by The Don Piccolo (@piccoloFFIDP)
Veteran Jurrell Casey moved to Denver in the offseason to replace Derke Wolfe, an upgrade in the pass rush he is moving to DE in the 3-4 scheme, he will generate a good pash rush and bring run stop ability to the table. I want him in DT must start leagues, but not much else; if I can help it, he is serviceable though if you have to start 3 DL.
Shelby Harris is playing opposite of Casey, but if your league pays well for Pass Deflections, he put together a 9 of them in 2019, which was good for the league lead among defensive linemen. His numbers are not enough for me to start as DL, and if PD’s appropriately are awarded three points or more, he is worth DT starts only, of course.
Bradley Chubb, Von Miller, Todd Davis, and Alexander Johnson are the core for these Broncos, and when all are healthy, they form one of the more formidable units in the leagues. They are disciplined and have a high tackle efficiency. While they have a solid combination of youth and veteran leadership, they MUST stay healthy.
Bradley Chubb, the 5th Overall pick in 2018, exploded into the league with a monster rookie season. His athleticism and quickness jump off the film when analyzing his game, but he also compliments that quickness with incredible technique on his inside and outside moves. If it weren’t for Darius Leonard breaking out, he would have taken home the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. If he can stay healthy, he’s a high DL2 low-end DL1.
Total Tackles: 59 (41 Solos)
QB Hits: 22 (36 Pressures)
Pass Deflections: 1
Forced Fumble: 2
Fumble Recovery: 1
Von Miller’s best days are behind him; he is a DL2/3 with an IF, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be of use in IDP formats; he can very much help your team during the season and down the stretch. When Chubb played his rookie year, Von had 14.5 sacks, but without him, he had eight… so buckle up (and hope for a healthy Chubb) if you take a late flier on Von Miller.
Side Note: Miller has missed one game since 2014; he is a gamer!
Todd Davis has a stranglehold on the Inside Linebacker position in Denver. Since getting full-time snaps in 2018, Davis has recorded back to back 110+ tackle seasons, averaging 80 solo each of those seasons. He is a great LB3 or Flex play all year long, and consistency is a valuable asset to have in dynasty, so when the depth seems bleak, type his name in the search bar and plug him in.
Alexander Johnson is a 28-year-old 2nd year player with 12 starts under his belt. His first start came in Week 5 last season, and he was an A-Bomb compared to the Josy Jewel hype derailment everyone fell into myself included in a few leagues. He is now a locked-in starter on the inside with Todd Davis, so if these two play next to one another all year I could see him having a 110+tackle season as well.
Side Note: he hit all seven categories in IDP scoring, not something that is always around, so I’m buying him as a low-end LB2 high-end LB3
Total Tackles: 93 (51 Solos)
QB Hits: 4
Pass Deflections: 3
Forced Fumble: 2
Fumble Recovery: 1
I love Justin Simmions on the backend of this defense. With the front seven he has in front of him, there is just so much opportunity for him to make plays when the ball will be in the air, not to mention the offense getting better helping the defense as a whole. He had a great year in 2019, and I fully expect another step up this year by cracking the 100+ tackle mark as long as he continues his dominance in the passing game side for him to be a Top 10 DB1.
Total Tackles: 93 (65 solos)
QB Hits: 0 (1 Pressure)
Pass Deflections: 15
Forced Fumble: 0
Fumble Recovery: 0
As for the rest of the secondary, there is Kareem Jackson, who is a bye week filler or injury with his age. He missed a couple of games last year, and his best days are behind him. Still, the veteran leadership he brings should help in the locker room for that secondary. Newly acquired A.J. Bouye had a couple of good years in Jacksonville and should continue to do so in Denver, and you should feel comfortable starting him in any CM Must-Start formats.
The Denver Broncos got better on both sides of the ball, so the offense should let the defense pin their ears back and get after it, and having a veteran presence is paramount at each level. They have done that and hit on some rookie picks they are getting set up to take on the Golden Goose Patty Mahomes twice a year the whole division got better on defense in that regard. Remember these names grab your shares of the correct IDP players and keep building that Championship Dynasty Squad!
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