Denver Broncos Preview
The Broncos are hoping this is the team that can make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Fortunately this offseason wasn’t as tragic as last year when they had to deal with the death of two teammates (Darrent Williams and Damien Nash). They had their issues with Brandon Marshall, but it appears that had a “happy” ending as his suspension was reduced to just one game.
On Offense Jay Cutler enters his second season as the starter. He had a solid season last year throwing for 3500 yards and 20 TDs, numbers which he can improve on. Brandon Marshall was his go-to-guy last year and he’ll miss the opener because of a suspension. He dodged a bullet though because he was initially suspended for three games. Javon Walker is gone to Oakland, but it wasn’t like he played much last year anyway. The other wideouts are Eddie Royal, Darrell Jackson, and Brandon Stokely. They also have two capable Tight Ends in Tony Scheffler and Daniel Graham. At Running Back Selvin Young is the lead back. I thought Ryan Torrain might challenge him, but an broken bone is his elbow will cost him the beginning of the season.
On the other side of the ball Denver is led by LB D.J. Williams (141 Tackles) and CB Champ Bailey (84 Tackles, 3 INTs). Dre Bly is a nice compliment to Bailey at Cornerback while Marlon McCree (San Diego) will be their new Free Safety. Elvis Dumervil (12.5 Sacks) is their main pass rushing force, although he’ll need help. DeWayne Robertson was brought in to help plug the middle. Nate Webster (87 Tackles) and Boss Bailey round out the Linebacker corps.
I think the Broncos will challenge for the Wild Card with around 9 Wins. If San Diego suffers injury setbacks, Denver could jump the shark and win the AFC West. In the end, I feel they will be on the outside looking in when the playoffs get underway.
Fantasy-wise their main weapon is Brandon Marshall. He’s worthy of a #1/#2 WR slot in most leagues. Jay Culter is a good starting QB option, and a great backup if you’re afforded that luxury. Scheffler is a nice sleeper at Tight End. Denver Defense should solid as well. Selvin Young is worth taking, but I wouldn’t want him as anything more than a #2 RB at best. I’d be more comfortable with him as your #3.