So much for trying to faze out Wes Welker (that’s how you reward a guy for 100 receptions in NE?). Aaron Hernandez sustained a nasty looking ankle injury on Sunday and the 4-6 week time frame is much better than what it could have been. After Hernandez went out Brady began to go to his trusted security blanket Wes Welker who hauled in five passes for 95 yards. With Visanthe Shiancoe on the short-term IR the Patriots have reportedly signed the ever-classy Kellen “soldja” Winslow.
CBS projects Welker as the #32 WR for week 3 with 72.3 yards on 6.3 receptions. He would obviously be higher in PPR rankings with that many catches.
FantasySharks.com likes Wes Welker a little more with Hernandez out.
Our friends at ProFootballFocus.com loves Welker in week 3. They have him ranked at #6 among their receivers. They have Brandon Lloyd at #22. We can’t share a link because their rankings are part of the PFF Gold premium package…which is worth the investment.
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Hernandez is a top five TE so this hurts for owners that invested a pick in him. There are a ton of tight ends out there and guys like Brent Celek, Kyle Rudolph, and Dennis Pitta are owned in less than 50% of NFL.com leagues. You can get a fill in tight end and should not give up on Hernandez. He’s young and will come back strong.
We like Welker to begin to regain his role as the man in the middle of the Pats offense but we also think Edelman is worth a pickup if you have roster space. The Patriots were clearly trying to move Welker out of the game plan and shove Edelman to the front. They may continue to feature Edelman in hopes that he grows into the Welker role and they can save money by letting him walk.