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    What's wrong with Welker?
    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - You may want to use a different machine. This one's out of order.

    Wes Welker is broken. The question is, can he be fixed?

    Before we get out the tool chest and start poking around, let's take a look at what we're dealing with here. Since Welker's bye in Week 9, he's caught just 18 passes for 162 yards. That computes to exactly 15 fantasy points. Seven receivers around the league had that many points just last week.

    So what happened? Is Father Time finally catching up to Welker or did he and Peyton have a fight?

    Something just seems off between Welker and Manning. Last week against Kansas City, Manning targeted Welker five times. The only time in the last four years Welker has seen fewer targets was in 2011 when Tom Brady looked to Welker just three times in a Week 11 victory over Kansas City (The Chiefs seem to have Welker's number, don't they?).

    Want to hear something truly mystifying? Welker, a yardage fiend during his six-year tenure in Foxboro, is still looking for his first 100-yard game of the season. Welker had seven of those last season including four in a row between Weeks 3 and 6. The year before that, he had eight.

    The last few weeks have been especially cruel to Welker owners. In his last four games, he's been held under 40 yards on three occasions. That happened only once in 18 contests last season. At this rate, he'll finish under 1,000 yards receiving for just the second time since 2007.

    Even his PPR value is diminishing. Welker finished no worse than sixth in receptions every year between 2007 and 2012. This season, he?s tenth in that category (68 catches in 12 games).

    Welker was practically slump-proof in New England. But in Denver, it seems like he's lost a step. His 10.5 yard per catch average is his lowest since 2010, the year after Welker had ACL surgery. This is also the first year since 2005 that Welker hasn't had a catch of at least 35 yards (long is 33).

    You could argue that Welker's replacement in New England, Julian Edelman, is having just as good a year as Welker. Their reception totals (70 for Edelman, 68 for Welker) and yardage (717 yards for Welker, 711 for Edelman) are almost identical. But Edelman's 23 fantasy points in Week 12 are more than Welker has had in any game this season. Ironically, Welker was on the other sideline for that game.

    We knew Welker would have more competition for targets in Denver and certainly that has been a contributing factor in his recent struggles. As Tom Brady's safety valve last season, Welker accounted for 27.1 percent of the team's total targets. That figure has slipped to 22.4 percent this year in Denver's star-studded passing attack.

    Despite a bumpy November, for the most part, Welker owners are keeping the faith. On ESPN, the 32-year-old remains a starter in 87.4 percent of all leagues. Welker could probably start in 75 percent of leagues on reputation alone but at least some percentage of that loyalty has to be a nod to his early season success. In Weeks 1 through 8, Welker produced at least nine fantasy points every time he took the field, a feat even Calvin Johnson couldn't replicate.

    The Welker we saw in those first eight weeks was certainly healthier than the version we saw against KC a week ago. It's an easy excuse to make but it's also accurate. Welker has been on the injury report almost every week because of a nagging hamstring injury and he's just three weeks removed from a concussion. However, this week it sounds like he'll be closer to full strength.

    As bad as this dry spell has been for Welker, his point total for the season still puts him in the top-15 among fantasy wide receivers. Obviously, his career-high nine touchdown catches have something to do with that.

    And remember who's throwing to him. Manning made fantasy owners pay for benching Eric Decker last week (172 yards and four touchdowns) and he could do the same for owners silly enough to sit Welker in Week 14. Keep in mind Decker had one catch for five yards the previous week.

    So stay positive, fantasy owners. The slot machine has been out of order but I think he'll be up and running again shortly. Maybe as soon as Sunday versus Tennessee.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Rainy weekend in Tampa Bay

        Rainy weekend in Tampa Bay

        Saturday, February 28 2015 5:04 PM EST2015-02-28 22:04:28 GMT
        "After a wet Saturday, we are not expecting to see as much rainfall across the Tampa Bay area on Sunday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. 
        "After a wet Saturday, we are not expecting to see as much rainfall across the Tampa Bay area on Sunday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. 
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