Now that we know Von Miller will miss the first six games of the regular season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, it certainly changes the outlook of the Denver defense from a fantasy perspective.
Last year, the Broncos led the world in sacks, posting 52 QB takedowns (tied with the Rams) — the problem is that more than half of those (29.5 of them, to be exact) came from Miller and Elvis Dumervil, who is now plying his trade in Baltimore. If the Broncos can’t generate a serious pass rush, it’s certain to impact the secondary as well.
Certainly everyone remembers Rahim Moore’s gaffe in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens, but the group was pretty middle-of-the-road last season. Now they’re facing the potential of going into the regular season opener without Champ Bailey, who is nursing a sprained foot. At this point, it’s hard to imagine Denver’s defense finishing 2013 as a top three unit, as they were last season.
As for Miller, missing six games makes him a big liability for IDP fantasy owners. With so many other options at the linebacker spot, it’s best to leave him alone in your drafts and consider possibly coming back to him in Week 7 once he’s ready to go.
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