Julian Edelman Fantasy News

Julian Edelman status unsure for Week 1

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Speaking for the first time since suffering a leg injury at the start training camp, New England Patriots' WR Julian Edelman is uncertain whether he will be ready for the season opener on Sept. 10.

"Ask Bill [Belichick]. I’m taking it day by day and I think I’m 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds, so we’re good," Edelman said.

"Any time you’re not able to go out there and play it’s difficult, but it’s part of the game," he said. "I’m just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to improve myself each and every day."

When asked if he’s in game shape, Edelman said: "It’s one of those things where I don’t have an answer to -- I don’t know. We’ll see."

Fantasy Impact:

With still a while to go, it doesn't quite seem as dire as the headline indicates. Edelman feels he's getting better and it's clearly up to Belichick when Edelman takes to the field. The Patriots' receiver suffered the injury on Aug. 2 and said he’s been taking a lot of mental reps and is doing anything he can to stay mentally prepared for when he’s given medical clearance. He said it’s been difficult to watch from the outside while the team is already two games into the exhibition schedule.

Monday, August 24, 2015, 5:01pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Patriots WR Brandon Gibson has been placed on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury against the Saints on Saturday. Gibson would have been one of the receivers competing with Wayne for a spot behind Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola.

Gibson signed with the Patriots this offseason after catching 59 passes for the Dolphins over the last two seasons. He suffered a torn patellar tendon after catching 30 passes in his first seven games with Miami in 2013 and was released for cap reasons early in the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots added wide receiver Reggie Wayne to the roster early on Monday. Wayne will now vie for snaps with Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms, the story said.

Source: Reggie Wayne to take physical with Patriots

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is visiting with the New England Patriots and will take a physical Sunday with the reigning Super Bowl champions, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wayne, who parted ways with the Colts earlier this year after spending 14 seasons with Indianapolis, arrived in New England on Saturday night, sources told Schefter.

The Patriots are currently dealing with injuries to several members of their receiving corps:

• Top receiver Julian Edelman has been out since Aug. 2 with what is believed to be a leg/ankle injury.

• No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell, who was spotted in the offseason with a boot on his left foot, has been on the physically unable to perform list since camp opened.

Brian Tyms, a candidate for a spot as the fourth or fifth receiver, sustained a foot injury Wednesday that could threaten his season.

Aaron Dobson, a 2013 second-round pick, has reportedly been slowed by a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

It would be an interesting add to the Pats WR group which has been banged up most of camp as the story said. We haven't really got a good grasp of the injuries because the Pats are pretty hush, but this could be an indication they are worried about one or two of their current wideouts. Wayne seems like a WR who could end up having a good connection with Tom Brady, when he returns from suspension.

Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:41pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Patriots WR Julian Edelman returned to practice Monday and participated in positional drills before leaving the field to rehab and condition.

Julian Edelman leaves practice early

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5:53pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

WR Julian Edelman was present at the beginning of the New England Patriots' fifth training camp practice, but the receiver walked off early in practice, before any drills, and did not return.

Brian Tyms went down in the endzone during a contact drill midway through practice, suffering what appeared to be an upper-body injury. Tyms remained on the field for several minutes while teammates Jonas Gray, Aaron Dobson and Brandon Gibson took a knee next to him. He was later carted off the field.

Fantasy Impact:

There was no other information on Edelman. The Tyms situation obviously seems more serious and we'll keep you updated.

What to expect from Pats QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jimmy Garoppolo will soon become the first quarterback not named Brady to start for the New England Patriots since 2008.

Garoppolo's most extensive NFL action came against the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season finale last December, a meaningless affair for the Patriots in which the rookie entered for Brady in the second half. He completed 10-of-17 passes for 90 yards and was sacked three times.

Drawing conclusions from the 32 snaps that Garoppolo played that afternoon can be dangerous, because the Patriots sat out two key receivers that Garoppolo will have at his disposal this season (Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman) and held out his two best offensive linemen (tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer).

Yet the Bills, even having been eliminated from the playoffs, treated the game as if it had meaning -- they scratched only injured defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- so the contest serves as a fair indication of how opposing defenses might attack Garoppolo in September.

Fantasy Impact:

Garoppolo is roughly the same size as Brady but is more mobile, however the story said the Pats can expect defenses to blitz Garoppolo often. The story also said don't rule out the Pats trying to find more ways to take advantage of Graoppolo's mobility instead of simplifying the playbook. Graoppolo will face two pretty tough defenses in Pittsburgh and Buffalo to start the season before seeing Jacksonville in Week 3 and Dallas in Week 4. Matt Flynn will be the backup.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson 'taking advantage of his opportunities'

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:47pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

This is the most important stretch of Aaron Dobson’s career.

The Patriots’ 2013 second-round draft pick is healthy for the first time in a year and a half, and he is taking advantage of his opportunities during organized team activities. Dobson desperately needs to build on a good camp, which featured a few more impressive catches yesterday, to eventually live up to the Pats’ lofty expectations.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson will likely be the third or fourth receiver behind Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and possibly Danny Amendola. Dobson brings something to the table (speed, size) that Amendola doesn't, so if he shines this offseason, Dobson could play ahead of him.

With the signing of Scott Chandler, Rob Gronkowski could see more snaps at receiver

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:16pm

Mass Live - [Full Article]

The tight end position is one of great intrigue as the Patriots enter 2015. Ever since Aaron Hernandez was cut, the Pats have been looking for that No. 2 tight end to pair with Rob Gronkowski.

Scott Chandler isn't a "move" tight end, though. At 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, he's similar to Gronk. He's a massive in-line tight end and a matchup problem for all safeties.

The addition of Chandler could mean more snaps at wide receiver for Gronk. The Pats offense was particularly effective a year ago when both Gronk and Julian Edelman were split together on one side.

Keep an eye on Fred Davis here, too. In the midst of the Deflategate madness, the Pats signed the troubled tight end to a one-year deal. It's a flier, for sure, but Davis is a "move" tight end with plenty of talent and plenty of past off-the-field issues.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler is no slouch. He produced in spots for the Bills and while he doesn't fit the profile of a typical "move" TE, the Pats could elect to use Gronk in that role while leaving Chandler inside.

Patriots QB Tom Brady suspended for four games

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:20pm

Yahoo.com - [Full Article]

The NFL took deflate-gate very seriously, hammering the New England Patriots with unheard of punishment in the matter of deflated footballs.

The league announced Monday that quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games, the team was fined $1 million and will lose its 2016 first-round draft pick and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

Fantasy Impact:

If Brady doesn't win his (probable) appeal, his fantasy value will take a huge hit. The Patriots have a Week 4 bye, so he wouldn't be available to owners until Week 6. Jimmy Garoppolo will likely get the start in his place. One potential strategy would be to stream the position until his return, but it depends on how far his ADP falls. With a four game suspension, he won't be ranked in the top 25 in our initial projections. This will be a case of where his season-long ranking won't jibe with what he'll produce on a per game basis upon his return. The loss of Brady for four games will negatively impact the entire New England offense, though they have survived before without him (in 2008 with Matt Cassel). Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell all take a small hit.

Adam Schefter guesses that Patriots QB Tom Brady will face 'some sort of suspension' for DeflateGate

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:15pm

Masslive - [Full Article]

So what comes next for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?

That's up for the NFL to determine. The Wells Report didn't find absolute evidence that the Patriots tampered with footballs. It found reason to believe they did.

ESPN's Adam Schefter appeared on WEEI Thursday morning to offer his take.

"If I had to guess, and I want to emphasize this is a guess, my guess is that Tom Brady is going to get some sort of suspension, a short suspension," Schefter said, via WEEI.com. "He's going to appeal it. He's going to have grounds to appeal it. He may even waive the appeal and this whole thing about air pressure in footballs continues to go on and detract from a sport and a defending world champion in a completely unnecessary way."

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously, Brady's fantasy stock will take a hit if he's suspended. It will also impact the Patriots skill position players (e.g. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell) to a lesser degree.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. The probable tag means that Edelman will suit up in a nice matchup against Baltimore. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats (17 in standard) through 15 weeks, prior to his concussion. He should be a nice start in daily formats.

Ravens can slow Rob Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Ravens have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the regular season, and they held Jimmy Graham to 47 yards receiving. Do the Ravens have a chance of slowing down Rob Gronkowski, or do you throw out those numbers because he is on a different level?

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss: They can definitely slow Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost. One of the most impressive things about Gronkowski’s season to me is how his 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns hardly tell the whole story. It’s plays like touchdown catches by Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen against the Broncos on Nov. 2 that highlight his true value because there were three to four defenders swarming around Gronkowski in the end zone, creating those one-on-one opportunities for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. That was pretty commonplace this season with Gronkowski, who is a pure combination tight end in the sense that he can also dominate as a blocker when he wants; it's not just catching the ball. So I’d be surprised if the Ravens can slow Gronkowski consistently with just one player like safety Will Hill. But if they want to devote extra resources to it, they can probably dictate the ball going elsewhere, and the Patriots have shown the ability to capitalize when that happens.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are #19 in TE aFPA in the last 10 games, so we're not too concerned about their chances to shutting down Gronkowski. The Patriots have enough weapons in the passing game to make Baltimore pay if they consistently double- or triple-team Gronkowski.

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman 'working overtime' to re-establish their connection

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman takes the field in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, it will mark his first game in almost a month. No one is more excited about that than Edelman, although quarterback Tom Brady probably isn’t far behind.

The two are working overtime to re-establish and fine-tune the connection that helped Edelman produce a team-high 92 receptions before he was shut down during the final games of the season with a concussion.

“We’ve been practicing the last week and a half or something; I know Tom a little bit here now, these last few years. He knows me. There’s a foundation,” Edelman relayed in his first remarks to the press since Dec. 14 following a victory over the Dolphins. "But even if whatever happened didn’t happen, we still have to continue to try to get better. That’s what we’re trying to do -- staying after, throwing a couple extra routes, bouncing ideas off each other. Like any other week, I guess, but the stakes are a little higher.”

Fantasy Impact:

Edelman should hit the ground the running against a shaky Baltimore secondary. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats before missing the final two games with a concussion.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. It’s not clear if Edelman has been fully cleared to play at this point in the week. He needs 85 receiving yards to earn another $500,000 incentive in his contract, but that doesn’t matter if he hasn’t made it through the league’s concussion protocol.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman will not play in Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:44pm

Jeff Howe, Twitter - [Full Article]

Julian Edelman (concussion, thigh) did not travel with the Patriots today and will not play tomorrow vs. the Jets, according to two sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners in a pinch could try their luck with Danny Amendola, who should start alongside Brandon LaFell.

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