There is a reason that Andre Caldwell is smiling in the picture above. Despite the Denver Broncos losing to the San Diego Chargers, he finished with six receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns, the only two touchdowns for the Broncos.
In Wes Welker‘s absence, Caldwell had a game-high 10 targets. He was clearly Peyton Manning‘s favorite target in a game where the Broncos were trailing most of the time. On a typical day for Denver, Caldwell is the No. 6 or even No. 7 option for Manning behind Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Welker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.
However, that wasn’t the case on Thursday. His 17 fantasy points were more than he had in all of 2013 combined. He had 12 points in the first 13 games. Caldwell was the highest-scoring player for the Broncos in Week 15, even beating Manning by .34 points.
Going forward, Caldwell is not a player worth adding for the next two weeks. With 10 days until the Broncos’ next game, Welker should have enough time to recover from his concussion and be ready for the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans. If Welker does play, Caldwell’s value is nonexistent. However, if Welker is unable to play, Caldwell becomes a very high-risk, medium reward wide receiver.
He is owned in 0.5 percent of ESPN.com leagues. I do expect to see that number rise just a tad from owners in deeper, 16-team leagues. Caldwell has little value in keeper/dynasty leagues. Do not buy into his Week 15 numbers as he isn’t expecting to reach 10 targets in back-to-back weeks.