3/6/2015: Emmanuel Sanders is a risky sell, but also a risky hold. Why? Well, he is a risky sell because he still has low-end WR1 upside if things go right for him in DEN in 2015. That said, if Peyton Manning is on the decline, something… Read Spotlight
CJ Anderson (RB/DEN)
2/16/2015: CJ Anderson is a tough player to rank right now when preparing for 2015. He just is. Sure, he looked fantastic down the stretch in 2014, and Montee Ball clearly blew his chance to run behind that Denver offensive line. Is Ball still in the picture? Sure, but let’s put it this way… Read Spotlight
SMITTY: Injuries and slow-starting killed Montee Ball fantasy owners in 2014, and I admit I was a big believer in Ball entering this year. I still think he has talent, and the situation was ideal in Denver (proven by the success of CJ Anderson), but Ball's road back into any starting line-up will be a long one. CJ Anderson has low-end RB1 upside heading into the final three Weeks of the fantasy season, however, his dynasty value is still quite shaky, so selling high isn't a bad idea in dynasty, especially if your team is no longer in he playoffs. Don't sell-low, that's not what I'm suggesting, but selling high is just smart given you're likely getting a safer future option if you're trading right, or you're upgrading a player into an elite player using Anderson (whom you likely acquired off the waiver wire). As for Week 15, I expect HUGE bounce-back outings out of all those Denver players! Week 15 should be good to those who own Denver players! Check back on the status of Julius Thomas before kickoff, but if things stay on track, he is a top 3-4TE lock heading into Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: He practiced in full on Friday, according to most reports, so he is back in the top 1-5WR range for Week 15. We expect a huge bounce-back effort out of Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (and hopefully Julius Thomas returns to action with some top 5TE production). Also, CJ Anderson is now probable for this game and fully expected to play. He was limited some on Thursday with an ankle injury, but is fully expected to be back to starter carries in Week 15. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: A couple sources right now are suggesting that the call will come down to hours before kickoff, which means during warm-ups. Jacob Tamme is an emergency option if you roll the dice and wait, as the Denver game is a late game. We will keep you posted. Just like last week, and the week before, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders get nice little bumps in targets/production if JT sits. Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Things are looking good for Week 14, but be dialed into both this news wire and our Smart Alerts, as we will blast out updates when we have them. If starting in Week 14, you have to play Julius Thomas — he is 2TD-capable any game he plays. Let’s hope he plays in this one, stay tuned! Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This feels like a 50/50 thing, and that could spell ‘game-time decision’, so keep checking back. If he is on the field, especially at practice tomorrow, he is a top 2-4 fantasy tight end. Last week, our top buy-high (yes, you heard that right) was Demaryius Thomas, as we expected a monster outing given that Julius Thomas was out. Well, he dropped 10/87/3TDs while picking up some of JT’s targets. Expect that to continue in Week 13 if Demaryius sits. Even if JT returns to action this week, we still love Demaryius as a top 2-5 fantasy WR all the way to Week 17. Peyton Manning, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will likely carry fantasy teams down the stretch here in Weeks 13-17. Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Given how high-scoring that Denver offense is, this is a great kicker pick-up this late in the season. Grab the guy if you’re in need! Looking for Week 13 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Mike Klis, from DenverPost.com, said this: “Ball is going to play. I’m not sure if he starts. But he’s going to play. Personally, I’d start Anderson. I think he’s the Broncos’ best running back. It’s easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.” Keep in mind that this is just his opinion, but his opinion should be considered for sure. That said, Montee Ball had a ton of buzz heading into Week 10, and even though he sat out the week as a precaution, he shouldn’t be written off. CJ Anderson is the better start this week, clearly, but Ball will get enough carries to make noise in this predicted “hot hand approach” that Denver will likely utilize – for now. Juwan Thompson is also in the picture. Make sure neither Ball or Anderson are on waivers, as they should be owned in all leagues right now. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This went from ‘at least’ 1-2 weeks to ‘at least’ 2-3 in just a few days, but hold onto these timetables with caution (in both directions). Who will start Week 11, CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin)? Well, I think it’s safe, for now, to consider Anderson the starter, as he just had a pretty stellar Week 10 outing (13 carries for 90 yards, and 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD). All that said, Ball has dropped weight, as we reported yesterday, and there was a lot of buzz about him heading into Week 10, which he apparently sat out in order to get even more healthy. Stay tuned, folks, something tells us there will be some more ‘rumors’ flying around news wires as we near Week 11 kickoff. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?