Wes Welker, Peyton Manning set for Year 2

Broncos restock WR corps: John Elway has been busy this offseason. He already resigned Andre Caldwell and brought in Emmanuel Sanders, but now the Broncos fortified their WR corps even more by exercising their 2014 option on Wes Welker, keeping him in Denver for one more season. With Eric Decker departing for the New York Jets, Welker, Caldwell and Sanders are left to pick up the slack. Welker found the endzone more often in 2013 than in any other season in his career, but another double-digit TD explosion will be difficult to duplicate, even with Peyton Manning under center. Welker did miss three games last season with a concussion, and that issue could arise again given his role of roaming through the middle of defenses. That being said, Welker still has value as a low-end WR 2 in standard formats, with slightly higher value in PPR formats.

Variety of flavors available for Rice: After being cut by the Seattle Seahawks in a salary cap-saving move, Sidney Rice has a handful of new suitors lined up — including his former team. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the teams interested in signing the veteran receiver include the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. From a fantasy perspective, the ideal situation would be for Rice to return to the Pacific Northwest, where he can stay in a familiar system and fill the void left by Golden Tate who is now a Detroit Lion. Health is still a concern for Rice, so tread carefully once he lands with a team. His value still sits at best as a low-end WR 3 option, but he’s better suited as waiver-wire commodity in 2014.

Steelers targeting Moore?: It’s a well known fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers are in need of some depth at the wide receiver position. They already lost Emmanuel Sanders to the Broncos, which has led them to schedule a visit with former New Orleans Saints pass-catcher Lance Moore. Moore was cut by the Saints earlier this offeason, despite posting over 1,000 receiving yards in 2013. Moore will be entering his 10th season in 2014, and his best days are likely behind him. Even if he lands in the Steel City, second-year speedster Markus Wheaton is the more enticing late-round fantasy option to target, as the Steelers will likely find ways to get him more involved after he recorded just six receptions in his injury-shortened rookie season.

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