By Brett Heinzerling, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
Should I start Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler?
Brock Osweiler is 2-0 as the Broncos starter. He has won an AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award and he took down Touchdown Tom and the (previously) unbeaten Patriots. And he’s really, really tall. But should you start him on your fantasy team now, with the playoffs just around the corner?
I have two schools of thought on this. First, his numbers have been decent, but not earth-shattering. Yes, he’s thrown 3 touchdowns to just 1 pick in the starting role, but two games is such a small sample size. He’s still just 25 years old, and growing pains are more than likely. I say keep him on the bench unless you have an injured QB, or one that has just not performed well.
The other school of thought is this. He’s unbeaten, he’s got Emmanuel Sanders playing like we have gotten used to him playing, he has a running game to help him, and Demaryius Thomas can’t possibly have as terrible game as he did last week (right?) and he’s going up against the lowly Chargers in San Diego, where the weather will be perfect. Those are all pretty good reasons to get him in your lineup.
I currently have him on my bench, and I’m debating between him and Matt Stafford Thursday night (on CBS4) against the Packers. The Packers are 18th against the pass, the Chargers a little bit worse. (AHHH! What to do!)
This is a very real debate, which means good things for the Broncos future, but it means a sleepless night tonight trying to decide … To Brock, or Not to Brock?
What about the rest of the Broncos? Start or sit?
Emmanuel Sanders: Start him. He looked like his old fiery, tough self last week and that should continue against the 22nd ranked pass defense in the league.
Demaryius Thomas: Start him. Mainly because you don’t want to leave one of the game’s best on the bench and watch him go off for a monster game.
C.J. Anderson: Start the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. He went OFF at the end of last season, and if Sunday is any indication, he could do it again.
Vernon Davis or Owen Daniels: Davis is the deep threat that has shown up more as a blocker. Daniels is the reliable guy on 2nd or 3rd and long. Go with Daniels.
Defense: See a trend here? Start them. True, Philip Rivers has thrown for the second most yards in the league, but he also has 8 picks and 3 fumbles. That defense will get after him and force mistakes. Oh, and San Diego boasts the 30th ranked rushing offense. Von and Shaq will have their ears pinned back taking aim at Rivers. Expect big points from the Denver D.
There are oh so many injuries across the league. How should lineups be adjusted with so many key players questionable?
– Rob Gronkowski is not as badly hurt as first feared, but he’s banged up and won’t be super effective even if he plays. I’d try to pick up his backup Scott Chandler. The Pats love their tight ends.
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– Ben Roethlisberger went out on the league’s concussion protocol. He once again will be banged up, if he plays. This means Antonio Brown is a must start. If Big Ben plays, he’ll look for a reliable target. If not, the backup will zero in on Brown. Either way, he’ll have a big game.
– Charcandrick West missed last week, and in his stead, Spencer Ware broke out for 114 yards on 19 carries. This will at least take carries away from West, and at most take West off the field. Don’t start either back. The Chiefs currently have an embarrassment of riches, which makes starting a KC back foolish.
Who should you target on the Week 13 waiver wire?
Again, Scott Chandler is a great add.
Doug Baldwin is a pretty good one as well. He has stepped up the last few weeks, and Russell Wilson is chucking the ball all over the place. Combine that with Jimmy Graham’s badly injured knee, and Baldwin is a great pick-up…currently owned in just 43% of Yahoo leagues.
Finally, pick up Ryan Fitzpatrick if you need a steady QB. He’s only owned in 22% of leagues, so he should be available, and with the exception of a horrendous week 8, he’s been quite solid. Oh, and he’s playing the Giants this week, so it’s essentially a home game, and the G-men are allowing the 4th most points to quarterbacks. He could have a pretty great week. (And so could a couple of former Broncos receivers.)
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)