The NFL’s most prolific passing duo - Randy Moss and Wes Welker - may begin 2010 apart, as Welker battles to recover from his own knee surgery. That leaves a hole in the passing offense, one that second-year receiver Julian Edelman can’t fill by himself.
WR Brandon Tate is a strong candidate to adopt the role in 2010, provided he can leap over veterans Torry Holt and David Patten and rookie Taylor Price. It doesn’t hurt that Tate is as healthy as he’s been since before Oct. 12, 2008, when his UNC career ended.
This would skyrocket Tate's fantasy value, at least from what it was. With Moss and a healthy Welker, how much will Tate see the ball, though? The potential would be there if he's earns the spot, and Tate could have some value on your roster.
Wes Welker, appearing at a fundraiser for his charitable foundation in Oklahoma City, said his recovery from a left knee injury is “coming along pretty well" but his timetable for a return to the New England lineup is uncertain.
“It’s too early for that right now,” Welker said. “My main thing is just working hard and getting back as soon as possible.”
Welker also stated he injured "just the ACL" when many reports indicated he injured both his MCL and ACL.
Owners, especially those in PPR leagues, will be hoping Welker is ready to go on opening day, but given that he injured his knee in the final regular season game of 2009, his availability is uncertain. Promising Julian Edelman could pick up a lot of receptions if Welker misses a significant portion of the 2010 season. The Patriots made moves on draft day to bolster their passing game, selecting two tight ends and Ohio wide receiver Taylor Price. They also signed Torry Holt and David Patten. Welker's numbers might drop even if he gets healthy and at this point, he's a risky draft pick.