| Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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|Draft: 2010 Round 3 (18)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 180 DOB: 1987-03-17 Age: 27
|Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was the player expected to eventually take over in the starting lineup for Hines Ward. Injuries have derailed that plan and Antonio Brown, taken in the 6th round in 2010, has laid claim to the starting spot opposite Mike Wallace with Ward now retired. Sanders role in 2012 is yet to be determined as he will either battle Jerricho Cotchery for the 3rd receiver role or for a spot in the starting lineup if Mike Wallace doesn’t sign his restricted free agent tender. Of course, Wallace stands to lose close to $170,000 each week he misses so we expect he will report just prior to Week 1 at the latest. Look for Sanders to nail down the slot receiver role.
|Wes Welker suspended four games -- Tue Sep 2 7:07 pm --|
Use of amphetamines
|Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Welker was excused from practice Aug. 20-21 to attend his appeal hearing, sources told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Welker will have plenty of time to get through the leagues' concussion protocol. The Broncos have a bye in Week 4 so the earliest Welker could return to the field would be Week 6. Emmanuel Sanders becomes legit WR2 option and keep in mind, the Broncos used tight end Jacob Tamme in the slot during Welker's absence last season.
| Welker cleared for individual drills -- Mon Sep 1 3:45 pm --|
Has yet to be cleared for full-contact practices
|On Monday, WR Wes Welker (concussion) returned to practice. He will participate in individual drills but has yet to be cleared to play in the team's season-opener Sunday night against the Colts, reports USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones.
If all goes well, Welker will return to full-contact practices before he will be allowed to suit up against the Colts. The Broncos remain cautiously optimistic about those prospects.
If Welker can't go, expect Emmanuel Sanders, signed this offseason, to step into his role. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Nine days ago, Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months. From a fantasy perspective, the latest one turned Welker from a fairly safe WR2 in most formats into an incredibly high-risk WR3 whose career might be close to over. If he manages to play and avoid any more head trauma, he is a good bet for at least 80 catches. But that is a big if and one owners will have to weigh when drafting or trading for him.
| Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night -- Sat Aug 23 11:30 am --|
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
|Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.
| Emmanuel Sanders returns to practice -- Thu Aug 21 12:55 pm --|
|Emmanuel Sanders back in practice for Broncos. (Jeff Legwold via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders has been dealing with a thigh injury and missed the Broncos preseason game last week. No word yet if Sanders will play this Saturday night against the Texans. More reps with the first team offense would be nice as we're just two weeks away from the start of the season.
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