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Scouting report

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 19 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 19 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers go west to east for the second consecutive week to take on the Patriots in New England with a trip to the AFC Championship game on the line. New England is a shrinking four-point favorite with a middle-of-the-pack implied team total of 25.5 points. The Chargers rank top five in aFPA to QBs, which makes Tom Brady a very risky option in the divisional round. Even though the Chargers rank top five in aFPA to WRs as well, Julian Edelman should still work as the primary pass catcher this week, making him an elite WR option.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. New York Jets

The Patriots should send their starters out for a full 60 minutes this week in an effort to lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs. New England also has an outside chance at home field advantage with a win and Chiefs and Chargers losses. Because of this, New England is among the highest implied team totals this week at 29.25 points after being installed as almost two-touchdown favorites. Tom Brady is in a bounce-back spot against a defense ranked dead last in aFPA to QBs. That will help the New England pass catchers, as the Jets are also dead last aFPA to WRs. The Jets have been torched by slot receivers all season. That should be no different this week for Julian Edelman. Start him with confidence. However, no other Patriots receiver can be started with that same confidence, even with Josh Gordon gone. The target share just doesn't defend that type of decision.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Buffalo Bills

The Patriots certainly have not looked like the Patriots over the past two weeks, but against the Bills this week, New England still has the third-highest implied team total on the Week 16 slate of 28.75 points. Buffalo ranks 10th in aFPA to WRs. Julian Edelman has dominated targets among Patriots wideouts, with 31 over the past three weeks. He also garnered 10 targets in the first game against Buffalo, avoiding the Bills' top cornerback. Fire Edelman back up as a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside, now that Josh Gordon is suspended.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers

As usual, there are a lot of reasons to like Patriots players in fantasy this week. New England has an implied team total of 27.5, among the highest in the league. Only Baltimore is averaging more offensive plays per game this season than New England, and only Baltimore and Dallas have more offensive plays over the past three weeks. Plus, this game has an over/under of 52, among the highest of Week 15. Pittsburgh ranks fifth in aFPA to WRs, but with Edelman seeing 20 targets over the past two weeks, he should continue to post WR2 numbers.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Miami Dolphins

The New England Patriots head to Miami with a top five implied team total, facing a defense that ranks just 29th in total defense this season. New England struggled at Hard Rock Stadium surprisingly, but this Dolphins defensive unit doesn't have the pieces it had last year. Miami ranks just 21st in aFPA to WRs, and that was before top cornerback Xavien Howard was ruled out of this game. Julian Edelman makes for a solid start too, as Miami slot corner Bobby McCain has not played well. Fire up Edelman as a WR2.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Minnesota Vikings

The New England Patriots have a healthy implied team total of 27 points this week in a game hovering around an over/under of 50. Minnesota ranks top five in aFPA to WRs. Rob Gronkowski's return last week put a dent into Edelman's targets, only getting a season-low five of them. He still scored though, which is always a good bet for Edelman in this offense. However, that decrease in targets moves him down our rankings this week to a low-end WR2 with so many options now back in this offense, instead of the high-end WR2 he was before. The tough match-up is also a factor for Week 13.

by Steve Andress

NE WR Julian Edelman - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at New York Jets

The Patriots come off the bye week motivated to not lose consecutive games, and their implied team total reflects that. New England is tied for the second most expected points on the Sunday-Monday slate at 28.5 points. Plus, the Jets are just 24th in aFPA to WRs. Plus, Julian Edelman is second in the league over the past month with 10.7 targets per game. Only Stefon Diggs has been targeted more. This is a chance for Edelman to explode when matched up against Buster Skrine in the slot, who has been one of the worst slot corners in the league this year. The match-up and targets make Edelman a sure-fire WR2 with WR1 upside.

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