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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 8: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. An aside - according to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning himself planned the 'keep away' prank after Manning broke the NFL career-TD mark with 509 TDs during the destruction of San Francisco last week. In true Manning fashion, he reportedly had his receivers practice it during the week, too. Manning plans all aspects of his offensive performance each week, friends. He is a model of preparation and hard work. The Broncos have benefited from Manning's hard work this year, currently sitting at 5-1 after destroying the 49ers 42-17 last week. Manning threw 22/26 for 318 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions before taking the fourth quarter off and letting Brock Osweiler get some regular-season snaps under his belt (Osweiler mostly handed the ball off, with just one passing attempt for zero yards). Demaryius Thomas continued on his insane tear through the league with nine targets for 8/171/2 receiving, catching TD 509 from Manning, while Emmanuel Sanders (three for 3/41/1) and Wes Welker (three for 3/50/1) both also found pay dirt. Only favorite tight end Julius Thomas (six targets for 4/27/0) missed out on the TD catch party last weekend. It's all good for the Broncos' passing attack, friends. The Chargers' pass D is ranked third in the NFL allowing an average of 209.6 net yards per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for 16th in the NFL) generated to date. The Chargers coughed up a modest 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Alex Smith last week (three sacks taken for -11 yards), but were bombed for four TDs by Derek Carr two weeks ago (18/34 for 282 net yards, with one interception thrown and zero sacks taken). It's fair to say this secondary has been up and down over the recent past. Denver has home field advantage, but San Diego isn't a pushover in this phase of the game - we see this as a neutral matchup with neither side holding a huge edge, but Peyton Manning is so hot right now you shouldn't let a neutral matchup scare you off of him as your starting quarterback.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 vs ARI 0 0 0 9 7 58 0 0
6 at NYJ 0 0 0 1 1 8 0 0
7 vs SF 0 0 0 3 3 50 1 0
8 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)

Wes Welker had a relatively quiet game against Arizona as Peyton Manning preferred to exploit the mismatches between his outside receivers and the Cardinals' corners. Welker was the target on one of Peyton Manning's interceptions, but he bore no responsibility as Welker had good separation but the quarterback did not lead him enough on the throw.

2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

While Welker normally has to compete for playing time with Denver's second tight end, against the Jets he also had a new source of competition, as Denver spent nearly a third of the game with a sixth offensive lineman on the field, presumably to help jump-start their struggling running game. With his snaps slightly more limited than useful and Denver's propensity to feature different receivers on a weekly basis, Welker finished the game with only one target. Despite his limited usage, Welker made his presence felt, converting a near game-clinching 3rd down and also falling on an early fumble after center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball before Peyton Manning was ready, narrowly averting disaster.

2014 Week 7 vs SF (3 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)

Once again, Wes Welker was barely featured in the passing game, but managed to make the most of his limited opportunities. Still a trusted weapon in high-leverage situation, Welker converted a 3rd-and-2 on Denver's first touchdown drive. On Denver's second drive, Welker slipped behind the defense down the left sideline, hauled in a pass, and dove for the pylon, earning Peyton Manning his record-tying 508th career touchdown. Welker only had one more target on the day, a 6-yard gain on 1st and 10 on Denver's final scoring drive of the day.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 57, 45, 46, 66, 70

Footballguys Articles

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Preseason Roundtable #1
  FBG Staff - June 4
Preseason Roundtable #2
  FBG Staff - June 18
AFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
Pushing the Pocket - Examining the Potential Ramifications of an Andre Johnson Trade
  Cian Fahey - June 19
The Gut Check No.297: Make or Break Questions
  Matt Waldman - June 16
The Gut Check No.298 - WR Drop Rates
  Matt Waldman - June 23
The Gut Check No.300: Gut Checks Part I
  Matt Waldman - July 7
The Gut Check No.301: Gut Checks Part II
  Matt Waldman - July 10
How to Attack Your 2-QB PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 10

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  Evan Silva - July 2
How to Attack Your 2QB Draft 2014
   - July 4

Schedule

8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders