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Week 1 vs. KC
Receiving: 6 / 51 / 0 on 10 targets
Welker finished the game with a respectable 51 yards on six receptions. Most of his production came with Tom Brady in the game, but he still proved a useful target when Cassel was throwing him the ball as well. Welker gained 31 of his 51 total reception yards in the third quarter and onward, with Cassel throwing the ball. In an uncharacteristic moment, Welker also fumbled the ball after a catch early in the first, which was eventually recovered by Kansas City. Although to be fair, it was a fantastic strip by Patrick Surtain.
Week 2 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 7 / 72 / 0 on 11 targets
Welker was the most utilized receiver for new QB Matt Cassel, particularly on a handful of receptions from behind the line of scrimmage that allowed Welker to run for gains. These plays basically acted as 'extended handoffs' and were very effective for the Patriots. Welker did have one drop on a pass he should have caught and was overthrown in the end zone on a crossing route by Cassel.
Week 3 vs. MIA
Rushing: 1 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 55 / 0 on 7 targets
The only consistent part of the Cassel led offense these past two weeks is Wes Welker's involvement and consistency. He was the second most targeted receiver on Sunday (first last week) and looks to be one for the entire time that it takes Cassel to get comfortable in the offense. Welker is the very definition of a safety blanket for a quarterback of Matt Cassel's skill type: Quick, nimble, vacuums for hands, and the ability to do anything or go anywhere that is asked of him.
Week 5 vs. SF
Receiving: 8 / 73 / 0 on 11 targets
WR Wes Welker was again effective catching slants and screens from QB Matt Cassel. Welker had a 15 yard reception on a screen called back because of a holding call against WR Randy Moss. Welker also took a shovel pass from Cassel on a third and five situation but Welker ran into a blocker and the team was forced to punt.
Week 6 vs. SD
Receiving: 9 / 73 / 0 on 11 targets
With the Chargers effectively removing Randy Moss from the gameplan, New England had no choice but to attack with mostly short routes underneath the defense. That is where Welker is most effective, and nothing changed on that front in this game. He caught a game high nine passes but for just 73 yards, as San Diego wrapped up very quickly each time he caught a pass. He had an uncharacteristic drop late in the fourth quarter that would've likely gone for 10+ yards had he held on. He never came close to scoring, as New England was very rarely near the end zone.
Week 7 vs. DEN
Receiving: 6 / 63 / 1 on 6 targets
Welker led the Patriots in receptions as he hauled in all six of his targets. The majority of his catches and yards came on short passes, but he did take a longer pass for a pickup of 27. Welker scored his first receiving touchdown of the year when he caught a short pass on a third and two play and dove into the end zone for a six yard touchdown. In addition to his contribution in the passing game, he also averaged 21 yards on three punt returns that included a 44 yard return in the third quarter that gave the Patriots the ball at the Denver 28 yard line.
Week 8 vs. STL
Receiving: 7 / 79 / 0 on 11 targets
In the first quarter, it seemed as if Welker were the only receiver the Patriots had. Cassel eventually evened out the throws between both Moss and Welker, both of whom had productive days but no touchdowns. Like Moss, Welker got first downs with all but two of his catches.
Week 9 vs. IND
Receiving: 7 / 37 / 0 on 7 targets
WR Wes Welker ended up with a bunch of receptions but not many yards. He was often targeted at or behind the line of scrimmage. The Colts quick defense was able to snuff out the quick pass plays and limited Welker's yards after catch ability.
Week 10 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 10 / 107 / 0 on 11 targets
Most passes to Welker are thrown under the coverage and he leads the league in yards after the catch. Buffalo had no answer for Welker. His longest reception went for 27 yards, but he only got one foot down on the play and was juggling the ball as he went out of bounds. Dick Jauron threw the red flag to challenge the call but officials didn't' see it and New England scored the first touchdown of the game two plays later.
Welker set an NFL record by catching at least six passes in the first nine games to start a season.
Week 11 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 7 / 108 / 0 on 8 targets
It was a typical Welker performance in that he ran great routes, found soft parts in the defense and was effective after the catch. No real high lights for him, however by the end of the game he racked up over 100 yards and was a good fantasy start.
Week 12 vs. MIA
Receiving: 8 / 120 / 0 on 11 targets
All of Welker's targets were of the short to medium variety. He caught most of them and turned one into an electric 64 yard gain.
Week 13 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 30 / 0 on 7 targets
Welker was moderately involved in the first half, making a few catches on short patterns underneath the Steelers' linebackers, but did not generate any big plays in the first half or for the rest of game for that matter. Owners should check his status this upcoming week due to a spectacular hit he took from DB Ryan Clark late in the game. He left the field under his own power, but did not have a catch after that play. His longest play was twelve yards, hardly meeting high expectations of his fantasy owners.
Week 14 vs. SEA
Receiving: 12 / 134 / 0 on 17 targets
Welker was the most targeted receiver, with 18 for the game, and he finished with 12 receptions for 134 yards. Four of his targets came on third down and eight of his catches resulted in first downs. Welker also caught a two point conversion on the last score of the game to give New England a three point lead late in the contest.
Week 15 vs. OAK
Receiving: 6 / 69 / 1 on 9 targets
WR Wes Welker was once again New England's most reliable and effective receiver. Welker was seemingly always open and available for the first down whenever the team needed it. Welker also had a key block on RB Kevin Faulk's touchdown reception.
Week 16 vs. ARI
Receiving: 7 / 68 / 1 on 10 targets
Scored on an 11 yard pass in the second quarter to extend the Patriots lead to 28-0. He also returned punts in this game, and set up New England's first touchdown drive with a long punt return. He finished with seven catches (team high) for 68 yards. Most of Welker's catches were underneath the linebackers.
Week 17 vs. BUF
Receiving: 2 / 26 / 0 on 3 targets
Welker managed to catch two of his three targets for 26 yards and just missed holding onto the third catch which was knocked out by a defender midway through the first quarter.