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Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: WHAT THE TREVOR SIEMIAN PROMOTION MEANS FOR DEMARYUIS THOMAS, EMMANUEL SANDERS

So after a long and protracted (and at times ugly) competition this summer, the Denver Broncos have decided to cast their 2016 QB lot with 2015 seventh-round draft choice Trevor Seimian.  After veteran Mark Sanchez opened camp as the favorite for the job due to his experience, his ongoing mistake-prone ways reared their ugly heads again during preseason games in terms of fumbles and untimely interceptions.  That opened the door for Siemian to take the job which means he will now be under center for Week 1.  So what does this mean for the Denver skill positions players?  Well a common theme this summer has been that Demaryuis Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be in trouble in terms of their fantasy football values, with the former being downgraded from elite WR 1 status to just a WR 2.  One thing that often has been overlooked though is that Thomas still caught over 100 passes a year ago with arguably the worst QB in the league at the time in Peyton Manning starting most of the games.  Even when Brock Osweiler got in there, he and Thomas were not exactly on the same page.  Also Thomas was plagued with the dropsies throughout the season so he actually should have had more receptions.  Now in terms of Siemian, he has shown the willingness and the ability to throw the football down the field and that will no doubt be a plus for Thomas.  He also has better accuracy than Sanchez so Thomas and Sanders are getting the best QB option they can get under the circumstances.  This does not change the fact that Thomas should be graded as a WR 2 and Sanders as a WR 3 but they may not be as bad in terms of numbers as many are anticipating this season. 


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