We continue this series with yet another wide receiver who may potentially become a free agent in 2013. This time, it is gritty slot receiver Wes Welker.
Since joining the New England Patriots, Welker has been absolutely spectacular. He has caught over 100 balls in every season but one and has emerged into the best slot receiver in all of football. Obviously, Tom Brady had much to do with Welker’s success, which presents a question. What will Welker’s fantasy outlook be if he isn’t with the Pats in 2013?
Do I think Welker is a very good wideout? Of course I do. You simply cannot deny it. However, if he were to sign with another team, you can make the case that is fantasy value will decrease quite a bit, not being in a prolific offense such as the Patriots. Clearly that offense benefited Welker immensely. However, if he were to land on a team with a good quarterback and versatile offense, he will clearly remain a top 20 fantasy option. Keep in mind that the Patriots and “The Hoodie” do like Julian Edelman an awful lot, who can certainly play the role of Welker. Not so much replace him, but can fill the role, indeed.
The Patriots could surely franchise him for a second time but that remains to be seen. One would assume that Bill Belichick and company want to bring Welker back, especially after the impact he has had on that offense. However, Welker will be 32 years old in May and maybe the Pats look another direction come 2013. But hey, with that team, you never know what’s going to happen.
It is safe to say, however, that with a handful of intriguing free agent receivers, it should make for an interesting off-season.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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