Before the 2014 regular season kicked off on September 4th, Wes Welker had already been suspended 4 games due to a league drug policy violation. Welker along with many other players believed the system to be flawed, causing the NFLPA, or the National Football League Players Association, to tirelessly negotiate the current drug policy violation structure with the NFL. To the excitement of fantasy players that drafted Welker this summer, he only had to serve two out of his four games of the suspension. As the agreements to the policy were made, multiple players were reinstated, Welker being one of them.
This is good news, as the Denver Broncos will have their leading slot receiver back for their exceedingly tough matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle. The concussion he suffered in the preseason is a thing of the past and he will be 100% healthy for the matchup. However, Welker has not even practiced with the team for a few weeks, so it is unsure of what his role will be in this game. Despite this, Welker should still be looked at as a WR2/3 with upside, especially in PPR formats.
Keep in mind the last two slot receivers against the Seahawks, Randall Cobb and Eddie Royal, accumulated six catches each and one of Cobb’s saw paydirt. Welker had eight catches for 84 yards against Seattle in the Super Bowl loss.