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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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While Welker isn't currently injured, players with multiple concussions in their history, including one that caused an extended absence, are at higher risk to suffer further brain traumas. Given the league's sensitivity to concussions, Welker is at higher risk to miss time in upcoming seasons due to his history of brain trauma.

If the extra injury risk in the return game does not scare Denver now that Eric Decker is gone, the additional yards from punt returns can be a modest boost to Wes Welker in leagues that give fantasy points for return yardage. The Broncos have been reported to be reluctant to use Welker as a returner again now that Eric Decker is gone, but the team will need to find another returner.

Summary

Wes Welker still has what it takes to be one of the best in the game today. Last year, Welker missed three games due to concussions but still finished the season as the 20th-best fantasy wide receiver. With the loss of Eric Decker to the New York Jets in free agency, we could see Peyton Manning lean on Welker even more this year. Last year was Welker's first since 2006 not catching passes from Tom Brady, yet he caught more touchdowns in one year (10) then he ever did with the Patriots. The missed time made his 778 yards receiving the lowest total for Welker since he was with the Dolphins (2006, 687). If he stays healthy for a full season, Welker will put up more receiving yards this year. Welker can still get open consistently as he's one of the best "jerk" route-runners in league history. He is a trusted target for Manning, and the team likes to use his receiving ability near the end zone and in short-yardage situations. Hitting double-digit touchdowns again this year won't be much of a problem for Welker. In 2013 he scored at least one touchdown for the first six weeks of the season. The team added Emmanuel Sanders to take Decker's spot, but it's Welker who could benefit the most when the team gets to the red zone. Sanders has only 11 receiving touchdowns for his career, while Decker had 11 just last season alone. While Sanders is not known for his red-zone prowess, Welker is and could be in line for even more targets when the team is near pay dirt. This one is fairly easy to diagnose for fantasy owners. Welker is one of the most trusted targets on one of the league's most high-powered offenses. He missed three games last year and still put up low-end WR2 numbers. Welker is a valuable WR2 who can be a regular starter for your fantasy team. (May 24)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 23, 14, 14, 16, 16, 19, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28, 29, 30, 32
Overall Redraft - 53, 29, 35, 37, 44, 45, 45, 50, 51, 55, 58, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 19, 8, 12, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 19, 23, 23, 24, 24, 26, 26, 30, 32, 34
Overall Redraft PPR - 46, 18, 21, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 45, 48, 48, 50, 53, 57, 58
WR Dynasty - 44, 27, 31, 40, 42, 53, 67, 68
Overall Dynasty - 92, 64, 73

Stats and Projections

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2011 NE 16 4 30 0 188 122 1569 9
2012 NE 16 2 20 0 188 118 1354 6
2013 DEN 13 0 0 0 111 73 778 10 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 78 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 14 0 * * 75 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 78 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 81 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 45
WR: 18
Overall-PPR: 44
WR-PPR: 18

Denver Broncos Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

AFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
2014 Rookie Primer Part 7: Post-Combine Wide Receivers
  Chad Parsons - April 10
Player Spotlight: Wes Welker
  Mark Wimer - July 9
Faceoff: Top Players to Avoid
  FBG Staff - July 2
How to Attack Your Small-League Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 23
Examining the Individual Talent of Randall Cobb and Rashad Jennings
  Cian Fahey - July 23
Preseason Watch List: AFC East
  Jason Wood - July 21
Preseason Watch List: AFC West
  Jason Wood - July 21
10 Thoughts on 10 Second-Year Players
  Cian Fahey - July 18
Keeper Leagues: Looking For Future Free Agents
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 16

Articles from around the web


   - March 3
Finding smaller WRs who can excel
  Christopher Harris - July 21
Is This the End for Wes Welker?
  Brandon Gdula - July 2
Finding 2014 Fantasy Value: WRs and TEs
  Anthony Olivetti - June 24
Targeting Consistency in Wide Receivers
  Kyle Soppe - June 20
WR Size: Is It Valid Analysis?
  Matt Waldman and Chase Stuart - June 11
Spin Doctors: Wes Welker vs. Andre Johnson
  Scott Pianowski - June 4
Tough To Rank: WRs & TEs
  Evan Silva - June 3
Using FireFactor to Dominate Your Fantasy League: Wide Receiver Edition
  Brandon Gdula - July 17
Eric Decker Will Still Deliver
  Joe Kilroy - July 13

Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker probably will not be returner (Thu Jul 17, 02:16 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker probably will not be used as a punt returner this upcoming season because of his concussion history.

Our View: Welker missed time last year due to concussion problems. There's no way the Broncos risk further injury by having him return punts.
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Broncos | Wide open behind Top 3 receivers (Wed Jul 16, 11:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders will be the top three wide receivers, with WRs Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer also in the plans. Undrafted WR Isaiah Burse has potential but will have to show some significant pop in the preseason games to earn a potential job as return man and possible sixth receiver.

Our View: Latimer is the player to watch here. He's likely to be a starter in 2015 on the outside with Sanders moving into the slot next year. For this season, don't go overboard on Latimer but know the team may mix him in when they get near the red zone because of his size and wingspan. Latimer is a talented player who could have been a first-round pick.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Seattle Seahawks
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6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
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9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
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15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders