NEWS:

With Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal sidelined with a groin injuries – 2nd year WR Eric Decker stepped up to the plate and led the Broncos hauling in 5 catches for 113 yards and 2 TDs.

Lloyd jumped onto the fantasy radar in 2010 and this could be Decker’s turn to gain fantasy relevance provided Kyle Orton remains under center. Orton labeled Decker as an ideal slot WR which should bode well for his prospects of remaining in the starting lineup.

There is concern that replacing pass happy Josh McDaniels (now in St Louis) with run oriented head coach John Fox could diminish Bronco passing numbers as they look to focus more on the run game led by Knowshon Moreno / Willis McGahee – but if the first two weeks are any indication the Broncos plan to maintain an offensive balance as QB Kyle Orton is averaging 250 YPG.

VIEWS:

The Denver Post labeled 2nd year WR Eric Decker a potential starter from week 1 .

He has earned the confidence of head coach John Fox and QB Kyle Orton improving his chances at gaining fantasy relevance in his 2nd NFL season.

KFFL.com expected Decker to produce stats worthy of being selected as a WR5/WR6.

FFtoday.com labels Decker as an emerging talent with the potential to reach 700-800 yards receiving with 4-6 scores.

FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN:

We listed Decker as one of our deep sleepers heading into 2010 but he was unable to produce  in his rookie season (only 6 catches for 106 yards) as part of a crowded Denver WR corps.

Denver passing offense ranked a surprising 7th in the NFL last season mostly due to the breakout performance by 8 year vet Brandon Lloyd (77 catches for 1,448 yards).

His ability to lineup in the slot or on the outside should increase his target potential substantially in his 2nd NFL season. If you are looking to replace injured WRs Brandon Lloyd, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Marques Colston, or Sidney Rice – Decker could be well worth a look but take note that the Broncos face a difficult upcoming schedule with games against Tennessee, Green Bay, and San Diego followed by their week 6 BYE. Regardless Decker has a skill set to develop into a solid WR3 and is well worth a waiver claim in dynasty leagues.

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