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The Denver Broncos' offense might not score as many fantasy points with Joe Flacco at the helm in 2019, but they could make up for it with their defense. And Von Miller's new personal goal could be the key to his team's defensive production.
The seven-time Pro Bowl edge rusher has posted double-digit sacks in all but one season since entering the league in 2011, but he has his eyes on a much bigger prize in 2019.
Von Miller seeks 20 sacks this year, all-time sack record https://t.co/PofnislXy9— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 18, 2019
Miller has 98 sacks through eight seasons of his professional career, and he now wants to hit 20 sacks this season to put himself on pace to break the NFL's all-time sack record of 200, held by the legendary Bruce Smith.
If Miller hit 20 sacks in 2019, he could almost single-handedly make the Broncos' defense a viable play in some fantasy leagues. Quarterback pressure is, perhaps, the biggest driver for defensive fantasy production, as sacks generate turnovers and even more fantasy points.
Hardest 2019 NFL schedules, based on their opponents win % from last season:— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) April 18, 2019
Raiders - .539
Broncos - .537
Jaguars - .531
Texans - .527
Bears - .520
Chiefs - .520
Colts - .518
Falcons - .518
Titans - .514
Vikings - .512
49ers - .510
Buccaneers - .508
Cardinals - .508
Unfortunately for Miller and the rest of the Broncos, Denver drew one of the toughest schedules in the 2019 season. In addition to playing the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angles Chargers twice, the Broncos also face the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans.
If Miller were to play 19 seasons at his current sack pace of 12.5 per year, he would hit 232.5 and shatter Smith's record. And if he can exceed that pace in 2019, the Broncos' defense could be a steal in fantasy drafts.
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