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Denver Broncos offseason wish list for fantasy

KANSAS CITY, MO - December 26: Wide receiver's Demaryius Thomas #88 and Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos watch the last offensive drive at Arrowhead Stadium on the sidelines, The Broncos lost 33-10. December 26, 2016 Kansas City, MO. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The 2017 season began on a high note for the Denver Broncos and new head coach Vance Joseph, as they came out of the gate with a 3-1 record. Things went south in a hurry following their Week 5 bye, as Denver would suffer through an eight-game losing streak, ultimately finishing the year with a 5-11 mark.

While it’s true that the defense didn’t perform at the high level it had in the past few years, it was the offense that really struggled. More precisely it was the quarterback position that fell apart, leading Denver to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in November. Things didn’t really improve with Bill Musgrave taking the reins as the quarterbacks continued to falter.

The trio of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch combined for just 19 touchdown passes (22 total scores) while turning the ball over 26 times. Denver also struggled to protect the quarterback, allowing 52 sacks, which was tied for the third-most in the league.

The Broncos have decided to keep Musgrave on as the coordinator and he has his work cut out for him to right the ship.

Three additions we want to see for fantasy

Sam Bradford, QB: Yes. Kirk Cousins is the flashier name, and I’m sure Denver will pursue him vigorously but the “steady as he goes” Bradford can be the perfect stop gap option. Bradford has cut down on his turnovers over the past two seasons and is capable of getting the ball to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, with a 62.5 percent completion rate over his career.

Trey Burton, TE: What? No Tyler Eifert? Avoid the injury concerns and lock up the 26-year-old Burton as he’s a player on the rise. Playing in the shadow of Zach Ertz, Burton posted five touchdowns last season while catching just 23 passes in a limited role. He can be a lead TE and fantasy force if given the chance.

Select the quarterback of the future in the first round of the draft: Cousins, Bradford, or whoever else the Broncos pluck out of free agency this offseason likely won’t be the long-term answer and Denver will need to jump on one of the top four QBs with their first pick.

PFF Fantasy's offseason wish list calendar
AFC NFC
East East
Buffalo Bills Feb. 8 Dallas Cowboys Feb. 12
Miami Dolphins Feb. 17 New York Giants Feb. 20
New England Patriots Feb. 19 Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 21
New York Jets Feb. 20 Washington Redskins Feb. 25
North North
Baltimore Ravens Feb. 8 Chicago Bears Feb. 9
Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 10 Detroit Lions Feb. 13
Cleveland Browns Feb. 11 Green Bay Packers Feb. 13
Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 22 Minnesota Vikings Feb. 18
South South
Houston Texans Feb. 14 Atlanta Falcons Feb. 7
Indianapolis Colts Feb. 14 Carolina Panthers Feb. 9
Jacksonville Jaguars Feb. 15 New Orleans Saints Feb. 19
Tennessee Titans Feb. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feb. 23
West West
Denver Broncos Feb. 12 Arizona Cardinals Feb. 7
Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 15 Los Angeles Rams Feb. 16
Los Angeles Chargers Feb. 16 San Francisco 49ers Feb. 22
Oakland Raiders Feb. 21 Seattle Seahawks Feb. 23
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