With Wes Welker‘s free-agent signing with the Denver Broncos, let’s take a look at his fantasy prospects in 2013.
From Adam Rainbolt (@adamrainbolt);
Playing for NE from 2007-2012, Welker had a league-leading 672 receptions, 13% more than the #2 WR (Brandon Marshall) over that time. A pass-catching machine in a relatively compact package, Welker teams with another Hall of Fame QB in Peyton Manning.
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Let’s take a quick look at the 2012 Broncos and look ahead to 2013. Demaryius Thomas should follow his 94-1,434-10 campaign with a nice encore as he continues to develop. Eric Decker (85-1064-13) and tight end Jacob Tamme (52-555-2) both had solid years and should perform similarly in 2013. Brandon Stokley (45-544-5) exited Denver and left the door open for Welker to continue his strong career with the Broncos.
Adam’s Prediction (3/19/2013): 85 catches, 1,100 total yards and 10 TDs, good enough to be a Top-12 wide receiver.
From Regan Yant (@reganfp);
“Wes Welker with the catch from…Peyton Manning?” That’s right, Tom Brady‘s safety blanket bolted to the Rockies to play with another future Hall of Famer in Peyton. I have a feeling this one is going to work a little better this year than Amendola in New England for a couple different reasons. First, I feel Welker instantly takes all of Stokley’s stats/work, and as much as I like Eric Decker I think he is the one that suffers the most from Welker’s presence. Secondly, I think Peyton will forcefeed the ball to Welker to show he can get him those stats too, not just Brady. This will be an interesting offense to watch in terms of distribution and who feels the effects of adding Welker.
Regan’s Prediction (3/19/2013): 90 catches, 1150 yards and 8 TDs receiving, Top 12-15 wide receiver