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Eric Decker's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 3

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a first down pass reception in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

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.

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.

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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