2011 Team Outlook: Denver
RB Laurence Maroney, --- - Bust (overvalued)
Maroney is a bust in my book. Maroney looked like a promising young back in New England, but since those early years he has not produced. Maroney will likely be traded by Denver and end up playing a role in a running back by committee approach somewhere in the league. Maroney just has not put together the big games and plays. I think Denver will trade Maroney as soon as they can unload him. He is a bust unless he lands somewhere he is valued and gets playing time consistently.
WR Eric Decker, NYJ - Sleeper (undervalued)
Decker is listed as the third receiver on ther depth chart and appears on rankings sheets much higher than some of the other Denver receivers. If Orton gets his act together, Decker might have some value, but it appears he will remain a sleeper until he produces on a regular basis. The Denver receiving core needs to shuffle out and find its rhythm and then maybe some of these guys will step forward as leaders.
WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
I believe I called Thomas a super sleeper last season and he went out and caught 22 passes in 10 games for almost 300 yards and two scores. This season I am looking for Thomas to have an increased workload and will rate him once again as a super sleeper. Thomas has the ability to be a force at wide out and has the supporting cast to get plays. Lloyd, Gaffney, Royal and Thomas make for a great receiving core. Grab Thomas if he lingers in your draft or earlier if you have a solid gut feel.
Here is the latest update on the status of Thomas following his Achilles surgery
Aug 21 WR Demaryius Thomas, coming off Achilles surgery, is hoping he can return to practice from Week 6-9, then be lifted off the reserve/PUP list. Thomas continues to rehabilitate from the offseason injury. He has appeared on the field in training camp, putting only the lightest of pressure on his foot while tossing the ball around with teammates. At times, Thomas has worked with the JUGS gun, too. Thomas currently looks every bit the 229 pounds he's listed.
WR Eddie Royal, CHI - Sleeper (undervalued)
Eddie Royal bounced back with some form last season after being greatly downgraded by most experts in 2009. Look for Royal to continue his bounce back performance this season. I am looking to Royal for 850 plus yards and an increased number of scores given the attention that Lloyd and Gaffney will draw from opponents. Royal is a sleeper wide out this season.
WR Brandon Lloyd, --- - Stud (low risk)
Brandon Lloyd is a stud receiver. With nearly 1500 receiving yards and 11 touch downs last season, Lloyd is by far the leading wide out in Denver. This will continue through the 2011 season. Lloyd will likely have to adjust to a new quarterback and some schemes, but all in all he is one of the receivers that I really like to surpass his performance last season. Grab Lloyd strategically in your draft and use him with confidence. Enough said.
WR David Anderson, --- - Not Draft Worthy
I'm going to make this simple for everyone: Anderson played in 12 games, pulling down 11 receptions for 117 yards. If you think numbers like these are going to lead your fantasy team to the championship then I have an opening in my league and you're invited. There is no reason for anyone to draft or add a player who averages less than 1 reception and fewer than 10 yards per game.