Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
|WR - #45||68.29||DEN||Active||11 years||33||5'9||185||@WesWelker|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rusty Reeves
Wes Welker is all the things you want in a slot receiver: smart, shifty and has good hands. In the history of the game, few wide receivers have had the knack for finding a hole (sitting in it and gaining 10 yards) like Welker. Even though he missed three games due to concussion-related issues, Welker was one of four Denver pass-catchers to reach double-digit touchdowns last year. His 10 scores were a career-high and kept his fantasy value relevant. Anyone who is on the field regularly for Denver needs to be in fantasy lineups on Sundays. At 33 years old and with a few concussions to his name, health is obviously a concern with Welker. However, Manning trusts him and Decker is gone. Emmanuel Sanders should take some of the action that Decker left behind, but Welker also figures to get some of that. He's still a low-end WR2 and will probably put up a line of 85-850-10 with ease in 2014, even with a couple missed games to be expected. If he stays on the field all season, a sixth season of over 100 yards is within reach in this offense.
Editor's note: PPR stud when healthy. Safer than his average draft position indicates (WR24, 57.49).
Here's an absolute stunner out of Denver today: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the news, Welker was suspended for using amphetamines.
Welker had been recovering from a preseason concussion he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He had been going through practice but hadn't yet been cleared for contact.
The suspension means Welker has lost his appeal. He will miss games against the Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks and Cardinals before returning Oct. 12 versus the Jets. That's Week 6. The Broncos have their bye in Week 4
I don't see a reason to downgrade Peyton Manning, but no Welker is going to mean more playing time and/or targets for Emmanuel Sanders, Andre Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer. Sanders is now a must-start WR2. Caldwell and Latimer will fight for touches, but the rookie obviously has more upside. He needs to be at least owned in 12-team leagues.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/2 - Broncos WR Wes Welker suspended 4 games for PED violation
8/27 - Broncos WR Wes Welker in 'exercise mode right now,' according to HC John Fox
8/25 - Broncos WR Wes Welker is not considering retirement
8/24 - Broncos WR Wes Welker suffers concussion
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|5.09||#9 World Ranked Player - If healthy, PPR machine with Manning throwing the ball. Great #3 in this format that requires 3 WRs at least every single week.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|4.08||KFFL - This wasn't exactly my plan, but having four of the top 15 receivers in my PPR rankings can't be all bad. I expect Welker to have one more strong season in him, but injuries are a concern.|
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