One of the biggest questions facing fantasy owners this season is where to take Wes Welker on draft day. After all, the talented New England Patriots wideout is coming off reconstructive knee surgery and appeared to be a candidate to land on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.
Now comes a report from 98.5 the Sports Hub that Welker will be fully cleared for all training camp activities. I’d like to hear this news from the Patriots, but it is a reason for optimism nonetheless.
Since May, it’s been pretty clear that Welker’s recovery and rehabilitation is far ahead of schedule. In fact, he was able to participate in individual drills at an offseason Patriots practice.
While the radio station mentioned that Welker has not been cleared by team doctors, that could happen before camp. In the event that the Texas Tech product is able to participate in team drills, he will not be eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list.
As it stands, Welker is coming off the board in Round 6 in NFL.com-managed leagues. If he is cleared to practice during camp, that number will no doubt rise — especially in leagues that reward points for receptions.
While I would temper expectations for the PPR machine — after all, he is still coming back from a major operation — Welker’s value appears to be on the rise.