There were so many times this season when people asked me to recommend someone off of the waiver wire that would have a huge impact on their fantasy football team. I have received many questions about players like Michael Crabtree, Justin Blackmon and Andre Brown. These players (except for Crabtree so far) have had an impact one way or another on their NFL teams, as well as the fantasy teams that picked them up.
There is one player out there that many owners picked up early, dropped, and now wish they kept on their fantasy squad. He is a player that not many people have asked about since Week 1: Julian Edelman.
Now before I continue to tell you how great I feel Edelman will be down the stretch for your fantasy team, I must give you a quick warning: Edelman plays for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady loves to spread the football around, so be cautious!
With that being said, I still feel that Edelman has much upside for any team that may be in need of a receiver for this stretch run. If you are looking for depth, pick him up! If you are looking to prevent one of your opponents from having him, please pick him up! Look at Edelman’s numbers the past two weeks: 18 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He just seems to be the guy, besides Rob Gronkowski, that Brady looks for when he needs a catch.
Many people including myself thought that his would be Danny Amendola’s role on this team, but this just has not worked out for Amendola. Edelman has a kick returner’s speed and if he gets into the open field, watch out! That is one thing that Amendola lacks.
The good thing for the Patriots’ receivers moving forward is that former starting running back Stevan Ridley is in coach Bill Belichick’s dog house. This means many receiving opportunities will be there, and Edelman should get many of those looks for the remainder of the season.