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Julian Edelman finds paydirt, fantasy value on the rise

The Patriots wide receiver found the end zone in Week 14. We break down the fantasy implications.

Jim Rogash

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in the team's 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. Edelman now has three scores in his last three games.

Fantasy impact: With tight end Rob Gronkowski being carted off the field on Sunday, Edelman's fantasy value just went up considerably as the fantasy playoffs move forward. He was targeted nine times in the win over the Browns and that number will almost certainly see double digits in Week 15.

All of Edelman's best performances this season have come when Gronk and Danny Amendola are not playing. He's a slippery slot receiver that can find holes and pick up first downs. That especially improves his value in leagues that reward receptions.

Gronkowski looks like he's done for the year, although final confirmation will come on Monday. Fantasy owners should grab Edelman now if he happens to still be available.

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