WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos
|5-9, 190||Born: 5-1-1981||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: ---|
Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. No day off for Peyton Manning this week, friends. Manning has been mediocre over the past two weeks, looking frankly awful vs. Buffalo two games back (14/20 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown), and then so-so in San Diego last week (14/20 for 233 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). His frustrated fantasy owners have watched Manning flame out just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Ouch! Last week, Demaryius Thomas got back into form (11 targets for 6/123/1 receiving at San Diego) after looking bad vs. Buffalo. Julius Thomas returned to action with two targets for 1/30/0 receiving - hopefully he'll get more work here in Week 16 now that he's getting back into 'game shape'. The Bengals' pass D feasted on a very unready Johnny Manziel last week, limiting the Browns' once-effective passing attack to 10/18 for 54 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -26 yards). No money was made for fantasy owners who threw Manziel into their lineups last week! However, two weeks ago the Steelers ripped this unit apart (25/39 for 350 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). To date, Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 233.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (31st in the NFL) put up. Manning is perhaps the exact opposite of Manziel, as a seasoned veteran quarterback, but he has not looked good of late, while Cincinnati has swung wildly in recent weeks - on balance this is a neutral matchup for the visiting Broncos.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
After being largely ignored on the season, Welker had a throwback game against the Buffalo Bills, hauling in all six of his targets for 82 yards. After spending all season running shallow routes underneath zone coverage, Denver sent Welker deep twice, resulting in a pair of 20+ yard receptions that each set Denver up deep in Buffalo territory on eventual touchdown drives. Welker also drew an illegal contact penalty and handled punt returns in place of the recently-cut Isaiah Burse. The lone blemish on his resume against Buffalo came on an offensive pass interference penalty where Welker began blocking a hair too early on a Demaryius Thomas screen.
Latest NewsBroncos | Probable status for Wes Welker (Fri Dec 12, 04:13 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers. Our View: Welker had been coming on lately, but Julius Thomas's full return will make him irrelevant again.
link to story Broncos | Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker practice (Thu Dec 11, 05:25 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and Wes Welker (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 11, after sitting out Wednesday, Dec. 10. Our View: Welker is useless for fantasy purposes, maybe a WR8 which is no help at all. Demaryius Thomas on the other hand, should be a solid WR1 start as nobody in the Chargers secondary can contain him..
link to story Broncos | Wes Welker not practicing (Wed Dec 10, 04:29 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 10. Our View: The Broncos practiced without pads or helmets today. This is just rest. Welker has been coming on a bit in recent weeks. He's worth considering as a WR3/flex play in Week 15 against the Chargers.
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