Wes Welker
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By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 12:37am EDT

With only 2 targets, Welker has become the forgotten man in the Denver offense.

Fantasy Impact: He is probably target number 4 in the Broncos offensive machine. He only has 6 receptions for 63 yards and 1 TD in his last 3 games and is moving quickly into the WR3/4 range with low upside.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 12:14am EDT

Welker's TD was actually for 39 yards, which is longer than most of his routes and receptions. It just revealed more of Welker's flexibility and value to the club.

Fantasy Impact: There are so many weapons on the Broncos it is easy to overlook Welker. He may not get the targets or TD's of DT or Sanders, but he remains a steady producer and thus, remains reliable and serviceable for fantasy purposes.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 6:15pm EDT

1 target - 1 reception for eight yards, and that in the fourth quarter, was all Welker could muster for the Week 6 tilt against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Owners should expect that he is a WR3 in the Manning offense. He'll be a great start in his plus matchups. Keep him rostered.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 11:48pm EDT

Welker totaled 58 yards on the day, as Peyton Manning spread the wealth around to by targeting 9 different receivers in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Welker is an excellent receiver in a high-powered offense and the two should mix well as long as his health holds up. Welker is worthy of starts in PPR formats on a weekly basis.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 9:22pm EDT

With 6 receptions for 60 yards, Welker was second only to Emmanuel Sanders and tied with Demariyius Thomas in targets.

Fantasy Impact: No question that Welker is back and to be heavily relied upon in Denver's offense. Welker will once again rise to WR2 status, locked in every week as a reliable source for satisfaction for those patient enough to have held on to him recently. If he is available, scoop him up.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 4:51pm EDT

The NFL and NFLPA's agreement allows for Welker's immediate return to the Broncos and he is cleared to play Sunday against Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Now the club must decide how to use Welker this week. He has not practiced since Aug. 16th so he may be a little hampered by that but he sits at a WR2-3 this week.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 11:26pm EDT

Updating a previous item, NFL teams are being told that there is not a deal yet on the new Drug Policy. The NFL and NFLPA are ironing out the differences. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It seemed pretty far-fetched that Denver would have activated Welker so quickly since he has not practiced since August 16th. Welker owners can count on him being active for Week 3. This is a fluid situation and owners should stay tuned for further developments.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 8:27pm EDT

One result from the new Drug Policy is that Wes Welker has been reinstated effective for this weeks game. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reinstated and activated are two different terms. Now Welker owners must await word from the Broncos as to whether or not he will play against Kansas City.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 11th 10:06pm EDT

Wes Welker could be activated immediately for Week 2 if the Players Association votes to approve the new drug policy Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welker is a plug and play and if this transpires like some are thinking, he will dress and play in Denver's game this Sunday. He knows the routes, the playbook, and Peyton well. He would be an immediate start in all fantasy leagues and formats.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 1:33pm EDT

Wes Welker, who remains suspended, has cleared the concussion protocol. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Should Welker's suspension be reduced as the result of the new drug policy, he is ready to play. If he has been dropped in your league, rush to pick him up. He should remain on rosters in all leagues.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 10:17pm EDT

News broke earlier about the drug testing agreement that the NFL and NFLPA are negotiating could result in a reduction or elimination of Wes Welker's 4 game ban. The Washington Post has confirmed the story and states that the reduction would be part of the pact. The talks have a soft Sunday deadline. This agreement would also affect the suspension of Josh Gordon. (Source: Mark Maske on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welker owners should rejoice. For those of you who dropped Welker, run to pick him up as a stash in the event this takes place. But be quick, that noise you hear is the stampede to the waiver wire.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:10pm EDT

Wes Welker's suspension could be reduced if the NFL and NFLPA agree to revised testing rules, which would remove testing for amphetamines. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This is welcome news to Welker's owners, who were caught off guard by the suspension for amphetamine use this week. This is a breaking story so stay tuned for more updates.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Sep 2nd 10:50pm EDT

Wes Welkers 4 game suspension will start immediately, despite earlier reports that the Broncos thought it would be later. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welker will be back in week 6. after the suspension and the bye week. To fill the gap, Denver will employ Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer, although Latimer is the better choice by far.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Sep 2nd 7:03pm EDT

Wes Welker has been suspended by the NFL for PED use. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As we have advised before, Wes Welker owners now have to resort to a backup plan. We suggest Cody Latimer, who at 6'2/215 is a very promising rookie and had an excellent camp. He attacks with aggression and will not fail to please.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Sep 2nd 6:47pm EDT

Wes Welker has been given clearance to fully participate in football activities starting Wednesday. (Source: Andrew Mason on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welker has cleared the concussion protocol and is a go for all football activities starting Wednesday. He has yet to receive clearance for Sundays game but that is a mere formality. He should be considered a WR3 going forward. Owners should keep in mind his history and have a solid backup plan if needed throughout the season.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 1st 3:32pm EDT

Welker continues to progress through the concussion protocol with every intention of playing this week against the Colts. (Source: Lindsey Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welker might be cleared for full-contact by Wednesday or Thursday if he has indeed fully recovered. That would enable him to play in this weeks game.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 30th 9:30pm EDT

Wes Welker continues to progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. His next step is running/conditioning on Monday, Sept. 1st. (Source: Jeff Legwold on ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Welker was able to fly and warmup with the team in their preseason finale against Dallas this week. He is doing well at each step of the protocol. After running and conditioning the next step will be non-contact drills. Fantasy owners should feel confident in his progress but should always have a backup plan in light of his heath history. Stay tuned.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 6:58pm EDT

Wes Welker is making incredible progress in his recovery from the concussion he received during the game with the Texans last Saturday. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Although he won't play in the Dallas game, this is a big step. He has 11 days to recover before possibly being cleared for the opener on Sept. 7. As mentioned earlier, Welker owners as well as those owners looking for a solid pickup, need to grab Cody Latimer if available. Even if Welker is playing, Latimer looks to be used in the red-zone much like Eric Decker was.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 11:02am EDT

Wes Welker is progressing very quickly through the concussion protocol. He is already exercising, which means the symptoms have subsided. (Source: Patrick Smyth on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is wonderful news for Welker, the Broncos, and Welker's fantasy owners and future drafters. It appears there is a very real possibility that he may be available for the first game on Sept. 7. Of course, be prudent and draft Cody Latimer as a stash.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Aug 26th 7:59pm EDT

Coach John Fox says that Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in progressing through the NFL protocols for those who have a concussion. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for those who have drafted Welker and were mildly panicking with the devastating news of yet another concussion for him. Welker might defy the odds and play in the first game on September 7th. If you are a Welker owner, then stash Cody Latimer for eventual use this season. Latimer is better than Andre Caldwell, and not many expect Welker to last through the 2014 campaign.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 4:10pm EDT

Wes Welker is recovering from a concussion but is not considering retirement. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Be wary of drafting Welker before the sixth round. He has had 3 concussions in two years and honestly can't be relied upon upon for the entire year. He might be one more away from hanging it up. The Broncos might even consider scaling back his role.

By Graham Barfield, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 11:02pm EDT

Broncos beat writer Mike Klis believes Wes Welker will play in Denver's preseason opener versus Indianapolis. (Source: Mike Klis - Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a good bit of news considering the fact that for the last 24 hours, it has been assumed that Wes Welker will miss time or that he may be forced to retire due to a career of concussions. His latest concussion on Saturday night against Houston is the third one he's had in a year. Welker is a player to avoid at his mid-4th ADP; but, if he begins to fall in drafts, he could become a big enough value to take on his injury risk.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:47am EDT

Wes Welker has suffered another concussion, this one as the result of a cheap hit from D.J. Swearinger during the first half of Saturday night's game with the Texans. (Source: Troy Renck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is potentially devastating news for Welker owners. He suffered two concussions last year and it might be time to discuss retirement for his own well-being. The time-table for his recovery is currently unknown pending further medical tests.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 11:05pm EDT

Wes Welker suffered a blow to the head in the first half of the game with the Texans.

Fantasy Impact: Welker has a history of concussions and if this is yet another one, then it would mean a multi-week absence. Fantasy players need to watch this situation closely.

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ESPN | Sep 17th
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ESPN | Sep 4th
Christopher Harris and Field Yates discuss the impact of Wes Welker's suspension and discuss the rankings for key players heading into Week 1.
ESPN | Aug 26th
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