Julian Edelman Fantasy Football News 2021

Patriots WR Julian Edelman announced his retirement. It's not surprising news if you've been following the reports on his knee trouble. Edelman finishes an 11-season career with 620 catches, 6,822 yards and 36 scores. He had some monster performances in the postseason, including 9-109-1 and 10-141 lines in the Super Bowl. The Patriots likely had a good idea that Edelman was done and added WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency.

The Patriots signed WR Kendrick Bourne to a 3-year, $22.5 million contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bourne spent the past 4 years in San Francisco and is coming off his best season as a pro -- but one that still amounted to just 49 catches for 667 yards and 2 scores. He might find a bit more opportunity in New England but still seems unlikely to emerge as a real fantasy asset. The Patriots have now added Bourne, WR Nelson Agholor and TE Jonnu Smith to their pass-catching corps on the 1st day of free agency. That doesn't bode well for WR Julian Edelman, who's uncertain for 2021, or WR N'Keal Harry. WR Jakobi Meyers' stock has also taken a hit today.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman is still "trying to work his way back" from the knee injury that cost him the final 10 games of last season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We never got any details on that injury, but it was obviously significant. Edelman wants to play in 2021, per Rapoport, but it's unclear if his knee will let him. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Edelman is hardly worth even a late-round dart in early fantasy drafts.

The Patriots aren't expected to activate WR Julian Edelman for tonight's game against the Bills, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's "unlikely" he returns for Week 17. We'll see whether that means the end of the 34-year-old's career. New England will close out the year with Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd and N'Keal Harry as its top 3 wideouts.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman has been placed on the COVID list. He's been out since Week 7 and remains on IR with his knee injury. You can continue to ignore him in fantasy football.

Patriots WR N’Keal Harry (concussion) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game vs. the Ravens. It looks like he still has work to do to clear through the protocol. Harry shouldn’t be in your Week 10 fantasy plans. WR Julian Edelman (knee) remains out, leaving Jakobi Meyers as New England’s top WR.

The Dolphins have traded WR Isaiah Ford to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Ford was almost exclusively a slot receiver for Miami this season. He caught 15 balls over the first 4 games but just 3 over the last 3. We'll see how Ford is deployed in New England, where Jakobi Meyers has replaced Julian Edelman in the slot, but he's not a great bet for 2020 fantasy value.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is expected to be placed on IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'd cost Edelman at least the next 3 games. Edelman had surgery on Thursday to address what's become a bone-on-bone condition in his knee. He simply hasn't looked right all season and can be dropped in fantasy leagues of 12 or fewer teams.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman is expected to miss "some game action" with the knee injury that's been bothering him all season, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports. Edelman might need surgery but is expected back at some point this season, Howe adds. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Edelman can be dropped in basically all fantasy leagues. His only useful fantasy game this season came vs. Seattle's league-worst WR defense. Edelman's absence figures to open up playing time for WR Jakobi Meyers and targets for WRs N'Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd. But your best bet is to avoid this struggling Patriots passing game.

Update: Edelman had knee surgery on Thursday morning and will miss “some period of time," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Broncos-Patriots game has been moved to Week 6, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England was originally scheduled for a Week 6 bye. Denver was slated to play Miami in Week 6, but that game will now be rescheduled. Pull all Broncos and Patriots players from your Week 5 fantasy lineups.

The Broncos and Patriots are still slated to play on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England had a 4th positive test on Sunday morning, but that evidently won't stop the game -- at least barring further positives. As always, this remains a fluid situation.

 
 
 

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