Wes Welker Fantasy Football Week 12: Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Dobson Start Options As Julius Thomas and WR Injured Sunday Night

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Nov 24, 2013 11:09 AM EST
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. "

The Week 12 fantasy football schedule has some big games on the schedule, but none bigger than Sunday night football with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos and for that game fantasy owners are worried about Julius Thomas and Wes Welker coming in banged up, making names like Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Demaryius solid options to start in their place.

Welker reportedly will play and is probable for the game, but for any owners that are worried about his status, Dobson and Thompkins could be names that have not yet picked up. Some other wide receiver names that could be options includes Rod Streater, Keenan Allen and Nate Burleson. Oakland WR Rod Streater had six catches for 84 yards on Sunday against the Texans with a touchdown and he helped the win big time and now the Raiders will try and keep that going with the Titans on the schedule. Streater is a good option in deeper leagues and flex leagues and he now has 35 catches for over 500 yards this season with two touchdowns and after getting into the endzone on Sunday, that could mean more chances for him going forward in the offense.

This season Keenan Allen has 41 catches on 60 targets with three touchdowns and against the Colts he had one of his best games, catching nine balls on 12 targets for 107 yards and he also had a touchdown in that game. Allen has been one of the biggest reasons why the offense has been playing better overall and he is available in most ESPN leagues and is a solid flex option for owners looking for a solid player for the back stretch of the season.

This year Harry Douglas has increased his stats in nearly every category as the season has gone on and he is tops in the NFL in yards after the catch since Jones was injured, which has been able to push his totals up even more. Douglas has been getting seven targets per game on average since he went down and he should be considered a solid start option the rest of the season. This year Douglas has 51 catches for 754 yards on 75 targets and while he has just two touchdowns, he should be continuing to get looks from Matty Ice. Douglas is currently on pace for 82 receptions and 1,206 yards this season and those would be career high numbers.

Lions WR Nate Burleson was off to a great start for fantasy owners this season while putting up 19 catches for 239 yards to be one of the early leaders in the NFL, but obviously the injury wiped that out. Burleson added that only a setback would stop him from playing on Sunday and after participating in practice, he should be used without major restrictions and that could help out Matthew Stafford a great deal on Sunday. Burleson had a great start to the season and he was even getting some more looks than Johnson early, but obviously the injury set him back and now he comes in after last making six catches for 116 yards against the Redskins in the second win of the season for the team after losing against Arizona.

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