Fantasy Football Week 15: Pick Up Braylon Edwards

By Corey March
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New York Jets fans just received an early Christmas present with the addition of Braylon Edwards. Edwards may be just the gift that also helps push fantasy football owners into the championship.

The Jets find themselves with an outside shot to salvage a disastrous season. They stand at 6-7 with three winnable games remaining on their schedule. It begins with a matchup against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, a game that the Jets know they won’t win by scoring 10 or 13 points.

I know that this offense has been a disaster for fantasy production over recent years but it’s now or never for the current Jets regime. With Stephen Hill becoming the most recent Jet to fall to injury, the Jets once again found themselves shopping the market. They easily could have plucked another Clyde Gates or Jason Hill from the free agent abyss to fill the roster. Instead, the Jets front office went against their conventional disillusion and signed a receiver with actual talent.

The lack of buzz surrounding this move is also unlike the Jets – or is it? Over the course of the season, we’ve seen them move away from the media circus mentality. Bart Scott led a media boycott after a win against the St. Louis Rams and Rex Ryan has even withdrawn from the spotlight.

Jets football has definitely not been pretty this year, but it’s not for a lack of focus or camaraderie. The lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball is the issue, but it appears to have been corrected over the past two weeks. It also appears that they’ve addressed it by bringing back Edwards. So rather than ride out the rest of the season, the Jets are going to give this playoff push all they’ve got.

QB Mark Sanchez knows that much of the blame rests on his shoulders. Despite his performance, you have to credit Sanchez for not placing any blame on a desolate group of receivers. It has been reported, though, that he has been visibly uplifted by the Edwards signing. Sanchez and Edwards combined for 11 touchdowns in two recent seasons.

Edwards is in the age range that tends to coincide with the prime of NFL receivers’ careers. At 29 years old, he definitely has something left to offer. The only issue is a hamstring injury that Pete Carroll identified as the reason for the receivers release from the Seattle Seahawks. However, Ryan and the Jets have said that Edwards has passed his physical and should be ready to play on Monday.

If this is the case, Edwards immediately steps in as the Jets #1 receiver and go-to threat on offense. If he can contribute at 100%, I expect Sanchez to rely heavily on Edwards to the extent of around 12-15 targets. The Titans are 30th in the NFL at defending opposing #1 receivers.

Playing Edwards right away in fantasy is definitely a risky move, but one that can be met with major reward for third fantasy receivers. Monitor his health throughout the week but if he is healthy, my projection for Edwards is eight catches for 90 yards and one to two touchdowns.

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