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WR Sammy Watkins
According to the Buffalo News, head coach Doug Marrone will use Sammy Watkins in the slot and it looks like the plan is to get him on the field in every and any way. Watkins has the skill to line up wherever they want him to be and has the ability to stretch the field as a deep threat as well as kill teams for yardage after the catch. Two things can hold him back. First, the rookie learning curve which seems to limit almost every receiver during their first year. How much impact is always hard to say, as even for a talented guy like Watkins there are hiccups. The second is his quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel struggled a lot last year, when he wasn't hurt. Word is he is much more comfortable with the plays this year, so hopefully it won't hurt Watkins at all. Despite the tremendous talent, we don't see him as more than a WR3 with upside for his rookie season. At 21 though, the sky is the limit for his career.
WR Wes Welker
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.
WR Terrance Williams
Terrance Williams did enough as a rookie to put the nail in Miles Austin's coffin. Williams is now unquestionably the starter opposite Dez Bryant, and as a result has the opportunity to ascend into every week fantasy relevance. The 6'2", 208 pounder provided Tony Romo with his best deep threat in years, averaging nearly 17 yards per reception and being a perfect 9-for-9 in throws of 20 yards or more downfield. It's perfectly normal to expect marked improvement in year two, particularly when a receiver plays regularly as a rookie. As long as Tony Romo is healthy after back surgery, Williams is a compelling mid-round fantasy breakout candidate.
WR Eric Decker
Going from having Peyton Manning throwing to you, to having Geno Smith or Michael Vick tossing passes your way will usually hurt your bottom line. So we're not expecting a third straight 1,000 yard plus, 80 plus catch season from Decker. That doesn't mean he'll fall off the radar for fantasy owners, just that expectations should be realigned. Decker is a physical receiver who can move the chains as well as stretch the field. Decker will also see much more attention from the defense as he lacks a Demaryius Thomas to pull them. All this will limit him to WR 2 or high end WR3 status--with a chance that, if the quarterback situation gets messier, that he could fall below that.
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