Week 12: Player Upgrades
Julian Edelman played in 52-of-61 offensive snaps for the New England Patriots during Sunday's win against the Indianapolis Colts. What does this mean? Well, it means that he has supplanted Brandon Lloyd as the team's No. 2 WR behind Wes Welker. When you also factor serious injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, Edelman is now in line to be the Pats' third-most often used offensive weapon behind Welker and Stevan Ridley. Check out his stat line from last week: seven targets, five receptions for 58 yards and a score, one rush for 47 yards, and 117 punt return yards and a PR TD. Oh, he also had a tackle if that counts in your league's scoring system. Even if Hernandez does return this week, Edelman is worth stashing on your bench because he provides great depth as a potentially productive receiver on a very potent offense.
Explain the logic behind this: a Top 10 tight end with at least five catches in all but one of his last six games and three TDs in his last three games is on the waiver wire in over 85-percent of ESPN leagues. That ownership percentage will obviously increase as the week progresses due to injuries accumulating at the position. If you need a replacement for Rob Gronkowski or you are tired of waiting for Aaron Hernandez to get healthy, Myers is a more than viable candidate. Myers has 67 targets and that is more than Owen Daniels, Jermaine Gresham, Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finley, and most other TEs in the game. Since Carson Palmer is having the best season since 2006, Myers should be owned in 100-percent of fantasy leagues.