Eric Decker's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 3
Still worried about Eric Decker's fantasy value after a quiet Week 1?
Playing around a myriad of talented targets for Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, Decker was the odd man out during Manning's seven-touchdown party to open the season against the Baltimore Ravens. He caught two passes for 32 yards on the evening while Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas all garnered massive numbers.
He should have rested those concerns after catching nine passes for 87 yards last weekend, but his lack of touchdowns still left some owners nervous.
There's no reason to panic now. Decker tallied eight catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night.
Feel better? NFL.com's Michael Fabiano hopes so.
Remember when everyone was freaking out over Eric Decker? Not so much now.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 24, 2013
Even during the first two weeks, Decker led the team with 20 targets. Many drafters thought Decker and Welker could not coexist, but the two present contrasting skill sets that both factor into Denver's schemes. Although Decker cleaned up, Welker also contributed seven catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Welker serves as Manning's safety net while the 6'3" Decker provides a deeper threat, as evidenced by his 61-yard run that showcased his ability to add yardage after the catch.
As ESPN's Matthew Berry can back up, it looks like this town's big enough for the both of them after all.
Remember in the preseason when people were all worried about Decker and Welker because "there's not enough balls to go around"— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 24, 2013
Manning continues to eviscerate opponents, completing 32 of 37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns in a flawless game. If he keeps playing like that, there's room for everyone, including Decker, to thrive in Denver this season.
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