Julian Edelman will officially miss the first four games of the 2018 season.
The New England Patriots wide receiver's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Edelman's ban stems from a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
An NFL spokesperson later confirmed the decision.
Since becoming a full-time starter in 2013, Edelman has seen 25.8 percent of the targets from Tom Brady. As we stated when Edelman was first suspended, in his absence, expect Chris Hogan to see a bump in target share, while Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell, and Kenny Britt fight for an opportunity to start in two-wide sets. Of those players, Matthews has the best fantasy finish in a given year, completing 2015 as the No. 16 scoring fantasy wide receiver in PPR formats.