The fantasy football value of many defenses fluctuate during the offseason, but the Denver Broncos DEF/ST spent a lot of money to improve this spring. The team looks much stronger as a whole and will be looking to put that embarrassing Super Bowl performance behind them for good.
The team has a group of amazing pass rushers. They will be bringing back relentless pass rushers Von Miller and Malik Jackson. Plus, the team shocked the world by bringing in seven-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware during the offseason and the veteran will instantly add another elite pass rusher to this unit.
They also brought in reliable safety T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to shore up the secondary. Suddenly, Denver has All-Pro talent on every level of their defense and their fantasy numbers in 2014 will certainly reflect the added support.
Denver was 27th in the league against the pass (254.4 yards/game) and the team lost their defensive leader Champ Bailey this offseason. They obviously brought in talent in Ward and Talib to remedy the problem, but it remains to be seen how they will gel with the rest of the defense. Sometimes incoming players have problems fitting into new schemes or getting along with the coaches, which could impact the defense’s numbers early on. Fantasy fans shouldn’t expect Ward and Talib to instantly fit into the team’s secondary and become Pro Bowlers, because there will be a transition period for the defensive backs.
Denver’s defense will be a huge value pick this season. They brought in more than enough talent to be a top-five unit in 2014 and will rank near the top of nearly every defensive category when it is all said and done. View the Broncos as a steal after the big name defenses come off the board.
Bye Week: 4
Projected Round: 14
Auction Value: $2