Complete 2015 Projections

The default order for player projections is based on ESPN.com's recommended draft rankings, which take into account projected total points as well as upside and risk.

Position: ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX
     
PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. C.J. Anderson, Den RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics1798494.78343242167
2015 Projections27011744.39474021215.5
2015 Outlook: The same backfield triumvirate -- Anderson, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman -- will labor in Denver this year. But considering that Anderson was fantasy's No. 1 RB from Week 12 on last season, new coach Gary Kubiak would be crazy not to give him a leg up. Anderson should benefit from Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme, which has made stars out of such disparate runners as Steve Slaton, Clinton Portis, Arian Foster and Justin Forsett. We doubt elite yardage totals are available to any Broncos RB as long as Peyton Manning is under center, but the team has averaged 14 rushing TDs since 2012. Most of those should belong to Anderson.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Den WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics184111161914.611000223
2015 Projections165.3102129812.711000195
2015 Outlook: With Peyton Manning back for another season, Thomas is locked in as a top-five fantasy WR. In three years with Manning under center, the Georgia Tech product has finished no worse than fourth in receiving yards, seventh in receiving TDs and fifth in fantasy points among WRs. Despite seeing his touchdowns dip from 14 in 2013 to 11 last season, Thomas actually paced the league with 23 end zone targets. New head coach Gary Kubiak is likely to call more runs and install more two-TE sets, but that should cost Thomas only a handful of looks. The 27-year-old is as safe as they come toward the end of the first round.
3. Emmanuel Sanders, Den WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics141101140413.998440192
2015 Projections120.378108713.979600154.2
2015 Outlook: If you're looking for a prime example of the "Peyton Manning bump," start with Sanders. After catching 67 balls for 740 yards and 6 TDs as Pittsburgh's No. 2 wide receiver in 2013, Sanders put up 101/1,404/9 in Denver last season. The Broncos' offense figures to be more conservative with Gary Kubiak at the controls, but the 28-year-old Sanders will remain an every-down player opposite Demaryius Thomas. While Sanders' frame (5-11, 180) and scoring history (11 career TDs before last season) suggest he's a candidate for a dip in touchdown production, another 100-catch season is certainly within reach.
4. Peyton Manning, Den QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics395/5974727391524-240307
2015 Projections392/6074644341424-61296.9
2015 Outlook: We tried to tell you: Drafting any fantasy QB (even Peyton!) in the first round is a mistake because you're chasing the prior year's stats -- and historic seasons rarely repeat. In 2014, Manning subtracted 750 yards and 16 TDs from his incredible 2013 campaign. On average, he was the No. 4 overall fantasy pick, but he finished as merely the No. 4 QB. Now he's 39, he has a new coach, and go-to targets Julius Thomas and Wes Welker are gone. No doubt, Manning's drop-off after Week 14 was the result of an injured quad. Still, while we trust his reads and instincts as much as any signal-caller's, last year served as a good reminder: Don't reach for Manning -- or any other QB.
5. Montee Ball, Den RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics551723.11962023
2015 Projections1144774.2514112192.3
2015 Outlook: Ball may be the victim of terrible timing. Yes, his numbers were underwhelming in his first four games of 2014 (3.1 ypc, 1 TD), but he had to face the Seahawks and Cardinals in that span. By the time Denver's schedule let up, Ball had suffered a groin injury that cost him all but four snaps the rest of the season. In the meantime, Ronnie Hillman had a couple of good games, then C.J. Anderson busted loose. Now Ball is healthy, but the Broncos will give Anderson the top spot until he proves he can't handle it. That leaves Ball in a pure handcuff position for 2015.
6. Cody Latimer, Den WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics422311.500001
2015 Projections88.85675013.45000105
2015 Outlook: Latimer was limited to 35 snaps as a rookie, but he shouldn't be overlooked as a fantasy option in Year 2. Buried on Denver's depth chart last season, Latimer is now the heavy favorite to replace Wes Welker in three-wide sets. There's certainly a lot to like when you combine Peyton Manning with Latimer's 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame, 4.4 wheels and exceptional hands. One possible concern: playing time, as new head coach Gary Kubiak has a history of keeping his second TE busy. But Latimer is one injury away from WR3 status, so the 22-year-old should be owned in all formats.
7. Broncos D/ST D/STYEARSCKINTFRTDPAYAPTS
2014 Statistics4118733544883120
2015 Projections40.717.16.13354.44889.3112.7
2015 Outlook: Despite topping double-digit fantasy points only four times, Denver managed to finish as the No. 11 unit in 2014. The reason? Only the Seahawks gave up fewer yards per play (4.7). The Broncos faced a league-low 21.8 rushes per game while limiting opposing offenses to just four pass plays of 40 yards or more, fewest in the NFL. With Wade Phillips taking the reins at defensive coordinator, look for Denver to feature a deadly 3-4 scheme, featuring pass rushers Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and rookie Shane Ray coming off the edge.
8. Connor Barth, Den KYEAR1-3940-4950+TOTXPPTS
2014 Statistics11/113/41/115/1615/1564
2015 Projections15/167/83/425/2849/49134
2015 Outlook: Advanced Football Analytics conducted a study in 2013 on conditions and kicking performance and -- surprise! -- found that altitude appeared to have an effect, with higher conversion percentages for field goals of 36 yards or longer for games in Denver compared with other NFL stadiums. Even at sea level, Barth averaged the fourth-most fantasy points per game (9.5) in 2012 for a middling Buccaneers team. After missing the 2013 season with an Achilles injury, he returned last year for five games and averaged a gaudy 12.8 points, the highest rate in the league.
9. Owen Daniels, Den TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics794852711.0400070
2015 Projections74.54955611.3500084.9
2015 Outlook: Daniels follows Gary Kubiak to Denver, marking the 10th straight year they'll be together. If Daniels has enough left in the tank, he should be a fantasy starter with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. But that's presuming a lot. Leg injuries have sapped Daniels of anything resembling dynamic cutting ability. And while he played reasonably well when called upon by the Ravens last year, he was an ancillary weapon. The dangers of relying on Daniels to be your Week 1 starter are that he might simply be too far gone and that Virgil Green or James Casey could assume a bigger role.
10. Ronnie Hillman, Den RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics1064344.1321139173
2015 Projections451844.11977031.1
11. Virgil Green, Den TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics667412.3123012
2015 Projections52.1373429.2300051.7
12. Juwan Thompson, Den RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics542725.03425041
2015 Projections294.500000
13. Brock Osweiler, Den QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics4/1052108005
2015 Projections2/320002700
2015 Outlook: Can Osweiler play in the NFL? Nobody really knows: He's been trapped behind Peyton Manning for three years. Osweiler has learned at the foot of the master, but it's hard to imagine the Broncos' offense wouldn't hiccup without its Hall of Fame helmsman. The reason to remember Osweiler's name in 2015, of course, is that Manning is 39 and the quad injury that wrecked his season late last year could be the tip of the iceberg. We think Manning will be fine. But if his end is nigh, at least Osweiler would audition throwing to the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
14. James Casey, Den TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics335919.7200016
2015 Projections22.91517811.9200028.9
15. Wes Welker, Den WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2014 Statistics64494649.5200053
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