Peyton Manning announced Thursday that he will be returning to the Denver Broncos for the 2015 NFL season. Last season, Manning threw for 4,727 and 39 TDs, the second and third most respectively in his 17 year career. (Source: New York Times)
Fantasy Impact: After having a big year in 2013 with 73 receptions and 10 TDs, Wes Welker was ineffective in 2014, ending with 49 receptions and two TDs with one more game played. Expect much of the same from Welker in 2015. Welker's body is not holding up well with the hits he has taken over the years. Sadly, Welker appears to have seen the end of his fantasy relevance.
With Julius Thomas sitting, Welker led the Broncos in reception yardage in Sundays tilt against the Bills. He tied Manny Sanders in targets with six.
Fantasy Impact: This was a classic outlier game for Welker. Fantasy players should not read anything into this and rush to pick him up. He is not on the fantasy radar. The Broncos had a conservative game plan today that called for an increase in the short yardage game and saw few downfield targets.
Welker was targeted twice and had only one reception, that one for 12 yards. Even with Julius Thomas out, his targets are still close to nothing. And with Denver happy over its new found rushing attack, the future looks bleak for the WR.
Fantasy Impact: Welker is not fantasy relevant and should not be on rosters. There are others who are more worthy. It seems he and Manning are due for a breakup.
It was good to see Welker get a TD today, as it was his second of the year. Welker has been the forgotten man in an offense that features 3 elite receivers. But Julius Thomas sat out today and that may have precipitated the TD play to Welker.
Fantasy Impact: Julius Thomas should be back next week so don't wonder if you should pick Welker up. He should be left on the wire or the bench, as he just doesn't get enough looks every week to warrant a spot on fantasy playoff rosters.
Welker has been the forgotten man in Denver's offense this year due to all of the targets that Manning has had. That could quickly change now because of the injuries to Sanders, Julius Thomas, and Ball. He gained 28 yards today and was held scoreless.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners may want to consider grabbing Welker if news breaks that these injuries are going to sideline his teammates for an extended period. He would be a logical choice for increased targets in the short game should the need arise.
There is nothing wrong with Welker, he has just had low production numbers this season playing behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Julius Thomas.
Fantasy Impact: Welker can be dropped in most 12 team leagues for perhaps a RB with better upside. The pie in Denver is just not big enough to give Welker a viable slice. He's no more than a WR5 most weeks.
It was a hard hit and this is welcome news and a sigh of relief, but look for the Broncos to be cautious with this. This weeks matchup against Oakland might be time for Welker to take a rest. (Source: Lindsay Jones on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The upcoming Oakland game is a perfect chance to rest Welker and give Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer some reps. No since in taking a chance for this game.
Welker bobbled the ball in a pass from Manning and received a hard shot to the back in the process. The Broncos have no word on his injury. Prior to the hit, Welker caught 3 of 7 targets for 31 yards and no score.
Fantasy Impact: Welker has been the odd man out in the prolific Denver offense. Manning has so many targets that Welker has seen his targets diminish. He is no more than a WR4 most weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.