Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 82%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 10.2%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 4.6
Durability: question mark 3

Medium Risk


Julian Edelman Player Overview

What You Need To Know:

  • Edelman was one of the few bright spots for New England’s offense in 2019. He reached 100 catches for the second time in his career en route to a WR8 PPR finish.
  • He remained a slot-heavy WR with a low yards per catch (11.2) and TD rate (6.0).
  • New England figures to lean on the defense and running game with Jarrett Stidham under center.

Still going strong

After serving a 4-game suspension for PED use in 2018, Edelman rebounded to play a full campaign in 2019. Fed 153 targets, Edelman reached 100 catches, a career-high 1,117 yards and 6 scores.

It was enough to finish as the WR8 in PPR.

Of course, the Pats really needed Edelman to handle a hefty workload. Rob Gronkowski retired, while the team received little from rookie 1st-rounder N’Keal Harry and late-season add Mohamed Sanu.

Sure enough, Edelman’s 25% target share was topped by only 5 WRs. That produced a consistent stream of fantasy points; 10+ in all but 3 games during the fantasy season (Weeks 1-16).

Outside of James White, he was perhaps the only target truly trusted by Tom Brady.

Now with the future Hall of Famer in Tampa Bay, how should we alter Edelman’s value?

2020 outlook

Losing a guy you’ve played with since 2009 clearly stings. You know about their trust and rapport on game days.

Edelman will start from scratch with new starter Jarrett Stidham. Beyond that, Stidham’s on-field play is a major wild card after barely seeing the field as a 2019 rookie. He showed promise at Auburn in 2017 before taking a major step back in 2018. In fairness, the 2018 Tigers lacked the firepower of the 2017 unit, as Stidham broke in a brand new O-line and a WR corps that lost 2 starters to season-ending injuries.

The fact that New England didn’t draft or sign a QB signals major trust in the 2nd-year passer.

A lack of moves at WR also shows they believe Edelman has something left at 34. N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu ret…

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Julian Edelman Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 29, 2020 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Edelman underwent a precautionary procedure to address a chronic knee injury. He landed on IR and missed 10 games
Sep 16, 2020 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Edelman practiced in a limited fashion all week ahead of the Week 2 game due to a knee issue. He was active for the game against the Seahawks
Nov 20, 2019 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Edelman was limited at practice ahead of the Week 12 game against the Cowboys with a shoulder injury. He had offseason procedure to repair the shoulder
Aug 25, 2017 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Edelman tore his right ACL in the 3rd preseason game. He landed on IR and had surgery sometime in the final week of September.
Sep 27, 2016 NFL Pedal Foot Edelman showed up on the injury report with soreness in his twice-repaired foot but didn't miss any game time.
May 6, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Foot Edelman had a 2nd surgery on his fractured left foot sometime in early May to re-insert a screw. He returned to game action in the 3rd preseason contest.
Nov 15, 2015 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Edelman suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot in Week 10 and missed the rest of the regular season (7 games). He returned for the playoffs.
Aug 2, 2015 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Edelman sprained his ankle in camp and missed all of the preseason.
Feb 1, 2015 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Edelman appeared to suffer a concussion in the Super Bowl, though he reportedly passed his concussion test during the game.
Dec 14, 2014 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Edelman was diagnosed with a concussion after the Week 15 game and ended up missing the last 2 games of the season.
Nov 16, 2014 NFL Leg Thigh Bruise Edelman came down hard on a yard marker and missed practice time off and on over multiple weeks. He missed no games, though.
May 30, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Edelman aggravated the foot he fractured in 2012 but was participating by June OTAs and fine for camp.
Dec 2, 2012 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Edelman fractured his right foot in the 4th quarter against Miami and missed the final 4 games. He landed on IR and had surgery, though the surgery timing is not clear.
Nov 22, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 After catching a 3-yard pass, Edelman was hit hard and fumbled the ball and diagnosed with a Grade 1 concussion. He left the game and didn't return.
Sep 23, 2012 NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Edelman injured his left hand against the Ravens and missed the next 3 games. Not many specifics available.
Oct 2, 2011 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Edelman missed 3 games plus the bye week after spraining his left ankle.
Aug 27, 2011 NFL Hand Edelman sustained an unspecified hand injury in the 3rd preseason game but missed no meaningful time.
Aug 11, 2011 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Edelman suffered a preseason injury (sprained ankle) against the Jags and missed the following preseason game.
Oct 17, 2010 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Edelman was diagnosed with a concussion but wasn't forced to miss any games as a result.
Aug 19, 2010 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Edelman sat out the final 2 preseason games and the regular-season opener with a foot sprain.
Oct 21, 2009 NFL Arm Forearm Fracture Edelman missed 2 games plus the bye after fracturing his right arm. He later missed 2 more games. Not clear whether it was the same issue.