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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 (Tue Sep 30): It was a public shaming for the Patriots offense, but they won't be facing a rabid Chiefs team in front of a rabid Arrowhead crowd every week. Edelman is still a strong WR2 in PPR leagues.

Week 5: vs Cincinnati Bengals

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at MIA 2 21 0 8 6 95 0 0
2 at MIN 1 9 0 7 6 81 1 0
3 vs OAK 1 5 0 13 10 84 0 0
4 at KC 0 0 0 8 4 23 0 0
5 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 6 * * *
5 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 6 * * *
5 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Surprise surprise - Julian Edelman was the Patriots' top dog in the passing attack. At this point, it almost feels repetitive, but Edelman did all the little things - dove for catches, returned punts, showed his usual grittiness, and ran great routes. Edelman's touchdown score was an audible that allowed him 1 on 1 coverage. Edelman simply beat Xavier Rhodes on a corner route in the endzone and make it look easy. Edelman also caught a 44 yard deep toss, and almost had another huge gain that was barely overthrown by Tom Brady. It's clear that Edelman is the target Brady trusts more than any other, and this isn't likely to change as long as he stays healthy.

2014 Week 3 vs OAK (13 / 10 / 84 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Another week, another game where Julian Edelman was basically the only offensive threat on the field for the New England Patriots. Although he ran his usual shorter routes, Edelman was open nearly at will, making tough catches, taking big hits, and at one point, almost getting knocked out of the game because of an awkward landing on a failed hurdle. Edelman didn't get the end zone looks he's accustomed to against the Raiders. In fact, he wasn't targeted once inside the end zone, and the closest he got was a 9 yard gainer to the 6 yard line, which was then capped off by Rob Gronkowski's touchdown. Overall, another solid, tough day from the Patriots' best offensive weapon.

2014 Week 4 vs KC (8 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Although he was targeted 6 or 7 times, Edelman had a subpar day by his standards, though most of it wasn't his fault as the Patriots offense got nothing going. Tom Brady's first interception was a huge miscommunication between QB and WR, as Edelman ran a curl route while it seemed like Brady expected a go. Edelman didn't break any tackles or do anything crazy when he did catch the ball, as he seemed to be covered well most of the day.

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Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman shaken up (Mon Sep 29, 10:26 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (undisclosed) was shaken up in the third quarter of the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs after making a tackle following an interception. His exact injury is unclear.

Patriots | Tom Brady rushed to make throws (Wed Sep 24, 04:09 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady didn't try to get deeper into his progressions in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders until late in the second half. There were only two times when Brady looked past his first read and wasn't under serious pressure from the Raiders' pass rush. On both of those instances, Brady completed a pass to WR Julian Edelman.

Our View: Brady's average time in the pocket is 2.2 seconds, and that ranks 6th-fastest in the NFL (Peyton Manning no.1, 1.99 seconds). He ranks 5th in the NFL in average time before a pass at 2.33 seconds. Brady is under duress consistently when looking through his progressions deeper down the field, which is why Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski are being targeted more - they are his best and most consistent receivers.
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Patriots | Tom Brady leaning on Julian Edelman (Mon Sep 22, 10:13 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has completed 84.6 percent of his passes to WR Julian Edelman. He has completed just 51.1 percent of his passes to other players.

Our View: Fantasy owners are not getting perhaps what they expected from Brady and the Patriots passing game, but at least Edelman is still somewhat reliable. We like Edelman and Rob Gronkowski as every week starters, but that's about it from this team. Even Tom Brady is not a "set it and forget it" starter anymore.
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Patriots | Julian Edelman should play (Fri Sep 19, 06:10 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 3.

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Patriots | Julian Edelman limited again (Thu Sep 18, 07:07 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Schedule

5vs Cincinnati Bengals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs New York Jets
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