2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Denver Broncos

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In addition to viewing our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2017 fantasy football projections for the Denver Broncos.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Paxton Lynch272.8456.2312814.811.318.5610.2169.02
Trading up for Lynch in the first round of last year's draft, it's possible that he earns the starting job even if he and Siemian are even in terms of performance in training camp and the preseason. It seems reasonable to expect Lynch to make some starts in 2017; the only question is, "how many?"
Trevor Siemian93152.9110063.56.1160.163.2
The Broncos used a first-round pick on Paxton Lynch in 2016, but Siemian appears likely to enter 2017 as the starter. In the future, it's even possible that Mr. Irrelevant -- Chad Kelly (Jim Kelly's nephew) -- emerges as the starter in 2018 (and beyond). In his first year as a starter, Siemian threw for 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
C.J. Anderson206.6916.56.927.6209.71.6163.62
Not only did Anderson miss more than half of the 2016 season, but he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry. With a new coach and the addition of Jamaal Charles, the Broncos are expected to employ a committee approach, but I'd expect CJA to get the largest share of the committee's workload.
Jamaal Charles78.53662.240.1331.73.2102.17
Due to knee injuries, Charles has missed three times as many games (24) as he has played (eight) over the past two seasons. Ranking fourth all-time in yards per carry behind Michael Vick (7.0), Randall Cunningham (6.4) and Marion Motley (5.7), the 30-year-old Charles has averaged 5.5 yards per carry over his career, but it's unclear how effective he'll be given his recent injury history.
Devontae Booker86.6351.91.612.892.5054.04
Booker saw an expanded role as a rookie with Anderson injured, but he lacked efficiency (3.5 YPC). It's unclear if Booker will be ready for the season opener after recently fracturing his wrist and having surgery. Even if he is, he'll go into the season as the clear No. 3 in line for touches.
De'Angelo Henderson14.561.706.448.5011.02
Andy Janovich1.66.404.841.904.83

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Demaryius Thomas101.913708.5000188
Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season (and is better now), but those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, he had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't return to a 100/1,400/10 level of production.
Emmanuel Sanders94.61218.66.6000161.46
After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at least 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Both of those -- 75 catches and 1,000 yards -- seem to be a reasonable floor, but there is some upside for improvement over the past two seasons with Mike McCoy returning to run Denver's offense.
Carlos Henderson18221.81.600031.78
Jordan Taylor9.6125.51.600022.15
Bennie Fowler3.241.800004.18
Cody Latimer3.23500003.5

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Virgil Green22.2246.81.634.28
A.J. Derby14.7152.20.719.42
Jeff Heuerman12.5152.80.518.28
Jake Butt9.5112.6011.26

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