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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

5-9, 190Born: 5-1-1981College: Texas TechDrafted: ---

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Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning had a misfire against the Rams, throwing more interceptions (two) than TDs (one) for the first time this season, while posting 34/54 for 389 yards passing. It was also his first game this season with only one passing score - he's had at least two in all of his other games, and averages three per contest (30 TDs over 10 games played). This off game has the clear look of an aberration, folks - this is not the start of a trend. Julius Thomas exited the St. Louis game early due to a sprained ankle that looks fairly minor as of mid-week, so it looks like Thomas dodged the injury bug despite having a mere 2/3/0 receiving during the loss in St. Louis. Demaryius Thomas (10 targets for 7/103/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 5/102/1) still posted respectable games despite the struggles of Manning. Don't panic Manning owners/Denver fans - it's time to R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers might say. The Miami pass D ranks second in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 30 sacks generated so far (tenth- and third-ranked, respectively). Last week, Buffalo was held without a TD in either phase of the game (Kyle Orton posted 22/39 for 183 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks taken for -10 yards), while Matthew Stafford and company managed 27/42 for 288 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -19 yards vs. Miami two games back. Manning and company face a tougher-than-usual matchup this week, but he remains an elite fantasy option no matter who Denver faces. David Dodds projects Manning to be the third-best fantasy quarterback in the land during Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs SD 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0
9 at NE 0 0 0 8 3 31 0 0
10 at OAK 0 0 0 5 4 24 0 0
11 at STL 0 0 0 6 4 28 0 0
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs NE (8 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Wes Welker's day against his former team started inauspiciously enough with an early drop leaving Denver in long yardage. It did not get much better from there, as Welker hauled in just 3 of the 8 passes thrown in his direction. His best play of the day came on a poorly thrown Manning pass where Welker made a fantastic effort to break up an otherwise-sure interception. Unfortunately, just two drives later Welker tipped a well-thrown pass into the air and to a waiting New England defender. Welker was injured on the play and, though he later returned to the game, did not receive another target.

2014 Week 10 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Against the Oakland Raiders, Wes Welker once again was the odd man out in Denver's passing game. In a twist, Welker played the highest snap total of his season so far as Denver largely abandoned its 2-tight-end packages, but Welker still finished the game tied with the injured Ronnie Hillman for fifth in targets. At this point, Welker mostly serves as a safety outlet for Peyton Manning should something go wrong on the outside, though he continues to be involved in moving the chains in 2nd-and-short and 3rd-and-short situations.

2014 Week 11 vs STL (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Wes Welker's role with the Denver Broncos continues to dwindle. A rash of injuries against the Rams left Welker setting new highs in playing time, as Denver was without its #2 RB, #1 TE, and two of the four receivers on its active roster. Despite playing a season-best 93% of Denver's snaps, however, Welker ranked 5th on the team in targets, with only two of those passes coming after halftime. It is clear that at this point Welker is only a situational target and quality depth for the Denver Broncos.


Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker probable for Week 10 (Fri Nov 7, 05:05 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (back) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Nov. 7, and is probable for Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.

Our View: Welker is going to play, but his outlook is still very dim as no better than the fourth target and a part-time player in an offense with three excellent passcatchers.
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