(10/20/14) After back-to-back standout performances against the Cardinals (who didn't have their starting quarterback at the time) and the Jets (who haven't had a starting quarterback in ages), the Broncos defense kept the ball rolling in Week 7, only this time against a 49ers team that had just hung 31 on the Rams in Week 6.
The Broncos limited Colin Kaepernick and company to 17 points on 310 yards, recording one interception and a season-high six sacks, including three by DeMarcus Ware and two by Von Miller. They've now allowed an average of 18.0 points on 243.0 yards over their last three games, recording a total of 13 sacks.
Because the Broncos are so good offensively, you might expect them to play a soft defense that doesn't sweat yardage surrendered in garbage time, but that hasn't been the case. The Broncos haven't allowed 400 yards in a game since Week 1 against the Colts, and they have yet to allow more than 26 points in a game.
The Broncos DST is looking like the kind you can play in Fantasy even when the matchup is less than favorable. Week 8 against San Diego might be pushing it a bit, though. If you don't want to roster two DSTs, you shouldn't feel like you have to make a change, but the Broncos DST may not project as a top-12 unit for that matchup.
Broncos DST makes most of matchup
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) One week after allowing a season-low 215 yards to the Cardinals, the Broncos outdid themselves Week 6 at the Jets, allowing just 204 yards and 17 points, which equaled a season low.
It was the kind of performance that was expected to some degree given the Jets' struggles this season. They've now allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to DSTs this season.
The biggest play for the Broncos defense was a 22-yard interception return by Aqib Talib late in the fourth quarter. It was their first touchdown on the defensive side of the ball this season. They also recovered a fumble and recorded a season-high four sacks.
Obviously, the Broncos have benefited from good matchups the last two weeks, but they have enough playmakers on the defensive side of the ball for their DST to remain a factor Week 7 against San Francisco. It's not a must-start Fantasy unit, but it's a serviceable one.
Broncos LB Von Miller stuffs stat sheet and Geno Smith
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/14) Broncos linebacker Von Miller was the leading contributor to a strong defensive effort Sunday in a defeat of the host Jets.
Miller racked up six tackles, including two of the team's four sacks. He had four hits on quarterback Geno Smith and added one pass defensed.
Broncos take advantage of Cardinals' weakness
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/14) Already without their starting quarterback, the Cardinals played most of the second half without their backup Week 5 at Denver when Drew Stanton went down with concussion-like symptoms early in the third quarter. The Broncos DST took advantage, not only limiting the Cardinals to 20 points on 215 yards but also recording three sacks.
The 215 yards were 165 better than their previous season best. The three sacks tied a season high.
The Broncos DST has forced only three turnovers this season, but it's been a steady Fantasy unit otherwise. It could be in for its best performance of the season Week 6 at the Jets, who were just shut out by the Chargers in Week 5.
Danny Trevathan expected to start vs. Arizona
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/14) Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, who has missed the first three games due to a knee injury, is expected to start in Week 5 against the Cardinals, John Fox told the media on Monday, per the Denver Post.
"Danny has tremendous speed and explosion. I have seen him progress every season, every game," coach John Fox said Monday. "I thought Brandon Marshall stepped in and did a real good job. But we welcome back Danny."
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The Broncos DST is hoping that a lot of money spent in the offseason can lead to positive results this year. The Broncos added three high profile players on defense this offseason in DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, and they also spent their first-round pick on cornerback Bradley Roby. They lost Champ Bailey, but the upgrade with the younger Talib should help at cornerback. If Von Miller (ACL) can return at 100 percent than the Broncos should have a much-improved pass rush, and the Broncos DST should be able to improve from their No. 13 finish last season when they had 17 interceptions, 41 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and five touchdowns. We like the Broncos DST as a No. 1 Fantasy option, and they should be drafted with a late-round pick in all leagues.