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After yet another concussion, Wes Welker should probably reconsider retirement. ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold tweeted Monday afternoon that hasn't been discussed, but fantasy owners should be worried for Welker.
We knew the concussion question mark would turn its ugly head with Welker this season. We didn't figure it would before the season even gets underway.
Move Emmanuel Sanders up on your draft boards as a burgeoning No. 2 option to Demaryius Thomas in Peyton Manning's offense. Welker is now a mere No. 3 fantasy wideout, barely ranking in the top 30, while Sanders should be picked soon after. Sanders (thigh) was outstanding in his Denver Broncos debut, catching five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Also, of note, veteran Andre Caldwell was getting time with the first team before rookie Cody Latimer. Caldwell is now a potential late-round flier to take among the top 70 fantasy receivers.
Both Sanders and Caldwell will benefit when, not if, Welker misses time this season amid repeated concussions. Sanders will operate out of the slot when Welker is out, with Caldwell playing opposite Thomas on the outside, according to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post.
"We have a next-guy-up mentality around here," Sanders told Renck. "But we want to make sure Wes is good, because we all want to get him back."
As unfortunate and serious as Welker's concussion issues are, it does create some significant value for Sanders as a No. 3 wideout and Caldwell and/or Latimer as late-round fliers. Manning's offense is going to be productive, and wideouts are going to benefit, no matter who it is.