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Fantasy Football: Julius Thomas doubtful to play; Wes Welker should go

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Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) pulls in a touchdown reception as Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) defend in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As the Denver Broncos watch their breakout tight end in Julius Thomas lay on the ground while grasping his knee in pain this past Sunday, the team began to fear they’d once again lost Thomas to an injury. He would not return to the contest as the Broncos held on for a crucial 27-17 win over the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs. But after the game, it was revealed that it was just a minor knee sprain that shouldn’t prevent him from playing this week.

But there is some doubt he could miss the game after he was unable to practice on Thursday, and could be risky play this week in fantasy football, especially now that Thomas’ availability for Sunday night’s game versus the New England Patriots is “not looking good,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Kliss of the Denver Post.

If he does play, he’s going against a defense that ranks 24th in points allowed to opposing tight ends over the past five weeks (courtesy of fftoday). Thomas is likely you’re No. 1 TE on your team, and unless you have Jordan Reed, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski or Vernon Davis, start Thomas this week.