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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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Welker suffered a concussion on Saturday August 23 in the third preseason game, but his 'concussion helmet' helped absorb the blow. Players with multiple concussions in their history, including one that caused an extended absence, are at higher risk to suffer further brain traumas. Welker still has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

The coaching staff expressed reluctance to use Wes Welker as a punt returner again this season, yet had him listed atop the team's depth chart. The loss of Jordan Norwood to an ACL injury further increases the chances Welker will handle punts. Welker's own issues with concussions leave doubt on how the returns will be handled. Receiver Isaiah Burse is the player most likely to step in for Welker.

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. Welker suffered a concussion in the Week 3 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Broncos are evaluating him, and they will follow the NFL's protocol for dealing with concussions. The team was already taking it easy on Welker in practice, and there's a small chance that this concussion could end his career. The chance is small, but there's a greater chance that he could miss time this season because of multiple concussion problems. Keep checking the news wire for the latest on the veteran receiver. (August 24)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 40, 20, 26, 27, 29, 33, 34, 36, 36, 37, 37, 38, 38, 39, 40, 40, 43, 48, 48, 50, 50, 51
Overall Redraft - 74, 41, 58, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 36, 15, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 35, 36, 36, 37, 38, 41, 43, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 49
Overall Redraft PPR - 76, 52, 56, 58, 58, 60
WR Dynasty - 44, 31, 39, 42, 46, 68
Overall Dynasty - 96, 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 13 0 * * 46 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 12 0 * * 65 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 11 0 * * 54 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 12 0 * * 59 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 98
WR: 37
Overall-PPR: 82
WR-PPR: 34

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Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker ruled out of game (Wed Aug 27, 05:54 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out of the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 27, but has been exercising and will travel with the team.

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Broncos | Wes Welker not cleared (Wed Aug 27, 05:09 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has not been cleared to practice at this point but is making good progress.

Our View: Welker seems on track to play in Week 1, but even the most minimal hitch can cause players to stall out in the protocol to return indefinitely. Don't assume anything about Welker's availability week 1 until it is official.
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Broncos | Wes Welker improving (Tue Aug 26, 05:09 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) made another positive step Tuesday, Aug. 26, in his recovery from another concussion, according to head coach John Fox. Welker has still not been ruled out for Week 1.

Our View: Welker sounds like he has a good chance of being ready for Week 1, but he still suffered a concussion with a special helmet meant to minimize them. That he couldn't make it through the preseason without a head injury.
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Broncos | More on Wes Welker (Mon Aug 25, 04:08 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) could play in the team's regular season opener Sunday, September 7, if he does not have any concussion symptoms by Monday, September 1. Head coach John Fox iterated that the team's primary focus is Welker's safety.

Our View: Welker's fantasy owners should not hit the panic button here. However, you do need to realize that he could miss one or more games this year if he's concussed again. The Broncos are stacked at wide receiver, and they won't put Welker out there unless he's passes the NFL's concussion protocol.
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Broncos | Wes Welker update (Sun Aug 24, 11:12 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has a good chance to play in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. Welker suffered a concussion in the team's third preseason game, but his 'concussion helmet' helped absorb the blow.

Our View: Good news for the Broncos here. Welker struggled with concussion problems last year, and he missed three games because of it. The Broncos are loaded at the wide receiver position, and that makes Welker a bad value at his current ADP. He's coming off the board at WR19 (4.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
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