7 game against the Chiefs with the injury. He needs to at least get in a "limited" session on Friday to have a chance at suiting up against the Chargers.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos' NT Mike Purcell (foot) will miss the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a Lisfranc injury against the Chiefs on Sunday, per source. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Purcell had 15 tackles and one sack through six games for Denver before injuring his foot in the first quarter of a 43-16 blowout loss to Kansas City. Purcell is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to mend his foot, a big loss for a team already devastated by injuries on both sides of the ball.

Category: Injury Updates

Denver D/ST had four sacks and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 43-16 loss at the hands of the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Denver's D/ST has been solid to date, recording five or more fantasy points in all of their games. This week, however, they had to contend with the Kansas City Chiefs. They also have to deal with some high-powered offenses moving forward with the Falcons, Chargers, Saints, and Chiefs again. Feel free to use them as needed as a bye week streamer.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon McManus went 1-for-1 on field goal attempts and 1-for-2 on PATs in a Week 7 blowout loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: After connecting on all six of his field goals a week ago, McManus attempted just one in a big loss to the Chiefs in Week 7. McManus should continue to be started in Week 8 when the Broncos host the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

KJ Hamler caught 2-of-3 targets for 24 yards and rushed once for 10 yards in a 43-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Hamler returned after missing a month with a hamstring injury. The entire passing attack struggled against the Chiefs in the snow, and will look to get back on track in Week 8 against the Chargers. Hamler could be stashed on your bench, but shouldn’t be trusted as a starter at this point.

Category: Game Recaps

Noah Fant caught just 3-of-7 targets for 38 yards in a Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Fant hadn’t played since October 1 after dealing with an ankle injury. Both he and teammate Albert Okwuegbunam saw 7 targets from Drew Lock, but it was Albert O who made the most of his looks, hitting 60 yards for the game. Fant could see more of a timeshare with Okwuegbunam, lowering his ceiling as the season progresses. Consider Fant a TE2 in Week 8 against the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

Jerry Jeudy caught just 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in a 43-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Jeudy has now been under 33 yards in consecutive games. He hasn’t topped 62 yards all season. At this point, Jeudy can’t be trusted as anything more than a deep-league flex play until he shows he can be a bigger part of the offense on a weekly basis. He’ll face the Chargers in Week 8.

Category: Game Recaps

Albert Okwuegbunam caught 7-of-7 targets for 60 yards in a 43-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Albert “O“ as they call him was the Broncos’ leading pass-catcher in Week 7 with a game-high seven catches and 60 reception yards. This comes a week after he saw six targets in his first NFL game action. It seems like Okwuegbunam and QB Drew Lock are re-establishing their rapport that was built in college at Missouri. He makes for a low-end TE2 next week when the Broncos host the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

Melvin Gordon III rushed 17 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, but also fumbled twice in a 43-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon added two catches for 12 yards to his stat line in this one. Phillip Lindsay sustained a concussion and had to exit early, but certainly looked like the more effective runner compared to Gordon. If Lindsay can’t play in Week 8, Gordon will likely handle a full workload and should be a rock solid RB2 against the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

Drew Lock completed 24-of-40 passes for 254 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions and added eight yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 43-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Lock and the entire Broncos offense couldn’t ever get it going in the snow against the Chiefs. If it weren’t for the rush TD, Lock would have had a very bad fantasy performance. He’ll look to rebound in Week 8 at home vs. Justin Herbert and the Chargers.

Category: Game Recaps

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman received eight carries and ran for 26 yards and caught one pass for four yards in an 18-12 win over the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy managers might have expected Freeman to get more work on Sunday, considering Melvin Gordon III did not play and Phillip Lindsay made his return from a three-game absence. That didn't happen as Freeman played second fiddle to Lindsay, who outpaced him in carries 23:8. Freeman saw time as the passing-down back, but with Lock being highly inaccurate, he didn't get much of an opportunity to produce. Freeman is deep league handcuff as he'll need a Lindsay or Gordon to miss games to make him worthy of a pickup in 10-12 redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Blake Bortles released by Broncos

Sat, Oct 17th 2:10pm EDT
By Dan Titus

The Denver Broncos are releasing QB Blake Bortles. (Source: Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a corresponding move, the Broncos are promoting DL Sylvester Williams from the practice squad. Bortles did not see any action for the Broncos in the absence of starting QB Drew Lock and failed to beat out backup Brett Rypien. Bortles may get another audition in the future, but he'll hit waivers and carries no fantasy relevance for now.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Denver Broncos LB Mark Barron recently suffered a pec injury while rehabbing from a hamstring issue that has kept him out all season to this point. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barron just can't buy a break. He injured his hamstring in August after signing with the Broncos and has yet to see the field. He's currently still on short-term IR.

Category: Injury Updates

Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton caught 1 of 3 targets for nine yards in Denver's Thursday night win over the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Hamilton remains a side note in Denver's offense and should not be rostered at this time.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Rypien completed 19-of-31 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Broncos' 37-28 Week 4 win over the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The good news for Rypien is that Denver got the win, though it's fair to question how this would've turned out against better competition. The highlight of the night was a 48-yard TD to Jerry Jeudy, in which the rookie receiver jumped over his defender to make a grab at the goal-line. It was a pretty play, but it was almost as if Rypien was targeting the cornerback on the throw. The Patriots present a wildly tougher Week 5 matchup.

Category: Game Recaps

Broncos tight end Nick Vannett is officially active for the team's Week 4 matchup with the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Vannett had been inactive in Week 3. (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Through the first two weeks of the season before being inactive in Week 3, Vannett had caught just one of his four targets for negative yardages. Barring injuries to Noah Fant and/or Jake Butt, Vannett has minimal fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

The Broncos are placing OL Elijah Wilkinson (leg) on injured reserve. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos continue to be decimated by injuries this year. Wilkinson is their fifth starter to go down. It's tough to feel confident about Denver's offensive skill players in fantasy, outside of Melvin Gordon perhaps.

Category: Injury Updates

Jurrell Casey suffered a torn biceps on Sunday versus Tampa Bay and is out for the remainder of the season. (Source: Troy Renck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Another blow to a Broncos team that has already seen Von Miller and Courland Sutton's seasons lost to injury. The Broncos are still looking for their first win as they travel to Metlife Stadium to take on the New York Jets Thursday night.

Category: Injury Updates

Jeff Driskel completed 17-of-30 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Broncos' 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers Sunday. He added three rushes for 14 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Driskel was ineffective Sunday and took another five sacks before giving way to Brett Rypien in the fourth quarter. He is in line to see a start against the Jets in Thursday night's "someone has to win" bowl.

Category: Game Recaps