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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Maybe Peyton Manning will pick one of these weeks for Welker to get a touchdown spree, but it hasn't happened yet. He is just a small (not literally) role player in this high-flying offense right now.

Week 9: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team. The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games. This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).

Recent Stats and Projections

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 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0
9 at NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs SD (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Once again, Wes Welker continued to do a lot of good things for the Broncos, but very little that actually shows up in the stat sheet. Welker was targeted on Manning's second throw and his last throw, with no looks in between. On his first target he was dropped for no gain, but his second target was a 5-yard gain to convert a key 3rd-and-4 on Denver's final drive as the Broncos ran out the clock on San Diego's comeback attempt. For the second week, Welker quickly identified a loose ball and recovered a potentially disastrous fumble. Welker's continues to play well, but to this point in the season, Denver has had little need of him on a consistent basis.


Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker an afterthought in Week 8 (Fri Oct 24, 01:21 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker had just two catches for five yards on two targets in Week 8, and he's averaging just 36 yards per game this year, which is less than half his average (77) in the last seven seasons.

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