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  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
 
 
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Best Rank# 13# 31-
Worst Rank# 60# 63-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total0.085.5-
Avg Game7.8-
Avg Projection95.7102.4-
    
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SOS Rank224-
    
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  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. HOU vs. JAC
Week 2 at JAC at DAL
Week 3 at DET at HOU
Week 4 vs. MIA vs. NO
Week 5 vs. IND at CAR
Week 6 vs. KC vs. PHI
Week 7 at CHI at ATL
Week 8 at BUF vs. WAS
Week 9 vs. GBBYE WEEK
Week 10 at TEN at SF
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. TB
Week 12 at NYJ at PHI
Week 13 vs. MIN vs. CHI
Week 14 at MIA at WAS
Week 15 at PIT vs. TEN
Week 16 vs. BUF at IND
Week 17 vs. NYJ vs. DAL
  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Receiving
   
Receptions60.963.7
Rec Yards701.9761.7
Rec TDs4.14.3
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts4.32.7
Rush Yards22.210.8
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points95.7102.4
   
  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
2017 Points 
Week 15.0
Week 23.0
Week 319.3
Week 45.4
Week 50.9
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 97.0
Week 1014.2
Week 11
Week 12
Week 135.6
Week 140.7
Week 1519.9
Week 164.5
Week 17
  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
2017 Targets 
Week 18
Week 24
Week 310
Week 45
Week 52
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 99
Week 1013
Week 11
Week 12
Week 136
Week 143
Week 1516
Week 168
Week 17
  Julian Edelman
WR - NE
Julian Edelman
Sterling Shepard
WR - NYG
Sterling Shepard
Expert 
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Suspended for the first four weeks but Edelman is a target hog who has weekly WR1/2 value in PPR leagues.  
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
If missing all of 2017 with a torn ACL wasn't enough to curtail his stock, Edelman's return must wait until he serves a four-game suspension for a PED violation. Extend 2016's 14.4 PPR PPG to a dozen bouts, and his 172.8 points would have made him last year's WR30. That matches his current ADP, so the price barely bakes in any risk of a 32-year-old possession receiver returning from a major knee injury. While his TD tally cratered from eight to two, Shepard submitted a 70.2 catch % (59-of-84) and 66.4 YPG in 11 second-year contests. He also packed over half of his yardage in three 130+ outings, and those days with double-digit targets will be rare with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley sharing the field. Yet one of his backers is Eli Manning, who said the 24-year-old is "primed for a big year." A happy blend of last year's volume (when healthy) and 2016's red-zone efficacy will validate that assessment. At least start Shepard against the Eagles, whom he has torched for 383 yards and four touchdowns in as many meetings.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
The suspension hurts, but he's going to play 13 games still and a healthy Edelman carries value - esp in PPR formatsShepard is better than most think and with Marshall out of town he seems locked into a solid WR2 role
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Don't just automatically assume that just because Edelman is returning to the field, that he's going to be the same player. He's now 32 years old and coming off a torn ACL last preseason. It's not to say he can't return and produce, but he finished as the WR22 while playing all 16 games in his age-30 season. A lot of the targets have evaporated in the Patriots offense and you have to figure that Edelman will still get every opportunity to succeed, so you don't want to write him off completely. He's obviously someone who would benefit in a PPR format. He's now been suspended for the first four games, so it's going to be difficult to hang on to him because the first month is the most important time to acquire waiver wire players. He shouldn't be drafted as a top-50 wide receiver at this point.Over the first two years of his career, Shepard has shown the ability to step-up and be the focal point of a passing attack, though he doesn't need to be with Odell Beckham Jr. on the field. To know that he has that ability is a bonus, though, as Beckham Jr. has dealt with injuries throughout his career. Pat Shurmur did wonders for Adam Thielen's career while working out of the slot, which is where Shepard has played over 80 percent of his snaps the last two years. He's going to give you WR4 production regardless, but has upside for much more. If someone tells you he's not a WR3, ask them what the difference is between someone like him and Juju Smith-Schuster. While the latter may have a better quarterback, Shepard may see more targets.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the season, so his draft stock has fallen, but when he is on the field, he tends to give WR2 numbers. If you can afford to play without him for the first four weeks then you might want to make him a target around round 10.If you pro-rate Shepard's numbers last year to a full 16 games, we would have been a fringe WR3 just like his rookie season. Now that Barkley is part of the offense, his targets could drop off even more, leaving him as a mid-end WR4. Their new offensive coordinator loves slots like Shepard, however.
Christopher Ventra
RotoExperts
*Suspended First 4 Games* 
Staff Rankings
QB List
Consistently a security blanket for Brady and without a clear challenger for his role upon his return, Edelman could be the prime stash to win you your league this year if you have the luxury to do so. However, be warned: he is still coming off of an ACL injury and Belichick is known for being wildly inconsistent with his players' target share and time. All in all, just another lotto ticket for y'all. 
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
Edelman will miss the first four games, which is a big chunk of the fantasy season.I like Shepard's ability, but the return of Odell Beckham Jr. and the addition of Saquon Barkley, who should get a big chunk of targets, will likely lower Shepard's upside.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
NE moved on from Welker at age 32. Edelman will be 32, off knee surgery/suspension. I like the odds JMatt takes the slot and doesn't give it back. @ClutchFantasy "I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring," Manning told NJ Advance Media, "He's understanding the coverage, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques." Shepard is coming off a 2017 campaign where he saw an expanded role after Odell Beckham Jr. shattered his ankle in Week 4, accounting for 59 catches for 731 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.4 yards per reception before his season was cut short due to injury in Week 11. (NJ.com)
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Should remain rock solid PPR asset when back from PED suspensionSolid flex option with WR3 upside