Wes Welker, WR, Free Agent (2012-13 Team: New England Patriots)
School: Texas Tech
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Wes Welker turned in yet another.. er.. ppr studded season. He hauled in a whopping 118 catches for 6 touchdowns. While Julian Edelman was nipping at his heels during the early portion of the season, Welker, in the end, proved to be the top possession receiver on the team. However, the big issue with Welker, let’s face it, is the contract issues.
Some fear that if Welker joins another club in 2013, he won’t be nearly as effective as he has been in New England. That concern is really for good reason, because Welker’s style might not translate into quite as a productive player in another system. It ultimately is hard to gauge his value on another team at this point, so let’s try and focus on the value he holds if he returns to New England. Still, his chances of remaining with the Pats decreases with each day that we get closer to free agency.
If Welker returns to the Patriots, he is immediately still a high-end WR2 in standard leagues and a low-end WR1 in ppr leagues. He is about as sure as they get when it comes to hands and targets, which eases any concerns of age and this whole ‘the Patriots are fazing Welker out of the game plan’ talk that we had to sit through all of last year.
However, if Welker doesn’t make it back to the Patriots, I’m not sure where we are going to rank Welker. It ultimately depends on the situation, but one thing I think is for sure. Even in ppr leagues, I probably am going to view Welker as a solid WR2 and nothing more, even in the best of situations. Make sure to check back after his contract issues are settled and we’ll take another look.