QB Joe Flacco - Denver Broncos
|6-6, 236||Born: 1-16-1985||College: Delaware||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2008|
Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Quarterback Brandon Allen was serviceable in his Week 9 NFL debut with the Broncos, leading this passing offense to 193 yards and two touchdowns while committing no turnovers. Allen showed he is capable of making some difficult throws, including fitting a few balls into tight windows to move the chains as he helped lead the Broncos to a win. Coming off the bye in Week 10, Allen will remain the starter at least until fellow rookie Drew Lock possibly returns from injury in Week 13 or later. The volume for Courtland Sutton hasn't significantly increased in two games since Emmanuel Sanders' departure, but he remains relatively productive with 14 targets and 128 receiving yards over his past two games, including a touchdown last week. Tight end Noah Fant is seeing an uptick in usage since Sanders has left though, as he led the team with eight targets in Week 8 followed by leading the team in receiving yards with 115 and a touchdown from three receptions in his last game. Some terrible stat lines earlier in the season are tough to ignore, but Fant looks to be catching on and is clearly in the vision of Brandon Allen as a viable receiving option in the middle of the field. The Vikings pass defense has certainly struggled throughout the season, particularly against wide receivers as they are giving up the third-most fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) to the position. Five wide receivers have exceeded 90 yards against the Vikings over the past four weeks, scoring eight touchdowns over that span. Play from Xavier Rhodes has certainly dropped off this season as Courtland Sutton should have minimal issues with his coverage this week. Quarterbacks are still facing the pressure from this defensive (29 sacks, seventh-most) while the Vikings secondary has nabbed at least one interception in seven of nine games this season. The Minnesota pass rush should give this Broncos offensive line fits while their linebackers have covered running backs well, allowing just one running back to finish with more than 34 receiving yards this season. Tight end Noah Fant also has a difficult individual matchup, as Harrison Smith should pick him up in coverage downfield and has played a big part in why the Vikings have yet to allow a receiving touchdown to tight ends this season. With the short passes looking to be a challenge, Brandon Allen will likely have to beat this defense deep to find success this week.
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Joe Flacco's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 8 vs IND (20 / 32 / 174 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Denver was more successful at keeping Flacco upright against a stout Indy defense this week, as he took only 3 sacks for a total loss of 8 yards. Flacco benefited from better play from the offensive line, but also showed a little extra mobility this week, moving around better in the pocket and showing some decent wheels on a 9 yard scramble that converted 3rd down. Flacco did not turn the ball over this week as he fumbled once, but recovered it. That's about all of the good news, as he still failed to find the end zone for the third week in a row. Flacco totaled 174 yards on his 20 completions. His longest play of the day was a 33 yard catch and run on a deep post route to Courtland Sutton, who made a strong effort after the catch. Flacco led two scoring drives that ended in field goals in the 1st half and set up the Broncos lone touchdown run in the 3rd with a deep ball to Sutton in the end zone that drew a pass interference penalty. Flacco was seen to be having some issues with his neck late in the game, but did not miss time. However, he has been ruled out for week 9 with a herniated disc.
2019 Week 7 vs KC (21 / 34 / 213 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Flacco had an abysmal night as his offensive line struggled to protect him from a constant pass rush. He took 8 official sacks on top of plenty of other contact as he displayed zero mobility, standing like a statue in the pocket. Flacco fumbled three times in the first half, losing one that was returned for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. His receivers didn't help him out much, with tight end Fant in particular leaving a lot of yards on the field with three drops. Flacco had few highlights, but his longest connection of the day was a dime to Sutton on a 2nd quarter deep corner route that picked up 41 yards. Denver's coaches remain adamant that they are sticking with Flacco, but it seems like a foregone conclusion that rookie Lock will wind up starting some games once healthy.
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (18 / 28 / 177 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Flacco plinked his way to 177 yards and an interception on a day that did not ask very much of the offense. The defense pitched a shutout, and the offense capitalized on a third quarter interception of Marcus Mariota, turning the good field position into a short Phillip Lindsay touchdown run. Flacco also led scoring drives that ended with field goals in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarter. Flacco lost receiver Emmanuel Sanders for the second half of the game, focusing his passing on Courtland Sutton and Royce Freeman. Flacco made a sort of boneheaded decision to errantly flip an incompletion in the general direction of Emmanuel Sanders while scrambling for a first down that he could have easily picked up with his feet at the end of the 1st half. His interception was a decent ball on a back shoulder fade to rookie TE Fant, but Fant appeared to lose the ball in the sun, and Titans safety Kevin Byard did not. Flacco's managed one highlight reel completion, a beautiful connection with Courtland Sutton on a deep ball down the left side that picked up 41 yards in the 2nd quarter.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (14 / 20 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
The Broncos were fortunate to jump out to an early lead, so Flacco wasn't asked to do too much in this one as they attempted to grind clock with the run game. Flacco hit Sutton for a touchdown that was mostly Sutton, as the receiver broke a couple of tackles after hauling in an out route and took the ball 70 yards to the house in the first quarter. After that, Denver dialed back the passing game and focused on Lindsay and Freeman. Flacco was still guilty of holding the ball too long and taking costly sacks. He lost a fumble early in the 2nd quarter on a strip sack. He was intercepted on a pass that was batted down at the line of scrimmage inside Denver's red zone, giving the Chargers the ball in easy scoring position. Denver's defense bailed him out with an interception of Phillip Rivers in the end zone.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (22 / 38 / 303 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Flacco looked better than he has in past weeks, spreading the ball around and finding the end zone three times. Though he didn't take any official sacks, Flacco still doesn't look very good in the face of pressure, as he can rarely do anything to extend a play before having to throw it away. He capped the Broncos second drive of the day with a touchdown to Noah Fant on a well executed tight end screen. Fant did all the work as he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, broke a couple of tackles and showed some impressive speed on his way to a 25 yard score. Flacco's second touchdown was a well-placed ball on a slant route to Courtland Sutton in the end zone. Flacco killed a drive at the end of the first half with a terrible pass that floated well over Emmanuel Sanders on a short crossing route, landing right in a defender's hands with under two minutes left in the half. Flacco led a scoring drive at the end of the 4th quarter, connecting with Sanders and Sutton for big gains before finding Sutton in the end zone with a well placed throw on a skinny post.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (20 / 29 / 213 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Persistent rain and a persistent pass rush from Green Bay kept Flacco from pushing the ball downfield much, and he turned in a scoreless performance as Denver lost their third straight. The Packers defense was all over Flacco as they sacked him six times for a loss of 52 yards. Flacco nearly found Sanders in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but a defender batted the well-placed ball away at the last moment. Flacco and Courtland Sutton also nearly hooked up in the end zone in the 3rd quarter, but the receiver couldn't come down in bounds near the front pylon. Flacco's biggest gain of the day was a 52 yard reception by Courtland Sutton on a dime pass down the right sideline. Flacco was intercepted by Darnell Savage on a terrible 3rd quarter throw. He also lost a brutal fumble near his own 5 yard line late in the 2nd quarter, setting Green Bay up for an easy touchdown with two minutes let in the first half.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (35 / 50 / 292 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Flacco and the offense both got of to a slow start in the first half, but picked it up after halftime with the Broncos trailing. Flacco was particularly effective with Emmanuel Sanders, who he targeted a team-high 13 times. Flacco was nearly intercepted in the 2nd quarter on a deep slant that was undercut by Bears safety Eddie Jackson. Flacco's longest completion was a 24 yard gain to Noah Fant in the 3rd quarter. With Denver down by 7 points late in the 4th, Flacco overthrew a short pass to Sanders in the end zone that was intercepted by Will Fuller. Flacco bounced back with a clutch game-tying drive however, as Denver got the ball back with just a few minutes left in the 4th. Down by 7 points with the offense at midfield, he found Courtland Sutton up the seam to convert 4th and 10. Flacco and Sutton converted 4th down AGAIN later in the same drive with a slant route on 4th and 3. Flacco capped the drive with a game-tying touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders on a perfectly placed ball in the back right corner of the end zone. Flacco and the offense took the lead with a 2-point conversion to Emmanuel Sanders on a short out route. Sadly their efforts were in vain as a last second Chicago field goal gave the Bears the win.
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (21 / 31 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a slow debut for Flacco, who took several sacks(two that killed drives on third down in the Oakland red zone) and didn't find the end zone until late in the 4th quarter. He did show good chemistry with Courtland Sutton on deep throws, and managed to get things going with Sanders late in the game as well. Flacco hit Deasean Hamilton right in the hands for what should have been a touchdown at the end of the 3rd quarter, but the receiver let the pass fall to the turf and Denver had to settle for a field goal. Flacco found Emmanuel Sanders on a deep bomb right down the middle of the field in the 4th quarter, his longest gain of the day at 53 yards. Flacco and Sanders hooked up again on a short back shoulder out route for Denver's only touchdown of the day at the end of the 4th quarter. The defense had a chance to hold the Raiders up by 8 with 2:15 left and three timeouts, but they couldn't get a stop to give the offense another chance.
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