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Week 17 Broncos fantasy preview


After a thrilling overtime victory versus the Bengals on Monday night, your Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers in the regular season finale.

The last time these two teams faced off, the Broncos held Philip Rivers and company to just a field goal. With the way the offense is moving, it is hard not to like a good number of Broncos for Fantasy purposes. Even if your league champion has been crowned, the Fantasy season lives on with DraftKings.  

The Chargers have allowed 21 TD passes this year and Brock Osweiler (DraftKings Salary: $5,100) makes for a fine DraftKings consideration at just $100 above the QB minimum.

You can add Demaryius Thomas ($6,700) or Emmanuel Sanders ($5,800) for an affordable high upside stack. Sanders has racked up 248 receiving yards and two scores in the past two weeks.

Eli Manning ($5,600) is having one of the best seasons of his career and will look to go out on a high note against the Eagles suspect secondary. With Odell Beckham Jr. ($9,000) back, Manning should be able to move the ball at will.

On the other side of the field, Sam Bradford ($5,300) has 741 yards and at least 21.6 Fantasy points in each of the past two weeks. The Giants have had trouble stopping anyone through the air and Jordan Mathews ($4,700) has stepped up with 14 grabs for 263 yards and 2 scores in his last two.

The Chargers have given up at least 100 yards rushing to opposing running backs in all but five games, making Ronnie Hillman ($4,200) an intriguing play as the Broncos lead back.  

Devonta Freeman ($7,600) has been a breakout star for the Falcons this year and weekly top RB option. Remember he had over 150 yards and two TDs against the Saints in Week 6.  

Rashad Jennings ($3,700) has three straight games with over 100 total yards and he is still just $3,700 on DraftKings. Javorius Allen ($4,400) has double-digit DraftKings points in four of his last six. He should continue to be the center of the Ravens offense against the Bengals in Week 17.

There is a chance that Julio Jones ($8,500) could break the NFL record for receiving yards and receptions in a season with a monster performance Sunday. The matchup against the Saints weak secondary makes him the top WR play.

Expect the entire Steelers offense to rebound against the Browns, including an affordable Martavis Bryant ($5,300). He has double-digit points in all but two games this year. No one has been able to slow down Michael Floyd ($5,200) lately. He has at least 100 yards in five of his last seven. That included 33.3 Fantasy points against the Seahawks in Week 10.

Vernon Davis ($2,900) has a bargain price tag and an enticing matchup. You also have to consider Zach Miller ($4,600) at tight end, not only because he has been productive lately, but also because of his matchup with the Lions. They have allowed over 800 yards and 12 TDs to the position.

Zach Ertz ($3,600) takes on a weak Giants secondary that has been burned by tight ends all season. Ertz has 298 yards on 26 receptions over his last three.    

The Broncos ($4,000) defense is well worth their price on DraftKings, especially after putting up 23 fantasy points against San Diego in Week 13.

The Rams ($3,000) should have their way with the Niners offense, making them a very cost-effective play. The Redskins ($2,800) are another affordable option as they take on a Cowboys offense that has struggled to move the ball and score points.

If you are playing in a Fantasy playoffs league this January, you need to consider a number of factors. You should start by identifying all of the best players on the teams that you believe will go far in the playoffs.

You have to consider the Broncos defense one of the safest picks because of their dominance and potential for advancement. You also cannot go wrong with one of the Broncos receivers.

Demaryius Thomas has been a force in the playoffs the past few seasons and Emmanuel Sanders is currently showing a strong rapport with Brock Osweiler.

Tom Brady is always a strong consideration, and Rob Gronkowski obviously gives you a major edge at a shallow tight end position.

A.J. Green and Jeremy Hill could do damage as the Bengals most intriguing options. With the Chiefs playing well of late, you could consider Alex Smith, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce for your team.

Over in the NFC, the Seahawks offense is rolling and without a first round bye, you could definitely get three or four games out of Russell Wilson or Doug Baldwin.

Cam Newton has turned in an MVP-quality season and Greg Olsen is the best tight end in the NFC. Jordan Reed is right on his heels and if you believe that the Redskins can advance past the first round, he could have a huge impact.

Carson Palmer has the Cardinals passing attack in top form, but it is David Johnson who could be the most intriguing option in Arizona.

Aaron Rodgers has the potential to lead the Packers deep into the playoffs, racking up tons of Fantasy points in the process. Adrian Peterson may be the best running back available in the playoffs with the ability to single-handedly get the Vikings into the second round.

It is never too early to start thinking about the 2016 Fantasy season. This year we saw a majority of first and second round picks decimated by injuries and underperformance, which in turn destroyed the hopes of Fantasy owners everywhere.

Running backs were the hardest hit. In fact, of the top 10 RBs on the season as of Week 16 according to, only Adrian Peterson was taken regularly in the first three rounds of drafts. We saw young talents like Devonta Freeman, David Johnson and Todd Gurley emerge in a big way and help lead owners to championships.

You can count on all three being first round picks in 2016. Look for Ameer Abdullah, Melvin Gordon and T.J. Yeldon to make significant leaps next season. You should also plan to draft a few high upside backup running backs that could climb the depth chart with an injury to the starter.

At the receiver position, Allen Robinson and Brandin Cooks, among others, took big steps forward in 2015. Now is the time to start thinking about the next receiver to develop into a Fantasy star.

Take a long look at Donte Moncrief in Indianapolis. He has been inconsistent in his second season, but flashes of stardom were there. He should also get a healthy and determined Andrew Luck back under center.

Much was expected of DeVante Parker, but he got off to a slow start because of missed time due to a foot injury. When he received his opportunity to shine in November and December, he answered the bell. He has size, speed and ball skills reminiscent of Robinson and Alshon Jeffery.

Zach Ertz and Austin Seferian-Jenkins headline the tight end breakout candidates. Ertz can make plays downfield and move the chains, giving him plenty of appeal in PPR formats.

Seferian-Jenkins is a large target that should be the number two option behind Mike Evans for Jameis Winston. He could push for double-digit touchdowns as one of the best red zone threats in the game.

In 2015, we saw massive leaps forward from Derek Carr and Blake Bortles. We also saw more consistency from veterans Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Their owners were propelled deep into the Fantasy playoffs thanks to their strong performances.

With the position deeper than ever, you can certainly wait into the middle rounds before grabbing your starting QB next summer. The aforementioned Winston leads a handful of quarterback options that could have a Fantasy breakthrough.

Fellow rookie Marcus Mariota showed flashes of brilliance this season and should enter 2016 as a high ceiling QB2 option. While Teddy Bridgewater had a solid sophomore effort, another step forward will make him a more reliable Fantasy option.

If you play in a keeper or dynasty format, the offseason is a crucial time. When other owners shift focus to baseball or other interests, you need to get to work.

Start retooling for next season by making trades and key free agent pickups. You should be aggressively trying to trade for some of the breakout candidates discussed above.

Scour your waiver wire for players that could make a significant impact like Jay Ajayi, Cameron Artis-Payne and Brandon Coleman. Dynasty owners also need to start preparing for rookie drafts that are typically held right after the NFL Draft in April.

For more in-depth Fantasy analysis throughout the NFL playoffs and offseason, be sure to watch the Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), which is no available on AppleTV, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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