Denver Broncos fantasy mailbag: Evaluating quarterbacks
By Brett Chaves
The Denver Broncos were not exactly an overflowing well of fantasy football excellence in 2020. How can the QBs change that in 2021?
The moment that every football fan has been waiting for is finally back: fantasy season.
The months of July and August are jam-packed with fantasy drafts, coverage, and predictions. Draft parties are in full swing, where friends turn to foes in the draft room. The months leading up to the NFL season are the one time of the year where everyone can sit down and forget about the real world. The only thing that everyone is focused on is drafting the best players for their team.
The only thing that could make this time even better is a guide to drafting not only the best players but your favorite players in this draft.
I’m referring to the men in orange from Mile High.
All eyes are on the Denver Broncos offense this season. With a young core of skill players ready to explode, there’s no telling what kind of success they could have in fantasy. From the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, and the always-speedy KJ Hamler, this Broncos offense could be the key to winning some fantasy leagues this season.
Let’s not forget about the defense as well. The Denver Broncos defense made some notable splashes in the offseason, landing some big-name secondary players in Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby, and rookie Patrick Surtain II. George Paton also managed to ink Justin Simmons and Shelby Harris to long-term deals.
With the defense looking to make a strong return in 2021, there’s a very good chance the squad can add exceptional value to the fantasy world. With a stronger defensive line providing pressure, the secondary can do their jobs and create interceptions. The return of Von Miller, along with Chubb, should also give the Broncos a boost in the sack count.
Put it all together, and the Broncos defense could be averaging over 10 points per game in P.P.R. (points per reception) leagues.
Let’s get rolling.
Denver Broncos 2021 fantasy football: QBs
Following the normal chronological order, we’re going to take a look at the values each Denver Broncos position group brings to fantasy football.
First up on the list: quarterbacks.
The Broncos quarterback room has the potential to have one of the biggest fantasy booms out of any NFL franchise. With the young and explosive offense surrounding them, both Lock and Bridgewater have the opportunity to produce quality numbers.
Here’s the biggest question: are they ready to take the step forward?
Both of them had down years in fantasy last season, partly due to the lack of offensive firepower. Bridgewater ran an offense without Christian McCaffrey for the majority of the season, and Drew Lock had to step up to the plate without Courtland Sutton or Noah Fant for most of the year. With a fresh start due for both quarterbacks, this could be the perfect opportunity for each of them to shine.
Let’s take a look at each of their values going into the 2021 season and what potential they have in the fantasy football realm.