Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
|WR - #27||59.99||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.
Edelman caught eight passes for 99 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game, a 30-7 blowout victory versus the Panthers. Edelman, who caught 105 balls in the 2013 season, was especially impressive after the catch, including on a 35-yard catch-and-run. Edelman also returned two punts for 51 yards.Fantasy Analysis:
Edelman is clearly the top WR on the Patriots squad, and will continue to be one of QB Tom Brady's top targets even when TE Rob Gronkowski returns to full strength. Edelman is especially valuable in PPR formats, with the high volume of targets and catches he sees. He's a solid WR2 who can be taken with an early seventh-round pick in most fantasy drafts, and is an excellent value pick there.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/23 - 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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