Eric Decker Fantasy News

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have signed free agent receiver-kick returner Jacoby Ford.

Ford saw limited action last season for Oakland, catching only 13 passes. He was used more on punt and kickoff returns, and figures to handle those chores for the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Ford could be used more out of the slot with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley likely to start on the outside. Ford, of course, has had injury issues most of his career. He has just three TDs in four seasons and likely won't be targeted in a lot of fantasy drafts.

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Jets sign release Mark Sanchez, sign Mike Vick
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:33pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets gave former Eagles QB Michael Vick a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

Brian Costello reported that Mark Sanchez has been released.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets seem to be in "win-now" mode and it looks like Vick may have the inside track to start over sophomore Geno Smith. Vick will have the newly acquired Eric Decker to throw to. If he's starting, he'll be a QB2 in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.

Broncos expected to sign Emmanuel Sanders
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Neither team nor player's agent will confirm, but Broncos are expected to sign former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders will likely replace Eric Decker in Denver's three-WR set, so Andre Caldwell probably sees spot duty as the team's WR4. Sanders was #35 in standard and #32 in PPR, and we'd expect that to be his floor playing with Peyton Manning in the Broncos' potent offense.

Jets sign Eric Decker to a five-year deal
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:48am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets are giving former Broncos WR Eric Decker a 5-year, $36.25 M deal, including $15 M guaranteed, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Decker was expected to command as much as $9 million per season, so this seems like a reasonable deal. Decker is a solid receiver, but it remains to be seen if he can produce when drawing the attention of the defense's top corner. The Jets don't have a Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker or a Julius Thomas to occupy the defense. He's also seeing a downgrade at quarterback from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith, which is like going from Chipotle to a Taco Bell Dumpster. Still, he'll have decent value as a real-world WR1. It's doubtful that the Jets will be able to do any better this offseason.

Broncos re-sign WR Andre Caldwell
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

WR Andre Caldwell agrees to stay with the Broncos, per league source. Two years, with a max value of $3.45 million.

Fantasy Impact:

With Eric Decker likely on his way out, Caldwell could step into a starter's role in 2014. He'd be an interesting sleeper in the later rounds playing in Denver's high-octane offense. Consider him a WR5 type for now.

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Eric Decker 'highest priority' of Broncos' free agents
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:32am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Of all the team's free agents, WR Eric Decker figures to be the highest priority but also the most expensive to re-sign. The Broncos are built around Peyton Manning, and the quarterback's top two receivers in the past two seasons have been Decker and Demaryius Thomas, a free agent after the 2014 season.

Given the contracts of similar No. 2 receivers in the league, Decker can command a deal of least five years and $40 million, with at least $8 million in the first year.

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously, Decker's keeper/dynasty value will take a hit if he does sign elsewhere.

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Wes Welker suffers another concussion
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:51pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Wes Welker has been ruled out for the second half of the Denver Broncos game against the Tennessee Titans after sustaining his second concussion this season.

Welker took a hit to the head on a play across the middle late in the second quarter. His neck was bent awkwardly on the play.

Fantasy Impact:

It's his second concussion with Denver, and the chances of Welker coming back for Week 15 could be pretty slim as the Broncos have a Thursday night game against the Chargers. The short week really hurts owners. Of course, if Welker is out, Eric Decker could see more targets and Andre Caldwell becomes a potential, sneaky play.

Wes Welker expected to be 'ok'
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 9:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is undergoing concussion evaluation and will not be a full participant in practice until Friday at the earliest.

By NFL protocol, Welker will be limited in practice this week and is permitted to make a full return to practice Friday at the earliest, only if doctors say he has passed the baseline test.

Welker's status for next Sunday's showdown with the New England Patriots -- his former team -- is uncertain, but sources told ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen that the star receiver is expected to be OK.

Fantasy Impact:

If Welker plays, he'll want to be a big part of the offense against his former team in Week 12. If he doesn't go, Eric Decker would see an increase in workload. We'll have to wait until Friday to probably know any more about Welker, but at this point things look pretty good for his chances of playing.

Wes Welker suffers concussion
Monday, November 18, 2013, 9:32am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to the Broncos, WR Wes Welker indeed suffered a concussion during Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs.

Welker suffered a blow to the head early in the fourth quarter. Somehow, he returned to the game, catching another pass. He later exited, with the team explaining that he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Now that the concussion is official, he will have to pass protocol to get back on the field. The Broncos take on Welker's former team, the Patriots, in Week 12 and it's a game Welker doesn't want to miss. But, if can't play, look for Eric Decker to perhaps benefit the most at least in terms of targets.

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