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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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General News (Fri Sep 19): has practiced with the team all week and is ready to play in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He practiced in full all week, and he's listed as probable for Sunday, Sept. 21. "It's been great," head coach John Fox said of Welker's work this week. "He's a veteran guy that attacks preparation, and he's had a great week." Welker is expected to play, but he may not see a normal number of snaps as he would have if he had practiced more with the team before his suspension.

General News (Thu Sep 18): practiced with the team Wednesday, Sept. 17, which was his first on-field work since Labor Day, and he said he was cleared medically "about a week or so ago. I appreciate their concern, I do," Welker said. "But at the same time, I feel great. I feel sharp and ready to go." Head coach John Fox said that Welker's suspension, from a health perspective, may have been a "blessing in disguise" for Welker.

General News (Wed Sep 17): feels great physically and is ready to return to the team, but he stopped short of committing to playing in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. "That's a coach's decision," Welker said. "... I'm preparing like I'm going to play." Welker was back on the practice field Wednesday, Sept. 17. Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite Demaryius Thomas. Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.

General News (Tue Sep 16): will officially be reinstated following the agreement of a new drug policy.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Super Bowl Rematch! Peyton Manning had a nightmare from the very first snap of the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 - he eventually posted 34/49 for 280 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -1 yards, but the final score was 8-43 in favor of Seattle. One of the interceptions that Manning threw was returned for a pick-six TD. Manning is the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback through two games, but is tied for the league lead with six passing scores - he's thrown 43/62 for for 511 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions so far this year (with 5/-4/0 rushing in typical Peyton Manning fashion). Five of Manning's six TDs have gone to tight ends this year, with 13 targets for 11/143/4 flowing to Julius Thomas and one for 1/4/1 landing in Jacob Tamme's arms. Demaryius Thomas has seen 18 targets for 9/110/1 receiving, tied with Emmanuel Sanders at 18 targets (for 14/185/0 receiving) to lead the team in targets so far this season. Manning has a wealth of receivers to choose from, and it looks like Wes Welker will be back in action during Week 3, unless there is a hang-up with the new NFL-NFLPA drug testing agreement. Seattle was exposed by the Chargers on Sunday - San Diego piled up 28/37 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions, while Philip Rivers was sacked just once for -8 yards. Antonio Gates snaffled up all three TDs with seven targets for 7/96/3 receiving - Seattle trailed the final three quarters of the game. To date, Seattle ranks 18th in the NFL averaging 225.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. There are some lessons for the Broncos to learn from last week's game. Manning was frustrated by the Seahawks seven months ago - he has a tough neutral matchup ahead in the Seahawks' vociferous house this week. The rushing matchup is bad for the Broncos, so if they are to be competitive in this game it will be up to Manning and his passing arm.

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Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker ready to play (Fri Sep 19, 02:37 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has practiced with the team all week and is ready to play in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He practiced in full all week, and he's listed as probable for Sunday, Sept. 21. 'It's been great,' head coach John Fox said of Welker's work this week. 'He's a veteran guy that attacks preparation, and he's had a great week.' Welker is expected to play, but he may not see a normal number of snaps as he would have if he had practiced more with the team before his suspension.

Our View: Welker is still a low upside play against a very tough Seahawks defense in Seattle on a likely limited snap count.
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Broncos | Wes Welker's health a non-issue (Thu Sep 18, 01:32 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) practiced with the team Wednesday, Sept. 17, which was his first on-field work since Labor Day, and he said he was cleared medically 'about a week or so ago.' “I appreciate their concern, I do,' Welker said. “But at the same time, I feel great. I feel sharp and ready to go.' Head coach John Fox said that Welker's suspension, from a health perspective, may have been a 'blessing in disguise' for Welker.

Our View: We felt that Welker's time off could indeed be helpful for him (and his health) long term. Our own Cecil Lammey has said that the team will definitely use him and have been working to put packages together for him specifically. They won't overwhelm him, Lammey says, but could use him in the red zone quite frequently. This doesn't impact Emmanuel Sanders as he was replacing Eric Decker but might take away a little bit of Julius Thomas' red zone targets. There is some uncertainty here so we are cautious—this first time out he's no more than a WR4 and you should keep your expectations a little low until we see how the Broncos use him.
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Broncos | Wes Welker not committing to Week 3 (Wed Sep 17, 05:06 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker feels great physically and is ready to return to the team, but he stopped short of committing to playing in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. 'That's a coach's decision,' Welker said. ' ... I'm preparing like I'm going to play.' Welker was back on the practice field Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Our View: The Broncos are being coy when talking about Welker's potential role in Week 3 against the Seahawks. We think he plays, and we think he'll be used on a limited basis. Welker could produce like a "what the heck" flex play with upside if he does play on Sunday.
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Broncos | Wes Welker to return to slot (Wed Sep 17, 04:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving WR Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite WR Demaryius Thomas. WR Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.

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Broncos | Wes Welker reinstated (Wed Sep 17, 10:46 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker has been reinstated Wednesday, Sept. 17, after a new drug testing agreement was reached.

Our View: Good news for the Broncos here. Expect the team to take a "less is more" approach with Welker. They should still give him high-value targets when the team is near the red zone, but he may not get double digit targets like he did in 10 of the 13 games he played in 2013. Welker is a threat in the red zone, but we can only recommend him as a "what the heck" flex play in Week 3 against Seattle.
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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
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16@ Cincinnati Bengals
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