by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (1:04 am ET) Coming off his best two-game stretch of the season, Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker failed to make much of an impact at all Thursday against the Chargers in a 27-20 Week 15 loss.
Decker, who had combined for five touchdowns on 16 catches and 291 yards in the previous two games, was emphatically held out of the end zone Thursday. He brought in just two receptions on five targets, for 42 yards, his second-lowest total of the season.
Decker is still putting a huge season together, as he enters Week 16 against the Texans with 73 receptions for a career-high 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns.
Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas suit up for Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/12/13) Broncos wide receivers Eric Decker (ribs) and Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) are both active for Week 15 against the Chargers Thursday, as expected. Each player made it through the truncated practice week and was probable for the game.
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by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/10/13) Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker has two straight 100-yard games, with eight receptions and 12 targets in each. He's scored in both and is just one week removed from a four-touchdown performance.
Decker's Week 15 opponent, the Chargers, held him to 52 yards on three catches in Week 10. The performance came in the middle of a four-game stretch where Decker averaged three receptions and 42.5 yards. Bookended around that four-game run were three 100-yard games.
The Chargers have allowed three touchdowns to wide receivers over their last three games, and six in the last five. In Week 10, Demaryius Thomas scored three times and had a 100-yard performance; with Decker on a roll right now, those stats could easily belong to him, especially with the Broncos having to adjust for a Thursday night game that will likely have them playing without Wes Welker.
Decker isn't a slam dunk -- that four-game string of disappointing performances is still relatively fresh in his owners' minds. But he's been on fire recently, has plenty more good performances than bad, and should be started in most formats.
Eric Decker leads the way for Denver
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Broncos WR Eric Decker led the team in receiving yards Week 14.
Decker was once again Peyton Manning's main target, catching eight balls for 117 yards and a score. Decker was targeted a team-high 12 times. He also managed to draw two defensive holding penalties, though one was declined when the team decided to take an unnecessary roughness penalty instead. Decker also had a shot to pick up another score, but was ruled down at the 2 yard line. Decker will take on the Chargers Week 15.
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Eric Decker, as expected, had a breakout campaign in 2012. It was his third year in the NFL, and he was paired with a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning. He broke out with career highs in catches (85), yards (1,064) and touchdowns (13). Decker had double digits in Fantasy points eight times, including three in a row to close the season, and he finished with 122 targets. Decker is technically No. 2 on the depth chart at receiver behind Demaryius Thomas, but they are essentially 1 and 1A. Decker now enters a potential contract year as his rookie deal is set to expire after this season. He also has to share production with new addition Wes Welker. That will cut into Decker's totals, but he's not going to disappear. The incentive of a new deal, along with another year playing with Manning, could help Decker shine this season. He should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 4 in the majority of leagues. (Updated 5/29/13)