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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

While many might worry that Julian Edelman's numbers could drop significantly with the talented Brandin Cooks in town, we think the reverse might be true. With a legitimate number one in town, defenses are going to have to change how they cover Edelman. Cooks for the most part will be running outside routes, which means the secondary is going to have to focus more coverage there. That means fewer safeties or extra corners covering Edelman, and more linebackers. This could result in a more effective Edelman, though with so many weapons his overall yardage production is likely to drop back under 1000 yards. Still, this is a good position to be in and Edelman, facing more mismatches due to defensive scheme, should have a very good season. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 27, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 31, 34, 38, 38, 46
Overall Redraft - 59, 28, 43, 44, 50, 51, 58, 58, 60, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 25, 17, 18, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 31, 35, 46
Overall Redraft PPR - 53, 28, 36, 39, 39, 40, 47, 49, 51, 51, 51, 58, 58, 60
WR Dynasty - 52, 41, 42, 44, 50, 55, 78

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 NE 14 10 94 0 134 92 972 4
2015 NE 9 3 23 0 88 61 692 7 1
2016 NE 16 12 57 0 159 98 1106 3 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 5 * * 74 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 2 * * 83 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 5 * * 84 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 14 * * 81 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 57
WR: 25
Overall-PPR: 51
WR-PPR: 25

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Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman was most targeted slot WR (Wed Jul 12, 10:27 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman had the highest target percentage from the slot of any wide receiver in the NFL during the 2016 season. He was targeted 29.1 percent of the time when he lined up in the slot, while retired WR Steve Smith (28 percent) and Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (26.7 percent) finished second and third, respectively.

Our View: The addition of Brandin Cooks is an exciting one for fantasy owners and Patriots fans. We'll see how his presence changes the target count for guys like Julian Edelman. Instead of nearly 100 catches (98) like he had last season, Edelman might be in line for more likely 80 catches or so in 2017.
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2017 Schedule

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2@ New Orleans Saints
3vs Houston Texans
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