Cody Latimer enters his third season with the Broncos in 2016 hoping to finally make an impact after two nondescript years. He only has eight catches for 82 yards and one touchdown in his career, but hopefully this is the season he starts to be more involved and play at a high level. He does have the chance to be No. 3 on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but that won't guarantee him production in this offense, especially with a new quarterback this year. Latimer has a lot to prove before Fantasy owners can trust him. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he could be added off waivers if he starts off the season playing at a high level.
Latimer will likely compete with a slew of players for slotting on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, ESPN.com reports. A 2014 second-round selection (56th overall), Latimer has just eight catches for 82 yards in 22 career appearances, having mostly lingered toward the bottom of Denver's depth chart. He was unable to beat out a washed-up Wes Welker as a rookie, and then found himself behind the likes of Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell last season. Caldwell is now with the Lions, but Norwood and Fowler are still around, as are 2015 UDFA Jordan Taylor and former Texan DeVier Posey. Given their considerable draft investment, the Broncos presumably hope Latimer will emerge from the group and seize the No. 3 job for his own.
Latimer hauled in his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's AFC championship game win against the Patriots. Active for 14 contests in his second NFL season, Latimer nonetheless earned 17 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, which translated to six catches (on 12 targets) for 59 yards and one touchdown. His share of those snaps diminished even more in the team's two playoff tilts to date -- 16 of 142 snaps, or 11 percent -- but he secured all three passes directed his way for 31 yards. Although he's unlikely to make a significant dent in the Super Bowl box score, stranger things have happened in the big game.
Latimer is inactive for Monday's game against the Bengals. Latimer is the odd man out in the Broncos' Week 16 wideout corps, though with just six catches for 59 yards and a TD in 13 games to date, he's off the fantasy radar, in any case.
Latimer had two catches on three targets for 22 yards and his first career touchdown Sunday against the Bears. He also rushed once for five yards. Latimer got more snaps Sunday because Emmanuel Sanders was out with toe and finger injuries, and his chemistry with quarterback Brock Osweiler, who started in place of the injured Peyton Manning (foot/ribs), was certainly more evident than what he had with Manning. Demaryius Thomas is still going to dominate the targets, regardless of who starts at quarterback, but Latimer is starting to slowly prove that he can be a serviceable option in the passing game. Sanders was a game-time decision Sunday and will need to practice a bit next week if he's going to be cleared to play in Week 12 against the Patriots, which could certainly limit Latimer's snaps.
Latimer had three catches on six targets for 30 yards -- all career-highs -- Sunday against the Chiefs. With Emmanuel Sanders battling an ankle injury and a possible concussion, Latimer got a significant increase in playing time, though most of his looks came from backup Brock Osweiler, who replaced starter Peyton Manning in the third quarter after he completed just five passes and was picked off four times. Manning is expected to start in Week 11 if he's healthy, and Latimer's upside continues to be limited if Sanders is healthy too.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|6||10/14||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|8||10/30||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|10||11/13||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|12||11/27||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|16||12/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|3 Year Avg||8||4||41||0||2||10.25||4|