Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
|WR - #27||57.12||NE||Active||6 years||28||5'10||200||@Edelman11|
2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jun-23-2014 by Daniel Kalles
HIGH VOLUME OR BUST: During the 2013 offseason, Julian Edelman had a hard time getting a new contract. He eventually signed a one year with the Patriots and wasn't even assured at cracking the final roster. He did crack the final roster and had an unbelievable season, playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career and setting career- highs in most categories -- 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns -- becoming Tom Brady's go-to guy. This led to a four-year contract and he goes into 2014 as the clear-cut number one option. While the Patriots hope to have Gronk and Amendola healthy for a full season to take some of the load off, Edelman should have no problem catching at least 85 passes (if not more) this season. His value is obviously significantly higher in PPR leagues, so draft accordingly.
Editor's note: The planets aligned for Edelman in 2013. Injuries were abound at the position and he was thrust to the forefront due to necessity, not overwhelming must-start talent. Without the benefit of high-volume targets and receptions, Edelman is just another average receiver. If the targets decline at all, they will go to the Patriots' younger and upside-rich receivers.
Well, here's something to liven up a rather dull Tuesday.
The Patriots and Buccaneers are on the verge of a trade with direct and indirect fantasy implications all over the place. The Patriots will acquire second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick next season from the Buccaneers in exchange for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to break the big news. He said that the deal isn't final just yet, but the players involved have been informed, and terms have been worked out.
Doesn't it seem like the Patriots always make these eye-opening trades? Even though Mankins is 32, he is still one of the best offensive linemen in the league and especially adroit in run blocking. That's good news for Doug Martin and the rest of the Bucs' ground game. Give the Muscle Hamster's stock a slight nudge up. The deal also moves one hurdle out of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' path to the starting lineup. Now only Brandon Myers stands between the monstrous rookie and definite fantasy value. He's a player to watch early in the season.
The bigger fantasy news, however, is Wright's arrival in New England. He may be listed as a tight end, but he's basically a tall slot receiver. In him, the Patriots may have found their next Aaron Hernandez (your murder jokes are still not funny). Wright can't block, but he has the athleticism to be a very difficult cover for most safeties. He's only 24 years old and gives Tom Brady yet another decent target who can run down the seam. Wright should usurp some targets from Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. He is a very viable TE2 right now.
Or you can look at this acquisition another way: Perhaps this signals that the Pats aren't as confident in Rob Gronkowski's health as they are letting on through reports. We can only guess toward that end, but the Patriots trading away a very, very offensive lineman for a tight end does raise some eyebrows.
Without Mankins, the Patriots save a lot of money over the next two seasons and gain a 2015 mid-round draft pick, but they also take a substantial hit to their O-line. This coupled with the recent prediction by a Patriots beat writer that running back Stevan Ridley won't make the 53-man roster leads me to believe the Pats want Brady to sling it all over the yard this season. Such a plan of attack makes sense with Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/26 - Patriots set to acquire TE Tim Wright, send LG Logan Mankins to Buccaneers
8/23 - Patriots WR Julian Edelman catches eight balls for 99 yards in third preseason game
7/29 - Patriots WR Danny Amendola working with Tom Brady's trainer
7/28 - Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.04||#9 World Ranked Player - Brady loves him. He's filling the old Wes Welker role. I'll take a 100 catch guy as a #4 WR.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|6.10||FFToolbox - Tough to determine how the WR depth chart will play out, but Edelman is the early favorite in a very good offense.|
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