Week 12: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
Welker's first year in Denver has gone about as well as could be expected as he's averaging 65 yards per game with nine touchdowns through nine games (tied for the most touchdowns he's posted in any of his previous nine seasons). The 32-year-old has been a model of durability during his career, missing just four games over his nine seasons with Miami and New England. Welker suffered a concussion during the Sunday win over Kansas City and was not able to practice on Wednesday. Most of the football world will be shocked if he's not in uniform to face his former team on Sunday night. With Julius Thomas also ailing, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker could see an uptick in targets against a mediocre Patriots defense allowing the 18th most fantasy PPG to wide receivers – an average of 150 yards per game to WR corps.
Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and with a Monday night matchup against San Francisco, his owners should secure a backup plan as the rookie from Florida will need to pass league concussion protocol in order to suit up. Reed owners would be wise to target the waiver wire as Garrett Graham, Rob Housler and Delanie Walker could be serviceable week 12 replacements. For Washington, they might be forced to activate veteran Fred Davis, but he remains off the fantasy radar. Through nine games, Reed is averaging 55 yards per game with three touchdowns. His absence would be a negative for RG3's fantasy value in a difficult matchup with a 49er defense allowing the fifth lowest fantasy PPG to quarterbacks. The San Fran defense is also stingy against tight ends as they allow the fourth lowest fantasy PPG -- including just three touchdowns to the position on the season.
Julius Thomas had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Chiefs (first touchdown the Chiefs have allowed to a tight end all season). The third year TE from Portland State took a helmet to the knee in the third quarter, but remained in the game. He missed Wednesday's practice, but is expected to play on Sunday night against a Patriots defense allowing the 11th fewest fantasy PPG to opposing tight ends. Thomas is averaging 59 yards per game with 10 touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season. He's a must start provided he returns to practice this week. Former Texan Joel Dreesen is battling a knee injury, but would likely start if Thomas suffers a setback. Dreesen is not fantasy relevant.