By Brett Heinzerling and Mark Ackerman, CBS4’s Fantasy Football Pros
Broncos … who to start, who to sit?
Brock Osweiler: He’s a toss up. He could put up big numbers against the Raiders, but he hasn’t been entirely prolific in his previous starts. He’s a good game manager, which is great for the Broncos, and bad for fantasy. Only put him in if you have no better options.
Demaryius Thomas: Start him. He and Brock have forged a bit of a repertoire, and he is one of the game’s best. He’ll get his.
Emmanuel Sanders: Start him. He’s a legit deep threat, and Brock looks for him. If they connect, you’ll be kicking yourself after an 80 yard score.
CJ Anderson/Ronnie Hillman/Juwan Thompson: Bench them all. The Broncos run game is getting much, much better, but they are a two-three headed beast. None will individually score much.
Defense: As always, start ’em, and watch them destroy poor Derek Carr, who’s prone to turnovers anyway. I expect huge points this week.
Who are the top waiver wire additions for Week 14?
James White – The Patriots love throwing to their running backs. White only had two carries in a week 13 loss to the Eagles, but he caught ten passes for 115 yards and a TD. Until Gronk returns, White and Danny Amendola are Tom Brady’s most reliable targets.
Dorial Green-Beckham – DGB has been on my list a few times this season. The rookie provides a big red zone target for Marcus Mariota and had a break out week 13. This week he gets the Jets where you will want to monitor Darrelle Revis’s health closely.
Luke Wilson – With Jimmy Graham down for the season look for Wilson to get more targets in a suddenly resurgent Seahawks offense.
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Tampa Defense – The Bucs have New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago the next three weeks and are still in the wild card hunt.
Blaine Gabbert – It’s a proven formula. Find the team that’s playing the Browns and insert their quarterback into starting lineup. (By this time in the year I hope you have better options)
When (or if) they come back, what should I do?
Peyton Manning: Don’t get too excited if he makes his way back into the active roster. He hasn’t been healthy all year, and even if (and this is a BIG if) he gets on the field, he won’t put up big numbers. Don’t bother watching the waiver wire for 18.
Andrew Luck: A lacerated kidney has shelved him since the Broncos game, but he could reemerge in time for the fantasy playoffs. Frankly, he might be worth taking a flyer on if you need a boost at QB. He’ll be coming back to a team that has played pretty well with a 40-year-old Mat Hasselbeck, and a much more mobile Andrew Luck could fit slide in without missing a beat. If he is able to get healthy.
If I had to bet on it, I’d say Manning doesn’t come back, but Luck does.
Which defenses should you target now to help you through the playoffs?
Week 15: Seattle D, Kansas City D, Cincy D, Tampa D, New England D, NY Jets D
Week 16: Philly D, Kansas City D, Carolina D, Seattle D, Pittsburgh D, Houston D
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Adrian Peterson and still won it all last year.
Brett Heinzerling’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. Bronco fan since birth. 7 years as a sports producer. Won the regular season twice, never won the big one. Call me Peyton. (I know, he won it all once, just humor me)