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On The Clock: Johnson vs. White vs. Welker (PREMIUM PREVIEW)

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Are you a high-stakes player? Not of all us can be. But with FFToolbox's nifty high-stakes average draft position report, we can see decisions made in live drafts from some of the most brilliant and high-rolling fantasy football players in the world. It's a great sneak peek into high-pressure drafts in which every pick will be scrutinized for months to come, and thousands of dollars in prizes potentially hinge on each decision. Looking over this data, I've found a very interesting conundrum about three players being drafted late in the second round: Atlanta's Roddy White, Houston's Andre Johnson, or Denver's Wes Welker. Which one do you go with? Who has the highest upside? Who can help you win a championship?

These three player ADPs being very close together is quite remarkable given their similarities. All three are old by NFL standards, and each has some lingering issue. Consider the following chart for comparison:

Yrs. Exp.
Roddy White
Age & 2013 Injuries
Andre Johnson
Age & Contract extension
Wes Welker
Age & 2013 Concussions

Wes Welker

"Welker isn't the fastest guy." I get it.
"He's only 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds soaking wet." I get it.
"He suffered two concussions and missed missing three games in 2013, and he should not be playing anymore!" There are many red flags with Welker.

The tiny slot man has never been your typical NFL wideout. But he can put up a massive amount of fantasy points for your squad in 2014. It certainly helps that he is a major part of an offense that dominated the league last year.

The concussions have some worried about Welker, but recent history will tell you all you need to know: Prior to 2013, Welker missed just one game through the previous three seasons. During that time, he averaged 108 receptions, 1,257 receiving yards and seven touchdowns per year. Furthermore, prior to his Week 14 concussion, Welker was the second-highest-scoring fantasy WR in point-per-receptions leagues, behind only Calvin Johnson. He has the potential to put up similar numbers, with top-five WR upside if he stays healthy in Peyton Manning's offense.

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Ryan Foley
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