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Wide receivers Julian Edelman and Taylor Gabriel are two players that have gotten to this point in the season on two very different paths. Edelman is a stud and a proven veteran playing on a team that was expected to light the league on fire. Gabriel was an afterthought when he was signed, just like he was in Atlanta, before he tore it up the last two weeks as part of an upstart Bears offense.
It doesn't matter how they got here, but where they're going as we discuss who will have a better game, and thus be the better fantasy option, this Sunday.
Taylor Gabriel: For those of you wondering why this is even a conversation, you clearly haven't been paying attention to how good Gabriel has been recently. The Bears' wideout is one of the hottest commodities coming off the waiver wire as he's made a big name for himself over the past two weeks. The exciting part of Gabriel's breakout shouldn't be his two big games, but just how different they were. During his Week 4 game against the Buccaneers, Gabriel thrived by finding the end zone twice. He didn't need to score to put up gaudy numbers again last week, eclipsing 100 yards again, this time thriving on the deep ball. Whether it's quick gadget plays or designed long balls, Gabriel gets the ball enough to thrive each and every week.
Julian Edelman: Since returning from his four-game suspension, the veteran wideout hasn't missed a beat. He led Patriots receivers in snaps last week and has 11 catches for 111 yards and a score through two games. The beauty about Edelman is his targets. He'll always have a ton of looks as his bromance with Tom Brady is always evident, especially after his 16 targets in those two games. The Bears defense isn't an issue as they've given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing wideouts, according to ESPN, but a recent heel injury could limit the reception magnet.
Verdict: This is an extremely tight one. Many may believe it should be Gabriel, based on the Pats' Swiss cheese defense, but the Bears have actually been ripped up by wideouts to a greater extent. Some think it should be Edelman due to his role as Brady's top target, but Gabriel is all that and more for Mitchell Trubisky. The reason why we lean to Gabriel is because of Brady's ability to spread the ball around. James White gets a ton of looks, Rob Gronkowski is always a threat especially in the red zone, and Josh Gordon has become a huge part of the offense as well. Gabriel isn't the only weapon for Trubisky, but he's clearly his favorite target, giving Gabriel the edge in this possible shootout.
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