Looking back to look forward 

March, 17, 2013
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Sometimes it's important to look back in order to look forward. For instance, when Wes Welker was targeted just five time in the 2012 season opener and saw limited snaps again in Week 2, it was widely assumed that it was the New England Patriots' way of punishing him for their offseason contractual situation and/or that they were phasing him out of their offense. At that point, many frustrated fantasy owners traded the underachieving Welker before his role dramatically increased and he returned to his usual monster production in PPR leagues.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com believes the reasoning behind Welker's limited work early last season wasn't financially motivated but, rather, part of a long-term plan by coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It's something fantasy owners should keep in mind for the future; you should think twice before panicking early on about your fantasy players:

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