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Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said on Sirius XM Radio on Monday that he believes Ronnie Hillman "deserves more touches."

Since the preseason, Hillman has looked like the Broncos' best back, better in pretty much every phase than C.J. Anderson. After Hillman broke a 72-yard touchdown run in Sunday's win over Minnesota, Kubiak studied the tape Monday morning and called Hillman the Broncos' "offensive player of the game," before going on the radio and stating Hillman has the "hot hand." Expect Hillman to lead Denver's backfield in touches this week against the Raiders.
Oct 5 - 5:25 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak stated Monday that Demaryius Thomas (neck) is "fine."

Kubiak admitted Thomas is "sore" the day after Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, but there appear to be no concerns with Demaryius' availability moving forward. Thomas has at least seven catches in each of the first four games. He should eat this week against Oakland's swiss-cheese pass defense.
Oct 5 - 3:34 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he is "going to play both" of his running backs.

Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson both saw 11 carries Week 4 against the Vikings. Hillman's stat line was buoyed by a 72-yard touchdown, but he managed just 31 yards on his other 10 carries. Anderson gained 43 on his 11. Neither player has been effective enough on a carry-to-carry basis, but Hillman at least offers big-play potential. Hillman could become the 1A in this committee as early as next week against Oakland.
Source: ESPN
Oct 5 - 9:21 AM

Broncos WR Cody Latimer left Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings with a groin injury.

The sophomore bust wasn't targeted before going down. Latimer has two catches through four games. He's an end-of-bench stash in Dynasty leagues.
Oct 4 - 8:28 PM

Owen Daniels caught 2-of-5 targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings.

One of Daniels' missed targets was a horrible third down drop on Denver's opening series. With the Broncos executing a brilliant play fake, Daniels was left completely uncovered on his touchdown. Through four games, Daniels finds himself on pace for 48/252/8. He's a wheezing TE2 option.
Oct 4 - 8:18 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 43 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a 27-yard reception.

For the third time in four games, Anderson got out-rushed by Ronnie Hillman. Pathetically, his 3.9 YPC was his highest of the season. We've never been a fan of Hillman's between-the-tackles ability, but Anderson simply isn't making plays. It's growing harder and harder to see how the Broncos stick with him as their No. 1 rushing option. Last year's sensation is on pace for a meager 468 yards on the ground, and averaging 2.7 yards per carry. He'll be little more than a middling FLEX for next week's game against the Raiders.
Oct 4 - 8:14 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed 11 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a five-yard reception.

For the third time in four weeks, Hillman out-rushed C.J. Anderson. This time, we think it might finally bring about a sea change in Denver's backfield. Hillman had the play of the day in the second quarter, turning a simple outside run into a 72-yard touchdown. Hillman patiently waited for his hole to develop, and was then off to the races down the left sideline. Even if you remove his 72-yard score, Hillman would have still come within 12 yards of Anderson's rushing total. Anderson simply isn't making plays. Hillman will be a FLEX option for next week's game against the Raiders, and almost certainly check in ahead of Anderson in Rotoworld's ranks.
Oct 4 - 8:08 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 3-of-6 targets for 68 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings.

Both the grabs and targets were Sanders' fewest of the season. Nevertheless, Peyton Manning's safety valve is on pace for 100/1,228/8 at the season's quarter pole. Sanders is again an every-week WR1. He gets the Raiders in Week 5.
Oct 4 - 8:06 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught 9-of-12 targets for 93 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings.

There was a scary moment in the third quarter where Thomas got his neck lit up by Harrison Smith, but it appears he escaped with a stinger. Peyton Manning's go-to receiver finds himself on pace for 132/1,444/4 through the season's first four games. Even with Manning's play slipping from its previously elite heights, Thomas is locked and loaded as a high-end WR1.
Oct 4 - 8:04 PM

Peyton Manning completed 17-of-27 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Denver's 23-20, Week 4 win over the Vikings.

It was a wobbly day for the Broncos' duck slinger, though the 39-year-old Manning managed not to break as he bent. Manning let Anthony Barr read him all the way on interception No. 1, and was too slow on an anticipation throw for pick No. 2. His TD was a beautifully executed, fourth down play fake to Owen Daniels. Manning's play has picked up since his disastrous Week 1, but he's still nowhere near his 2012-14 level. With a quarter of the year in the books, Manning is on track for 3,872 yards, 24 touchdowns and 20 picks. The former pace should pick up a bit while the latter will decrease, but Manning is merely a mid-range to low-end QB1.
Oct 4 - 7:33 PM

Demaryius Thomas (neck) returned to the Broncos' Week 4 game against the Vikings in the fourth quarter.

Thomas ended up missing only a series. We're guessing his injury will be billed as a "stinger."
Oct 4 - 6:57 PM

Demaryius Thomas was forced from Denver's Week 4 game against the Vikings with a neck injury, and is questionable to return.

Thomas took a vicious shot from S Harrison Smith on the Broncos' final drive of the third quarter. Thomas appeared to be in agony on the sideline before heading to the locker room. It's possible his day is through. Thomas was moving the chains before going down, catching 8-of-9 targets for 78 yards.
Oct 4 - 6:36 PM

Broncos declared OT Ty Sambrailo, S Omar Bolden, QB Trevor Siemian, LB Lerentee McCray, OG Shelley Smith, TE Mitchell Henry and DE Kenny Anunike inactive for Week 4 against the Vikings.

Sambrailo's absence further thins an already shaky Broncos' offensive line. RT Ryan Harris is sliding to the blindside, with Michael Schofield attempting to man the right.
Oct 4 - 3:04 PM

Broncos LT Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) is out for Week 4.

It's a bit of a concern for Peyton Manning against Vikings RE Everson Griffen. The Broncos may need blocking TE Virgil Green to play extra snaps, helping Ryan Harris protect Manning's blind side versus Minnesota. With Harris moving from right to left tackle, Michael Schofield will start on the right side.
Oct 2 - 3:04 PM

The Denver defense has been a dominant force in 2015, nearing the top of the NFL in most defensive statistical categories.

While leading the NFL in yards allowed through three weeks, fantasy owners of the Denver D/ST unit are particularly interested in the 11 sacks (t-3rd) and 10 forced turnovers (2nd) from this group. Fantasy's top scoring D/ST will again be a strong play in Week 4 as they host the Minnesota Vikings in Denver.
Oct 2 - 1:39 AM

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