The Denver Broncos scored 49 points and Peyton Manning tossed seven (yes, seven) touchdowns last night in the season opener. Every Denver receiving threat was heavily involved in this onslaught of the Ravens.
Everyone except Eric Decker, that is.
Again, Manning threw seven touchdown passes in this contest, but Decker only managed two catches for 37 yards. He was targeted seven times, but had three drops, including a bone-crushing one in the corner of the end zone. Fantasy owners of Decker were absolutely furious. I mean, imagine coming home and seeing the Broncos drop nearly 50 points, and you get excited because Decker was a lock for at least 100 yards and a touchdown, right? Then, you log onto your computer and see that he gave you a rather ugly 4.20 fantasy points.Meanwhile, those who don’t own Decker on there fantasy teams can use this as an ideal time to acquire Decker in a trade with the owner who is frustrated with him. That’s right, folks.
Decker is still a very good wide receiver. This was just an unfortunate game where other guys in the offense emerged, and Decker’s fantasy numbers paid the price. However, Decker was still targeted seven times on an offense with an invisible running game. With that being said, Manning is going to throw the ball a ton over the course of the season. Last night’s game was just an example of how this Denver offense is going to look at times. Some guys will have their days, while others (Decker) won’t be nearly as productive. That’s simply what’s going to happen in an offense with as many offensive weapons Denver has to work with. Remember, Decker had a stretch during last season where he wasn’t exactly the best fantasy option. From Week 9 to 12, Decker averaged just under 30 receiving yards per contest and found the endzone just once. There will be games where Decker is the top fantasy wideout for the Broncos, so why not try to add him to your roster while he may be on the cheap? Manning still loves to target this guy in the red zone, and like I said, a nonexistent running game will result in a ton of passes.
If you are in need of more wide receiver depth, try to get Decker now. He’s going to be fine, especially with a guy like Manning tossing him the rock.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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