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Average Draft Position: WR66 (Round 15, Pick 178)
For our "Flex" option, we'll dig deep—as in, outside the top 50 players being drafted at the position.
Of course, in light of recent events, rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer of the Denver Broncos probably isn't going to be available this late much longer.
As The Associated Press reports (via CBS Denver), fellow wideout Wes Welker sustained a concussion in the team's third preseason game. It's Welker's third such concussion in less than a year.
As things stand now, speculation regarding Welker's short-term future runs the gamut from out for the year to ready by Week 1. Welker will be put through the league's concussion protocol, but while his return date isn't known, one thing is.
Welker's durability is now a huge question mark.
If Welker misses regular-season time, Emmanuel Sanders will likely kick inside to the slot, while Andre Caldwell moves into the starting lineup outside.
However, it's Latimer who caught the eye of Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway:
Latimer is the much more intriguing option. Taken No. 56 overall in May, the former Indiana star has been slowly gaining trust in the Denver locker room. He's worked hard to learn the playbook and establish a rapport with Manning, often working out after practice to absorb everything he can from the five-time MVP.
With that said, Conway concedes that Latimer may be hard-pressed to see enough targets to have fantasy value this year, even if Welker misses time.
It's true, there's a real chance that Latimer's redraft fantasy value will be spotty at best in 2014.
Still, we're talking about a very talented receiver with a skill set similar to the departed Eric Decker. If Latimer gets into the starting lineup, there's a very real chance he never leaves it again.
In Denver's offense, just that glimmer of hope was enough to target Latimer late in drafts as a fantasy "lottery ticket."
Now, with Welker sidelined indefinitely, that glimmer is brighter than ever.
Gary Davenport is a Fantasy Football and NFL Analyst at Bleacher Report and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America. Gary’s fantasy football work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio, and he was a finalist for the FSWA Web Article of the Year in 2013. You can follow Gary on Twitter @IDPManor.