WR Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 5-22-1986||College: Kent State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2009|
Week 20: at Kansas City Chiefs - $7900
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady and this Patriots passing offense dissected what was a very talented Chargers secondary in last week's Divisional round playoff victory. Most of their success came from short passes, but Brady was decisive and accurate as he matched season-highs in completions (34) and completion percentage (77.3). It also helped that Brady received excellent protection from his offensive line while Sony Michel was on a roll rushing the ball last week--both key pieces of this offense that must also work well for the New England passing attack to be successful this week. Julian Edelman has been the steadiest, most reliable contributor for this passing offense, and he actually had his best games of the year last week with a season-high 9 receptions for 151 yards. Edelman amassed at least 69 receiving yards per game and three total touchdowns over the last four games of the season, and after last week, it appears he and Brady are in complete sync. The usage of James White has been up and down this season, but the needle was way up last week as he led the team with a season-high 17 targets, hauling in 15 of them for 97 yards. White has the ability to be a focal point of the offense if given the opportunity, and he has consistently out-snapped Sony Michel in the backfield despite White's lack of involvement rushing the ball. His target volume was relatively low to close out the season though, and the massive performance last week has to be treated as an outlier. However, given the potential game script with the Patriots in what could be a shootout along with bad weather that could hinder down-field passing, White certainly could have a chance at repeating his performance from last week. Rob Gronkowski, on the other hand, will not want to repeat his outing from last week as he was targeted just one time. His involvement in this offense has primarily been in a blocking capacity with fewer than four targets in each of his past three games. The Chiefs defense looked like a transformed unit last week, particularly against the pass as they nullified the Colts passing offense that was unable to move the ball at all until the scoreboard was already out of hand. The Chiefs cornerbacks have played much better late this season, with Kendall Fuller looking especially dangerous covering slot receivers. Fuller helped keep tabs on Julian Edelman back in Week 6 as he held Edelman to just four receptions--just the third time all season any cornerback has held Edelman to four or fewer grabs. Safety, however, remains a weakness in this secondary as Eric Berry was again unable to suit up last week and remains questionable coming into this game, pending his practice participation. These Chiefs linebackers have contributed to a number of poor showings against pass-catching running backs also, leading to Kansas City allowing the fourth-most receiving yards per game (56) to opposing running backs in the regular season. James White racked up five receptions for 53 yards against them in Week 6 and should have a great shot at repeating in this matchup. Rob Gronkowski should also have a shot at making some plays as these safeties have proven incapable of covering big, athletic tight ends throughout the season. He racked up 97 yards on just three catches against them in Week 6, and when anywhere near the red zone, Gronkowski should pose a significant threat to score despite his low touchdown numbers amassed this season. What has changed for the Chiefs since Week 6, however, is the presence of Justin Houston, who was sidelined with an injury when these two teams last squared off. Houston has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, accounting for at least one sack in five straight games with seven total sacks over that span, including two in last week's outing. He is one of the most talented edge rushers in the game and has a slew of talent around him on this defensive line that can get the best of nearly any offensive line in football. While the Patriots have a talented and cohesive group protecting Tom Brady, they will still be at a disadvantage against these pass-rushers that excel at applying constant pressure from all angles. Getting in Brady's face with pressure has proven to be the best way to stop him, and the Chiefs defense will have a good shot at doing just that in this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Julian Edelman's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs LAC (13 / 9 / 151 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush - 20.3 points, $7600)
Of all the great performances by the Patriots against the Chargers, Julian Edelman may have had the best of them all. Edelman whipped the Chargers secondary, getting open constantly for huge plays. His best play was probably his 35 yard gain on a double move, where he snared a ball many receivers would not have caught on an absolutely gorgeous throw from Tom Brady. Edelman also took a huge body-folding hit on one of his catches, but hung onto the ball and looked no worse for wear. It was just one week, but it was a great sign to see Edelman getting open against a scheme that he should beat.
2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec, 2 / 24 / 0 rush - 17.8 points, $7100)
Though Josh Gordon's departure left Edelman as the 1A receiver in New England, he was utilized less than Chris Hogan, who the Pats made a concerted effort to get the ball to. Still, Edelman had a good day, catching his usual short and medium passes, and was left wide open on his touchdown catch in the 4th quarter.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (10 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec - 16 points, $7000)
Julian Edelman was the Patriots leading receiver against the Buffalo Bills. Edelman moved the chains from the slot and added a long touchdown. The touchdown was a bit of a fluke, as Edelman was tackled to the ground, but rolled over two Buffalo defenders without contacting the ground. Edelman was able to get back to his feet and run untouched into the endzone. Edelman was the clear focal point in the passing offense, after Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely during the week. Edelman will face the Jets next week.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec - 12.5 points, $7200)
Edelman was the loan catalyst for the Pats offense and was close to an even bigger day. With Edelman getting open easily, Tom Brady started funneling targets towards Edelman even if it was a detriment to the offense. Edelman's longest play of the day came when Edelman was running up the seam and two Pittsburgh defenders crashed into each other. Edelman also almost tied the game up for the Pats. On his last shot at the end zone, Tom Brady fired down the middle of the field towards Edelman. If the pass was even three feet lower Edelman might have made the reception and tied the game.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (12 / 9 / 86 / 1 rec - 19.1 points, $6900)
Julian Edelman was a big part of the reason the Pats had as many points as they did, working the short field particularly well against the Dolphins. He was targeted a whopping 12 times, and caught most of those targets, though many were single digit gainers to set up better situations. His touchdown was a spinning move mid-route that saw him get open on the side of the end zone against single coverage. Business as usual for one of Tom Brady's top targets.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 2 / 35 / 0 rush - 7.5 points, $7200)
It wasn't Edelman's best day through the air, as he didn't contribute much by way of yards or catches. He also dropped a critical third down pass, as the game was still in question at that time. However, he did have 2 designed runs which saw big chunk gains, highlighting his versatility in other ways.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 84 / 1 rec - 16.4 points, $7400)
Though he only caught 4 passes, Edelman certainly made them count, as they included a touchdown and a couple chunk gains. His touchdown was a catch and run where he simply barreled over defenders near the end zone, while his long catch saw him wide open in a soft zone spot. He was upended in a scary tackle on the play, but got up no worse for wear. Edelman will continue to be a high value receiver moving forward.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (12 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec - 15.14 points, $7300)
Though his stat line was big, Edelman's totals are a bit misleading, as he was funneled targets due to a big Pats deficit early in the game and continuing throughout the game. As a result, most of his catches weren't necessarily manufactured, but many of them came with the game out of hand. Edelman also left in the 4th with an ankle injury, something worth watching. He does have the bye week to get right, however.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (10 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec, 2 / 28 / 0 rush - 14.38 points, $7300)
Two reverses. A passing completion. A reception off a flea flicker. Oh, and his usual complement of tough catches. All in a day's work for Julian Edelman, who was utilized in a variety of different ways. His passing play was a cross-field completion to James White on a screen play, while Edelman was left open on his flea flicker reception. Edelman did see 10 targets, which may have been slightly inflated due to Gronk being an inactive, giving Edelman the middle of the field to himself for several plays. As Gronk's health is a concern, Edelman will continue to play his normal important role.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (10 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush - 16.2 points, $0)
Along with James White, Edelman dominated the short and middle of the field, routinely catching passes and moving the chains. He converted a 3rd down run thanks to a Tom Brady "block" as well. Edelman certainly has a chance for more big games even though the Pats do have plenty of weapons.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec - 12.1 points, $7100)
Though he had 8 targets and Gronk was out, Edelman's only significant play was his touchdown. The play was a designed screen with Edelman bull rushed into the end zone, running over defenders in the process. Other than that, all of Edelman's catches were extremely short, and he could not get much going after the catch. Credit the Bears for shutting him down fairly well.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush - 14.1 points, $6900)
With Tom Brady spreading the ball around, Edelman didn't have a monster day, but he shouldn't be expected to now. His touchdown was a nicely lofted ball by Tom Brady in which Edelman simply ran past his defender for an easy score with nice separation. He also converted a critical third down in the 4th quarter, but beyond that, actually played less snaps than Josh Gordon.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec - 9.2 points, $6500)
Back but with some rust to show for it, Edelman was integrated right away into the game plan, catching 3 passes on the first drive of the game. The rust showed on a huge drop on a third down that could have easily gone for 20+ yards, along with a couple other routes that weren't quite 100%. As he gets more and more comfortable out there, he and James White will form a great security blanket duo for Brady.
Latest NewsPatriots | Julian Edelman surpasses 100-yard mark (Sun Jan 13, 05:34 PM) - New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 151 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round playoff game. Our View: Edelman was hot right out of the gate and the Chargers had no answer for him in the secondary. He'll be a prime matchup for the Patriots against Chiefs next week.
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