Patriots WR Julian Edelman remains QB Tom Brady’s most reliable target. He gets open, reads coverage with an understanding of where the open space will be, and senses where Brady wants to go with the ball. That is why of Brady’s 36 completions to wide receivers, 22 have gone to Edelman. The next closest is Thompkins . . . with six. That means Edelman has 61.1 percent of the completions to wideouts.
Some have tried to argue that’s because Brady has too quickly abandoned open receivers. Go study some tape and find them.
Why the rest of the WRs so seldom create separation, and too often end up in spots other than where the play directs them is difficult to fathom, but its truth is clear. Brady doesn’t throw almost exclusively to Edelman and Rob Gronkowski (49.2 percent of the offense’s 67 receptions) because he thinks that’s how best to play offense, nor does he do it because he thinks Edelman is his most dangerous target. He does it because they are where they should be when they should be.
The story points out that the execution of a mix-and-match offensive line that got Brady sacked twice Week 3, officially hit six times and unofficially hit several other times, also isn't helping matters. What it all means for fantasy purposes is Brady is a tough play for lineups at this point because his receivers still don't seem to be on the same page. Also, outside of Edelman and Gronk, no one else in the passing game is safe for fantasy lineups.