Julian Edelman Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol and his status is uncertain for Sunday. We expect him to play, but we won’t know for sure until Sunday morning. New England plays early, thankfully.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol, but it’s a good sign that he’s practicing this early in the week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman apparently is in the concussion protocol, but it’s a good sign that he’s practicing this early in the week.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. Edelman is expected to play through the injury again this week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman is expected to play through the injury again this week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman is expected to play through the injury again this week.

Vereen, LaFell, Edelman active for SNF

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:17pm

Patriots Inactives
Alfonzo Dennard CB
Jordan Devey G
Cameron Fleming G
Dont'a Hightower OLB
Chandler Jones DE
Chris White LB
James White RB

Fantasy Impact:

Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell are all active as expected.

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