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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.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): The emergence of Brandon LaFell as a quality everyweek option in the Patriots passing game is killing Edelman's consistency. Even in PPR leagues, his weekly floor is low, and it has been a while since he had the kind of games that fueled him to a WR1 stretch last year.

General News (Tue Oct 28): played in just 45 of the 74 offensive snaps Sunday, Oct. 26. He played in 45 of the team's first 52 snaps, but was apparently benched. The team didn't announce an injury, but he had two drops.

Week 9: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning - a renewal of a fiercely competitive NFL rivalry. EXCITING! The Patriots look rejuvenated along with Rob Gronkowski (nine targets for 9/149/3 receiving vs. Chicago last week). Unlikely lead wide receiver Brandon LaFell has learned the joys of playing with Brady (11 targets for 11/124/1), and Tim Wright is becoming the #2 tight end that makes Brady happy (seven targets for 7/61/1 receiving last week). Brady missed out on just five completions out of 35 passes last week (30/35 for 354 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions) as he and his compatriots tuned up for this showdown with Manning and the Broncos. Brady has thrown for more than 350 yards in two of his last three games, and has 12 TD throws during that time span. The Patriots' passing attack is as hot as the Broncos' coming into this epic duel. The Broncos' pass D ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 242.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given out balanced by seven interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for sixth) generated to date. The Patriots have allowed 15 sacks this season (tied-11th in the NFL) so far. Last week, Denver sacked Philip Rivers twice (for -7 yards) and intercepted him twice while allowing 30/41 for 245 net yards passing and three TDs; two weeks ago Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times for -53 yards on the way to 27/46 for 248 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown by 49er quarterbacks (Blaine Gabbert played late in that 17-42 blowout win for Denver). Brady is hot while the Broncos' pass D is merely mediocre - advantage, New England. Also, the Patriots' backs have a tough matchup against the top-ranked Denver defensive front, so look for Brady to throw early and often in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 0 0 0 4 1 14 0 0
9 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 5 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 5 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

With Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Lafell absolutely dominating, Edelman wasn't a focal point against the Bears at all. He had as many drops as catches, something uncharacteristic that has popped up over the last couple weeks after carrying the Patriots offense in the early portion of the season. He will likely be integrated back into the fold of the offense, but with Gronkowski healthy and Lafell playing well, he's no longer the clearcut 1a option in the Patriots attack.

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Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman benched (Mon Oct 27, 09:39 AM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman played in just 45 of the 74 offensive snaps Sunday, Oct. 26. He played in 45 of the team's first 52 snaps, but was apparently benched. The team didn't announce an injury, but he had two drops.

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Schedule

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