Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
|WR - #45||54.73||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).
Broncos head coach John Fox was asked about Wes Welker's health and responded with some positive news concerning the five-time Pro Bowler.
"He's in the exercise mode right now. He won't be back out there until he's completely well," Fox told KOA-AM radio Wednesday morning, via Broncos public relations vice president Patrick Smyth.
While "exercise mode" doesn't sound like much, it's a far cry from rumors of Welker's retirement. Players aren't allowed to begin working out until after their concussion symptoms begin to subside, per the NFL's concussion protocol. He still has a way to go before he gets on the field, but this news suggests that he will be sidelined for a shorter period than previously expected.
Even before Welker went down, Emmanuel Sanders displayed what he could do in a Peyton Manning-led offense this preseason. Continue to move him up your board, with or without Welker on the field.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/27 - 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
7/28 - Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders motivated
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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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