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WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

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

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Summary

Julian Edelman saw more targets than any other player on the New England Patriots last season, and turned more of them into catches than any other player as well. Edelman is one of Tom Brady's favorite targets and he rarely misses a ball, catching 68% of his targets last season. His yards don't necessarily reflect what you'd expect from 92 catches, but that's because many of Edelman's receptions come on shorter routes. As that is the case (he missed cracking 1,000 yards by 30 yards last season), it limits his overall appeal, though the massive amount of catches helps him in PPR leagues. Here's the catch though - he hasn't been in team drills since August 2nd. There's no news of injury, but this is the Patriots - there is never news. Recently the team signed Reggie Wayne to a one year deal and whether that has to do with Edelman, fellow mystery injury receiver Brandon LaFell or none of the above is unclear. Keep this in mind as you draft towards the start of the season. Edelman is solid receiver who can put up fair numbers, which makes him attractive in the later rounds of the top half of a fantasy draft. An injury which kept him out at the start of the season would severely curtail his value though. (August 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 25, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20, 20, 22, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 35, 36, 39, 39
Overall Redraft - 60, 23, 31, 39, 46, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59
WR Redraft PPR - 20, 10, 14, 14, 14, 15, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 36, 39
Overall Redraft PPR - 44, 23, 29, 31, 33, 35, 39, 40, 40, 43, 44, 46, 46, 48, 49, 59
WR Dynasty - 40, 29, 37, 40, 42, 58
Overall Dynasty - 85, 54

Stats and Projections

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2012 NE 9 4 45 0 32 21 235 3
2013 NE 16 2 11 0 151 105 1056 6
2014 NE 14 10 94 0 134 92 972 4
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 8 * * 83 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 5 * * 88 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 89 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 10 * * 83 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 49
WR: 19
Overall-PPR: 42
WR-PPR: 18

New England Patriots Team Links

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  Jason Wood - August 30
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Articles from around the web

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  Bucky Brooks - July 9
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  Nathan Jahnke - August 28
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  Dave Richards - August 28
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  Evan Silva - August 26
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  Patrick Daugherty - August 24
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  Evan Silva - August 20
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  Thomas Casale - August 18
NFL Preseason Week 1: Fantasy Recap
  Brian Jester - August 17
Silva's August Top 200
  Evan Silva - August 13
Jeremy Hill moves into first round in latest mock
  Michael Fabiano - August 12

Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman to miss game Friday (Fri Aug 28, 07:08 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) will play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.

Our View: No shock here. The mystery injury has us a bit worried, so while he is still a WR2/WR3 for us, we're keeping a careful eye. Unfortunately, this is New England, so the information is lacking.
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Patriots | Julian Edelman unlikely to play (Fri Aug 28, 12:51 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) isn't expected to play Friday, Aug. 28, against the Carolina Panthers as he continues to rest his injured ankle.

Our View: Color us a little concerned by now (it's close to purple) as he hasn't practiced much all Training Camp. The signing of Reggie Wayne, while not enough to send us into panic mode, adds to the concern. Right now he's considered a WR3 but his ADP is beginning to drop from where it sits in the late fifth round.
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Patriots | Julian Edelman's return date unknown (Wed Aug 26, 07:32 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) hasn't taken part in team drills since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 2, but he feels that he is close to returning. However, he wouldn't say that he'll be ready to play in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 16 days. 'Ask Bill (Belichick),' Edelman said. 'We're taking it day by day. I think I'm 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds.'

Our View: It's the Patriots....we'll have no real feel on when exactly Edelman will return. Stay tuned.
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Patriots | Julian Edelman practices (Tue Aug 25, 03:36 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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2015 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Buffalo Bills
3vs Jacksonville Jaguars
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6@ Indianapolis Colts
7vs New York Jets
8vs Miami Dolphins
9vs Washington Redskins
10@ New York Giants
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Houston Texans
15vs Tennessee Titans
16@ New York Jets
17@ Miami Dolphins