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Welker, Brady return to fantasy star status

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By Michael Blunda

For a while it looked like Wes Welker and Tom Brady might have lost their spots among the fantasy elite. But after Thursday, it has become clear that they have reclaimed them.

After scoring three times in the first two weeks, Welker went on a seven-game scoreless streak that had owners quite nervous. But whatever issues he was having with extra coverage, etc. are clearly in the rearview mirror, as the "Slot Machine" blew up for eight catches for 90 yards and two TDs on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit. That now makes 21-237-3 receiving in his last three contests.

Brady, meanwhile, was stuck in a similar rut that had owners questioning whether the Patriots QB was still an automatic start. But he has recently proven all the doubters wrong, finishing with a perfect 158.3 passer rating in his 341-yard, four-TD day vs. the Lions. In his last four outings, Brady now has 11 TDs, no interceptions and two 300-yard performances.

While New England faces three of the league's best defenses over the next few weeks, Welker and Brady are simply in too big of a groove right now to put on the bench. Each has posted lofty numbers in tough matchups before, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them do so again. It might have taken longer than expected, but these two are rounding into form at exactly the right time.

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