Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

WR - NE
Height: 5' 10"Weight: 198 lbsAge: 32College: Kent StateDrafted: #232 (7th Rd. by New England)

2018 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
22nd easiest for WRs
Draft Rank (ECR) #100
Best / Worst #57 / #185
ADP #78

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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.

Edelman will miss the first four games, which is a big chunk of the fantasy season.

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.

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's right around his WR31 ADP, so the price barely bakes in any risk of a 32-year-old possession receiver returning from a major knee injury.

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

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 always gives low-end WR2 type numbers. If you can afford to play without him for the first four weeks then you might want to make him a target.

Should remain rock solid PPR asset when back from PED suspension