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Broncos passing game should come back to life this week

Dan Bilicki

By Dan Bilicki, Toronto Sun

Running back C.J. Anderson was the lone Bronco to have a good fantasy game last week. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Running back C.J. Anderson was the lone Bronco to have a good fantasy game last week. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

TORONTO - 

How cruel are the Denver Broncos?

It was bad enough that in the first week of the fantasy playoffs, Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas had awful games while Emmanuel Sanders was also below his season average.

Case in point: This was Manning’s first game in 51 starts without a passing TD.

But perhaps the cruelest thing of it all was seeing Julius Thomas suit up and then not even play. He was in uniform on the sidelines for emergency purposes only. We hope you weren’t suckered into starting him and getting stuck with a zero.

The good news is that he should actually be playing this week after practising on a limited basis — moreso to just keep the all-pro’s reps down.

C.J. Anderson — the Bronco that put up some good fantasy point — suffered an ankle injury in the Bills game, but was able to continue. He missed one day of practice, but is in no danger of missing this week’s tilt with the Chargers.

As for the rest of the Broncos, I think it’s fair to bet that they won’t be putting up such measly numbers two weeks in a row.

— What might be most amazing about Julio Jones’ 11-catch, 257-yard performance last week against Green Bay is that he missed a bunch of the fourth quarter with a hip injury. He has yet to practise this week and is looking like a game-time decision that will come down to the wire. If he plays, he’s an obvious must-start. If he sits, I’d also bench Matt Ryan.

— Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the Chicago Bears, they have now lost Brandon Marshall for the season after suffering broken ribs and a lung injury against the Cowboys last Thursday. Marquess Wilson will start in his place, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues.

— The Cardinals have placed struggling RB Andre Ellington on the IR with hip, hernia and foot injuries. In his absence on Thursday against the Rams, Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor split carries basically 50-50. With a matchup against Seattle next week, we wouldn’t rush to pick up either of these backs.

— Panthers QB Cam Newton was in a pretty rough-looking car accident earlier this week and suffered two broken bones in his back – transverse fractures, the same injury Tony Romo suffered earlier this season. Newton will be out at least this week with Derek Anderson getting the start against Tampa.

— The only thing that Jamaal Charles owners have to worry about this week is the Raiders defence. The Chiefs top running back is in line for a full workload after briefly leaving last week’s game with an ankle injury. Sorry, Knile Davis owners.

— We hope that you were smart enough to handcuff Giovani Bernard with Jeremy Hill this season, because it looks like the Bengals want to move away from a split in the backfield and use one or the other as a workhorse back. While Bernard had a great rookie season, he has dealt with injuries this year. Hill, the rookie, looks like the better bet to get the feature back role, as he has been getting more touches than Bernard since the sophomore came back from injury three weeks ago.

SIT/START

Sit Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA at NE

The Patriots have held two of the past three opposing QBs to just 11 points.

Sit Tony Romo, QB, DAL at PHI

Just two weeks ago was held to 5.8 points against this Eagles team – and that was at home.

Start Latavius Murray, RB, OAK at KC

He lit up the Chiefs in limited playing time a couple of weeks ago and K.C.’s run defence has been awful recently.

Start LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE vs. MIA

We know it’s hard to trust Patriots RBs, but Miami has averaged 220 rushing yards allowed in past three games.

Sit Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG vs. WAS

The Giants will look to ride the hot hand against Washington and Andre Williams looked better last week.

Start Donte Moncrief, WR, IND vs. HOU

Played more snaps than Reggie Wayne last week and faces an average pass defence.

Sit Charles Johnson, WR, MIN at DET

He may be on the rise, but the Lions defence is among the league’s best.

Start Kenny Stills, WR, NO at CHI

Had an off-week like the rest of the Saints against the Panthers, but should bounce back to WR2 territory.

STAT CORNER

Since trading for Trent Richardson, the former first-rounder has 934 yards on 303 carries (3.1 YPC) and six TDs. Every other Colts RB has 298 carries for 1,475 yards (4.95 YPC) and 11 TDs.

ADD OF THE WEEK

Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR

His ankles have been holding up just fine, seeing him rush for 240 yards in the past two games combined. Has a decent matchup against the Bucs this week too.

DROP OF THE WEEK

Denard Robinson, RB/WR, JAC

After four straight weeks of at least 11 points, Shoelace hit the wall after the Jags bye week and hasn’t reached six points in the past three games. Even worse, he has been put on the IR thanks to a mid-foot sprain.

WAIVER DEFENCE OF THE WEEK

Tennessee Titans DEF

Sure, the Titans defence has recorded just two double-digit scoring games this season, but facing the Jets can be a fantasy gold mine. New York has allowed the fourth-most sacks and have the 10th most turnovers this season. 


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