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Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos

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College: Texas Tech
Ht: 5’9”  Wt: 185 DOB: 1981-05-01 Age: 33
WR Rank Tier ADP-12
#7 2 3.10

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2004 SD 15 1 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIA 16 1 52 29 434 15.0 0 43.9 2.7
2006 MIA 16 3 100 67 687 10.3 1 74.7 4.7
2007 NE 16 13 145 112 1,175 10.5 8 168.9 10.6
2008 NE 16 14 150 112 1,165 10.4 3 137.1 8.6
2009 NE 14 13 162 123 1,348 11.0 4 162.4 11.6
2010 NE 15 12 123 86 848 9.9 7 126.8 8.5
2011 NE 16 15 173 122 1,573 12.9 9 214.3 13.4
2012 DEN 16 0 175 118 1,354 11.5 6 173.4 10.8
2012 (Projected) DEN       109 1,255 11.5 8 173.5  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
A year and a half removed from tearing his ACL, Welker returned to his dominant form in 2011 posting career highs in yards with 1,573 and touchdowns with nine while catching 122 passes, one short of matching his career-high. After suffering a torn ACL in Week 17 of the 2009 season, Welker’s production dropped in 2010 and there was some concern that injuries and age (he turned 30 prior to the start of last season) were beginning to catch up to him. He put those concerns to rest but apparently not enough to entice the Patriots to sign him to a lucrative long-term contract extension as he was slapped with the franchise tag for the upcoming season. That might be a good thing for his fantasy prospects as he will be forced to put together another strong year to get the contract he is looking for. While the Patriots have improved their depth chart at wide receiver with the additions of Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, Welker’s role as the team’s main threat in the passing game will remain unchanged. He remains a top-ten fantasy wide receiver.

Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Demaryius Thomas
WR2WR2 Emmanuel Sanders
WR3WR3 Wes Welker
WR4WR4 Andre Caldwell
WR5WR5 Cody Latimer
WR6WR6 Jordan Norwood
WRWR Isaiah Burse
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Welker unlikely to play this weekend     -- Fri Sep 12 8:00 pm --

Expected to be reinstated soon
Wes Welker is hours away from becoming resinstated as a Bronco. The 32 team union representatives approved the league's revised drug policy Friday afternoon. It's possible that by late Friday night — but most likely Saturday — Welker will have his four-game suspension rescinded and he would be placed on the Broncos' 53-man roster. It's also possible final approval by the NFL could take until Monday. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Since the league has decided to changes the rules of their drug policy and apply these rules to players already suspended... after the season has started... it appears certain players will their suspensions reduced or wiped out all together. Welker is likely to be ready for game action in Week 3.
Welker, Gordon could have suspensions reduced     -- Thu Sep 4 8:35 pm --

NFL, NFLPA could come to agreement on new policy soon
Broncos WR Wes Welker is suspended for the first four games of the season, and Browns WR Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season. Both players have already appealed, and lost. And yet there’s a chance that both players could still see their suspensions reduced. As Mike Florio reported on NBC, Welker, Gordon and potentially other players in the midst of suspensions could benefit from a new drug testing policy that the owners and players could agree upon soon. (Pro Football Talk)

FF Today's Take: Offseason use of amphetamines would move from the PED policy to the substance-abuse policy, which would allow Welker to get by without a suspension as a first-time offender. Another change is that the threshold to trigger a positive result on a marijuana test would rise. That would affect Gordon because his positive test was just barely above the NFL’s current threshold. What it means is that Welker could be available sooner than expected and Gordon is worthy of a stash.
Wes Welker suspended four games     -- Tue Sep 2 7:07 pm --

Use of amphetamines
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Welker was excused from practice Aug. 20-21 to attend his appeal hearing, sources told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Welker will have plenty of time to get through the leagues' concussion protocol. The Broncos have a bye in Week 4 so the earliest Welker could return to the field would be Week 6. Emmanuel Sanders becomes legit WR2 option and keep in mind, the Broncos used tight end Jacob Tamme in the slot during Welker's absence last season.
Injury Welker cleared for individual drills     -- Mon Sep 1 3:45 pm --

Has yet to be cleared for full-contact practices
On Monday, WR Wes Welker (concussion) returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones. If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects. If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role. (CBS Sports)

FF Today's Take: Nine days ago, Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. From a fantasy perspective, the latest one turned Welker from a fairly safe WR2 in most formats into an incredibly high-risk WR3 whose career might be close to over. If he manages to play and avoid any more head trauma, he is a good bet for at least 80 catches. But that is a big if and one owners will have to weigh when drafting or trading for him.
Injury Wes Welker cleared to travel     -- Wed Aug 27 4:00 pm --

Not cleared for contact
ARLINGTON, Texas — Wes Welker was cleared to fly with the Broncos for their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Welker has not yet been medically cleared from his concussion to engage in contact, so he won't play in the game Thursday night at AT&T Stadium. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Wes Welker (concussion) is making progress but it is too soon to know if he will be available for the team's opening game. He has reached the exercise stage of recovery but he must be cleared for contact by late next week to have a chance at playing week one. Additionally, the team has insisted that Welker will return when he is fully healthy and may elect to be cautious with the veteran receiver. Not knowing if Welker will play or how many snaps he would see should have his owners seeking out a backup plan for the start of the fantasy season.
Injury Wes Welker takes shot to the head     -- Sat Aug 23 10:15 pm --

Being evaluated for possible concussion
Wes Welker, 33, left in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head from Houston Texans cornerback D.J. Swearinger and was under evaluation for a concussion. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Swearinger received a penalty on the play then was confronted by an angry Peyton Manning after the next play... a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Welker suffered two concussions last season and any confirmed concussion diagnosis would likely lead to time missed.

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