Should you be worried about Welker's Production this year?
After a 3-catch 14-yard performance in his team’s opener, many Welker owners are nervous about what his role will be this year. Will he become a player that is only used on rotation, will he see less targets as the Pats move toward a TE centered offence? Will this become a more balanced offensive team after the emergence of Ridley? The answer to all of these are… I don’t know…. Nobody knows…. Belichick is the bane of many fantasy owners. He changes game plans and roles of players as often as I change my socks.
That being said; Welker owners should not freak out just yet, this is the first game of the season and we need to ride this out for a few more games before we sell “Ole Faithful” down the river. While Welker was not available for 1/3 of the offensive snaps on Sunday, he was there for 19 of the 23 redzone snaps the Pats had. Those 4 snaps were inside the 5 yard line and receivers seldom are in those situations. Welker is also working with a new partner in Edelman and needs to get into a rhythm with him in order to let Brady be Brady. The Pats also took control of this game early and never needed to push the gas, why push your aging stars if it is not needed? The Pats only passed the ball 31 times, compared to last year when they eclipsed 35 pass attempts in 17 of 19 games.
The Pats also have a pair of monster TEs that still garner a huge portion of Brady’s attention. Teams are slowly figuring out how to guard against these SUPER TIGHT ENDS, but for the most part they still are able to run Rickshaw on the field. Once the Pats play a team with a solid LB core, and the TEs are bottled up, expect Welker to see more looks. Gronk and Hernandez are the pistons that drive this offense, but Welker is the oil that keeps everything from grinding to a halt. Don’t put Welker on the blocks just yet, and if you see him there grab him on the cheap from an owner with no faith!!
In other fantasy news, Sanchez might be worth a second look. Perhaps he and Tebow can co-exist! The Raiders looked awful, as they should have, there were three players on that team that were signed on Thursday PM to fill in for injured starters. McFadden need to get Ford, Moore and Heyward-Bey back to take some of the pressure off of his fragile body. I still think the Raiders and Palmer will be A-OK. Kevin Smith looked like the player many projected him to be several years ago. If they can win with Smith after Stafford’s performance on Sunday, he is a must start player every week. Finally a shout-out to my beloved Broncos and a solid win over the Steelers! No clear cut favorite between Thomas, Decker and Tamme but After that 71 yard catch and run……. I have my thoughts on the subject. Thanks and good luck this week!
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ANQUAN BOLDIN SHOWERS'S TEAM
|WR||Julio Jones||QB||Peyton Manning|
|WR||Dwayne Bowe||WR||Brandon Lloyd|
|TE||Brandon Pettigrew||WR||Demaryius Thomas|
|RB||Darren McFadden||RB||Willis McGahee|
|RB||Arian Foster||RB||Michael Bush|
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|Chris Johnson (Ten-RB) @ Chargers Sun 9/16 4PM EST These voters were accurate 47% on 3759 past votes||8 Votes 44%|
|Doug Martin (TB-RB) @ Giants Sun 9/16 1PM EST These voters were accurate 50% on 3738 past votes||8 Votes 44%|
|Isaac Redman (Pit-RB) Vs. Jets Sun 9/16 4PM EST These voters were accurate 0% on 0 past votes||0 Votes 0%|
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