Each NFL team is its own fantasy football organism. Will they thrive or die in 2018? This series outlines the critical questions for each team across their skill position depth charts. In this edition: AFC West
Will Case Keenum produce a rising tide for the Denver Broncos fantasy outlook?
The Broncos were outside the Top 20 in fantasy production from the quarterback position and one of four teams to produce more interceptions than touchdowns in 2018 through the air.
Verdict: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders were the biggest fantasy names to suffer through Denver's 2017 season. Thomas posted his worst fantasy season since 2011 despite 140 targets (only 11.4 yards-per-catch and five touchdowns), while Sanders saw his stat line cut in half from 2016 with less than 600 yards and two scores on 92 targets. Without a strong projected tight end presence, Thomas and Sanders are both poised for bounce-back seasons pending how much of an uptick Case Keenum provides. After a hot start (six touchdowns, two interceptions) over the first two weeks, 2017 starter Trevor Siemian wilted and took the Denver passing game with him. Keenum, conversely, had his best season in the NFL last year with a 22-to-7 ratio and nearly 68% completion rate. A 10-15% overall passing game rise is a reasonable projection, which would put the historical finishes for the WR1 and WR2 on the depth chart into the Top 20 and Top 50 respectively for Thomas and Sanders. Compared to their late July ADP, Thomas is the better value with a mid-20s ADP and Sanders at WR43.
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