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Wes Welker Will Play And Is A Must-Start Against The Giants

New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker will go Sunday against the New York Giants.

The receiver is listed as questionable with a neck injury but practiced both Thursday and Friday and is still a must start in Week 9. He is fantasy’s No. 2 WR behind Calvin Johnson. A PPR machine, Welker has a league-high 57 catches and is second in the league with 824 yards.

Welker, who injured his neck late in last week’s Pittsburgh game, has slowed as of late in the yardage department. He has had six catches each of the last two games, but just 45 and 39 yards to show for it. He also has one score in the last two games. Prior to the last two games, Welker had 45 catches for 640 yards and five scores.

But this week the Patriots get a Giants team that allows the 10th most fantasy points to receivers. New York has allowed five receivers to grab at least six balls in a game this season and it has allowed 60-plus yards to eight different receivers. According to, the Giants are 18th in the league in pass coverage.

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New England is the league’s No. 2 passing team at 324.7 yards per game and No. 4 with 18 touchdowns. That should make this a high-scoring game.

And New England will certainly need the efforts of Welker to help it stay in today’s game thanks to a porous pass defense.

The Patriots are last in the NFL in pass defense (323.1 YPG, which is 34.2 yards more than the next team), are giving up the most points per game to fantasy quarterbacks and receivers. New England also surrenders the third most passing attempts per game (40.7). has the Pats has the 29th ranked team in pass coverage. 

By Corby Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter