Browns vs. Broncos: Fantasy football projections featuring Peyton Manning, Trent Richardson, Demaryius Thomas

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We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 16 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos.

The Denver Broncos host the Cleveland Browns in Week 16. The Broncos look to sew up a first-round bye, while the Browns are simply playing for pride. Still, there's some interesting fantasy matchups here for championship week. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

Cleveland Browns

Trent Richardson has been battling various injuries all year and has just 3.5 YPC this season. He also has 11 touchdowns and is a reliable battering ram in the red zone, so he's worth starting as a RB2. The rest of the offense is sketchy--Brandon Weeden can't be counted on in the championship game and Josh Gordon is more boom-or-bust. You could start him as a WR3 if you're feeling lucky. Other than that, there's not much to look at here.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning has the offense firing on all cylinders, and expect that to continue, even if Demaryius Thomas has a tough matchup with Joe Haden. The real surprise has been Knowshon Moreno, who took over the starting job when Willis McGahee went down and has 237 yards and two touchdowns the last two games. His late-season emergence single-handedly bailed out fantasy owners in the playoffs.

There's not much more to be said here--start all your Broncos as you normally would.

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