Julian Edelman (WR)

12/18/2013 4:21 pm by in Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights, Wide Receivers

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The first four weeks of the 2013 season, Julian Edelman was a wide receiver worth having in your starting lineup. With starting tight end Rob Gronkowski out due to injury, and rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins yet to be trusted by quarterback Tom Brady, the go-to guy with the departure of Wes Welker, was Edelman. And it paid off, as he totaled 34 catches, 319 yards, and 2 TDs. And if your league rewards players for return yardage, there was another added bonus. But after week 4, with Brady becoming much more comfortable with his young wides, and halfway through the season with Gronk coming back, Edelman had become a lost soul in New England’s offense.

But that has since changed. Gronk as we know is gone for the season. Dobson and Thompkins have both been fighting injuries, along with fellow WR Danny Amendola. And up steps Julian yet again. Over the last four games, he has returned to early season form, catching 37 balls for 414 yards and 4 TDs. He continues to be someone Brady trusts, targeted 51 times during this four game stretch. He received a whopping 19 targets this past weekend in Miami. Even with Dobson and/or Thompkins potentially returning this week vs. Baltimore, Edelman should still get a ton of looks once again.

Now there should be a lot of other receivers blowing up this weekend: Marshall, Jeffery, DeSean, Megatron, A. Brown. This doesn’t mean you sit one of these studs who have performed on a consistent level all season long. But if you’ve been relying on a Wallace, Jordy, Roddy White, or Colston, he should be inserted into your lineup over these more inconsistent-type players. Baltimore is currently ranked 7th vs. the run, and does a heck of a job stopping it, with DT Haloti Ngata leading the charge. With the line clogged up, and the talented defensive backs covering the long ball, Edelman should be able to do his thing on all of his usual underneath patterns. Julian owners may not have appreciated his lackluster performances during the middle of the season, but his late season scoring could not have come at a more perfect time.

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