• Julian Edelman

  • WR
  • , New England Patriots
  • 34
  • 198 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Edelman finished last season as the No. 14 half-PPR receiver, but he’s another year older (34) and lost his BFF Tom Brady, so the passing game is bound to regress even though the Patriots signed Cam Newton to replace him. Brady threw for 4,057 yards and 24 touchdowns last year, and Newton has only cleared 3,600 yards once in the last seven seasons and has averaged 22.8 touchdown passes per season in his first eight seasons. Edelman should be the top target in the Patriots’ talent-deprived receiving corps. Rob Gronkowski is gone, so Edelman’s main competition is James White, N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu (barring another surprise signing--Antonio Brown?!?). Edelman is currently being drafted as a high-end WR4, but that’s bound to change now that Newton is in tow.

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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

NE WR Julian Edelman - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Julian Edelman fought through an assortment of injuries to finish as the 14th-ranked wide receiver in half-PPR formats last season. Edelman’s fantasy value hinges on his high-volume role in a Patriots’ offense that will have to adjust to a new era with Tom Brady headed to Tampa Bay. Edelman finished third among receivers in total targets last year and his 26.2% target share ranked seventh at the position. The Patriots’ skill group is little changed from last year, meaning Edelman should retain this role even in his age 34 season. Cam Newton is more than capable of providing Edelman with sufficient accuracy and volume to remain a fantasy asset even if he is no longer the locked-in WR2 in PPR that fantasy players are accustomed to. Edelman should be good for another year as a reliable possession receiver in New England and fantasy owners should not hesitate to grab Edelman if he falls in drafts due to Brady’s departure.

Fantasy Downside
The obvious concern with Edelman is the absence of Brady and the impact Newton will have on the Patriots’ longtime slot receiver. Edelman always enjoyed excellent chemistry with Brady and any drop off with Newton would put a dent in his fantasy numbers. Edelman’s efficiency metrics are mediocre at best at this point in his career, so volume is crucial for him. It is also fair to ask questions about Edelman’s durability going into his 11th season. Edelman played in all 16 games last year but was clearly limited by injuries, particularly in the second half of the season. He turned 34 in May and the injuries will only take a greater toll in 2020.

2020 Bottom Line
Edelman should have another year of fantasy utility left in him, though it is hard to trust him as a WR2 like it was when he was paired up with Brady. His high-volume role in the Patriots’ offense makes him a WR3 in PPR, but he will be a risky play in standard leagues.

2020 Strength of Schedule - NE

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
MIA
17
@SEA
27
LV
5
@KC
13
DEN
BYE9
SF
2
@BUF
28
@NYJ
10
BAL
22
@HOU
19
ARI
4
@LAC
8
@LAR
31
@MIA
2
BUF
28
NYJ

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1PIT68301113.8318008.0010.416.467/7095.7%
2@MIA4510412.7511001.005.29.266/7291.7%
3NYJ7621108.8600000.0012.219.239/7750.6%
4@BUF430077.5000000.003.07.062/6595.4%
5@WAS81101913.7500000.0017.025.072/7892.3%
6NYG911301512.5600000.0011.320.373/8289.0%
7@NYJ7470126.71320006.676.713.773/8289.0%
8CLE8782119.751-300-3.0019.527.566/6995.7%
9@BAL10890118.9000010.006.916.967/67100.0%
10BYE--------------
11@PHI55301010.6000000.009.914.966/7489.2%
12DAL89301211.6200000.009.317.368/7097.1%
13@HOU610611217.671-700-7.0015.921.980/8792.0%
14KC89511211.8818008.0016.324.366/6798.5%
15@CIN29054.5000000.000.92.940/6561.5%
16BUF5720614.4000000.009.214.252/7371.2%
17MIA326078.6700000.002.65.654/6188.5%
Per game6.2569.810.389.6311.170.501.6900.063.389.7716.0263.19/72.4487.34%
Totals1001117615411.17827013.38156.28256.281011/115987.34%
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