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83 Wes Welker WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1981 | Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Team: Denver | College: Texas Tech | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 69/13 | Average Draft Position: 72.66
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Wes Welker paces Broncos in receiving for a change


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who had not topped 60 yards in a game all season, led the team with six catches for 82 yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo. Welker caught each of his targets, tying wideout Emmanuel Sanders for the team lead in targets.

Welker visits San Diego in Week 15.


C.J. Anderson, Aqib Talib among Broncos' probables for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Broncos unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against Buffalo. Eight of the 17 players on the list received the green light and were deemed probable for Sunday. Those players were: Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (rest)

Safety Quinton Carter (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Meanwhile, running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday.


Broncos WR Wes Welker held to one reception in win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker caught one of just two targets for 12 yards in his team's 29-16 win over the Chiefs in Week 13.

Welker has been virtualy phased out of the passing game, and the absence of tight end Julius Thomas for a second straight game was unable to help the veteran receiver's bottom line. He has just 35 receptions for 294 yards with two touchdowns in 10 games. Welker's next chance will come against the Bills in Week 14.


Broncos' Wes Welker scores touchdown in Week 12 win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was on the receiving end of a 2-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to help the Broncos beat the Dolphins 39-36 Sunday.

The touchdown prevented Welker from having a completely dismal performance against his former team. Welker caught all four his targets for 18 yards. Welker has yet to record a 100-yard receiving game this season.

The Broncos will play at Kansas City Week 13.


Quartet of Broncos pitch in with meager output Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) In an uncharacteristically meager offensive performance by the Broncos in St. Louis on Sunday, several skill position players provided small contributions.

Included were wide receiver Andre Caldwell and tight end Jacob Tamme, who managed 31 yards receiving apiece while Wes Welker added just 28 on four receptions. Running back Juwan Thompson chipped in with one catch for five yards.


Broncos WR Wes Welker held in check Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was held in check yet again in his team's 41-17 defeat to the Raiders in Week 10.

Welker had three catches in first half and came down with a 13-yard reception in the third quarter for final catch of the afternoon. He was targeted five times and finished with four grabs for 24 yards. He has been held under 35 yards in three consecutive games. He has only 26 catches for 236 yards and a score this season.

Welker will look to get back on track Week 11 against the Rams.


Broncos WR Wes Welker gets the green light for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) As expected, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was officially ruled active for Sunday's game against the Raiders in Week 10. Welker was knocked out of Week 9 after taking a brutal hit to the back by Devin McCourty, but was probable heading into the game. The 33-year-old has 22 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown this season.

Broncos issue injury report with just one ruled out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Linebacker Nate Irving (knee) is the lone Broncos player ruled out for the Sunday game in Oakland. Only running back Montee Ball (groin), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder) and tight end Virgil Green (calf) are questionable.

The probables are headlined by wideout Wes Welker (back). The others are safety Quinton Carter (hamstring), linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle), kicker Brandon McManus (groin) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


Broncos coach John Fox: WR Wes Welker listed as day to day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Broncos coach John Fox told reporters Monday that wide receiver Wes Welker currently is listed as day to day leading up to Week 10 against the Raiders, the USA Today reports. Welker left Week 9 against his former team, the Patriots, after taking a brutal hit to the lower back by Devin McCourty.

The team will likely know more on his status come Wednesday when the Broncos released their first injury report for Sunday's game.


Wes Welker too unreliable at this point


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was forced to leave Week 9 against the Patriots with a back injury, but was not on his way to a big game anyways, as he continues to struggle.

Welker was targeted eight times in the game prior to the injury, but had just three catches for 31 yards prior to the injury. He now has fewer than 50 yards in three of the last four games now, and has just one double-digit Fantasy game in five games since returning from suspension.

Welker's production is down, but that isn't the only reason Fantasy owners should be trying to avoid relying on him. The 33-year-old missed three games last season and has had a lot of concussion issues in recent years, making him a risk to miss time and leave games early. At this point, you can no longer just pencil Welker into your lineup every week. 


Broncos WR Wes Welker ruled out Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Broncos wideout Wes Welker will not return Week 9 against the Patriots.

Welker took a big hit from Devin McCourty on an interception, but was initially ruled probable to return with a back injury. After being re-evaluated, it was determined Welker would not return. He finished with three receptions for 31 yards. 


Broncos' Wes Welker probable to return with back injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is probable to return Week 9 against the Patriots.

Welker took a big hit from cornerback Devin McCourty and injured his back on the play. He's expected to return to the contest. 


Broncos WR Wes Welker feels 'strange' as third wheel


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Broncos veteran wide receiver Wes Welker told the Denver Post that it feels "kind of strange" being the third option in the offense.

The 33-year-old Welker has just 19 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown in five games played this season. "I feel like I am the weak link of our offense," he said. "But if I am the weak link, we're going to be OK."

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has shown faith in Welker, to whom he's thrown nine times on third down this season for six receptions and four first downs.

Welker owns the NFL record for most receptions by an undrafted player. He has racked up 860 career catches.


Broncos WR Wes Welker makes game-saving fumble recovery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker didn't have a busy night, but made a key fumble recovery in Week 8 against the Chargers.

With Denver ahead by 14 points in the fourth quarter, his teammate Emmanuel Sanders was stripped by Eric Weddle. He made a scrappy recovery to maintain possession. Welker was limited to only two grabs for 5 yards on two targets in a 35-21 victory. He's been targeted only six times over the last three games.

He'll look to get back on track against his former team, the Patriots, in Week 9.


Wes Welker shows he still matters


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker looked like a lost cause in Fantasy after getting just one target, which he converted for an 8-yard reception, Week 6 at the Jets, his starting rate dropping to just 30 percent.

So naturally, he delivered his first touchdown of the season Week 7 at San Francisco -- and not on one of his usual underneath routes either. He broke free down the left sideline on a mid-range toss that he took 39 yards for the score in the first quarter.

Of course, he had just three catches for 50 yards in all, which isn't exactly the stuff of legends, and he was targeted on just those three passes. Maybe you'd be a sucker for buying into him again.

Then again, quarterback Peyton Manning was so efficient with his passes in Week 7, completing 22 of 26 for 318 yards, that no player had a high number of targets relative to his receptions. Demaryius Thomas, who caught eight passes for 171 yards, had only nine.

Welker played 80 percent of the snaps -- more than Thomas, actually -- for the most productive passing offense in the game. His yardage may be too limited for standard-league use, but he's going to be involved enough to remain relevant in points-per-reception leagues.


Wes Welker catches touchdown in Broncos' Week 7 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in his team's 42-17 win over the 49ers in Week 7.

Welker was on the receiving end of Peyton Manning's record-tying 508th career touchdown in the first quarter, doing most of the work on a 39-yard score that saw the receiver reach the pylon before being forced out of bounds. Welker has managed a total of four targets in the last two weeks after seeing nine targets in each of his first two games, but he was able to score for the first time this season Sunday. Welker and the Broncos will square off with the Chargers on Thursday in Week 8.


Time to give up on Wes Welker?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) Wes Welker was barely used in the Broncos win over the Jets in Week 6. And I mean he was barely used -- he had one catch on one target for 8 yards. 

I thought he'd be more involved as a middle-of-the-field target against weak Jets inside cornerbacks. That didn't happen. What also hasn't happened is Welker finding the end zone -- in three games he's posted 14 catches for 126 yards and no scores. The difference between this game and the two prior were targets: He had nine in each of his past two. 

It's pretty much a knee-jerk reaction to cut Welker from your Fantasy team based on his numbers on Sunday, but if you're in a standard league then you'll be hard pressed to have the confidence to start Welker anytime. If it's a small league (10 or fewer teams) then you could consider cutting him if someone off waivers who you can use right away. It's also okay to just bench him and wait and see what happens in the next few weeks but the Broncos face the 49ers, Chargers and Patriots in their next three. You might end up benching Welker when he finally breaks out, but we can't say with any confidence when that might be. Consider all options with Welker moving forward. 


Broncos WR Wes Welker held to one catch Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The usual suspects piled up big numbers Sunday for the Broncos - but there was one exception. And that was wideout Wes Welker .

Welker caught just one pass for eight yards. He was also held without a touchdown for the third time in three games this season.

He will try to rectify that shortcoming against the 49ers next Sunday.


Wes Welker appears to have stable role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) After missing the first two games of the season because of a failed drug test that came on the heels of a preseason marred by concussion issues, veteran wide receiver Wes Welker's place in the Broncos passing game was in some kind of doubt. But two games into his return, he's been as reliable for Peyton Manning underneath as he was last year.

His numbers in those two games were nearly identical, and not surprisingly, he had nine targets in each. At this stage of his career, the number of targets he gets will probably have the greatest say in his performance from week to week since most of those targets are high-percentage throws and he's not much of a threat to break a long one anymore. His role probably limits his potential for touchdowns, especially with tight end Julius Thomas dominating in the red zone, but back-to-back games with six-plus catches still matters to owners in points-per-reception leagues.

Welker looks like a worthy starter again in those formats even if he's more of a bench option in standard Fantasy leagues.


Broncos WR Wes Welker turns in solid game Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Broncos wideout Wes Welker turned in a solid game Week 5 against the Cardinals.

Welker hauled in seven passes, which was tied for second most on the club, but finished fourth on the team in yardage with 58 yards. Welker continued to be a solid dump-off option for Peyton Manning, but hasn't been a major threat in the end zone this year. He'll look for more Week 6 against the Jets. 


Wes Welker has six grabs in first game back from suspension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker checked in as the third receiver in the second quarter of Week 3 in Seattle, his first game back from suspension.

Welker caught passes for 3 and 9 yards on that drive for his only grabs in the first half. However, he bounced back and earned a bigger role in the aerial attack in the second half, receiving six targets in the final two quarters. Welker caught six of the eight passes thrown his way for 60 yards in a 26-20 overtime defeat.

The Broncos have a bye week, so Welker will get a full week of rest before squaring off at home against the Cardinals in Week 5.


Wes Welker ready for Week 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was ruled active for Week 3 against Seattle, a Super Bowl matchup.

It will be Welker's first game since he was reinstated Wednesday after serving two games of his suspension. It will also be his first game since suffering a concussion in preseason. CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora indicated that there is "no guarantee on number of snaps."


La Canfora: Wes Welker will play, but how much?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning that Broncos receiver Wes Welker had no setbacks and will be active for the team's Week 3 game at Seattle. However, because the Broncos have a lot of playmakers on offense there is "no guarantee on number of snaps," La Canfora says.

Welker missed the first two weeks of the season while suspended for a violation of the league's drug policy, a suspension that was cut short after the league and player's association agreed to a new policy. Welker also suffered his third concussion in less than a year during the preseason.


Wes Welker on verge of getting thumbs-up for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been proclaimed probable for Sunday game against Super Bowl foe Seattle. He appears all but set to make his 2014 debut.

Don't be afraid of Wes Welker in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Wes Welker is allowed to play this week after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy.

You'll have to gauge where Welker fits with your lineup after he's been out for two games, but we like him as a borderline No. 2/3 receiver for this matchup.

Keep in mind the last two slot receivers against the Seahawks in Randall Cobb and Eddie Royal each had six catches, with Cobb scoring a touchdown, and Welker had eight catches for 84 yards against Seattle in the Super Bowl loss.

Don't be afraid of the Denver receivers in this game. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Welker all still have the chance to shine despite the tough environment and opponent. We don't recommend benching any of them outright.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.