WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7|
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.
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Edelman was a huge part of the game plan against the tough Lions run defense, but that might not be true in the last four games. He still has a very nice ceiling in PPR leagues, but Edelman is not the must start that he was at this time last year.
General News (Thu Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 26): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 13: at Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady is on a tear through the NFL - after opening the season with one TD pass per game during September (Weeks 1-4), he's thrown multiple TDs in each game since then, with over 300 yards passing in three of his last four starts (and 13 passing TDs vs. four interceptions thrown during that four game span). Tight ends Tim Wright (15 targets for 13/99/4 receiving) and Rob Gronkowski (34 for 27/304/5) have accounted for nine of the passing scores over the past four games. Meanwhile, Brandon LaFell (40 for 29/337/2) and Julian Edelman (37 for 26/242/1) have also found pay dirt on occasion and are the top two targets for Brady over the past four contests. The Patriots' passing attack is going full bore entering the stretch run into the playoffs. Green Bay's pass D goes for turnovers (15 interceptions to date, tied for second in the NFL) and pass pressure (27 sacks, tied for 12th), and they've been above-average in terms of passing yards allowed per game this year, allowing 234.4 net passing yards per game (13th in the NFL) with 17 passing scores handed out to date. New England is tied for fifth in the NFL with only 16 sacks of Tom Brady allowed so far. Last week, Teddy Bridgewater was sacked twice for -14 yards and intercepted once on the way to 21/37 for 196 net yards passing and two scores thrown; two weeks ago Mark Sanchez was sacked three times for -26 yards and intercepted twice on his way to 26/44 for 320 yards passing, with two TDs thrown. Lambeau is always a tough place to visit in the winter, but Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been basically matchup-proof since the beginning of October. Detroit sports one of the top overall defensive units in the league and got stomped by 25 points last week. Always start your studs.
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2014 Week 11 vs IND (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
As the run game clicked on all cylinders, the big story for Julian Edelman was that he was limping for a large portion of the game, which is something that warrants monitoring as the week and season goes on. Edelman had a good end around that netted 25 yards thanks to solid blocking from the linemen and Rob Gronkowski. He also had an end zone target that went too wide and a dropped ball that was a bit behind him. A relatively quiet day for Edelman, though it wasn't his fault.
2014 Week 12 vs DET (15 / 11 / 89 / 0 rec)
If anyone in the NFL takes more of a beating than Julian Edelman, you'd be hard pressed to find him. Taking lick after lick operating on underneath routes, the mostly sure handed receiver once again showed up for the Patriots. He did drop a touchdown and barely missed another deep touchdown grab that went off his fingertips, but those can be forgiven considering how well the Patriots did through the air. Many of Edelman's catches went for under 10 yards, but that's expected at this point.
Latest NewsPatriots | Full practice for Julian Edelman (Thu Nov 27, 06:19 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) participated in full in practice Thursday, Nov. 28. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman takes part in practice (Wed Nov 26, 05:41 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman listed as probable (Fri Nov 21, 05:05 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12. link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman limited again (Thu Nov 20, 04:54 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited again in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: If he does play, we see him as a WR3 this week. Edelman has been a bit inconsistent week to week this year and had only seen the end zone twice.
link to story Patriots | Julian Edelman limited Wednesday (Wed Nov 19, 04:48 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: Edelman could be a big asset for the Patriots this week as they face a tough front seven of the Lions defense. Having a receiver get open quickly on underneath routes will help Tom Brady get rid of the ball before the pass-rushers of Detroit can get to him.
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