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TE Owen Daniels - Denver Broncos

6-3, 250Born: 11-9-1982College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 4

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): The Kubiak offense can support two fantasy tight ends when the second is as experienced in the Kubiak offense as Daniels. He's a solid addition if you need a tight end and his teammate Vernon Davis isn't out there.

General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: vs New England Patriots

All TE vs NE

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brock Osweiler won his first start 17-15 and looked comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense while he did so, posting 20/27 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He linked up with Demaryius Thomas early on (eight targets for 3/59/1 receiving) and found Cody Latimer later in the game (three targets for 2/22/1) - even in Emmanuel Sanders' absence (high-ankle sprain), Osweiler found ways to keep the ball moving downfield. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12. The Patriots' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 252.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 pass scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 32 sacks generated (second). Osweiler was sacked five times for -31 yards last week - the Patriots will bring the heat to bear here in Week 12, you can be sure. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (16.4 on average); is sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.1); however, they have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (22.9). Last week a banged-up Tyrod Taylor could only muster 20/36 for 225 net passing yards with zero TDs or interceptions against the Patriots. The Patriots' pass D has been up and down during the season - this looks like a neutral matchup for Osweiler at home in Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs GB 49 3 44 0 0 4.4
9 at IND 43 6 102 1 0 16.2
10 vs KC 44 1 14 0 0 1.4
11 at CHI 56 4 69 0 0 6.9
12 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

With Denver opting to funnel so much of its offense through the tight end position against the Chicago Bears, Owen Daniels led the team in receiving yards and finished second in receptions. The bulk of Daniels' receiving yards came on well-designed screens, including a 31-yard catch-and-run. The lone target that came more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage was a 3rd-and-7 pass that Owen Daniels got two hands on but failed to bring in.

2015 Week 10 vs KC (5 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

On a day where there were few good targets to go around, Owen Daniels never had much opportunity to make an impact for the Broncos against the Chiefs. His lone catch for 14 yards was offset by a terrible drop on 2nd-and-17, and the remaining targets mostly sailed wide or otherwise off the mark.

2015 Week 9 vs IND (9 / 6 / 102 / 1 rec)

Despite the Broncos making a splashy trade at the deadline to acquire tight end Virgil Green, Owen Daniels wound up leading the team in receiving against the Indianapolis Colts. As he has for much of the season, Daniels largely served as a third option when both Thomas and Sanders were covered. He's not as fast or athletic as he was in his youth, and his production after the catch largely consisted of running forward in a straight line at a moderate pace until tackled, but Daniels did plenty of damage against a distracted Colts defense, including a trio of 20-yard targets, (one a short catch-and-run, and two intermediate to deep routes) and a 1-yard touchdown where he seemed to be the second or third read.

2015 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

The 32-year-old Daniels isn't the athletic threat he once was, but he still managed to catch 3 balls (on 3 targets) for 44 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Daniels' repertoire largely consisted of catching the ball and running straight ahead, but several poor tackling attempts by the Packers allowed him to do some decent damage after the catch. In a game where everything was going right for the Broncos, everything went right for Daniels, too.

2015 Week 6 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

While technically the third option in Denver's offense, Owen Daniels is largely an afterthought as the Broncos funnel an overwhelming percentage of their passing game through their two star receivers. As usual, most of Daniels' targets came on plays where Sanders and Thomas were well covered. Against Cleveland, Daniels managed to convert his four targets into nondescript 24 yards. He should remain as much of an afterthought in fantasy as he is in reality.

2015 Week 5 vs OAK (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Coming in against a defense famous for their struggles against tight ends, much was expected of Owen Daniels. Unfortunately, Daniels failed to show up on the game-ending stat sheet, with nary a catch on five targets. Some of the missed connections were not his fault-- a goal-line pass that was batted at the line of scrimmage, a second goal-line pass where Daniels was jammed and the ball wound up nowhere near him. On others, such as a dropped pass on 2nd-and-8, Daniels deserved his share of the blame. At the end of the day, though, Daniels remains a past-his-prime veteran who Manning looks to largely when his primary choices are covered.

2015 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)

Owen Daniels has been a target of last resort through the first quarter of the season, and Sunday's game will do nothing to change that status. Daniels hauled in just two of his five targets, including a particularly egregious drop on 3rd-and-5. Daniels' touchdown was a triumph of play design, as the defense was fooled and Daniels was left all alone in the left side of the end zone for the throw-back.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (9 / 5 / 28 / 1 rec)

Owen Daniels' nine targets tied for second-most on the team against Detroit, but Daniels only finished with 28 yards to show for them. By and large, the poor performance was not Daniels' fault. He was on the receiving end of a pair of no-hope screen passes where Manning was swarmed under with defenders immediately and simply getting rid of the ball. He had another 12-yard pass that was thrown just beyond his fingertips, and his fourth incomplete target came on a 3rd-and-13 pass that was knocked down by a defender before it reached him. Daniels did make up for those low-value targets with an 11-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-6, but by and large he solidified his role as someone who is only looked at when all else has gone wrong.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

With his familiarity with coach Gary Kubiak's offense, much was expected from the veteran Daniels. Through two games, Daniels has failed to live up to expectations, functioning mostly as a seldom-used tertiary target when Peyton Manning finds himself in trouble. Daniels' 5 targets were third on the team, but with a pair of stars on the outside in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas soaking up most of the opportunities, what few targets Daniels got were typically hurried and unproductive.

2015 Week 1 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Owen Daniels virtually never left the field for the Broncos against the Ravens, but was nonetheless an afterthought against the Ravens. He received only two targets for the game, only one of which was designed. On his designed target, he caught the ball just short of the first-down marker, but made a savvy move to step back and avoid the tackle before pressing forward to convert. His only other target came when Manning, beset by the pass rush, flipped the ball to him left-handed for a loss of four.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders, Owen Daniels probable (Fri Nov 27, 07:13 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) and TE Owen Daniels (knee) both practiced in full Friday, Nov. 27, and are probable against the New England Patriots in Week 12.

Broncos | Owen Daniels limited (Thu Nov 26, 02:15 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Daniels and Vernon Davis will split time and targets at TE for the Broncos. Both are TE2 with upside this week against the Patriots.
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Broncos | Owen Daniels has limited practice (Wed Nov 25, 06:40 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Our View: Daniels was featured a lot more last week, and that could continue going forward so long as Brock Osweiler is the starting QB. Daniels and Vernon Davis are both TE2s with upside in Week 12.

Broncos | Owen Daniels listed as probable (Fri Nov 20, 04:32 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels (knee, shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 20, and he is listed as probable for the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.

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Broncos | Owen Daniels limited (Thu Nov 19, 06:12 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels (knee, shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Daniels isn't consistent enough to be more than a TE3, so he's unlikely to be worth having in your lineup.

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