Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
|WR - #41||97.00||DEN||Active||12 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).
Wes Welker was the Broncos' third-leading wide receiver in 2014. Not that it meant a whole lot for fantasy purposes as Welker caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores. But in 2013, those numbers were 73, 778 and 10, respectively. Perhaps a receiver who is stronger, bigger, faster than Welker and 11 years his junior can claim those kind of stats in 2015. That's what Denver's brass is hoping.
According to Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, general manager John Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak have "already made it pretty clear" that they would prefer second-year player Cody Latimer to be their No. 3 wideout next season, behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Latimer caught just two passes in his rookie season, but at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and with 4.45 speed and a nearly 40-inch vertical, Latimer has the physical traits to be a standout NFL WR. Now place him and his skills in an offense where all of the defensive attention is taken up by his teammates and he gets to catch passes from Peyton Manning, and fantasy owners may have something special here in quick order. It may even help him if tight end Julius Thomas bolts as a free agent -- there's already enough in Denver to keep Latimer open on a consistent basis, and the tight end's departure would free up some more targets and certain red-zone looks for him.
I expect the buzz on this Indiana product to rise throughout the summer. Welker probably won't be re-signed and considering the rest of Denver's depth chart at the wide receiver position -- Andre Caldwell, Jordan Norwood, etc. -- the Broncos need someone to step up behind their top two guys. The Broncos want Latimer to be that guy, and he has the abilities to be that guy. Thus, as long as Peyton Manning stays healthy for a full 16 games, Latimer could have easy WR3 upside next season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/2 - Broncos want Cody Latimer to be their No. 3 WR
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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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