Wes Welker Fantasy News

Broncos exercise option on Wes Welker
Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:16am

SI - [Full Article]

Denver has exercised its 2014 option on Wes Welker, who will make $8 million (including bonuses) at age 33 this fall, and then become a free agent for what might be one final (minor) payday in 2015.

How the Broncos likely will line their receivers up in 2014: Julius Thomas tight to the formation, either left or right; Demaryius Thomas split wide, either left or right; Welker most often in the slot; and Emmanuel Sanders mostly opposite Demaryius Thomas. But here’s the changeup: Sanders started in the slot 11 times for Pittsburgh in 2012 before moving mostly outside in 2013. One of the things offensive coordinator Adam Gase likes to do is move Welker around so he doesn’t get beat up too much in the slot, so don’t be surprised to see Sanders learning all the spots.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker should post similar numbers in 2014 if he can stay healthy. He was #20 in standard formats and #21 in PPR. On a per game basis, he was #16 and #17, respectively.

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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.

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Wes Welker cleared for playoffs
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 4:16pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

There was a time as Wes Welker was recovering from his second concussion that he felt he was ready to play.

The Broncos' medical team held the star slot receiver out a while longer, anyway, and in retrospect he's glad for it.

"It took a little bit of time," Welker said Thursday in his first interview since his second concussion in a three-week period on Dec. 8. "Even when I felt I was 100 percent, looking back you weren't 100 percent. It's always a tricky injury and just trying to manage it and everything else, but the doctors and trainers did a great job of just doing the things necessary to get me back out on the field."

He was cleared for full football activities this week, and Welker will play in the Broncos' second-round AFC playoff game on Jan. 12 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego.

Fantasy Impact:

Whatever sleeper value Andre Caldwell held late in the season is gone now. It looks like the Broncos' offense will be at full strength heading into the postseason.

Wes Welker cleared to play
Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:05pm

Mike Klis on Twitter - [Full Article]

Wes Welker has been cleared to play in the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker will get an extra week off thanks to the Broncos first round bye. With Peyton Manning at QB and home field advantage, Welker will be a nice play in suicide playoffs leagues just about any week.

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:03pm

Broncos Inactives
C.J. Anderson RB
Zac Dysert QB
Sione Fua OG
Steve Vallos C
Kayvon Webster CB
Wes Welker WR
Derek Wolfe DE

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Wes Welker expected to miss the final two games
Friday, December 20, 2013, 10:24am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker is expected to be held out of the team's final two regular-season games as he recovers from two concussions in a span of three weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Caldwell will continue to fill in. He'll be a WR3 for the remainder of the season.

Glazer: Wes Welker out for Week 16
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:30pm

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Jay Glazer reports that Broncos WR Wes Welker is out for Week 16.

Fantasy Impact:

This was the feeling once Welker started missing early week practices. Andre Caldwell will be a Sneaky Start once again in his absence. He is currently our #33 WR in standard formats.

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Andre Caldwell likely to get another start
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:34am

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Wes Welker has not been medically cleared to return to practice, and Denver Broncos coach John Fox said only that the wide receiver is "day-to-day.''

Before he can play in a game, Welker would have to be declared symptom-free by both the Broncos' medical staff and a designated independent physician who has been approved by the NFL and the players' association. Welker would then have to proceed through multiple days of limited activity before he could return to practice on a limited basis.

Andre Caldwell, who got most of the snaps last week in Welker's absence, is expected to be the team's third receiver Sunday against the Houston Texans. Caldwell had six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers.

"I thought Bubba Caldwell played really well," quarterback Peyton Manning said. " ... Great route on that first touchdown, did a great job getting in the end zone on a play he hasn't [worked] that much, so that's a good job knowing what to do, being in his playbook. We'll count on him this week if he has to play."

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell is a compelling WR3 start this week but does carry some risk since he doesn't have a large body of work in the Denver offense, and may not see a heavy workload given all the other weapons that Peyton Manning has at his disposal. Caldwell is currently our 33rd-ranked WR in standard formats.

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Monday, December 16, 2013, 1:14pm

Mike Klis on Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Wes Welker is not practicing Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Since the Broncos last played on Thursday, Dec. 12, they held a practice today. Denver visits Houston in an early afternoon game so we'll know well in advance about Welker's status. Andre Caldwell caught two TD passes last week getting time with Welker out of action.