IDP 2014: The Denver Broncos New Defense Demarcus Ware, Aqib Talib or TJ Ward Who Will Be Your Fantasy Stud?

The Denver Broncos did themselves well in free agency this year.  While they lost some players, they  picked up some studs also.  Unfortunately, for you, your IDP draft may not yield the same mother-load.  So who will you choose from the Denver Broncos’ free agency acquisitions?

Linebacker, Demarcus Ware:

Ware was the foundation for the Dallas Cowboys defense.  Ware is now 32 and on the wrong side of injuries.  Last year plagued by injuries, Ware’s stats were down.  He recorded a subpar 40 tackles with six sacks and one interception.  To be fair, it appeared last year the entire Cowboys’ defense was cursed.  Injuries rolled across the defense.  Now Ware has taken his talents Mile High.

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Ware will play opposite Von Miller.  If Miller can stay on the field that will make the Miller-Ware tandem on of the best pass rushing tandems in the NFL.  Ware in his nine year career in the NFL has 117 sacks.  He is adept at turning speed into power.

Miller is recovering from an ACL injury.  He is also one strike away from being suspended.  But when he is on the field and healthy he is awesome.  In 2012 he collected 18.5 sacks.  For his career he has 35 sacks in 40 games.  Miller has phenomenal speed coupled with a great set of hands.

This duo has the potential to be as great as the Broncos offense.

Cornerback, Aqib Talib

Last year most teams played from behind against the Broncos.  It will probably be the same this year.  That being said the Broncos’ defense allowed the sixth most passing yards per game.  They also got burned deep a lot.  Enter Talib.  Talib balled out last year in IDP as a New England Patriot. He is a lockdown defender who seldom gets burned.  Last year he was responsible for 41 tackles and four interceptions.   He was one of the best man-coverage cornerbacks in the league.  But he isn’t confined to one scheme.  Talib is capable of playing both man and zone schemes.  Talib was the number one cornerback for the Patriots.  He surrendered a completion once very 17.7 snaps in coverage, ranking behind only Alterraun Verner and Darrelle Revis.

And fortunately he won’t be alone.

Safety, TJ Ward

Ward is in his fourth NFL season.  Last year that season was Pro-Bowl worthy.  He collected 112 tackles, 70 solo tackles,  1.5 sacks and two interceptions.  Ward is an intimidator.  True he is only 5’10”.  Ask Rob Gronkowski if that’s too small?   He dares receivers to come down the middle and challenge him.  He loves it when runners attempt the middle.  Most don’t take the dare.  He is not going to get you much points in interceptions, but he is going to rack up your points with tackles.

Let’s face it.  Most teams will be playing from behind when the play the Broncos.  That means most teams will be forced to pass to keep up.  Talib will most likely be on the number on receiver.  But that doesn’t mean quarterbacks will consistently throw on Talib’s side of the field.

Ware will be attempting to stop the quarterback from getting a chance to throw.  He and Miller will rack up an astonishing amount of quarterback sacks, hurries and hits.  But will the share the bounty or will Ware make Miller better?

And then there is Ward.  He is adept at both punishing the run and the passing games.  He runs towards the opportunity to hit somebody.  The only drawback is if the officials decide the teams are playing touch instead of tackle, Ward could rack up a lot of penalties and fines.  But he stays on the field and hopefully stays fierce.

If you have to choose just one for IDP, Ward will be your man.


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