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QB Case Keenum - Denver Broncos

6-0, 208Born: 2-17-1988College: HoustonDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Keenum was better at home against the Rams and is still the starting quarterback for the Broncos heading into a Week 7 Thursday night game at Arizona. The real reason to pick him up this week is a streamable matchup against the Chiefs in Week 8.

General News (Wed Oct 17): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Tue Oct 16): practiced fully on Monday.

Week 7: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Case Keenum continues to struggle as the leader of this Broncos passing offense, but his coaching staff remains committed to him despite clamoring for rookie Chad Kelly to take over. Keenum has had decent stats from a fantasy perspective in half of his games this season, passing for multiple touchdowns and over 320 yards in those three outings, two of which have now come in back to back games. Keenum also has at least one interception in every start though, as he is tied for a league-leading eight interceptions while sporting one of the lowest completion rates and quarterback ratings among starters. Keenum leaned heavily on Emmanuel Sanders again last week as Sanders racked up over 110 receiving yards and a touchdown for the second time this season. Sanders now has 24 targets in the last two games compared to just 10 targets for the next receiving option over that span. Demaryius Thomas remains a downfield and red zone threat as he found the end zone for the second straight week while Cortland Sutton continues to put up decent numbers considering his low reception volume. Sutton has tons of talent to make big plays but has yet to haul in more than three receptions in a game. Regardless, Sutton has still put up over 50 receiving yards with 1 touchdown over his last three games. The Cardinals passing defense has been up and down this season with exceptional play from Patrick Peterson, but relatively unreliable coverage outside of that. Budda Baker looks to be better suited at safety than cornerback as he has flipped back and forth. Tre Boston has also played well in coverage at safety, but the linebackers for Arizona have proven to be very ineffective in coverage as Adam Thielen exploited them repeatedly last week. The stats for the Cardinals secondary are decent, but much of that can be attributed to Patrick Peterson and the lack of offenses needing to pass due to the weakness of the Cardinals' run defense. Their pass rush, however, has come alive in recent weeks with eight sacks in their last two games to help relieve some pressure from the secondary. Defensive end Chandler Jones, in particular, has found his groove after a relatively slow start, racking up at least one sack in four straight games with three sacks and two forced fumbles in his last two games. With Patrick Peterson locking down one side of the field, it will be up to Sanders to put up numbers out of the slot--an achievable feat considering what Adam Thielen did to this defense last week.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at BAL 68 22 34 192 0 1 0 0 0 0 7.6
4 vs KC 60 21 33 245 0 1 0 0 0 0 11.25
5 at NYJ 77 35 51 377 2 1 0 0 0 0 23.85
6 vs LAR 65 25 41 322 2 1 1 6 0 0 22.7
7 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 23 35 * * * 1 * * * *
7 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 23 36 * * * 1 * * * *
7 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 22 32 * * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Case Keenum's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Broncos | Case Keenum full go (Wed Oct 17, 03:41 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum (forearm) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Our View: Keenum is banged up as the season is going on. He's worn a knee brace since experience soreness after a big hit against the Raiders in Week 2. Now, Keenum has a forearm injury. It's minor (like his knee soreness) but it's a concern as the Broncos offensive line is now missing LG Ron Leary and RT Jared Veldheer. The Broncos play the Cardinals on Thursday night.
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Broncos | Case Keenum able to go full Monday (Mon Oct 15, 09:31 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum (forearm) was listed as a full participant in practice Monday, Oct. 15.

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Broncos | Monday's practice report for Denver (Mon Oct 15, 09:23 PM) - Denver Broncos CB Adam Jones (thigh), TE Matt LaCosse (knee), OG Ronald Leary (Achilles'), LB Shane Ray (ankle, wrist), S Dymonte Thomas (chest) and OT Jared Veldheer (knee) did not practice Monday, Oct. 15. LB Todd Davis (shoulder), QB Case Keenum (forearm), LB Brandon M. Marshall (knee), TE Brian Parker (neck) and S Darian Stewart (neck, knee) were able to practice in full.

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Broncos | Case Keenum tosses two TDs (Sun Oct 14, 11:33 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum completed 25-of-41 passes for 322 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Broncos | Case Keenum ready for Week 6 (Fri Oct 12, 05:56 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum (knee) was able to practice in full Friday, Oct. 12 and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 6 game with the Los Angeles Rams.

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