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WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

6-0, 198Born: 5-22-1986College: Kent StateDrafted: Round 7

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Edelman stands a good chance in 2014 of again seeing most of the punt returns for New England. While the points cannot hurt in a league that gives fantasy points for return yards, punt returns yield fewer yards than do kickoffs making it a slight increase at best.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has been on a tear since being benched early in the loss to Kansas City - 48/75 for 622 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown is what he's thrown over the past two games, folks. Impressive. Four players have been targeted 10 or more times during the last two explosive games: Rob Gronkowski (19 targets for 12/162/0 receiving); Julian Edelman (22 for 14/135/0 receiving); Brandon LaFell (11 for 8/152/2), and Shane Vereen (11 for 6/74/2 receiving). There are a lot of fantasy points available from Brady during recent weeks - start one of the above fantasy receivers and your club should be doing well at the end of Sunday. The Bears' pass D just last weekend allowed Miami 25/32 for 256 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -21 yards. Two weeks back, it was Matt Ryan slinging 19/37 for 245 yards, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Chicago gives freely in this phase of the game. In fact the Bears are tied for 19th in the NFL averaging 247.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up to date, vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied-eighth) generated so far. This is a good matchup for the streaking Brady and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at KC 0 0 0 8 4 23 0 0
5 vs CIN 0 0 0 8 5 35 0 0
6 at BUF 1 10 0 12 9 91 0 0
7 vs NYJ 1 8 0 9 4 44 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 6 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 7 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

For once, Julian Edelman felt like a near afterthought in the Patriots offensive attack. The game against the Bengals was dominated by the tight ends and the running game, and as a result, the Edelman safety valve wasn't needed. All of Edelman's targets were underneath throws, and most seemed to come when Brady was rushed. Edelman was the target of a near-interception by Tom Brady, but the play was on Brady and not Edelman. Given the result of the game, Edelman probably didn't mind the lack of work, but it's worth noting he played 69 of 87 snaps, his lowest percentage total of the season.

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (12 / 9 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Julian Edelman picked up after a couple down weeks in the box score, operating as the most targeted Patriots receiver on the day. Most of his routes were the typical intermediate and underneath variety, and as a result, he saw nothing longer than 20 yards, and most of his catches were actually less than 10 yards apiece. Perhaps Edelman's biggest contribution was getting blatantly interfered with on a deep ball in the end zone, setting up a 1 yard Tim Wright touchdown. The defensive back simply shoved Edelman while the ball was in the air, leaving no question about a penalty.

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Not Julian Edelman's best day as a Patriot. As usual, many of his routes were underneath and intermediate. However, his two most memorable plays on the day were drops, and both would have gone for first downs if not more. On both plays, Edelman took his eye off the ball as he looked upfield, something he normally doesn't do. His long gainer of 16 yards did see him take a solid hit, and his lone run of the day converted a 3rd down as he pinballed into the air. Edelman may want to take it easy on the contact with defenders, but at this point, it's clear that isn't his m.o.

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Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills