Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Why You Should Draft WR Julian Edelman in 2014

Julian Edelman: 5 Reasons To Draft WR In Fantasy Football

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After testing the free agent market, Julian Edelman has re-signed to the New England Patriots. Although he may be under the radar for most fantasy football players, he finished the 2013 season as the 18th-highest scoring wide receiver in standard scoring leagues. Not only should Edelman build on his campaign from last season, but he can become one of the most consistent options for Tom Brady.

Here are five reasons to draft Julian Edelman.

5. Heavy Targets

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5. Heavy Targets

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In 2013, Edelman had nine games with seven or more receptions. He was targeted heavily by Tom Brady, and his receptions could increase in the upcoming season.

4. Production Indicators

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4. Production Indicators

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From week 12 to week 15, Edelman was an absolute beast. He scored 66 points in that time period, and he also had four touchdowns. If he can continue to find this type of involvement in the offense, Edelman could easily finish as a top-10 wide receiver in the 2014 fantasy football season.

3. Consistent Option

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3. Consistent Option

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Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski had struggled to play an entire season in the past few years, and Brady was obviously frustrated with the young receiving core of Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Edelman provided Brady with a consistent option, and he should be able to do the same thing in 2014.

2. Proven Effectiveness

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2. Proven Effectiveness

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Edelman has proven that he can be an effective receiver for the Patriots, and Bill Belichick will not want to spend anymore time figuring out who Brady can throw the ball to.

1. Right Price

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1. Right Price

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I can just tell you to draft Edelman, but that doesn't help prepare anyone for their draft. Edelman was generally drafted in the 10th-round for a twelve-person league in 2013, and he should still be available in that round for the 2014 season. Let everyone else overreach for Keenan Allen in the first few rounds. You will have a solid receiver waiting for you.


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