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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning threw 21/26 for 242 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions the last time he faced Kansas City (September 14), hitting Emmanuel Sanders the most (nine targets for 8/108/0 receiving). His TD passes went to Demaryius Thomas (seven for 5/62/1), Julius Thomas (five for 4/39/1), and Jacob Tamme (one for 1/4/1). The Denver D withstood a late push and won the game 24-17 with a goal-line stand against the Chiefs. Since then, Manning has been throwing for more than 300 yards per game with regularity, having crossed that hurdle three out of the last four games - he did have a more modest total of 28/35 for 257 yards passing last week, but his fantasy owners consoled themselves with his four passing scores against the Dolphins. Manning has 12 passing scores vs. six interceptions thrown over the past four games. Last week (in Julius Thomas' absence due to a gimpy ankle) Emmanuel Sanders (13 targets for 9/125/0 receiving) and Demaryius Thomas (13 for 10/87/3) handled most of Manning's passes, while Wes Welker got a rare TD (four targets for 4/18/1 receiving). The Bronco's passing attack is stampeding into the Second Season as of Week 13. The Chiefs' pass D has allowed 18/35 for 172 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack for -2 yards) to Derek Carr, and 20/32 for 168 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks for -10 yards to Russell Wilson over the past two games. Kansas City now ranks first in the NFL averaging 198.9 net passing yards allowed per game, an average helped out by the 31 sacks they've generated this year (tied for fourth in the NFL). However, Denver is first in the league with only 12 sacks allowed to date. K.C. has coughed up 17 passing TDs over 11 games played, and has just four interceptions generated (next-to-last in the NFL). Manning and company face a tough challenge at raucous K.C., but the Chiefs' generosity with passing scores this year helps the prospects for Denver.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
9 at NE 0 0 0 8 3 31 0 0
10 at OAK 0 0 0 5 4 24 0 0
11 at STL 0 0 0 6 4 28 0 0
12 vs MIA 0 0 0 4 4 18 1 0
13 at KC PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
13 at KC PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
13 at KC PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Against the Oakland Raiders, Wes Welker once again was the odd man out in Denver's passing game. In a twist, Welker played the highest snap total of his season so far as Denver largely abandoned its 2-tight-end packages, but Welker still finished the game tied with the injured Ronnie Hillman for fifth in targets. At this point, Welker mostly serves as a safety outlet for Peyton Manning should something go wrong on the outside, though he continues to be involved in moving the chains in 2nd-and-short and 3rd-and-short situations.

2014 Week 11 vs STL (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Wes Welker's role with the Denver Broncos continues to dwindle. A rash of injuries against the Rams left Welker setting new highs in playing time, as Denver was without its #2 RB, #1 TE, and two of the four receivers on its active roster. Despite playing a season-best 93% of Denver's snaps, however, Welker ranked 5th on the team in targets, with only two of those passes coming after halftime. It is clear that at this point Welker is only a situational target and quality depth for the Denver Broncos.

2014 Week 12 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 18 / 1 rec)

With Julius Thomas out with an ankle injury, Welker once again had a chance to play a larger role in Denver's passing game, and Welker once again was largely invisible. While the touchdown he scored was nice, Welker received just four targets on the day and is realistically only an option for Denver's offense at this point on short-yardage downs.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 62, 48, 69, 70

Footballguys Articles

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Preseason Roundtable #1
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Preseason Roundtable #2
  FBG Staff - June 18
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  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
FBG Debates: The Value of Gronkowski
  Austin Lee - July 28
Pre-Camp PPR WR Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - July 31
Top 200 (PPR) with Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - August 20
Dynasty State of the Union: AFC West
  Jeff Tefertiller - August 6
10 Thoughts on 10 Second-Year Players
  Cian Fahey - July 18
Pushing the Pocket - Examining the Potential Ramifications of an Andre Johnson Trade
  Cian Fahey - June 19

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  John Paulsen - June 19
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  Leo Howell - June 19
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  Kyle Soppe - June 20

Schedule

13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders