Welker caught a pair of passes Sunday for 13 yards as the Rams fell to the Ravens 16-13. Welker hasn't made much of an impact since joining the Rams, posting five catches for 45 yards. That has a lot to do with his quarterback situation, however, as Nick Foles and Case Keenum both had sub-par games in Welker's two weeks in the lineup. In this bad of a passing offense, receivers have minimal to no fantasy value.
Welker caught three of his six targets for 32 yards in his season debut Sunday against the Rams. The veteran was the second most frequently-tarageted Rams player in his first game, but his production was limited by his usage primarily on short passes. Welker could see his share of targets from week to week, and the Rams' impotent passing attack will limit his upside. A matchup against the porous Baltimore secondary is on tap in Week 11, but Welker is still far from a reliable fantasy asset at the moment.
Welker is expected to be active Sunday against the Ravens, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Welker just signed with the Rams this week, so while he has a strong track record in the NFL, he has barely had time to learn the playbook or even build a little chemistry with quarterback Nick Foles, so expectations should be tempered.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher hinted that Welker will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bears, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports. Fisher said the team is still evaluating Welker's readiness, but it sounds as if the recent acquisition is more likely to play than not. Expectations should still be held in check, as Welker will likely have a part-time role in the NFL's least prolific passing attack. At best, he'll be a regular presence in the slot in three-wide formations.
The Rams have signed Welker. With wideout Stedman Bailey having been suspended for four games, Welker will provide the Rams' offense with valuable experience and depth. While it would be unwise to project Welker to immediately replicate the sort of production that he enjoyed in his prime, if he is able to stay healthy and secure a steady role in the St. Louis offense, he is a candidate to carve out a degree of PPR utility in the coming weeks.
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