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Fantasy Football Outlook: We knew Denver had a solid defense coming into last season as they had a big hand in leading the team to a playoff birth in 2011. Enter Peyton Manning and it was no surprise this group finished the season tied for first place in team sacks with 52 on the year.

While they lost Elvis Dumervil to a controversial “fax machine error” they should still be one of the top three fantasy defenses off the board in summer fantasy drafts. While I like Seattle as the most talented defense in the league they have the hardest divisional schedule in football.

Denver on the other hand, have the Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers and that probably makes them the most attractive defense on many fantasy owners draft boards, as it should.

While I think the Broncos have enough on the front line with additions like tackles Terrance Knighton, Sylvester Williams and edge rushers Shaun Phillips and rookie Quanterus Smith (has to recover from a knee injury suffered in college though) I am a little concerned about the secondary.

We saw this backfield fall apart against the Ravens and I believe we should expect more of the same when they face quarterbacks like Tom Brady. Still, they will have some quality fantasy performances and are one of the safer defenses to draft and start most weeks.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2013 Projected Stats 45 15 19 17.8
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Welcome to the Broncos team defense fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of their player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

Just days after the Broncos GM moved on from the team, long time defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely retired. Could just be a coincidence, but I find it interesting that Nunnely would choose to leave so late in the offseason.

Hopefully it’s not health issues, but this doesn’t give me anymore confidence in the Broncos front line. I was surprised that Pro Football Focus had this team rated 4th best in the league against the run, although they finished 22nd against the run?

With all due respect to PFF, I’m not as high on this group and while second-round pick Derek Wolfe will help inside, this should be another bad run defensive year. Stay away from the Broncos defense, but if they should gel up front and in the backfield, this could be a waiver wire addition at some point.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

With John Fox coming over from Carolina to be the teams new Head Coach, he is ditching the old 3-4 defensive scheme and going back to a 4-3 as he ran with the Panthers. While his old teams had success on defense, they always seemed to fail a acquiring a high sack total even when they had Julius Peppersand other quality veterans around him.The Broncos will probably struggle on defense this season as they will be looking to add talent youth into the starting lineup for future success. The Broncos may find their moments of success, but they are in no way a draft-able option this summer at fantasy football drafts.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2011 Projected Stats 25 11 10 27.8

2010 Preview

The Broncos defense took a big blow when Elvis Dumervil tore his pectoral muscle. Now the Broncos defense is only worth a back spot in deep leagues for the 2010 fantasy football season.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: It seemed like the Broncos were in a state of chaos last offseason as they traded away Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall was having continued issues. If this team was supposed to be one of the ten worst for 2009 someone forgot to give their defense the news as they had a strong year under Coordinator Mike Nolan.

Denver’s defense went from one of the worst statistical defenses in 2008 (lots of injuries) to one of the top ten last year. This success was headlined by Elvis Dumervil and their strong secondary led by Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey.

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2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: For all the success, this defense enjoyed last year, their small size up front was exploited in the second half of the season as teams gashed them in the running game. Because of this Denver made it a point to get some bigger men up front to play the three – four defense.

The top headline acquisition they landed was former Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams. Williams missed just about all of last season because of an injury, but he is expected to be ok for this up coming season. It will be vitally important for Williams to be on the field as this style of defense needs a good nose tackle to have success.

Another interesting twist of events was when Coordinator Mike Nolan left the team to coach in Miami. Hopefully, his absence won’t hurt the success this group enjoyed for the one year he was with them.

With key departures on the offensive side of the football it is hard to see the Broncos as a group you should select on draft day. Still, this group did have success last year and that makes them a worthy selection towards the end of your fantasy draft.


– Strong Secondary

– Decent Pass Rush

– Added Beef Up Front


– Offense Won’t Give Them Many Big Leads

– Jamal Williams Has Health Concerns

– This Group Tends To Breakdown After Week Ten

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