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Julian Edelman Fantasy Value Clouded by Injuries in Week 17

Max Staley
Julian Edelman had five catches for 72 receiving yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.
Julian Edelman had five catches for 72 receiving yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Other than Tom Brady, Julian Edelman is probably the most important offensive player on the New England Patriots. He's battled through a variety of ailments all season long though, and he's looked hobbled by a shoulder injury lately.

While Edelman will be taking the field in Week 17, he could be limited by that shoulder.

Julian Edelman Fantasy Outlook in Week 17

He played through the injury against the Buffalo Bills last week, hauling in five catches for 72 receiving yards. That was an encouraging sign, as Edelman was coming off a nine-yard performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15.

The Patriots also have something to play for against the Miami Dolphins today, as they clinch a first-round bye with a victory.

Against a Dolphins' team that ranks dead last in pass defense DVOA, and surrenders the second-most PPR points per game to opposing wideouts, Edelman could be in line for a solid game provided he can overcome the injuries.

That shoulder injury does make him a risky play, but the soft matchup is certainly enticing. Edelman checks in as the WR8 in our Week 17 PPR rankings.

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