Throughout the 2014 offseason, the talk surrounding the Denver Broncos centered around their free agent acquisitions and their ability to return to the Super Bowl. While many focused on this, there were many who suggested the Broncos offense could improve upon the record setting year it had in 2013.
Act II has been everything but record setting. Thus far, the Bronco offense has been efficient but has failed to live up to the lofty expectations, both on the field, and in the fantasy world. Following your fantasy football draft, you were likely staring in disbelief because you weren't able to manage drafting a single Bronco. Now is the time to right this wrong, and buy low on a few Broncos who will be fantasy studs from here on out.
Thus far Demaryius Thomas has been an absolute dud. A dud on the football field and a dud as your WR1 in your fantasy lineup. But things are looking up for "Optimus Prime" and the bye week is the perfect time to target him in a trade from his disgruntled owner.
Through the first 3 weeks of the season, Thomas faced Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and Richard Sherman. Of the 3, Sean Smith was his easiest matchup and it showed in his stat line of of 5 catches for 62 yards and a TD. Yet, by last year's standards, these numbers are pedestrian at best.
On the year he has 13 catches for 141 yards, a touchdown and a 2 point conversion; numbers we are used to him posting in a single game, not over 3. Thomas has a few things going for him the rest of the season. First he should be healthy, with the bye week, as it has been well noted that Demaryius has had a nagging foot injury.
Second, he has a single premier corner left on his schedule in Arizona's Patrick Peterson. Lastly, he now has Wes Welker back to take some pressure off and defenses are likely to key in on breakout star Emmanuel Sanders. The early season frustrations of Demaryius will soon be long forgotten, if you can pull a trade off for him. Now is the time.
Many analysts, and fans alike, had Ball as a top fantasy running back this season, with him taking over for the departed Knowshon Moreno. I showed no such love for Ball and avoided him in the first 2 rounds in each of my fantasy drafts.
Ball had a number of things working against him, coming of an emergency appendectomy and limited work in the preseason. What was rarely mentioned is that Ball was making his first start in the NFL in the season opener against the Colts. Little was also made of the slow start Montee had during his rookie season.
Now, I am not saying that Ball is going to burst out of the gates and match Moreno's numbers from this past season, because he won't. But he will certainly rebound from his slow start and turn out to be a solid RB3/flex play week in and week out. If you can get Ball on the cheap, jump at the opportunity.
After the Arizona game, Matt Prater will come off of suspension and take over the kicking duties from the strong legged, yet inconsistent, Brandon McManus. In 2 of my leagues I spent my last pick to roster Prater. Some may think this is a poor strategy, but I disagree. Prater is the most accurate kicker in the NFL, with the most powerful leg, tied to the best offense. That is fantasy heaven from the kicking position. Prater is currently owned in 34.4% of FOX Sports fantasy leagues, so the time to jump on him is now, before it's too late.
I love Emmanuel Sanders. He is the perfect fit for the Denver offense and has thus far been the steal of the off-season for the entire NFL. That being said, Sanders' production is bound to drop. He will not continue his ridiculous pace, as Wes Welker works back into the offense, and Demaryius Thomas regains his form. Not to mention, Sanders will likely garner added defensive attention after his great week 3 performance.
Sanders is a legit WR2 and will go on to have a great season, but it is time to sell, as Sanders' value will likely never be this high. If you can fill a couple of holes, or get a stud running back in return, then you should pull the trigger ASAP. If you can't, there is no need to worry. Sanders will continue to have a good year and put up solid fantasy numbers for your team.
The first bye week of the NFL season is a rough week for fantasy football, yet it is also a week of opportunity abound. Other buy low candidates around the league: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson and Rob Gronkowski. Other sell high candidates around the league: Darren Sproles, Ahmad Bradshaw, Jeremy Maclin and Martellus Bennett