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Older receivers who start fast and fade

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Wes Welker is one older receiver worth shopping around midseason. (USATSI)
Wes Welker is one older receiver worth shopping around midseason. (USATSI)

If you end up with Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker or Reggie Wayne on any of your teams, you might want to trade them before their second-half swoon. They've shown a tendency to start fast, then fade.

Look at how they've performed in the season's first half (Games 1-8) compared to the second half (Games 9-16):

Reggie Wayne, Colts

Age: 35

First half: 101 games, 541 catches, 859 targets, 7,480 yards, 74.1 ypg, 44 TDs

Second half: 95 games, 465 catches, 739 targets, 6,086 yards, 64.1 ypg, 36 TDs

Wes Welker, Broncos

Age: 33

First half: 77 games, 445 catches, 615 targets, 4,963 yards, 70.9 ypg, 32 TDs

Second half: 76 games, 396 catches, 575 targets, 4,395 yards, 64.6 ypg, 16 TDs

Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers

Age: 31

First half: 57 games, 207 catches, 398 targets, 3631 yards, 64.8 ypg, 31 TDs

Second half: 66 games, 215 catches, 399 targets, 3,731 yards, 56.5 ypg, 21 TDs

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