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QB Brock Osweiler - Denver Broncos

6-7, 242Born: 11-22-1990College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 2

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Week 14: vs New York Jets

All QB vs NYJ

FBG says: Great matchup. The Broncos remain a team without a quarterback; they're already in "tank for a QB" mode for all intents and purposes. Trevor Siemian has regressed even further from his ideal-backup outlook, posting a truly pitiful 4.40 adjusted yards per attempt over his last 5 turnover-plagued appearances. Backup Paxton Lynch is out with an ankle sprain and has looked like an abject failure when on the NFL field anyway (a career 5.00 AY/A and 73.3 passer rating). And Brock Osweiler somehow remains just as bad as either of them. It's a shame to see a wideout duo as talented and ball-dominant as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders go wasted, but that's what we're seeing. The two have combined to draw a massive 39% of team targets since Week 5, but spun them into just 7.6 combined receptions for 89.0 yards. With such inept quarterbacking, neither can be looked at as anything more than a volatile WR2/3 option at best. The Jets pass defense has feasted and built respectable numbers over the past few weeks against shaky and/or subpar passing games, but remains a soft unit we can target with confidence in fantasy. We saw last week what an explosive offense can do to them: Alex Smith racked up 366 yards and 4 touchdowns, becoming the 6th quarterback over their last 8 games to top 250 and also the 6th to throw multiple scores. The Jets' rookie safety duo has been shoddy at best in coverage, and outside of Morris Claiborne, the cornerbacks have failed to hold downfield coverage. That's a big reason wideouts are having so much success in this matchup: since Week 5, they've allowed 68+ yards and/or a touchdown to a whopping 12 wide receivers, including the likes of Deonte Thompson, Zay Jones, and Chris Godwin.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs NE 63 18 33 221 1 1 1 -1 0 0 13.95
11 vs CIN 81 23 42 254 1 1 4 24 0 0 18.1
14 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 4 7 * * * 1 * * * *
14 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (23 / 42 / 254 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)

Osweiler was terrible in the first half, throwing one interception and racking up less than a hundred yards with no touchdowns. Oz had a nifty 12 yard scramble to convert 3rd and short in the 1st quarter, setting the Broncos up inside the Cincinnati red zone. Unfortunately, he hit CB Dre Kirkpatrick in the end zone two plays later, leading to a 99 yard INT return and an ensuing Cincinnati touchdown. CJ Anderson tossed the ball back to Osweiler after a handoff for a 3rd quarter flea-flicker, but there was apparently a miscommunication on the play as Osweiler launched the ball to a very empty spot downfield. Osweiler found a rhythm with Demaryius Thomas in the 4th quarter, hitting him for several passes before capping the drive with a 17 yard touchdown on a beautiful over-the-shoulder fade. Osweiler and the offense got the ball back with just under two minute left in the game, trailing Cincinnati by three points. Osweiler got blown up on 2nd down, leading to 3rd and 17 with less than a minute left, then missed Sanders on a slant route on 4th and short. Osweiler finished the day with three official sacks for 25 yards.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (18 / 33 / 221 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Poor special teams play early in the contest dug the Broncos into a hole that Osweiler just wasn't able to pull them out of. Osweiler led a couple of scoring drives early, leaning on a solid connection with Emmanuel Sanders. Unfortunately, Denver couldn't find the end zone and settled for field goals while the Patriots racked up touchdowns. Osweiler finally found Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown late in the 3rd quarter, dropping back into the pocket while Thomas boxed his defender out on a crossing route for the score from the New England 7. Osweiler was intercepted by safety Patrick Chung late in the 4th after making a questionable throw to TE Heuerman, who was double covered on an out route.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (19 / 38 / 208 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Denver, seeking direction after a rough few weeks, turned to Osweiler at quarterback. The results were not spectacular, as the QB was unable to establish a rhythm with any receiver other than Thomas. Osweiler's longest connections of the day were a 30 yard corner route to Sanders on play action in the 2nd, and a 32 yard bomb down the left sideline to Cody Latimer at the end of the 3rd. Osweiler force-fed Demaryius Thomas slants, curls, and bubble screens throughout the contest. Thomas and Osweiler finally scored in the 4th quarter on a WR bubble screen from the Philadelphia 2 yard line. Osweiler nearly threw an early 1st quarter interception while looking for Sanders on a curl route, but the ball bounced off the defenders' chest. Osweiler made an awful decision later in the 1st, throwing the ball right to another defender who was covering Thomas step-for-step on a slant route. This time the pass stuck, and the Eagles returned the ball to the Denver red zone. Osweiler came right back out on the next drive and slung a 3rd-and-long pass into triple coverage, nearly resulting in another pick. Osweiler threw a high pass to Booker on a crossing route in the 3rd, nearly resulting in another pick as Booker couldn't make a leaping grab and deflected it to an Eagles defender. Osweiler finally connected with another Eagle in the 3rd quarter. Staring down a free-blitzed, Oz chucked the ball straight up in the air, in the general direction of a streaking Demaryius Thomas. The ball landed about 20 feet away from Thomas, right in the hands of the free safety. Despite the slow performance, the Broncos claim they will stick with Osweiler in week 10.


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