Andre Caldwell's Instant Fantasy Reaction for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell (12) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Forget about Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker—the Denver Broncos wide receiver you should have started for your fantasy football playoff matchup in Week 15 was Andre Caldwell

Bleacher Report's Alessandro Miglio tweeted what we were all thinking after Caldwell caught his second touchdown pass of the night against the San Diego Chargers:

Caldwell finished the game with six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns, earning 17 fantasy points (ESPN.com standard scoring) during Denver's 27-20 loss. 

As NFL Network's Rich Eisen noted, the receiver did a nice job imitating Wes Welker, who was out of the game with a concussion, which he suffered in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans:

With his observation, Eisen may have inadvertently pointed to the exact reason why you shouldn't be so eager to start Caldwell in Week 16, however.

November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mand
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Welker didn't have a real chance to play against the Chargers, having suffered a concussion just four days before the contest. However, as long as he passes his tests before Week 16's contest against the Houston Texans, Welker will be back in the starting lineup.

And with Welker back, that means Caldwell will go back to the sideline, where he's spent most of the 2013 season. Before Thursday night's game, he'd caught just five passes all year long. 

If Caldwell is available on the waiver wire, then it would be a smart idea to snatch him up in case Welker can't play in Week 16. That said, with Thomas, Decker and tight end Julius Thomas running the field, there's no guarantee he'll see many passes come his way.

 

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