Wes Welker has been dealing with the nagging ankle injury for a second straight week now, but it appears to be nothing more than a nuisance. Listed as questionable last week, Welker was targeted 11 times, caught six balls for 74 yards and dropped two—one of which could've easily gone for a TD.
This week the Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts (4:25 pm, EST) which we believe is another dream match-up for New England, as well as, fantasy owners looking to start Wes Welker. Throughout his career, Wes Welker has been a nuisance for Indianapolis. Welker has torched the Colts more than any other team he has faced ( 40 catches for 366 yards and 2 TDs in six meetings) according to profootballreference.com—this of course does not include divisional matches.
This game is full of intrigue, however, whether you're a fantasy football fan of not.
The Patriots enter this contest at 6-3 and are currently on the hunt for the number two seed behind the Baltimore Ravens, so winning this contest would certainly come in handy. The Colts—the surprise of the 2012 season—also come in at 6-3 and are fifth in the playoff seeding behind the Denver Broncos.
It's not to say that Indianapolis is in "must-win" mode, but they certainly won't do themselves any favors if they lose. I believe Wes Welker will be a key factor in New England orchestrating a win, and since there have been no reports suggesting Wes Welker is in real danger of missing this week's game, I confidently recommend you start him this week.