Julian Edelman started ahead of Welker during Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and, if not for an injury to Aaron Hernandez, Welker may not have finished with five receptions for 95 yards off 11 targets. Welker for saw the field for 64 of the Pats' 81 offensive snaps, compared with 75-of-81 for Edelman.
Fantasy Impact: Welker's situation in New England is a troubling one for both Welker and fantasy owners. The wideout was in a contract dispute with the organization throughout the offseason, and the Pats could be sending the message that the offense can function just fine without him. If Hernandez hadn't been injured, this would be a more dire situation for Welker owners. As things stand, he should still be a safe fantasy option going forward. Edelman could be a good sneaky waiver-wire pickup if he does develop into a Welker-like option for Tom Brady, however.
For more on the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!