QB Case Keenum - Denver Broncos
|6-0, 208||Born: 2-17-1988||College: Houston||Drafted: ---|
Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Denver passing offense limped along to 290 passing yards in their first game without longtime receiver Demaryius Thomas on the field. From their last outing, it appeared the void left from Thomas' departure was filled by none other than tight end Jeff Heuerman, who led the team in all receiving categories with a whopping 11 targets. Heuerman had primarily been a red zone threat until last week, but it was clear that Case Keenum will not hesitate to look his way when Heuerman can get separation. It is unrealistic to expect double-digit targets on a weekly basis, but it is not out of the question for Heuerman to stay involved here--especially in the red zone. Courtland Sutton was the expected beneficiary from the Thomas trade, and he was used similar to expectations last week with a few deep shots as he led the team in air yards. Emmanuel Sanders remains relevant also, but these Denver receivers will all be at the mercy of their mediocre quarterback Case Keenum, who has struggled mightily this season. His fantasy numbers may be decent, but his play has not been as Keenum has been tough to watch at times. He will continue to limit the upside of this passing offense. The Chargers passing defense may rank near the middle of the pack in passing yards per game, but they have looked impressive in recent weeks. Over their last five games, this Chargers defense has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points (PPR) per game to wide receivers and fourth-fewest to quarterbacks. This is certainly embellished by squaring off against Derek Carr twice over that span, but this Chargers secondary has still looked solid with some key playmakers helping them out. Second-year slot cornerback Desmond King is playing an elite level as one of, if not the, best slot cornerback in football. Casey Hayward has been above average on the outside, while rookie safety Derwin James has been an outstanding addition to this group. The one matchup here to watch would be receivers lining up opposite Michael Davis, who is filling in for the injured Trevor Williams who was actually benched in favor of Davis even before officially declared inactive with the injury. With Hayward likely to shadow Sutton and King helping to lock down Sanders, it looks as if the likes of Tim Patrick as Denver's third receiver would be the beneficiary of this matchup opposite Davis.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Case Keenum's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 9 vs HOU (26 / 42 / 290 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum had a pedestrian day against the Texans, who acquired receiver Demaryius Thomas just last week. In the absence of Thomas, Keenum gravitated to tight end Heuerman, who he peppered with 11 targets. Keenum loaded up a perfect deep ball that Courtland Sutton couldn't quite secure in the end zone late in the 1st quarter. Keenum found Heuerman for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, threading the needle between two defenders on a perfectly timed comeback route that left his hand long before Heuerman ever turned around to look for the ball. Keenum led the offense on a final drive to win the game at the end of the 4th quarter, converting 4th and 1 with a short pass to Heuerman, then converting 4th and 8 with a beautiful ball to Emmanuel Sanders in the face of a heavy pass rush. Denver attempted the game winning field goal from 51 yards out, but McManus missed it wide right.
2018 Week 8 vs KC (23 / 34 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Keenum faced heavy pressure from the Kansas City front 7, taking 5 sacks total for a loss of nearly 50 yards. LB Dee Ford in particular seemed to be all over Keenum nearly every play. Keenum extended an early 1st quarter play with a rollout and found Emmanuel Sanders 49 yards down the right sideline for his biggest completion of the day. He aired out a 50/50 ball to Sutton at the end of the 2nd quarter, and the rookie came down with it for a 42 yard gain down the left sideline. Keenum capped the 1st half with a touchdown pass to Tim Patrick with less than 10 seconds left until halftime. Patrick got behind the safety in a blown coverage by KC and Keenum hit him in the back corner of the end zone for a 24 yard score. Keenum also found tight end Jeff Heuerman for a short touchdown pass at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Keenum picked up a 9 yard gain with a nice scramble at the end of the 2nd quarter. Keenum lost a fumble on a 2nd quarter sack that resulted from him holding the ball much too long, fortunately center Matt Paradis was able to recover it. Keenum was not so fortunate in the 4th quarter, as linebacker Dee Ford slapped the ball from his hands and KC recovered. Keenum was intercepted while attempting a 4th quarter flea-flicker. Cornerback Kendall Fuller made an amazing effort to dive in front of Thomas's route for the ball.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (14 / 21 / 161 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Keenum wasn't asked to do much after the Broncos jumped out to an early lead thanks to Josh Rosen's turnover-happy performance. Emmanuel Sanders actually threw the Broncos first touchdown pass on an end-around trick play in the 1st quarter. Early in the 2nd quarter, Sanders got wide open behind the deep safety and Keenum found him for a 64 yard touchdown pass from a shotgun formation. Keenum nearly found Courtland Sutton in the end zone at the end of the 1st half, drawing a pass interference penalty that set the Broncos up on the 1 yard line right before Royce Freeman's 1 yard TD plunge. Patrick Peterson intercepted Keenum early in the 3rd quarter, following Emmanuel Sanders step for step as if he were running his route for him and plucking the ball from the air with a nifty over the shoulder catch.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (25 / 41 / 322 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Keenum's day started out rough. He had the ball slapped out of his hand by a defender on the opening drive, but managed to pick it back up and nearly throw an interception. After a three and out, the offense put together a nice drive at the end of the 1st quarter, with Keenum completing several passes to Lindsay and Sanders. Keenum appeared to find Sanders for a long touchdown, but the receiver was ruled down at the 1 yard line and then drew a taunting penalty that backed the offense up another 15 yards. Keenum took a big sack on 4th and 3 at the end of the 2nd quarter. A defender ripped the ball from his hands as he was tackled, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway as it was a turnover on downs. Keenum was evaluated for a concussion during halftime, but returned in the 3rd quarter. Keenum did have a few big chunk plays downfield, always to the left of the formation. He found Sanders for 43 yards down the left sideline in the 1st quarter, Thomas for 45 yards down the left sideline in the 3rd, and finally a big deep ball to Sutton down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter for 41 yard. Keenum found Emmanuel Sanders for his first touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Sanders lined up in the slot with two other receivers on the right side of the formation, and broke his defenders ankles with a nasty double move. Keenum found him and Sanders made an outstanding effort to extend the ball into the end zone after being hit around the 3 yard line. Keenum also found Thomas for one final score at the end of the game. A pass interference penalty set Denver up on the 1 yard line. Thomas lined up in the slot and took off for the back of the end zone, and Keenum hit him with a nice touch pass. Unfortunately, Denver was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick, sealing their 23-20 loss. Keenum was intercepted in the 3rd quarter while looking for TE Brian Parker up the seam. A defender tipped the short pass up into the air, while another made a diving catch for the pick. Keenum had one 6 yard scramble that converted on 3rd down in the 3rd quarter.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (35 / 51 / 377 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum attempted a season-high 51 passes as Denver fell behind early and tried to catch up. He struggled for the most part as Denver's O-line couldn't protect him from New York's pass rush. Keenum was sacked 4 times and fumbled on 2 of those occasions. Keenum capitalized on a New York turnover and found Cortland Sutton for a 1st quarter touchdown, taking a shotgun snap in the Jets red zone and buying time with his feet until Sutton worked his way open in the back corner of the end zone for a diving catch. Keenum and the 2-minute offense had 3 chances at the end zone from the Jets 10 yard line late in the 2nd quarter, but he overthrew Heuerman and Sutton in the end zone and also missed Lindsay on a dump off pass. Keenum drove the offense down inside the Jets 10 in the 4th, and did an amazing job avoiding a sack on 4th and 3, but unfortunately couldn't connect with Sanders in the end zone, turning the ball over on downs. Keenum found Demaryius Thomas down the right sideline for a late touchdown in the 4th quarter. Thomas split out wide right and beat single coverage down the field, plucking the pass from the air off balance and staggering into the end zone for the score. Keenum's interception was no fault of his own, as he hit an open Sutton right in the hands at the end of the 4th quarter. The receiver unfortunately let the ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of a waiting defender, resulting in a turnover in the end zone. Keenum continues to favor Emmanuel Sanders with 14 targets heading Sanders' way in week 5.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (21 / 33 / 245 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum struggled again as he did not find the end zone and was intercepted once. The Broncos were making big plays in the running game but abandoned it for the most part in the 2nd half, despite the score being close. Keenum took 4 sacks as he struggled to avoid pressure from the KC front 7. The pick in the 3rd quarter was tough, as he had dropped a beautiful pass into Heurman down the right sideline. Defender Eric Murray just made an outstanding play ripping the ball from Heuerman's hands as he fell to the turf. Keenum led the two minute offense to a field goal at the end of the 1st half. He got the chance again to lead the two minute offense again, down by 4 points at the end of the 4th quarter. He completed an outstanding sideline throw to Sanders to convert 4th and 11, then found Heuerman up the seam for a 36 yard gain, setting the Broncos up near the Kansas City red zone with 33 seconds left. Keenum had Thomas wide open down the right sideline for what would have been the game-winning touchdown, but he couldn't hit the receiver in stride. Keenum's biggest play of the day was a deep ball to Sutton down the right sideline that picked up 42 yards in the 2nd quarter. He narrowly missed connecting with Sutton twice in the end zone on deep balls, including a 3rd quarter pass that did draw a pass interference call and set the Broncos up at the Kansas City 5.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (22 / 34 / 192 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum struggled in the rain, short-arming several passes and also seeing several attempts batted down by defenders at the line of scrimmage. Denver capitalized on an blocked punt to score a rushing touchdown on their first offensive snap of the game. Emmanuel Sanders punched in a 35 yard rushing touchdown later in the 1st, and that was the last time the Broncos found paydirt. Keenum just couldn't push the ball downfield, consistently checking down to short pass options. Keenum's longest completions were a 22 yard pickup by Thomas and a 21 yard reception by Sutton. Keenum fumbled the ball on a sack late in the 2nd quarter on the same play that saw RB Lindsay thrown out for throwing a punch. Keenum was intercepted by Baltimore linebacker Onwuasor while looking for TE Heuerman late in the 4th quarter. The linebacker was tight in coverage and undercut the out route that Keenum threw.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (19 / 35 / 222 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Keenum had a rough start against the Raiders, totaling just 38 yards passing in the first half. He couldn't get on the same page with his receivers, with Demaryius Thomas struggling with some drops. Keenum looked for Jake Butt up the seam for a touchdown in the second, but he under threw the ball a bit and a defender managed to high point the ball for an interception right on the goal line. Keenum came out in the second half slinging, and managed to find Emmanuel Sanders for a couple of big gains to get the offense moving. Keenum narrowly missed connecting with Courtland Sutton on a touchdown in 3rd, but the receiver couldn't get both feet down cleanly in the end zone. Keenum picked up a 1st down with his feet in the 4th quarter, rolling out left on 3rd and 3 for an 8 yard gain. Keenum punched the ball in himself late in the 4th quarter. On 4th down from the Raiders 2 yard line, Keenum took the snap from the shotgun in a 5WR set and charged forward into the end zone. Keenum and the offense got the ball back on their own 20 yard line with just over 2 minutes left in the game, down by 2 points. Keenum connected with Sanders and Heuerman twice, as well as Jake Butt to move the Broncos down the field. Keenum found Tim Patrick with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, setting up the game winning field goal on 4th down. Keenum was only sacked once.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (25 / 39 / 329 / 3 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an up and down performance for Keenum, who tossed three touchdowns as well as three interceptions. Keenum was picked off by Earl Thomas early in the contest. The safety was playing deep and jumped the pass as Keenum looked for Demaryius Thomas up the seam. Keenum was picked a second time late in the second quarter as the Broncos attempted to score with their two minute offense. The interception was mostly due to a fantastic diving effort by defender Bradley McDougald. Keenum's third interception was an ugly one, as he simply overthrew his receiver(Sanders) and hit defender McDougald right in the hands in the third quarter. Keenum's first touchdown was all Phillip Lindsay, as the back caught a short out route from the backfield and turned it up the sideline for a 29 yard score in the 1st quarter. Keenum found Emmanuel Sanders in the 2nd quarter for his second touchdown of the day on a play action. Sanders split wide left and ran a deep crossing route, losing his defender in the middle of the field where Keenum found him. The receiver turned on the jets and took the ball up the right sideline for a score. Keenum led a 75 yard scoring drive to take the lead in the 4th quarter. His short memory was apparent as he fearlessly stared down McDougald(who had already picked him twice) and threw a laser past the defender to connect with Demaryius Thomas for his third touchdown. The receiver made fantastic effort to catch the ball and touch both feet down as he fell out of bounds.
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