Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL in the preseason in 2017, but he's expected to be fine for training camp. And he should return as the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots, especially after Brandin Cooks was traded to the Rams and Danny Amendola signed as a free agent with the Dolphins. Edelman has been an excellent Fantasy receiver since 2013, and he has three seasons over that span with at least 14 games played. In those three years, Edelman has averaged 98 catches for 1,044 yards and four touchdowns, with at least 134 targets a season. He's worth drafting as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues, but he's a potential top 15 Fantasy receiver in PPR. As long as he returns to training camp at 100 percent as expected then look for Edelman to have another standout campaign in 2018. He should be drafted in Round 5 in standard leagues and Round 4 in PPR.
Edelman (knee) faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, Edelman's suspension is under appeal, but at this stage, it looks like the wideout -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL -- is in line to miss the first quarter of the Patriots' season. If the punishment stands, added targets will be available for the likes of Chris Hogan and Jordan Matthews early on, while sixth-rounder Braxton Berrios could stick with the team and carve out a role as a slot option.
Edelman (knee) was seen participating in team drills Tuesday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports. This is the first time that Edelman has participated in team drills in practice sessions that were open to the media this offseason, and it's certainly a huge step in the right direction for the wideout as the team opened up its mandatory minicamp. The Patriots will likely continue to ease their top wideout back into the swing of things as the offseason progresses, but all signs are pointing to Edelman being ready to take on a large workload at the start of the 2018 season.
Edelman (knee) fielded punts and participated in a few offensive drills during Tuesday's OTA practice, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports. That Edelman was a limited practice participant Tuesday isn't surprising, given that he's returning from the ACL surgery he underwent last September. Guregian relays that the wideout "looked pretty good" Tuesday, a notion echoed by Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site, who described Edelman -- who wasn't wearing a knee brace -- as "an active participant (who) moved around in his normal shifty fashion." Assuming no setbacks in his recovery, Edelman appears poised to reclaim his high-volume role in the Patriots offense, a context that reintroduces the 32-year-old to the fantasy equation, particularly in PPR formats.
Edelman, who missed last season with a torn ACL, was on the practice field Monday, NESN.com reports. Per the Boston Herald, the early reports on Edelman -- who injured his knee in the third week of the 2017 preseason -- have been encouraging. It remains to been seen how close to 100 percent the wideout -- who turned 32 Tuesday -- is at this time, but barring any setbacks, he should be at or near full strength in advance of Week 1. Now that Brandin Cooks is with the Rams, Edelman and Chris Hogan top the Patriots' wide receiver depth chart, with newcomer Jordan Matthews also poised to claim a key role in the team's offense. Competition for slotting beyond the aforementioned trio will be fierce, with Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios all looking to secure roster spots.
Edelman (knee) was able to run with resistance bands Tuesday, NBC Sports Boston reports. At this point in his rehab from October surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Edelman seems to have progressed as anticipated. It's still likely that he'll face limitations by the time the Patriots' offseason program begins, but the expectation remains that he'll be a full participant for training camp. Edelman, who will turn 32 in May and is under contract through 2019, should settle back into his normal role as the team's top slot receiver during the upcoming season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|3 Year Avg||82||53||599||3||31||11.30||77|