In his first four seasons with the Patriots, Julian Edelman caught 69 passes on 118 targets from Tom Brady. Last year, he finished the season with 105 receptions on 151 targets.
Getting on the same page as the Patriots’ future Hall of Fame quarterback isn’t easy for any receiver. Turning into his go-to receiver when you’re a former seventh-round pick who played quarterback at Kent State is probably even harder, but last year, Edelman did just that.
Edelman’s journey from college quarterback to 1,000-yard receiver hasn’t been without hard work. On Sunday, the 28-year-old said he enters training camp with confidence after having his first real taste of success, but knows he needs to keep working if he wants to replicate the success.
We think Edelman gets close to the 100-reception mark again this season and predict him for 91 catches and 1,000-plus yards. Edelman's value comes in PPR leagues where he's ranked 22nd on our list with an ADP of the 7th round. That's actually a few rounds higher than some guys around him like Percy Harvin (5th round) and Cordarrell Patterson (4th round).