Julian Edelman Injury Update Improves Fantasy Value in Wild Card Game Against Titans

Julian Edelman had three receptions for 26 yards in Week 17 against the Dolphins.
Julian Edelman had three receptions for 26 yards in Week 17 against the Dolphins. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Julian Edelman hasn't looked like himself recently. The New England Patriots' No. 1 wideout has been held below 30 receiving yards in two of his last three games, and his fantasy football output has clearly been hindered by the shoulder injury that he's been nursing.

While it doesn't look like he's quite back to full strength, his latest injury update does provide some reason for optimism.

At the very least, Edelman will be able to suit up this week, and his potential recovery is certainly good news for his fantasy value. In a must-win elimination game, it's safe to except Tom Brady to funnel a lot of targets his way.

In three postseason contests last year, Edelman turned an average of 11.7 targets into 8.7 receptions and 129.3 receiving yards per game. The Tennessee Titans have also been right around the league average against opposing wideouts, allowing the 15th-most PPR points per game.

Tennessee is also only No. 21 against the pass per Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, so this looks a solid spot for Edelman.

If Edelman looks healthier than he has over the past three weeks, he could be in line for a massive game here, though his uncertain injury status does make him a bit of a risky fantasy option. Assuming he's back up close to full health, he checks in at WR2 in our Wild Card Weekend fantasy football rankings.

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