Fantasy Forecast: Wes Welker Out vs. Chargers

Welker Out Thursday Night vs. Chargers

Wes WelkerWes Welker will not suit up Thursday after suffering a concussion week 14 against the Tennessee Titans. With the short week, the Broncos have made the smart choice of letting Welker rest up, shaking up the starting offensive personnel for the Broncos slightly for the fantasy world to digest. After Welker left last week’s game against the Titans, Tight End Jacob Tamme stepped up into the slot role to snag 4 catches for 47 yards. Tamme played on 45-of-46 snaps, and many fantasy owners are now flocking to the waiver wire to grab him as a replacement for Gronk this week.

Fantasy owners are notorious for overthinking situations. Honestly, Welker’s injury didn’t even budge the NFL Lines at Sportsbook. At first glance, it would seem that Tamme will now have a massive fantasy spike in value, but in reality he was just filling in week 14. The Broncos had a gameplan for the Titans and were not about to toss it out the window when Welker went down. Jacob Tamme is 6’3″ and in the 230lb range, he is hardly your prototypical slot receiver replacement. Yet, at the time the Broncos needed a smart trusted target to step up in relief, Tamme did exactly that.

This week I expect the Broncos to alter their gameplan with Welker out of the line-up. I’m not saying Tamme or starting Tight End Julius Thomas won’t be put in motion or line up as receivers, I just think fantasy owners need to rethink the situation. Eric Decker is a speedy elusive pass catcher that could really see more targets this week. Gridiron Experts has high expectations for both Decker and Demaryius Thomas against the Chargers, and have Tamme around the same 50 to 60 yard range. The x-factor, as always, is whether Tamme sees targets in the redzone. With so many options for Manning to choose from, it’s very possible Tamme gets to spike the ball for 6, but if you are looking for a better TE option we prefer Dennis Pitta from the Ravens.

The San Diego Chargers are currently ranked 28th in passing yards allowed (266.7 yards) and are 31st in length of average passing play allowed (8.4 yards). Manning will try to stretch the field against the Chargers with play-action passes. This game is an important divisional game that neither team is taking lightly, in other words.. it could be a shootout.

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