NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Recap: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals

Denver, Colorado, USA;*Denver Broncos running back Latavius Murray (28) carries the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Latavius Murray: 24 carries, 130 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 12 receiving yards

James Conner: 16 carries, 63 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 28 receiving yards

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Monitor Colt McCoy’s health: McCoy suffered a concussion at the start of the third quarter and didn’t return.

  • Trace McSorley took over as the Cardinals' quarterback for the rest of the game.
  • The dropoff from Kyler Murray to McCoy already hurt the fantasy value of the Cardinals' offensive players. The dropoff to McSorley hurt it further.
  • McSorley completed 7-of-15 passes and had two interceptions.
  • The Cardinals took David Blough from the Vikings’ practice squad this past week. Blough will likely serve as the backup, assuming McCoy misses a game.
  • Arizona has a tough matchup against Tampa Bay next week. This will make it harder to rely on anyone from this offense.

The Cardinals continue to avoid Greg Dortch: Dortch caught nine passes for 103 yards in Week 11 and hasn’t caught a pass since then.

  • He missed two weeks with an injury and returned last week, playing only four offensive snaps.
  • There was at least a chance they were easing him back due to injury, but he also barely played in this game.
  • A.J. Green remained the team’s primary third receiver. He was at times rotated out for Robbie Anderson.
  • The Cardinals also ran some four-wide receiver sets where both Green and Anderson were on the field.
  • Green and Anderson were also held without a catch.
  • Arizona will likely continue to use Green and Anderson these next few weeks, but they should be avoided over the rest of the season.

The Broncos continue to dig deep on the wide receiver depth chart: The Broncos were without Courtland Sutton and Kendall Hinton.

  • Neither wide receiver practiced all week with hamstring injuries and both were ruled out on Friday.
  • K.J. Hamler was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago, leaving Denver without three of its top four wide receivers.
  • Undrafted rookie Brandon Johnson has seen significant playing time over the past five weeks. He had only three catches for 12 yards heading into this game. He put up a career-high three catches for 30 yards as the Broncos’ No. 2 receiver.
  • Freddie Swain was taken from the Dolphins’ practice squad earlier in the week and was instantly elevated to the third receiver on the Broncos' depth chart. He caught his only target for nine yards.
  • The Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs, so they should be in no rush to bring back their injured receivers. We could see Johnson and Swain get more opportunities over the next few weeks.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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